The Rest Is History: Eimer + John At The Everglades Hotel

If you love flower walls as much as we do, you’ll be swooning over Eimer and Johns elegant wedding day at the sparkling Everglades Hotel in Derry!

Just like a scene from of a movie, John popped the big question down on one knee while the pair were strolled along Eimer’s favourite beach. After keeping their engagement a secret for nearly a week, the gorgeous pair were able to share their big news face to face with family and begin planning their special day. Having previously worked at the hotel during her undergrad, Eimer knew from the start that the devoted Everglades team would stop at nothing to make every last detail perfect. From the ethereal pink and white reception decor, all the way to Eimers graceful gown, this couple’s special day absolutely shines with classic romance.

Once you get a look at this glittering wedding day you’ll be flooding you Pinterest feeds with blooming bouquets and fab flower walls!

The Begining

“I’m a senior manufacturing engineer with Terex in Omagh and John is an electrical subcontractor working all over the UK and Ireland. We met on a night out in Omagh in Sally’s! The rest is history!!

The Proposal

“We went for a walk along Kinnegar Beach in Rathmullan (my favourite), one Sunday in February 2017. John got down on one knee behind the sand dunes and popped the question! Unfortunately, half of my family were away in Lanzarote at the time so we had to keep it quiet till they came back as I wanted to tell them face to face! It was the longest week ever! He picked the ring himself from Lunns, a 1-carat emerald cut solitaire, on a platinum band.”

The Dress

“I got my dress from Pearls and Lace in Donegal Town. I didn’t have a style or designer in mind when I went to look, but I just knew that I didn’t want lace. The girls were great in there. My dress was very plain but elegant and classy. I knew as soon as I put it on that it was “the one”. It was so comfortable to wear during the day which I think is so important to consider when picking a dress. I also had a cathedral length veil with scalloped edges. I knew that with my dress being so plain, that I could get away with having a dramatic veil.

The Venue

“I used to work at the Everglades while I was studying at university, so I knew how well all the guests and bride/groom were looked after and how much the hotel focuses on customer service. The hotel just had their ballroom extended and fully renovated while we were having our show around, and it looked amazing.”

“As I am from Sion Mills and John is from Greencastle we also wanted somewhere which would be close to the chapel (20 min. drive) so our guests could relax and get the most out of the drinks reception after the ceremony.”

The Venue Wow Factor

“I was impressed most about the service we received both before the wedding and during. Mairead the Events Manager and JP the Food and Beverage Manager were so accommodating and easy to work with, as well as full of advice on wedding planning. Nothing was too much. I knew that the day would run smoothly as JP was there to coordinate everything. We could sit back, relax and enjoy the day.”

“For the guests however, the most popular topics of feedback were the drinks reception and the meal.  The drinks reception consisted of bottled beers, Whiskey Sour Cocktails, Pimped Prosecco and Raspberry and Elderflower Cordial.”

“Our 200 guests were so impressed by the quality and presentation of the food. We went for Chicken Caesar Salad to start, followed by Sweet Potato and Cumin Soup, then the main course was a choice of Baked Filled of Cod and Short Rib of Beef, of which both were delicious. Desserts were an Assiette of Malteaser Meringue with Toffee Sauce, an Expresso Cup of Chocolate Orange Mousse and Raspberry Ripple and White Chocolate Cheesecake.  This was finished off with Tea and Coffee and a few pieces of Lemon Meringue Fudge!”

The Photographer

“We went with Donal Doherty for our photographer, and I can safely say it was a pleasure. He made us feel very relaxed on the day, and has a great flare for photography and is very patient. He runs a professional business and is really well organised. We really struggled to pick images for our album as they were all fantastic! I would highly recommend him.”

Trends & Themes

“Our colour scheme was grey and pink – but we didn’t really follow any trend as such. It was quite a modern but classic theme.”

Special Moments

“I think the most special moment of the day was walking down the aisle with my daddy to one of my favourite songs: “On Raglan Road”. Nothing really prepares you for that walk and having all eyes on you. Oh and seeing John at the end of the aisle looking very nervous too I suppose!”

“No embarrassing stories, well none that we want published, just maybe a few questionable dance moves in the dance-off at the end of the night!”

A Little Advice

“I would tell any brides/grooms to not to worry about the small stuff. The day goes in so quickly so just try and enjoy it as it will be over before you know it.”


Supplier Information

  • Photographer:

    Donal Doherty Photography
  • Band:

    The Edition
  • Bridal Shop/Designer:

    Pearls & Lace, Donegal Town, Essence of Australia
  • Florist:

    Flowers by John Paul
  • Hair Stylist:

    Mary Quinn Hairdressing
  • Makeup Artist:

    Live Beautifully by Bronagh Mimnagh
  • Wedding Cake:

    Cakes by Miriam
  • Ceremony Music :

    Ceallach Reid Music
  • Transport :

    Glendale Limos
  • DJ:

    Gerard Dillon
  • Flower Wall :

    Ultimate Touches
  • Invitations :

    Invites by Shelly
Ally Vogl

Ally is the Content and Social Media Exec here at WeddingDates HQ. Beyond being obsessed with all things weddings, she loves a good cup of coffee and splurging on beauty products.

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