FROM DERRY TO DRUMHALLA HOUSE CO.DONEGAL
WEDDING IN DRUMHALLA HOUSE
Drumhalla House as another great venue settled in Ramelton village in Ulster province. It;s a manor house with a marquee-style pavilion for a wedding celebration. With spectacular views of western shores of Lough Swilly Jane and William had a laid-back vibe for their celebration in Drumhalla House. Decided to leave out any unnecessary wedding traditions and go back to the basics of a good party: brilliant food, plenty of booze and great company. Growing up in Derry, near Rathmullan, and spent many happy childhood holidays there, Drumhalla House Wedding was one of the first places I took my fiance when we met. It has a beautiful rugged coastline and we knew our friends and family would enjoy spending a weekend there. We borrowed a vintage tandem from some friends to use as our wedding transport. Our guests were pretty surprised when we hopped on it after the ceremony and cycled the whole way to the reception. We had the wedding near where I grew up but wanted to incorporate some of Dublin, where Will is from and where we now live, into the day. We named our tables after some of our favourite places in the Peak District and took photos of ourselves there. Rather than a traditional sit-down meal we went for street food from Pyke ‘N’ Pommes. They served canapes out of their food truck at the drinks reception. Later our guests queued up for steaks and salmon straight from the barbeque.
Did you or friends/family make anything for the day? I got together with my friends and spent an evening drawing and painting the table names. We also collect and decorated jam jars and beer bottles for the table flowers. Will and I painted some road signs to help our guests find their way from the ceremony to the reception.
What was your favourite moment of the day? Obviously, the ceremony was fantastic, but the band was the highlight of the reception – the dance floor was packed for the entire set. The music ranged from 60’s soul to traditional Irish tunes with some modern Indie hits in the middle – a brilliant mix and we enjoyed every moment.
What advice would you give to brides and grooms planning their day? There were lots of last-minute jobs – delegate as much as possible because you’ll have plenty of willing helpers. Once everything is in place, make sure to enjoy the day!