The day Al had been waiting for had finally arrived! And that my friends is where my husband’s contribution to this post ends. Love that man, but this one is about the details. Imagine sitting down with your favourite people in the world to a delicious meal, wine and beautiful music. Now imagine that this moment is captured for eternity, in pictures of those people’s candid faces. The witty remarks, tokens of love, all the little details preserved in a visual that you can cherish and share. Wow, that ended up sounding a bit
like an opening to a lifetime movie cornier than intended… my apologies, please keep reading…
This was the inspiration behind our wedding, the most important things to Patrick and I when we began planning the BIG day. Luckily for us, we did our research and found one of the best wedding planners in Ireland to make it happen. Annie of Aislinn Events took time to figure out our personalities and then let the magic happen (ok now the corny is over I promise).
As soon as anyone hears that we were married in Ireland, the first question out of their mouths is, why? The answer, honestly, is found in every-person-who-has-ever-been-to-Ireland’s rave reviews and in the following:
It’s stunning. The scenery obviously. I mean we don’t look half bad either, but check out those mountains.
And the people?
Ridiculously Warm and easygoing. Which is why our plan evolved into our perfect day.
Let’s talk about food. From the true Irish breakfast with a cup of perfectly steeped black tea, to the primal platters brought up to the room while we dressed, to the picnic baskets brimming with snacks and champagne, to the incredible dinner with too many courses
for a bride in a wedding gown and surprise treats (homemade fudge anyone?). Michael and the rest of the staff at the Cahernane House took care of us. More so than we could have ever imagined.
So now you think, that’s a lot of champagne and not a whole lot of food- what a gem Derek O’rourke is for not documenting us stuffing our faces- all class that one!
Naturally, when you plan a wedding abroad you need to trust your wedding planner. This may see easy to some, but anyone who knows my type-A
possibly OCD personality can imagine the restraint this took. Annie, always the professional nudged me a couple times to loosen the reins, and did it ever pay off. I mean just look at this venue!
Her expert judgement also came into play when it came to hair and makeup. One of my favourite things about special occasions is the getting-ready-party. We were lucky to have two awesome women partying with us, and also
getting rid of sunburns, tan lines, frizzy hair, making us beautiful. Marilyn McSweeney took her time, listened to each of our weird requests (big eyes, make me look dewey, easy on the powder, etc) and maintained her composure. Tricia from Munster Mobile Hairdressing made our Canadian styles work in the misty Irish weather. The end result? Not too shabby.
Our ceremony was anything but traditional. Dara Molloy listened to our input and performed a beautiful ceremony that represented everything we believe. He included each member of our wedding party (all 8 of them) in a special way. Favourite parts? Probably the tying of the knot and our favourite songs being played on an acoustic guitar by our musician, Sean Treacy.
As you can see we struck gold with our photographer, Derek O’rourke. Not only did he manage to capture our family’s personalities but he put the day together in an amazing stop motion video- talk about talent.
Yes that’s my mom’s homemade primal carrot cake (brought all the way from Canada). A wedding cake tradition… so lovely.
All of those beautiful faces returned from an afternoon exploring Muckross Abbey to the aforementioned dinner. Well, let me tell you, we didn’t get far into the speeches with dry eyes. Again, our fab photographer managed to capture the moment without the dreaded mascara-running-down-cheeks look.