Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol perform at Derry wedding
THERE are not many couples who can say that both Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol performed at their wedding.
But one bride and groom were treated to just that when the world-famous musicians took to the stage at a hotel in Co Derry on Sunday.
For Snow Patrol singer/songwriter Johnny McDaid it was a special performance, as the bride was his sister Brid.
The 30-year-old wed Edinburgh native Sandy Statham at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel just outside Derry.
Rumours had been circulating in the city that it was McDaid and former Friends star Courteney Cox who were about to tie the knot.
The couple had been spotted in McDaid's home city on Saturday, staying in the musician's family home in the Culmore area.
But it was his younger sister's nuptials that had brought them home, with the couple also joined by the American star's daughter Coco.
The actress has been in Ireland over recent weeks as she filmed the new series of Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
McDaid, who collaborated with Sheeran on his smash hit song Photograph, was joined on stage by the balladeer and other members of Snow Patrol.
Wedding guests were treated to songs included Chasing Cars, Tenerife Sea and a lively cover of Stevie Wonder’s Motown classic Superstition.
The musicians have close connections, with Sheeran touring with the band in North America in 2012.
It also marked a rare public appearance for the English singer-songwriter, who has been keeping a low profile in recent months to concentrate on his music.
The Beech Hill Country House Hotel is also no stranger to celebrity guests with former US President Bill Clinton visiting on several occasions as well as actor and comedian Will Ferrell.
Conor Donnelly from the hotel said: "We enjoyed a wonderful day to celebrate the beautiful garden wedding of the happy couple, Brid and Sandy.
"The sun was out in force and so were the stars who wowed the guests with their talent and crowned off what was a fantastic wedding celebration.
"The wedding guests were treated to very special performance which was fitting for such a great occasion."