Ceremony location: Saint Brigids Church,
Wedding Venue Location: Seafield Hotel & Spa Resort
Ceremony Officiant: Father Mangon
Make Up Artist: Emma fox (friend)
Hair Stylist: Ericka Kidd (friend)
Florist: Local floris - Justin's in Blanchardstown village
Wedding Photographer: The amazing Darren Byrne Photography Ltd
Wedding Videographer: Darren Byrne Photography Ltd
Ceremony Musicians/Singers: Sonya Grimes for our church she was brilliant. we didnt have anyone for our reception
Wedding Car/Transport: AKP Limousines based in Navan.
Band / DJ: ElectricLemon were fantastic and lead singer was our DJ.
Speciality Entertainment (magician/hypnotist etc): We had the brilliant Niall O'Loughlin who's a caricature and lovely guy for our reception.
How did you meet?: We used to work together over 10 years ago in Quinn Direct Insurance days but we never went out at the time.
When I left to go travelling for a year we kept in touch at times and when I came back, I started working in Argos in Blanchardstown and he would pop in with the lads I knew from when I was there and i noticed it was on more than one occasion id see him and he asked me out after a few visits and chats and the rest is history :)
Tell us about the Proposal: We booked a trip to go to New York for a few days as we wanted to see it at Christmas time and it was before we realised we would get our new home soon date we booked. But sure we couldn't not go.
It was December so the Christmas lights and the buzz of christmas coming was in full force. We aimed for The Rockefeller Christmas tree first as I was dying to see it in person. The place was packed with tourists and we had a wander to St Patrick's Cathedral and I messed with him saying, imagine this is us walking up the aisle haha he just laughed at the thoughts. We decided to walk back to the christmas tree and noticed a girl was getting proposed to on the ice rink and I was saying 'oh scarlet for her everyone is around them watching' and a few minutes later Karl turns to me and says I have a question to ask you. I just started to cry Haha I couldn't believe it. And Of course I said Yes :) He didnt get down on one knee but he did when we got back to our hotel.
It was the best feeling ever. I didnt expect it all because we had just got our house and had being doing up before we left. So thought it's not happening as no money left but he had it planned from start the year and had already asked for my dad's permission while he was helping take wallpaper down in our house haha. He said the ring was in his wallet the whole way to New York and was praying security didnt see it on the x rays. But all worked out:)
Tell us about THE dress :): I found my dress over a year before our wedding and in the first shop I went to. It was the Bridal Outlet in Baldoyle. I knew of it from my cousin and a friend getting their dresses there but I was only going in to have a look with my mam and two sisters as I was missing one other bridesmaid that couldn't fly home on time and thought ah sure i will still just go.
I picked 6 to try and we were face timing my bridesmaid so she didnt feel left out and it was my 3rd dress that I knew myself it was the one.I got that feeling most brides say they get. I just got so emotional when I first tried it on and felt like a princess when I looked in the mirror that I knew it was the one for me :) I tried on the remainder but kept thinking back to the 3rd dress that i knew I didnt need to go elsewhere and didnt :)
Tell Us about the Suits!: I just said to Karl once its navy blue colour and you feel comfortable in it then I'm happy haha. He went to Collar and Cuffs in Glasnevin. He knew the owner whose a lovely guy. He looked after Karl and my dad and groomsmen so well, very easy going and nothing was issue when came to the lads popping in different times for measurements etc. The suits were fab on them all on the day I was delighted.
Tell us about your ceremony: Our ceremony turned out better than I could have imagined. I thought I would be a nervous nellie and be anxious with everyone looking at me walking up the aisle etc as when we had our rehearsal I was standing on the alter looking down and I thought oh how am I going to do this. But I really surprised myself as I was so relaxed and stayed calm the whole ceremony, smiling and taking everyone's faces who was there as I knew they there for us and I didnt need to be nervous. I thought I'd be an emotional wreck hearing my song walking up the aisle but I didnt it was mad. I loved the moment hearing my song come on and having my dad by my side to go through it walking up the aisle that you grow up wanting that moment with your dad. I vaguely remember the songs our singer sang and when and see the ceremony as it goes so fast so thats why it will be great to have it on video.
Favourite Memory Of The Day?: Getting ready in my parents home where I grew up, I always wanted to have that tradition as I have so many good memories there and wanted to have that special moment of being with my dad on the drive to the church as I know he did too as he pushed us to get the vintage car saying he could see me and him in it and get our photo together. I'll treasure forever. Walking into my mams dining room for the 1st time in my dress and seeing their reactions was amazing aswell. I have so many memories I'll cherish forever.
What one piece of advice would you give future brides: Don't panic on the day of your wedding. Enjoy every second,taking it in as much as you can as I didnt think it could go by so quickly but it does. Everyone is there for you and your husband so there's no need to worry.
I would looking back not dwell on the decor as much as I did. I found myself second guessing what we did chose when I saw other previous weddings on social media and It's hard especially as your day gets closer you find you panic you haven't done enough but on your day you barely think about it all it's crazy!
I would think of the journey time if getting married in a church that's not near your reception as it does eat into your day but for me I've no regrets as I wanted to be at my mam n dads for the getting ready part where it wouldn't bother other brides. Just depends on what you want.
Why Did You Choose Your Photographer?: Well Darren was recommended by a friend from work to me and looking at his previous work and what he offers was really good for what we wanted. When he asked us to meet him in Starbucks with juliet at the time,we thought it was a brilliant idea and hadn't experienced that before with others we tried. We chatted so easily together and both walked away thinking hes a lovely sound guy and the samples he showed us we loved and just felt he was the perfect choice.
Why did you choose your Videographer?: Same reasons above although on the day it was someone else as juliet had left when came to our wedding but no issues with that
Why Did you Choose your reception venue?: We had looked at 3 other places before we heard of Seafield hotel suggested by my sister to have a look at as she was there for the spa. They others were lovely venues but we just weren't getting that 'this is it' feeling until we walked into Seafields reception and fell in love with it. We were there for a wedding fare and got chatting to Ronan part of the wedding coordinator team and he just sold it to us. The golf clubhouse was also a winner as we could just pictures having that as our reception drinks and for our 2nd day that all worked out as we imagined it'd be.
Tell us about your honeymoon!: Well we haven't gone on our honeymoon yet we decided to to a minimoon to Belfast for 2 days after the weekend of our wedding. We had a lovely time. We were tired packing for it at first as after your wedding you are wiped out for a few days. We booked a titanic tour and a Game of thrones tour and it was great fun.
We are flying to Orlando this September for 6 nights then a Caribbean cruise for 7 nights and Washington DC for 3 nights so we are really looking forward to going on our honeymoon :)
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