Sinead and Barry at The Radisson Blu in Athlone

Sinead & Barry – May 2017

Radisson Blu Hotel – Athlone

We all love a good love story, words and giggles by Sinead and Barry, photos by me.

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.

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Venue :Radisson Blu Athlone

Band: Top of the Popz

Hair: Melissa Moran

Make up: Aisling K

Cake : Enchanted Delights

 

Selma and Alan – Killaloe Hotel and Spa

Selma and Alan

March 16th 2017

Killaloe Hotel and Spa

When I met Selma and Alan for the first time, I knew I was going to enjoy their wedding. They had so many great little ideas to sprinkle into their day. Their venue, The Killaloe Hotel and Spa is stunning, their church in Cratloe is so quaint and beautiful and they themselves are just a lovely, fun couple. So we just needed the unpredictable March weather to play ball with us, and fast forward to their wedding day, it did indeed. In the Church, Selmas’ sister Pollyanna provided the musical backdrop and Clare from I Do Candle Lighting had the church decor looking spectacular. With a ceremony filled with giggles and a few tears of happiness we headed off to Killaloe where the sun had come out to play.

Back at the Killaloe Hotel, the guests were again treated to Pollyanna singing as they waited for Selma and Alan to arrive. Once there they were looked after so well by the hotel manager Catherine. With speeches over and the rain still holding off , we popped out for some fresh air and a few night time shots, then back inside to dance the night away.

Thank you again guys for allowing me to share your special day with you.

Safe flights on your honeymoon and hope you enjoy

Paul

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Jemma and Bridget – Waterford Medieval Museum

Jemma and Bridget
The Tower Hotel Waterford

I love shooting all over the country, it is just amazing to see different people on one of the most important days of their lives. Getting to shoot Jemma and Bridgets Wedding in Waterford was guaranteed to be another great day. They had so many fantastic ideas laid out for their day, Star Wars, cool socks, camper vans, an amazing setting for the ceremony to name a few but the best part was that they just wanted to enjoy themselves.
Its not every day I get to shoot a wedding in a 600 year old wine cellar, and its not everyday that guests get to take part in such an intimate and moving ceremony, but this was the day and Jemma and Bridget said their I do’s in one of the most romantic settings, the Mayors Wine Vault in the Waterford Medieval Museum. They were joined by family and friends from all over, Dublin accents, New York accents and of course a few Waterford ones too, all cheering and applauding the happy couple. We made a quick stop across the road to the Bishops palace and then it was back to the Tower Hotel  where the party kicked off.

Thanks again guys for having me as part of your big day, it was an absolute honour.

Here are just a few photos from an amazing day in Waterford City.

Paul

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June and Rob- Loughrea Hotel

June and Rob – September 2016

Loughrea Hotel and Spa

We all love a good love story, words and giggles by June and Rob, photos by me.

 

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

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!

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PROPOSAL?

Rob proposed on a cliff overlooking Playa de Papagayo in Lanzarote. I really didn’t expect it but it was an amazing surprise!

WHERE WAS YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY AND WHY THERE?

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.

WHERE WAS YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION AND WHY THERE?

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.

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

We didn’t have a theme – we just wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves, so made our decisions based on that.

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

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.

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

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.

WHERE DID YOU FIND YOUR JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FLOWERS/BOUQUETS?

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.

WHAT LED YOU TO CHOOSE THE WEDDING CAKE YOU DID?

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.

WHAT BAND DID YOU HAVE FOR THE EVENING, AND WHY?

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!

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CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PHOTOGRAPHY PART OF THE DAY

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.

WHAT LED YOU TO CHOOSE PAUL DUANE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?

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.

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

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.

CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR HONEYMOON?

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.

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

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.

IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO REDO THE WHOLE THING AGAIN, WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING?

I probably would have walked a little slower up the aisle!

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Venue :Loughrea Hotel and Spa

Church: Fohenagh Church

Church Music: Orla Tigh

Band: The Conquerors

HairLuxx Hair Studio

Flowers : Clares Flowers

Make upSara Duffy Make up

Cake : Grace Daniels Cakes

Sorcha and Adrian in the Salthill Hotel, Galway

Sorcha and Adrian

Salthill Hotel, Galway

November 2016

When you get to take part in an Arann Island wedding, you know its going to be a fun day, and Sorcha and Adrians’ wedding was just that. The clouds parted, the sun came out, although the temperature was pretty baltic but most importantly, the rain stayed away. Adrian and the boys enjoyed a morning of Football, scones and tea in the Galway Bay, while Sorcha and the girls over in the Salthill Hotel, went for the more traditional glasses of bubbly. With the girls’ hair and makeup perfected, courtesy of the fabulous duo of Caroline Coyne and Natalie O’Brien, and Sorchas bridesmaids helping her into her “gúna” it was time for the important part of the day.

I love the Claddagh church, there is something so special about it, and today it looked fantastic as always. The ceremony was held “as Gaeilge”  and the Ignite Gospel Choir providing its beautiful soundtrack. Rings exchanges and vows said, it was out the door into the winter sun as Husband and Wife. The party moved back to the Salthill hotel, with some trad music before dinner and speeches, “as Gaeilge” of course, before Pyramid took to the stage to get everyone dancing.

Congratulations Sorcha and Adrian, it was an honour to have been part of your day.

Paul

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VenueSalthill Hotel

ChurchSt Marys, The Claddagh

Photography: Paul Duane Photography

Church Music: Ignite Gospel Choir

Band: Pyramid

HairNatalie O’Brien

MakeupCaroline Coyne