Sun showers, rain, fast cars and boats, a beautiful wedding in Galway and onto the Radisson Blu in Athlone for an amazing Party.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE TWO OF YOU, HOW AND WHERE DID YOU MEET?
Barry and I met on the 11th of January 2010, I was in college in Athlone and Barry was in Athlone for his last phase of FAS. We dated for the few months he was in Athlone but neither of us wanted anything serious so we remained friends for a while, exchanging regular calls and finally became ‘official’ on June 15th 2011.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PROPOSAL?
We got engaged on the 19th of April 2015. We got up on a lazy Sunday and decided to go for a walk around the woods in Monivea with the dog. We were casually chatting about everything and anything until we got to a castle in the middle of the woods known as the mausoleum, Barry strangely asked me to walk up the steps towards the door when I turned around he was down on one knee. I had always said I would love to get engaged somewhere that meant something to us and that I could revisit or bring our children in years to come so that was the perfect place in my eyes plus it shows he listens . However I also told him to make sure it was a day when I was dressed up or looked nice instead I was walking the dog but I wouldn’t change any of it for the world !
WHERE WAS YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THERE?
Our wedding ceremony was in my church in Ryehill, I was christened there made my communion there etc and couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else.
WHERE WAS YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THERE?
Our wedding reception was in the Radisson hotel in Athlone. We decided to go with that venue as it was a mutual ground for both our families, i.e. between Roscommon and Galway, not only that but from the minute we met with them we were looked after, they genuinely couldn’t have done any more for us. They were so friendly and accommodating to all our needs and wants and for any couple going forward we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them
DID YOU HAVE A CERTAIN THEME OR STYLE FOR YOUR WEDDING?
We didn’t have any theme in mind just simplicity. I didn’t want any fuss or extra expense. We just wanted simplicity and elegance and in my eyes that’s what we achieved.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DRESS AND ANY ADVICE YOU HAVE FOR OTHER BRIDES LOOKING FOR THEIR PERFECT GOWN?
My wedding dress was very simple, very plain with a bit of detail to the back and a slight trail. I did add a belt to add a little bit of sparkle as I felt it needed a little something. My advice to any bride out there trying to find their dream dress, try everything at least then you will know what you do or don’t like, don’t try anything above your budget as you can get disheartened or pressured into paying more than you wanted and more importantly find a dress that’s you, that you will be comfortable in for the day. It’s your wedding day you want to be comfortable enough to eat the meal you’re paying for and dance the night away with your family and friends not just sit looking pretty in this ‘dress’.
WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR WEDDING SHOES AND DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR BRIDES LOOKING FOR THEIR BRIDAL SHOES?
I wasn’t your typical bride, I didn’t really get caught up in the craziness of travelling around the country for the perfect shoes etc. I wanted blue shoes as my something blue and ended up getting them in New Look in Galway.
WHO DID YOUR HAIR AND MAKE-UP WHAT LED YOU TO THE STYLE YOU CHOSE?
My make up was done by a girl called Aisling K in Galway and Melissa Moran from Claremorris did my hair. Our theme was simplicity so again I had a very simple look for both hair and make up.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FLOWERS/BOUQUETS & CAKE?
Both my bouquets and cake were inspired by Pinterest(a girls best friend). Both of which I absolutely loved. I went for a plain white bouquet with a few diamonds and my bridesmaids bouquets had a little splash of pink with green. Our cake was fabulous, it was a tint of green with baby pink butterflies along the side. It sounds horrible but I fell in love with it the minute I saw it!
WHAT LED YOU TO CHOOSE Paul Duane Photography FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?
For our photographer we both agreed we wanted someone that we would feel comfortable with and other than the obvious posed photos we didn’t want to have our full day taken up with taking pictures and not getting any time with our guests. I also hate photos of myself so wanted more natural photos as I feel they are sometimes nicer as you see peoples true reactions. We didn’t hesitate to choose Paul Duane photography as his style was everything we were looking for. Not only that but he has the best personality, he is so calming and friendly. He made us feel so relaxed and reassured us through his little words of wisdom and I felt he really listened to what we wanted out of our day. We could renew my vows or relive our wedding day ten times over and I wouldn’t ever change our photographer. (Hopefully we will be blessed with kids some day and will be back for a photo shoot ).
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM THE DAY?
One of my most memorable moments was when Barry and I pulled up to the hotel on the boat and looked up to see everyone out on the decking. Barry turned to me and said these are all our friends and family all under the one roof, there here for us. Nerves disappeared after that.
CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR HONEYMOON?
We went to Vegas for our honeymoon/30th birthday celebrations for Barry. It was everything you would expect from Vegas. Neither of us are gamblers however so that aspect was wasted on us however we did all the sight seeing. One huge recommendation for anyone visiting in the future is Grand Canyon we landed for 45 mins and had a champagne picnic. It was so picturesque.. too beautiful to describe.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH BRIDES/GROOMS TO BE?
Most important piece of advice we would give to anyone would be to just enjoy it. Its your day don’t try please everyone else. Don’t get caught up with the little things everything will fall into place. Its only one day so live it up and enjoy every minute of it. In my eyes if at the end of the day you are married to your best friend and love of your life then it was a success.
ANY OTHER SUPPLIERS YOU WANT TO MENTION:
We have to recommend our cake supplier Estella Collins from Enchanted Delights she was absolutely amazing, my dress alterations by Trendy Threads, my hairdresser Melissa Moran, our amazing photographer Paul Duane, our band Top of the Popz and all at Radisson Athlone. All of which made our day one we will always treasure and thanks to you we have amazing photos to remind us of these memories, we seriously cant thank you enough Paul.
Sinead and Barry at the Athlone Radisson from Paul Duane on Vimeo.
Venue :Radisson Blu Athlone
Band: Top of the Popz
Hair: Melissa Moran
Make up: Aisling K
Cake : Enchanted Delights