Childhood Sweethearts: Ciara + Mark At Clanree Hotel

A lesson in how to nail an ‘All White’ bridal party…

A big salute to this stunning bride who broke with tradition by making a statement with seriously sophisticated and crisp looking white bridesmaid dresses.

The fresh look paired with pretty petals was the perfect tribute to mark the beginning of summer at the pair’s sunny May soirée.

Childhood sweethearts and pals since their school days, Ciara and Mark decided to pay tribute to their journey together by incorporating it into their special day. Their wedding invitations featured an adorable cartoon picture of the two during their teenage years. They also organised an epic fun-filled evening to entertain their many family and friends.

“We had a photobooth and little hip hop dancers throughout the evening and a table full of sweet treats.”

The Proposal…

“We got engaged on Christmas Day 2014. Mark just about managed to hold it together until after the family dinner. During the evening time, he called me into a separate room away from everyone and told me he had an extra Christmas present for me. Never did I expect that he would go down on one knee and hold out a ring in front of me. After crying and laughing at the same time for a few moments, I of course jumped for joy and said yes!”

On The Venue…

“We had the Clanree Hotel & Leisure Centre in our mind from the minute we got engaged. It’s such a beautiful hotel, and we knew it would be such a good location and really suit all of our guests. But, it wasn’t until we went and looked around the venue with the Wedding Planner that we really fell in love with it. The ballroom was just so magical – nowhere else would do in our opinion.”

“The most impressive thing for us and our guests was most definitely the amazing service provided by the staff on the day. People still compliment us today about how much they loved our wedding day. The food was enjoyed by everyone and the attention to detail enabled everything to run smoothly which was the key to making our wedding day so wonderful.”

On The Photographer…

“Our photographer, Darren Foy, was so wonderful to work with right from the morning when he arrived at my house. He was so calm and laid back which helped us to stay relaxed throughout the day. Nothing was rushed and we were just able to have fun. There was no pressure or stress put on us which was really important.”

A huge thank you to Ciara and Mark for sharing their special day at the Clanree Hotel & Leisure Centre with us and to their photographer Darren Foy for allowing us to publish these lovely moments. You can see more of his work at

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