Galway Bay in the Sun

Galway Bay in the Sun

Marie and Bernard

Galway Bay Hotel

March 2016

I actually remember seeing Marie and Bernard at a wedding I shot last year in Athenry. They looked like the cool fun couple both with a quick answer for everything and constant smiles on their faces. So when we met up and they asked me to shoot their wedding, I was only delighted. Roll onto March and they were still the same cool, fun couple and they planned a pretty spectacular wedding with sunshine ! This is Marie and Bernards wedding day story.

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WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE TWO OF YOU, HOW AND WHERE DID YOU MEET?

We are 18yrs together, met in CP’s Nightclub, I went up talking to him..or he probably be still there.

 

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PROPOSAL?

It was done on a beach at sunset on Rhodes beach..I was so shocked. I thought he was tying his shoe.

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WHERE WAS YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND WHY THERE?

Ours was in The Abbey church, Galway. it was my late Grans’ church and I wanted to incorporate her as much as I could in our day.

 

WHERE WAS YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION AND WHY THERE?

In the Galway Bay Hotel. Great reviews, lovely room, great food.

 

WERE YOU GOING FOR A CERTAIN THEME OR STYLE WITH YOUR WEDDING?

Yes everything 1940/50 old Hollywood and movie theme

 

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DRESS AND ANY ADVICE YOU HAVE FOR OTHER BRIDES LOOKING FOR THEIR PERFECT GOWN?

My wedding dress was a Mori Lee, sweetheart neckline with ivory and silver stitching fitted to the thigh then fuller skirt and long train. A lot of detail on dress, I added a drop sleeve. Always have someone who you know will give you best opinion when choosing your dress.

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WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR WEDDING SHOES AND DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES LOOKING FOR THEIR BRIDAL SHOES?

I found mine in Debenhams by chance. I wanted ivory satin not too high and an open toe..it was a bit hard to find..make sure they are comfortable, you will be wearing them most of the day.

 

WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES?

My jewellery was a present from my children. Michael Kors earrings from my son Adam and my Pandora bracelet with a mom charm from my daughter and two other little sons.

 

WHO DID YOUR HAIR AND WHAT LED YOU TO THE STYLE YOU CHOSE?

Cathal Walshe did my hair. I wanted an up/down style very Michelle Keegan style, I didn’t want to do a harsh up style as I never wear my hair up. Brides should wear their hair they way they are more comfortable

 

WHO WAS YOUR MAKEUP ARTIST AND WHAT WERE YOUR INSTRUCTIONS WHEN BOOKING – WHAT WERE YOU AFTER?

Patrycja Rusiecka has been my makeup artist for years, I trust her 100%. She knows what I like. Just to do makeup in the brightest room. I didn’t go for natural look, I wanted a bold eye, contouring and a peachy lip.

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WHERE DID YOU FIND THE GUYS SUITS? WERE THEY PURCHASED OR HIRED AND WHY?

We bought the suits in Suit Republic. I wanted more of a classic look. black and white. We gave them as gifts to our groomsmen.

 

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FLOWERS/BOUQUETS?

I got my flowers from maddens in the city. I wanted a tear drop bouquet, with wild lilys and intertwined with pearls, it also included 3 pink roses as they were my Grans’ favourite flowers I then placed it on my Grans’ grave. I also had an artificial silk flower bouquet in ivory with diamond and pearl brooches as it will be my keepsake.

 

WHAT LED YOU TO CHOOSE THE WEDDING CAKE YOU DID?

I picked Goyas as its well known and has great creations, it didn’t fail to impress,

 

CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PHOTOGRAPHY PART OF THE DAY?

Paul Duane was our photographer. It was relaxed, no pressure, very enjoyable part of our day. Paul is super cool, relaxed, so complimentary, fun ,and seriously so professional. You didn’t know he was there most of the time.

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WHAT LED YOU TO CHOOSE Paul Duane Photography FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?

I was at my cousins wedding and I think I actually thought at one point she hadn’t hired a photographer. He wasn’t intrusive, or loud, or bossy. He was candid, I wanted that for our day and when I saw her pictures I was sold..only person I contacted. I knew he was going to understand us, what we wanted, he did all that and more. He is a lovely man and a real gentleman.

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CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM THE DAY?

There are a few. When I got to the top of the aisle we both looked at each other and we both relaxed straight away..our vows we have waited so long to make our commitment to each other. to going to Grannies’ grave and finally saying “I’m married Gran finally”. seeing all our ideas coming together. All our little touches, the laughs, and me getting the nerve to do my speech,

 

CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR HONEYMOON?

We haven’t gone yet as we had two children doing exams in college, we are waiting for August, somewhere to relax, unwind and get some vitamin D.

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WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH BRIDES TO BE?

Always ask for what you want from all of your vendors, you need to be happy with your choices. Don’t leave your table plan to the last week if you can..that was the most stressful for me.

 

IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO REDO THE WHOLE THING AGAIN, WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU MAKE?

Maybe not to have been delayed getting to church, left a little later then I wanted to and then got caught in traffic. Everything else was perfect.

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Venue : Galway Bay Hotel

ChurchAbbey of Saint Francis of Assisi

Transport: Wedding Cars Ireland

Photography: Paul Duane Photography

Cake: Goyas of Galway

Flowers: Maddens Florists

Suits: Suit Republic

Church Music: Nicola McGuire

Band: The Weightless Astronauts

Hair: Cathal Walshe

MakeupPatrycja Rusiecka 

 

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