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Outdoor Fairytale – Wedding Of Amy & Jonathan in Maryborough House Hotel

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Jonathan and I are together 13 years now, having met and fell in love when we were still in school. We have two beautiful children Abigail 10, and Nathan 6. We wanted to get married for so long, and we wanted to make it as memorable experience so we saved and saved whilst planning the day of our dreams. I have always thought outside the box and racked my brain for something we could do for our wedding that would ‘wow’ our guests.

After deciding on the Maryborough House for our wedding I then got thinking if it was possible to hold a ceremony outdoors. Seen as the grounds are so beautiful. I got to Googling and although the outdoor ceremony was not legally passed yet, there were no laws against it either. I booked a minister, Miriam Fitzgerald, with the Spiritual Union of Ireland and she talked us through the choices of ceremonies. I did not realize how personal the ceremony would be, as Jonathan and I were talking to Miriam, she was taking notes on her impression of us as a couple. She personalized the whole ceremony around that.

I booked Cork Weddings and Events for flowers and decor. Iris loved the challenge of creating something different and this was her first out door wedding, she explained how she would create an aisle in the gardens and use flower arrangements and arch to compliment the surroundings. My mind was instantly put at ease knowing we were on the same page and visualizing the same thing :)

Annmaria was our wedding consultant with the Maryborough. She was equally as excited about the hotel’s first outdoor wedding. She reminded me that we are in fact in Ireland and the weather us a huge factor. Annamaria assured me that we would have a back up ceremony space ready should the weather not be on our side, we had meetings and lunches in the build up to the big day and I was really confident that she had everything under control, from the ceremony space to the drinks reception and choice of food for our guests.

Months went on as Jonathan and I were booking cars, music, suits, hair makeup etc. We decided not to tell our guests about the outdoor ceremony as it wasn’t certain due to unpredictable weather.

When our day came around 29th of May 2014, we were truly blessed! It was 20°c and no sign of any rain. Jonathan was nervous that we would be mid ceremony and it start lashing but somehow I wasn’t thinking like that, I was very positive and felt a sense of all is going to plan :) Jonathan said when he saw our guests arrive and they were escorted out to the gardens, each and everyone of them had a look if awe and surprise on their faces!

Our ceremony was unique and personal with a teary reading from my brother which left a lot of our guests in tears to a beautiful sansands ceremony to include our children and symbolize the union of our family. The singing was by Gemini, who were breath taking!
After the ceremony, our guests simply had to walk a few steps to the dome marquee for the drinks reception, The lounge man set the tone and atmosphere with his swing/Bublé style and waiters served canopes and prosecco. We had our photographs, done by Klickapic Cork, all outdoors. It was nice to see our guests enjoying themselves whilst we were photographed :)

After the drinks reception our guests were called to the Sherrard Suite for the meal, after everyone was seated, Jonathan and I made our entrance to a very apt song ‘Happy’ by Pharrel Williams. I think we floated in to the room instead of walking!
Everyone loved the food, there was full and plenty and the wine was flowing. The atmosphere was electric! I remember saying to Jonathan whilst we were at the top table ” this is amazing, look at all our friends and family enjoying themselves”. Jonathan told me of his relief that it didn’t rain for the ceremony! He was more nervous about that than me being late it think! :)

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Gemini set up again for the evening entertainment, the dance-floor was never empty from start to finish. They really know how to please a crowd! I don’t know where we got the energy from but we managed to continue to festivities right through until 6am! The staff at the Maryborough were still poring champagne and treating us like royalty :) It really was an amazing unforgettable day and the feedback and comments from our guests were overwhelming.

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I hope you have enjoyed our little outdoor fairytale. Wish we could do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing! :)

Originally published @ Voltaire Weddings Check for more real weddings.

The Perfect Day Of Annmarie & Niall in Radisson Blue Athlone

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Our wedding day was the most perfect day ever. We had the time of our lives. Would happily do it all again tomorrow and not change one thing.

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Originally published @ Voltaire Weddings Check for more real weddings.

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.

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