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Macosquin woman Lorraine’s key role in star’s wedding

It was one of the showbiz weddings of the year back in 2022.

Loose Woman star Stacey Solomon wed Joe Swash in a sparkling summer occasion.

And a Macosquin woman played a key role on the big day!

Stacey, who first met her hubby on the set of I’m a Celebrity in 2010, resembled a real life Disney Princess when she said ‘I Do’ at Pickle Cottage, the family residence in Essex.

The long pale pink gown with off the shoulder sleeves and corsetted bodice, accompanied by a long veil and flower crown, won admirers all over the world.

And Stacey had Lorraine McGonigle to thank for looking so stunning!

Lorraine, who runs Lorraine McGonigle Dressmakers – made the key alterations to the dress which Stacey selected from Verona Bridal in Magherafelt.

“I was so busy with work I wasn’t sure at first when I was asked to do it. Then I thought when would I get such an opportunity again,” Lorraine explained.

“I went with over to her house twice. Normally I like to do three sittings but we did it in two.

“In the first sitting I made the alterations to the dress, as well as to a dress worn by one of her daughters.

“Thankfully the second sitting was the fitting and I was relieved that everything went smoothly and Stacey was happy with the end result.”

So how did Lorraine, married to Gavin and with children Cameron and Evie, get the call for such an important occasion?

“I had worked on the dress for Maeve Madden for her wedding to Andrew Selby” (also selected from Verona Bridal).

Maeve is a health and beauty influencer who lives in Dubai and has a huge following on Instagram.

“She wanted a ballroom gown customised for the evening event at her wedding.

“I was then approached by the Bridal shop about doing Stacey’s dress.”

And the television superstar and Lorraine hit it off instantly.

“She was so nice and so down to earth.

“We sat around her pool chatting and she made you feel like you’d known her for ages.

“There was absolutely no airs and graces about her.

“I briefly met Joe on my second visit and he said hello as he was passing through.”

The modest Lorraine, daughter of George and Libby Campbell, who now works from her Ballinteer Road home, is in huge demand.

She is fully booked up for this year and large parts of next year and is already taking bookings for 2026.

“Dressmaking is something of a dying trade.

“A lot of wedding dress makers are retiring and sewing etc is no longer being taught in schools.

“Some people are now booking the dressmaker before they book a photographer etc or even have a date set in stone.”

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson