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Cahill & Mairs

Pamela Cahill and Jonathan Mairs were married on the 27th December 2013 at St Patrick’s Church in Jordanstown, followed by a reception at the Ballyduggan Mill, Downpatrick. Pamela is a secondary school maths teacher and Jonathan is a project manager in an investment bank.

How did you meet your husband?

Our story starts with Jonny and I meeting eight years ago at Glenabbey Church, we were both still at school at the time. I spotted Jonny playing the drums one Sunday morning; I fell for his boyish looks, cute dimples and cheeky smile. Before long we began chatting and he took me on our first date to Glengormley cinema and our relationship blossomed from there.

How did he propose?

We got engaged in September 2012. We had booked a holiday to Lake Como over my 22nd birthday. Jonny proposed on a private boat while touring the Italian lakes. He had hidden the ring in a picnic hamper. Prior to the trip Jonny had bought a temporary ring in Argento – he knew I would prefer to pick my own. We decided to take a daytrip to Milan to browse for engagement rings. After a magical day roaming the shops of Milan I returned with the original ‘Tiffany Setting’ engagement ring – designed more than a century ago and described as the ultimate symbol of true love and the first engagement ring as it is known today.

When and where did you get married?

We got married on the 27th of December 2013 at St Patrick’s Church in Jordanstown and the reception was at Ballyduggan Mill, Downpatrick. Christmas is my favourite time of the year, so we decided on a winter wedding. As soon as we saw Ballyduggan Mill, we knew it would be the perfect venue. We loved its warm open fires and vintage feel. For our table centers we used different vintage vases and bird cages. We decided to use a large map with luggage tags for our table plan and our tables were named after our favourite places we have visited together. We had exclusive use of the Mill on our wedding day and we loved that close friends and family could stay over at the Mill. We enjoyed being able to extend our celebrations to breakfast together in the morning before saying our farewells.

Photo by Darren Anderson Photography.


Describe your gown.

I found my dream dress on a visit to Plymouth while visiting my sister. The dress was designed by Eddy K. It had a beautiful lace bodice over a soft tulle skirt. I bought a fur shrug to complete the look. My favourite part of the dress was the large satin bow that draped down the back of the dress.

And the bridesmaid dresses?

I decided on a stunning red silk gown with a sheer panel at the shoulders, draped details and a feminine flared skirt.

Tell us about your bouquet.

I decided on a simple but elegant white rose bouquet with red berries.

Where did you honeymoon?

We stayed in a 5 star, all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. It was perfect.

What was the highlight of the day for you?

We just enjoyed having all our friends and family together in one place. We also loved the speeches – they were really funny and we can’t wait to hear them back when we get our video.

Read more stories in the Ulster Bride Summer edition.