Your North East Wedding - May/June 2023 (Issue 56)

Amy and Oisín went to the same secondary school, but never really spent any time together. “Oisín was in the year below, but I remember him smiling at me when we passed in the corridor,” says Amy. “After college we lost touch for a few years, eventually meeting for coffee after messaging on social media. When Oisín got out of the car he greeted me with the same smile I remembered – along with a gorgeous beard and huge muscles!” Oisín proposed to Amy on holiday in Spain with Amy’s mam and dad. “Being traditional, Oisín asked my parents first, even getting my mam to pack the ring as he knew I’d want to know what going in our own luggage!” continues the bride. “He popped the question after dinner one night, taking me for a walk along the beach before getting down on one knee. It was the easiest ‘yes’ of my life!” The couple set the date for the 12 August, 2022, choosing Beamish Hall for their big day. Here, Amy tells us more about their amazing celebration… BEAMING FOR BEAMISH When it came to a venue, Amy took her mam and best friend to see Beamish Hall. “As soon as we walked in I knew it was where I wanted to get married,” says Amy. “I rang Oisín and told him we needed to look together because it was perfect. The ceremony and reception rooms were beautiful, and the Winter Gardens suite perfect for the theme we had in mind. It was also large enough to accommodate all our friends and family.” Decorations-wise, the couple were keen to choose what they wanted together. “Our tables were named after our favourite Marvel Avengers character homes!” continues the bride. “During the first lockdown, Oisín got me into watching the films from the start – and I loved them! However, it wasn’t all Marvel themed, although I secretly think Oisín would have loved that! Our centrepieces were stunning – tall vases with a huge sphere on top comprising cream and lemon roses and hanging wisteria. My bouquet also featured the same blooms, along with a gorgeous mix of mini gerberas, lisianthus, ammi, astilbe, freesia, parvi, French ruscus and asparagus fern, tied with a silk ribbon with pearl pins within the roses.” LIFE IN LOCKDOWN Due to the pandemic the couple were forced to postpone their wedding for a year. “It was heart-breaking not knowing what was going to happen,” says Amy. “The fact it was put back a year was actually a good thing, as when I caught Covid it affected me heavily, resulting in me losing the use of my legs with extreme joint pain. I had to use crutches and attend physio to get back to full health, and even now experience flare-ups. Oisín was my rock throughout it all, and gave me so much encouragement to get back to where I needed to be.” After a rocky start, the couple were looking forward to their wedding the following year. “It also gave us more time to get everything paid off; plus we knew waiting meant we could have every guest that we wanted there,” continues Amy. “It didn’t stop me worrying about about my legs causing me issues; however, my best friend and bridesmaid Ashleigh bought me the most amazing comfortable pair of pearl and diamanté covered trainers to wear on the day.” Scan to view video 29 REAL WEDDINGS