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Today’s wedding video belonged to Stephaney & Paddy. The weather may have cooled a little but that certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits & today we hit the road for the Woodenbridge Hotel in the beautifully picturesque Vale Of Avoca in Wicklow. This hotel is the oldest in Ireland, according to their website, for the history buffs among us!
A few wedding day details for you to look at.
Name of ceremony location: The Lodge of Woodenbridge Hotel and Lodge
Reception Name & Location: Woodenbridge Hotel and Lodge
Ceremony Officiant: Dick Spicer
Make Up Artist: Lauren Malone
Hair Stylist: Benita from Benita’s salon
Florist: All About Weddings
Photographer: Noel O’Connor Glitz and Glamour Event Photography
Videographer: Darren Byrne Photography and Film
Photobooth/Selfie Mirror: Noel O’Connor Glitz and Glamour Event Photography
Ceremony Musicians/Singers: Amie Grendon
Wedding Car/Transport: None
Band / DJ: Redwood
Speciality Entertainment (magician/hypnotist etc): None
How did you meet?: Paddy and I went to school in the same area so we had a few mutual friends. We hit it off straight away and quickly became inseparable. Our future was set when we discovered we were pregnant very soon after meeting. Within a year of meeting we had bought our house and had had our daughter. It was a crazy first year but we wouldn’t change it for anything now.
Tell us about the Proposal: Paddy had gone to wave a friend off at the airport who was migrating to Canada but we’d arranged to meet up for dinner later on that day. The time that we’d arranged came and went so I had texted Paddy and he said he was waiting on the bus...2 hours later I was still waiting and getting pretty annoyed so I text again and he said he was shopping in town and for me to trust him, I was really annoyed then when a photo of him and his friends was put on Facebook but he still told me to trust him. He eventually came home quite drunk and called our daughter who was 3 at the time out into the hall, she came back in then with the box in her hand, I looked at it then went out to the hall where paddy was down on one knee...safe to say I was no longer annoyed. Luckily Paddy proposed again an exact year before our wedding date down by the river of our wedding venue and it was very romantic lol
Tell us about the dress : I found my dress in the bridal corner which was the first shop I went to, the girls were so lovely...the dress I chose was the 7th and last dress I tried on and we all fell in love with it. There were a few tears. My mother in law asked if I loved it and wanted it and I said yes so she paid the deposit there and then, I didn’t bring money on the advice of my fiancé as he didn’t want me to make a rushed decision lol. This is was about 18 months before our wedding so I had a long time to wait before seeing it again but I loved it just as much as I did the first time.
Tell Us about the Suits!: Paddy didn’t go to look at suits until about 3 weeks before the wedding, I was quite anxious about it by then. He ordered his waistcoat and bow ties off the internet as he couldn’t buy the red he wanted in store. The lads then went for their last fitting 3 days before the wedding and brought the suits home then. They were perfect although my dads trousers were a bit big as he couldn’t go for a fitting but we disguised it well on the day.
Tell us about your ceremony: We were very set on having a humanist ceremony as we aren’t religious at all and we loved that we could have whatever we wanted. Our officiant was great from the beginning and gave us a few ideas that we used for the ceremony.
The most amazing moment was our daughter Addie playing me down the aisle on the piano. She had practiced for weeks and she was so good. I will forever cherish the memory. I remember messing the vows up a little as I didn’t hear what Dick said, everyone laughed though and I can see the exact moment in our photographs as everyone is smiling. Walking down the aisle and seeing people there is very vague now and hearing the music is all a blur so I can’t wait to see the video.
Favourite Memory Of The Day?: My favourite memory is probably when paddy and I were called into the function room for our first dance. The outstanding cheers from all our guests was brilliant.
I also loved every bit of our ceremony, especially our daughter on the piano and when we walked outside to everyone blowing bubbles, it was an incredible feeling.
What one piece of advice would you give future brides: I would worry less about trying to mingle with everyone and I would make more time for dancing and the photo booth. There’s plenty of time to talk to guests after the wedding.
I think small touches go along way. Our guests are still complimenting us on how personal everything was. It takes time but the finished result is well worth it.
Why Did You Choose Your Photographer?: Our photographer did a family wedding a couple of years before ours and we thought he was brilliant on the day. It was great that we saw him in action before booking him. He also had a backdrop and props as part of his package which meant we didn’t have to think about a photobooth or selfie mirror. He was brilliant all day and captured some amazing moments.
Why did you choose your Videographer?: Our videographer came highly recommended from a wedding group I was on. His name cropped up on every post asking for recommendations and after seeing some videos I was sold. It took some convincing but I persuaded my fiancé that it was the one thing I really wanted. I can’t wait to see it.
Why Did you Choose your reception venue?: We chose our venue as the location was stunning, we fell in love with his character and history straight away. As it’s the oldest hotel in Ireland it had a touch of old and new. We loved it from the beginning and have stayed there a few times. The staff are also brilliant. The food is delicious and I would highly recommend it as a wedding venue.
Tell us about your honeymoon!: As we have a 7 year old daughter we decided that after the wedding we would bring her away for a few days, so we went to Sligo for the week after the wedding. Paddy and I are going to Rome on our honeymoon in October. We thought it would be better to have something to look forward to after the wedding. We chose Rome as I’ve always wanted to go to Italy and we are very much tourists while on holiday so thought it would be ideal to have some adventures.
The wonderfully talented Aimee Grendon provided the ceremony & drinks reception music & had started the ball rolling for the bridesmaids as they made their way down the aisle before the highlight of the day hit everyone by surprise - Aimee moved to the side, and Paddy & Stephany’s 7 year old daughter Addie played The Bridal Chorus - Here Comes The Bride on the piano while her Mam walked down the aisle. There literally wasn’t a dry eye in the room! Videographers included!