Edel and Gabriel Rehill had a desire to fully embrace their farming life together when it came to planning their big day.
“We wanted something that displayed us and showed off our love of farming,” Edel told Catherina Cunnane – That’s Farming.
The couple from Scotstown in Co. Monaghan enlisted the help of Mary at Hillgrove Hotel Leisure and Spa and began exploring ideas.
“Mary was fabulous - none of our mad ideas were too much or too out there and she was a joy to work with,” Edel added.
“We came up with the ideas ourselves; I enjoy doing some photo manipulation from time to time which is how the table plan came about.”
Edel and Gabriel – who have a 50-head suckler-beef farm - exchanged their vows and held the reception at Hillgrove Hotel Monaghan in February.
All tables were named after beef breeds and had cards with facts on each breed; they also had personalised cattle cards.
Log centrepieces with holly and heather were arranged by Gabriel.
The farming duo had a complete animal/farming-themed cake which was created by Deanna Campbell of D's cakes - Carrickroe in Co. Monaghan.
“We had said all along that we wanted something completely different for our wedding cake - we wanted it to stand out and to show our love of all animals.”
“Deanna created a masterpiece to show off our cattle, donkeys, dogs and cats!” She added.
To create a ‘Treaty Trailer’, they purchased a toy Massey Ferguson tractor, while the groom invented a trailer which was utilised to store confectionery.
Ken Doyle – a photographer from Monaghan – captured the proceedings, while Hughes Florist, in Co, Monaghan provided flower arrangements.
“We like having a look at the photos to see what our far from normal wedding was like!” Edel laughed.
“If you are thinking about having a farm-themed wedding, just go for it.”
“Allow as much time as possible to get all the little bits done so that come the week of the wedding, you both have very few things to do!”
In the months leading up to the wedding, the farmers undertook a lot of extra work to add a final touch. “We probably took on too much but, on the day, we were delighted with how our farming wedding fell into place.”
“Who knows, maybe in years to come we might renew our vows in the local mart!!” Edel concluded.
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