Rob and I met at a 21st of a mutual friend in Portumna. We met when we were both quite young, Rob was 20 and I was 19. We didn’t meet again for 5/6 months but we’ve never looked back from there!
Rob proposed on a cliff overlooking Playa de Papagayo in Lanzarote. I really didn’t expect it but it was an amazing surprise!
The wedding was in St. Patrick’s Church, Fohenagh. It’s where I go to mass when I’m at home so it was an easy choice.
The reception was in the Lough Rea Hotel in Loughrea. We wanted a modern hotel between our two home places and once we met with Karen, the wedding coordinator, we knew it was the hotel for us.
We didn’t have a theme – we just wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves, so made our decisions based on that.
My dress was one shoulder, off white, mermaid, royal satin dress by The White One for Pronovias. I actually got it by accident when I went to a wedding dress showcase in Dublin with one of my bridesmaids to pass a Sunday afternoon. My advice to other brides is if you love the dress it will show in your face, don’t doubt your gut.
My shoes were my “something borrowed” from a very good friend of mine whose 21st we met at, so it was a nice way to incorporate that into the day. Wear something comfortable and if you’re wearing a long dress don’t get too bogged down trying to find “the perfect” pair – comfort is key, you’re on your feet most of the day.
I got my jewellery in Debenhams. I wanted a few bits of bling as I wasn’t wearing a veil or there was no sparkle on my dress.
Luxx hair in Castleblakney was my hairdresser. I wanted my hair up in an elegant style to show off the earrings. My hair is quite heavy so I didn’t want it to fall flat when it came to the dancing part of the evening. Make sure and consider your hair type when picking your style as it mightn’t hold the same style as the picture you have in your head.
Sara Duffy from Salthill in Galway was my makeup artist. I wanted a glamorous look which opened up my eyes with the rest just polished.
We got the suits in Bourkes in Ennis. Rob purchased his but we rented the others. They had different styles, slim fit, normal etc. in the same colour which gave all the guys more options.
I got my flowers from Clare’s flowers in Ballinasloe. I wanted pink roses to contrast with the navy in the bridesmaids’ dresses. From just a few photos of ideas Clare put together beautiful pieces that complimented the day perfectly.
A friend recommended Grace Daniels from Ballinalsoe. She had hired Grace for her wedding. It was good advice, all the plates went back to the kitchen empty.
We had The Conquerors. The only request my father had was to have a good band that catered to all age groups, so we went with one of the best!
It was really easy. Paul was non-intrusive while capturing the moments that mattered so much to us. We both felt so comfortable with him around which added to the enjoyment of the day.
Neither Rob nor I are fond of standing for photos so we wanted a lot of natural shots. Looking at Pauls work online he had some beautiful natural photos. When we met Paul he was so nice, that was us sold.
I remember laughing so much with Rob throughout the mass. Our priest kept making little jokes to us to make sure we were relaxed and enjoying the ceremony. It set us up for the day.
We did a tour of Sri Lanka and then went on to the Maldives. Sri Lanka was such a varied country from bustling cities to green forests and some of the biggest beaches I’ve ever seen. The people and the food were amazing. The Maldives were our chance to relax and unwind before coming back to the real world. It was a paradise, cocktails by the pool, snorkelling with rays, white sand, no shoes and great food.
If you can, send out your invites early with an RSVP date about a month to 6 weeks in advance. You’ll still get late replies but we only had to follow up with about 5 people.
I probably would have walked a little slower up the aisle!
Venue :Loughrea Hotel and Spa
Church: Fohenagh Church
Church Music: Orla Tigh
Band: The Conquerors
Hair: Luxx Hair Studio
Flowers : Clares Flowers
Make up: Sara Duffy Make up
Cake : Grace Daniels Cakes