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Magical Time In a Magical Land Wedding of Vicky & Paul in Maple Hotel Bangkok

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We had our wedding in Bangkok, Thailand with all of our family and friends. We had Thai morning ceremony it was 32 degree and we had a wonderful evening reception with nine tier wedding cake.

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Originally published @ Voltaire Weddings Check for more real weddings.

Wedding of Paul and Suzanne in The Westin, Dublin

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Paul and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2011 in the Botanic Gardens. We knew what we wanted for a honeymoon before we started planning the wedding so this is how the date was set for just after Christmas, 28th December 2012. We had a pretty easy time of planning until disaster struck in May…our original venue cancelled leaving us stranded!

Through sheer luck we managed to book for the same day in The Westin Hotel, and looking back, it seemed that it worked out even better than we planned. I’m a graphic designer so I came up with a theme and colour scheme and made all the invitations, menus, place cards, table names, table plan etc.

Our theme was woodland as a nice throwback to where we got engaged. My family is huge but Paul’s is quite small so we decided to keep the reception to 60 people, it made it very intimate and special. We asked along an extra 100 or so to the afters to make a party of it! We think it was the best of both worlds. Our honeymoon lasted 6 weeks, with a week in Sydney, 4 weeks travelling around New Zealand and a week to relax on the way home in Koh Samui. It was such a perfect end to an exciting year of planning and a beautiful winter wedding.

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Originally published @ Voltaire Weddings Check for more real weddings.

Love is Love for #MarcusPhilip @ Kilashee House Hotel and Spa

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You couldn’t ask for a bigger build up to your special day, than three months of what can only be described as your country debating the relevance and importance of the love you have for your partner.

Me and Philip had been together for 12 years, and decided to take the plunge, in whatever capacity we could – it was to be a civil partnership in June 2015, and now, hopefully, an upgrade to Full Marriage later in the year. The overwhelming Yes vote put us and our friends in great spirits for what was the Biggest and Best day of our lives.

On June 13th, Myself and Philip entered into a Civil Partnership in Kilashee House in Naas. We arrived the night before, with our immediate family, and began the celebrations, quietly, with a slap up meal and a few proseccos at the Hotel Bar.

We awoke early on the day of the wedding, to utilise the Hotel gym and leisure facilities. While Philip worked out, I made the most of the sauna and Jacuzzi! One of the benefits of having the service at the Hotel, was planning a late kick off. It gave us plenty of time to relax and enjoy the day. Obviously, as 3:30pm fast approached, you realise there is never enough time.

Although two guys don’t really require the service of a make up artist, weddings are not just about the happy couple. We had Ken Boylan in to beautify our family, and also utilised the services of the Hotel Stylists.

The food after the ceremony was just superb. I have never had a better chocolate chip cookie. The guests were raving about it all. This was even surpassed at the meal. The hotel did so much better than we had planned. We had so many compliments – the best fillet beef you can imagine, just melted in your mouth.

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We had a spiritual ceremony, presided over by Deborah Boyle. It was more than just special. We worked with Deborah to personalise our service, and she encouraged us to write the ceremony and even the readings. Obviously, we are a little biased, but it was truly amazing. Deborah looked the part and moved us all with her words. The hotel prepared the room just as we asked, curtains were pulled and candles and rose petals covered the room. The music was just magical, as was the voice of Nikki Kavanagh. We had agreed the entrance song months earlier, but as a surprise, Philip had changed it to Suddenly, by Angry Anderson – any 30-something’s guilty wish- this is when the tears started, and pretty much didn’t end until the next morning.

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We dreaded the speeches. We had no groom party, so it was just the two of us. We decided to do them before the meal, so we could hopefully enjoy the rest of the day. Perhaps it was the shot of vodka, or perhaps it was just the intimacy of the room, and seeing the faces of your loved ones with big smiles, but you had to battle to take the microphone from us, in the end.

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The wedding cake was amazing. Amazing Cakes lived up to their name. It looked special, was unique to us, and was just as we had imagined, and it tasted divine.

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The DJ was from Midland DJs. Now, once again bias probably kicks in again, but the DJ did exactly as we had asked. Obviously not everyone would have our tastes, but he kept the dance floor filled for the entire night, and pretty much kept to our requests and guidelines, which I suppose is all you can ask for.

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My words don’t describe how the day made us feel. You hope for perfection, and you quietly expect to be a little disappointed – you are waiting for something to go wrong – but it never happened. It was truly our dream wedding, from walking up the aisle, to burning off the food on the dance floor – we just want to do it all over again. (Bring on our Civil Marriage).

Originally published @ Voltaire Weddings Check for more real weddings.

Common Wedding Dress Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Every bride-to-be looks forward to that time when she’ll find her perfect wedding dress. Unfortunately, the process of searching is never simple. If you don’t take some factors into consideration, the process can turn out to be a disaster. Before you hit the stores, learn from the common mistakes people make when shopping for wedding dresses and avoid them at all costs.

Bringing Too Many People
Some brides make the gross mistake of going shopping with too many friends or family members. It becomes harder for them to make a decision because of having to deal with five or more different opinions. With many conflicting opinions, your opinion which is the most important gets lost. Only bring one or two people that you know will give you an honest opinion and help you get a dress that suits your style.

Buying a Dress You Don’t Like
There are brides that buy dresses they are not completely in love with because of pressure from their entourage or stylist. If you find yourself liking a certain dress but having some doubts, or feeling pressured to make a purchase by the people you’re with, it’s best to leave the shop empty-handed. Go home and sleep on it. If a day or two passes and you still have the dress in your dreams, go ahead and buy it. If you lose any enthusiasm you had for it, forget about it and continue your search for the perfect dress. When you find ‘the one’, you won’t stop picturing yourself walking down the aisle in it. Once you try it on, you won’t want to take it off.

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Sticking To One Style
The style you have in mind may not be the best option for you, owing to several factors such as your body shape and looks. You’ll have to try on different styles to find out which ones flatter your body the best. You should be open minded and ready to listen to the advice of the bridal shop staff that have a lot of knowledge on the dresses that compliment particular looks and body shapes.

Shopping Too Early
If you start shopping more than 12 months before your big day, there are high chances of buying a dress and regretting later on. As time progresses, a new collection, which may impress you more than the purchase you made, may be released. Even worse, the dress may not match the other wedding details. You should only start shopping for a wedding dress after you’ve selected the venue and theme.

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Shopping Too Late
Shopping for a dress when your wedding date is fast approaching will limit your options. You need a few extra months to get the ideal dress and make alterations. A custom made dress can take 4-6 months to complete. You should also spare 2-3 months for making adjustments.

Failure to Account for Extra Costs
It is common for brides to spend all the money allocated to the wedding dress on just buying it. Tax, shipping fees, undergarments and accessories are some of the extra costs that should be taken into consideration. It is also worth remembering that the gown you buy will most probably need a few alterations.

Being Influenced By Discounts
Don’t be swayed by deep discounts to buy dresses you don’t love. Some brides make the mistakes of hurriedly buying dresses from sample sales and end of season sales, only to end up spending a fortune in alterations. Before buying from a sale, ensure the dress fits almost perfectly and does not have damages that cannot be fixed cheaply and easily.

Trying On Dresses That Are Beyond Your Budget
It is a big mistake to try on a dress that is outside your budget. Imagine what would happen if you fell in love with such a dress after trying it on? You will feel heartbroken and disappointed by dresses that are within your budget limits. Avoid this by only trying on dresses that you can afford and letting the stylist know your budget prior to selecting any gown.

Trying On Too Many Dresses
Brides who’ve tried on hundreds of dresses become overwhelmed and find it hard to find any that stands out. If you’re trying on more than ten dresses each day, they’ll soon start blurring into each other and you’ll even forget which dress it was that delighted you the most. Limit yourself to just a handful of dresses per appointment, and a maximum of two appointments per day.The beautiful bride against a window indoors

Ordering the Wrong Size
A common mistake made my brides is ordering a gown size that is smaller than their current body. Many usually do this in the hope that they will shed off some extra pounds before the big day. A point to note is that it is easier to alter a dress to fit your body than it is to change your body to fit a dress. Moreover, if you fail to lose your target weight, you’ll spend tons of money on alterations. The safest bet is to order your dress in your current size.
Avoiding these mistakes will make finding your dream wedding dress much easier. Once you’ve found the perfect one, stop shopping!

Originally published @ Voltaire Weddings Check for more real weddings.

Alisia & Richard Wedding at Ballymaloe House

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Alisia and Richard live in America, she’s Irish and he’s American.Their wedding was in Ireland. The ceremony was at Our Lady Star of the Sea church in Ballycotton, Co Cork and the reception at Ballymaloe House, Cork. Pictures were taken by an amazing Ewa Figaszewska. We love the way they express themselves on pictures! Hope you’re gonna like them too!

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Ceremony: Our Lady Star of the Sea church in Ballycotton, Co Cork
The reception: Ballymaloe House, Cork 
The flowers: The Village Florist, Castlemartyr
The makeup: Solas Health & Beauty, Cloyne
Photography: Ewa Figaszewska

Originally published @ Voltaire Weddings Check for more real weddings.

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