White Horse Hotel

When You Know, You Know: Alana + Rory at the White Horse Hotel

We love a wedding where you can just feel all the warmth and emotion from that special day- big smiles, lots of laughs and looks from the bride and groom filled with nothing but pure love and joy.

That’s just what we saw when we came across Alana and Rory’s wedding day at the White Horse Hotel in Derry. Having first met back in 2001, it was years later when the pair would fall in love. As Alana said, “After our first date, we knew…. When you know, you know! And we knew.” You can’t get much better than that!

See all the details of this heartwarming day and be sure to take a peek at the video gallery by Stephen Latimer Photography                    

The Beginning

“We first met in 2001 when we lived next door to one another so we knew each other for a while before we started dating. It was one night in 2013 we met on a night out and Rory asked me out. After our first date, we knew…. When you know, you know! And we knew ?”

The Proposal

“Well, Rory is very quiet and shy **cough cough** he just opted for a wee proposal over a glass of wine at home. It was very unexpected and sweet.”


“Esquire Formal Wear dressed the men, and they all looked amazing. I wore an Art Couture dress purchased from Divinity Bridal. My beautiful Daughter and Flowergirl wore a Romano Dress from Childrensalon. My stunning Bridesmaids wore ASOS dresses.”

The Venue

“We loved the look and feel of the White Horse Hotel once we walked into it in its wedding mode. It was the best decision.”

“The staff were the best part of our day. They made us as a Bride & Groom and our family feel utterly at ease and made our guests feel most welcome.”

The Photographer

Stephen was absolutely a dream to work with. Both Rory and I hate photos so Stephen had his work cut out. But it didn’t phase him at all, he just made everything seem so easy.”

Trends & Themes

“We went with our own idea be it whether others have done it before or not I don’t know, we planned and done to our own styles and taste. Plain and simple.”

Memorable Moments

“The moment I walked into the ceremony room and saw my family friends was very special, it was the part I dreaded the most. They just made the anxiety I had for weeks melt away and then seeing the H2B more nervous than me, it made me feel better. ?”

Special Thoughts

“Only how amazing our day was, due to Kimberly, Ramona, John and all the staff at The White Horse Hotel everything was just effortless.”

Supplier Information

  • Venue:

    White Horse Hotel
  • Photographer:

    Stephen Latimer Photography
  • Early Reception Band:

  • Bridal Shop/Designer:

    Eternity Art Couture, Divinity Bridal, Lisburn
  • Florist:

    John Paul Florist, Derry
  • Hair Stylist:

    Megan, MMC Hair
  • Makeup Artist:

    Kerry Brolly, Eden Beauty Salon, Limavady
  • Wedding Car:

    First Choice Limos, Derry
  • Wedding Cake :

    Devine Cakes, Burnfoot
  • Evening Band:

    The Mindbenders
  • DJ:

    DJ Ned
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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