"Any day spent with you is my favourite day. So today is my new favourite day" - Winnie The Pooh
Shooting in Trim Castle Hotel is a favourite of ours - why? Because I (Darren) love being so close to home and Juliana..well she loves the burgers in the restaurant at dinner time :)
Lets find out more about this couple & wedding - on the day the Pope was in Dublin!
How did you meet?
We met in Benedicts in Belfast I (Suzanne) was up visiting friends for the weekend and Craig was out celebrating his team winning the league
Tell us about the Proposal
Well it began when I was 7 months pregnant and Craig asked me out for lunch in Belfast (where he is from) while walking to lunch he stopped outside a jewlers and a lady open the door and said good afternoon Craig great to see you and he told me to go inside.. Craig had made plans to see three jewlers that day and then brought me for lunch in the merchant.. he then told me that the next day he would be bringing me to my home town of Dublin where he also picked three jewlers and brought me for lunch in the westbury hotel. The day after Dublin he came home from work with a book printed up and inside was all the rings, the details of the shops and all the rings spec I then I had to eliminate afew then leave the rest to him... then 9 months on a trip to Disney land Paris led to the proposal at the Disneyland firework show with our son jack there to witness I must say it was unreal but he did make me wait lol
Tell us about THE dress :)
Well the dress was first spotted in a Window of a bridal store in glasnevin by my sis and maid of honour Deborah she phoned me as said oh I’ve seen a dress and you need to try it on... we hadn’t even booked a venue at this stage lol .. so when we decided on a venue and had date set I phoned the shop to see about the dress and they told me it was no longer in stock 🙈 I forgot about it for awhile until my friend picked her wedding dress in angel star bridal Lisburn road Belfast and told me the Facebook page so I took a look at there stock and low and behold up came the picture of the dress.. I contacted the shop straight away and they told me they had one in stock which was a size 10 (bridal size 8 in my book lol) .. so I booked to see it and tried it on I loved it but was worried as it was too small but I was adamant I would fit .. it was my first dress to try on and it ended up being the one... I did try another 20’or so after that just to be sure but always got drawn back so it was my sis who picked it and when she got married I picked hers x
Tell Us about the Suits!
Suits where from focus menswear... my dad before he passed away picked the double breasted waistcoat that Craig wore on the day.
Tell us about your ceremony
We had a civil ceremony in the hotel - and we wanted to involve the kids. My mam walked me down the aisle as my dad past away in April this year but with my aisle runner, pictures and family there I felt his presents. We done the lighting of the candles and also then to involve the kids we done a sand ceremony.
Favourite Memory Of The Day?
Literally everything I loved and enjoyed every second of the day. From my mams house getting ready, to my police escourt due to the popes visit lol.. in fairness who would ever get that on there big day. My brothers and sisters suprising me with an ABBA tribute.. my hubby doing a sketch of the pope and when he told me that he had for the words of our first dance engraved in our rings - his saying “people fall in love in mysterious ways” and mine saying “even with a touch of a hand” ... this were picked because the night we met he had only touched my hand and told me he would marry me one day but not in a church —- mixed marriage
What one piece of advice would you give future brides
Do not sweat the small stuff... take in every second of your day you have worked hard to get here.. what I found good was during courses of the meal I went around tables briefly chatting to my guests so I got a chat with everyone and then when the music started I just danced the night away and never got caught sitting (as we all know how it is when people get tipsy) ye could end up losing an hour of your big day listening to a drunken conversation we’re all guilty lol. Also definitely find 10 minutes or so with your new hubby to go to your room to take in the day and how each other felt when you seen eachother first
Why Did You Choose Your Photographer?
Initially i seen Darren promoting an offer and the more I researched his pics etc and chatting over mail I knew this was the photographer for me. Nothing I asked was ever a problem and all correspondence he was quick getting back to me.
Why did you choose your Videographer?
As part of the photography package. Loved looking up other weddings done and how family members get interviewed etc I loved that touch.
Why Did you Choose your reception venue?
My bridesmaids sister got married there and my bridesmaid is a chef so she was able to tell me how good the venue and the food was. We decided to drive to see it one day and even before we got there we knew it was the one.. the drive from my mams home in ballyfermot was amazing and we just loved it instantly and also when we met the wedding planner Laura she was just amazing and nothing was ever an issue.. Laura is outstanding at her job and even with a sudden bereavement within her family she still attended to us the day before our wedding and after and ensured every staff member was prepped with what we wanted. The venue is outstanding
Tell us about your honeymoon!
We booked to go to Barcelona for a mini moon for four days away from the kids.. Craig turned 40 on the 29th of August so we used it as a joint mini moon and birthday present. It was amazing and I even treated him to a Barcelona game in the big stadium - brownie points for that big time. We stayed in the gran hotel Florida it was high up in the mountains but was only 20 mins bus into the main Barcelona city centre and it was amazing over looking the whole of Barcelona with a spa and major relaxation just what we needed. We will definitely go back again. Craig treated me also to the merchant in Belfast before we headed off which was a fab start to our trip 👍🏻
The Who's Who Of The Day
Name of ceremony location
Trim castle hotel
Reception Name & Location
Trim castle hotel
Make Up Artist
Cherry blossom flowers
Juliana @ Darren Byrne Photography & Film
Fiona Grayson harpist
Lawlors chauffeurs Palmerston
Band / DJ
Men in Black
Speciality Entertainment (magician/hypnotist etc)
ABBAFERMOT AKA MY SIBLINGS
THE POPE AKA MY HUBBY