“Walking down the aisle to Barry with our daughter and my dad to the sound of our favourite song ‘La Vie en Rose’ was so emotional but a moment I’ll never forget.”
The couple: Barry & Fiona
Length of engagement: 18 Months | Wedding date: 2nd September 2015
Wedding venue: Bellinter House, Co. Meath
Videographer: Vivid Eye Video
We met… We are from the same town so we knew of each other but socialised in different circles. However, one night we got chatting, and the rest is history as they say!
Our proposal… Even after 12 years together and a baby, I was still surprised when Barry got down on one knee! It was on a cold but sunny winter’s morning at Blessington Lakes in Wicklow. The answer was of course, yes!
My dress… Was the first dress I ever tried on and I fell in love with it. I tried on a few more over the next few months but my mind just kept going back to the fully-beaded Theia dress by Irish designer Don O’Neill. I felt out of place in every other style of wedding dress but as soon as I put this one on, it just felt right. I got it in Folkster in Dublin (the bridal section is now in Kilkenny) and Sinead in there was so nice and helpful and she made every visit to Folkster exciting!
My hair and make-up… My hair was done by my lovely sister-in-law Sharon Savage, I wanted a relaxed style and didn’t want to look too different from my usual self. My make-up was by a really good bridal make-up artist, Michelle T. Both hair and make-up lasted well into the wee hours!
His suit… Barry wanted a blue three piece suit and we found the perfect ones in Love Suits in Fairview, Dublin. Peter was really helpful and kitted out all the lads and our Dads for the big day!
Our ceremony… We had a humanist ceremony under the weeping beech tree on the grounds of Bellinter House. There were a few drops of rain about half an hour before the ceremony was due to start, so it was touch and go if it would go ahead outdoors! We took the risk and am so happy we did! Walking down the aisle to Barry with our daughter and my dad to the sound of our favourite song ‘La Vie en Rose’ was so emotional but a moment I’ll never forget… The celebrant Joe Armstrong was really good, and gave everyone a giggle. We felt that the chilled out music by The Kooky Ukes matched the setting perfectly.
We chose our videographer because… We actually only booked the videographer a few days before the wedding and we are so so happy we did!! We weren’t going to get a video at all, but then we thought about how our daughter might forget the day as she grows up so we wanted her to have something to look back on. Barry found Paul from Vivid Eye Video online, we loved his other videos and once we talked to him we knew he would be perfect – Paul is so friendly and was so helpful on the day, but not in any way intrusive. He has a great eye for details and a great ability to capture special candid moments. Every time we watch his video, it brings us right back! He did such an amazing job of capturing our day and all the special moments that we completely forgot about. When we watched it, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
We chose our venue because… The moment we walked in the doors of Bellinter House, we knew straight away this was where we wanted our wedding, and we had only seen the reception! We love the colours and the quirky decor, and the atmosphere is so laid-back and cosy. We wanted our wedding to feel small and intimate and even though we had 120 guests, with Bellinter we had that feeling. We especially loved that we could do the speeches at the fireplace, so they felt easy and relaxed! Amy, the ‘wedding fairy’ there is so nice and easy to get along with and she really helped make our day unforgettable for us. All the staff there are really friendly, nothing is too much trouble for them, we already can’t wait to go back!
Our wedding theme… We both happen to love the colour blue (even my engagement is a blue sapphire!) so we instantly gravitated towards that colour for the wedding. From the moment we got engaged we said we wanted to have a really relaxed and informal day so we went with a relaxed outdoor feel.
My favourite part of the wedding day… We always thought the ‘party’ would be our favourite part but actually it was the ceremony! Having all our family and friends there to witness us exchange our vows and the background sound of the wind blowing through the trees – we loved every minute.
My piece of advice for other brides… get a video, you won’t regret being able to look back on the day! And I found making two lists really helped me stay organised and not forget anything – one of everything you need to do and one of everything you need to get! It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the planning so always remember the real reason why you are doing all this! Then just sit back, enjoy and take the whole day in!
Videographer: Vivid Eye Video | Venue: Bellinter House, Meath | Celebrant: Joe Armstrong | Music: The Kooky Ukes | Evening music: DJ Will Softly | Dress: Don O’Neill Theia Dress, Folkster | Veil & Shoes: Folkster | Wedding Rings: Or Jewellers, Rush | Jewellery: MoMuse & A Box for My Treasure | Hair: Sharon Savage & Denise Bray | Make-up: Michelle T Makeup | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy from Wedding World | Flowers: Wisteria, Skerries | Suits: Love Suits | Cake: Fiona Crosby