“It was mostly house party with a bit of vintage mixed in – we had a hog roast, Bring Your Own Booze and pizza delivered at 11pm.”
Length of engagement: 7 months | Wedding date: 19th April 2013
Wedding location: St. Patricks Church, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow and Trudder Lodge, Co. Wicklow
Photographer: Fionn McCann, Studio33Weddings
My dress… My dress was The White One (Style: Tango) and was bought, along with my veil and shoes, from Glamorize Bridal in Gorey, Co. Wexford. They were all gifts from my mum who passed away from cancer 3 weeks before the wedding. When the dress arrived, I arranged to go to the shop in Gorey and try it on with my mum there. As much as we didn’t know how long she had left at that stage, I think, subconsciously, I knew this could be the first and the last time my mum saw me in my dress.
We met… When I was in my second year of college in Athlone IT. It was at the start of rag week, February 2004. I had just driven from Dublin that morning and called into the house to drop my things off before heading in to college for the day. When I walked into the sitting room, I saw John sitting on the couch – I thought he was absolutely gorgeous! Although he was a friend of my friends, I had never met him until that morning. That night, after staying close enough to him (in a non-stalker way!) John made a move and kissed me – we were inseparable for the next few months and we both knew that we had found someone very special. However, it wasn’t straight forward, and we were on and off for the next few years. After over a year of having no contact, I woke one morning in July 2008 to find a text on my phone from John saying he hadn’t stopped thinking of me since the last time we saw each other and he asked if we could meet up to talk. To be honest, I was hoping he had finally grown up and realised what we had (to prove to myself that I wasn’t deluded!) When we met, he asked if we could be friends but I admitted to him I couldn’t do that so we decided to go our separate ways. I made it back to the car (barely holding myself together) and was on the way home when John rang me to say that it all came out wrong and he was ready to give it another go and make a commitment. I’ve never felt such opposite feelings in such a short space of time! And from THAT day on… the rest, as they say, is history!
“Needless to say, the plan was out the window and we proceeded to chase the bus into the city centre. I was getting quite flustered at this stage and John was a little confused as to what was up. I felt even more nervous at the thought of walking around the city with an engagement ring and an Armani watch in my handbag!” – Pippa, on her somewhat unconventional proposal to John
Our proposal… I proposed! The plan was to collect John from the Wexford bus and bring him to a spot where we had met the day we got back together for the last time. However, after I picked him up, he told me the bus had driven off before he could get his bag! Needless to say, the plan was out the window and we proceeded to chase the bus into the city centre. I was getting quite flustered at this stage and John was a little confused as to what was up. I felt even more nervous at the thought of walking around the city with an engagement ring and an Armani watch in my handbag! (My engagement ring belonged to my great-great grandmother and was given to me by my mum as a five stone but my fingers are quite little so we had it made into a three stone a few months before).
Our proposal (cont.) Once we got into the city, I parked on the quays and reluctantly agreed to go over to the bus station with John. As we were walking over – he put his arm around me, laughing a little while saying – ‘the way you were acting, I thought you were going to propose or something!’ I nearly puked! I said ‘I’m glad you find it so funny, because I actually was’ and I promptly burst into tears… probably out of pure relief that I didn’t have to conceal my plans any longer (proposals are seriously nerve-racking) John was more than a little stunned but just hugged me and before he could say anything, I asked if we could go back to the car – so we did. I handed him the poem I had written as I knew I wouldn’t be able to hold myself together reading it. He loved the poem which ended by asking him to marry me – to which he answered ‘of course I’ll marry you’ Phew! Then I gave him the watch, followed by the engagement ring to seal the deal! Oh, and John did get his bag back!
“During the ceremony, I lit a candle for my mum, which was emotional to say the least. After the ceremony, John and I went to the cemetery where mum’s ashes are buried so that I could leave my bouquet with her.”
Our ceremony… The wedding ceremony was in St. Patrick’s Church in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow. We chose this Church because my parents were married there 34 years ago. I was also christened there 27 years ago! We had planned to have only candles in the church but inherited the flowers from the previous wedding. We had our wedding rings made and engraved with ‘amori omnino indulge’ or ‘give all to love’, which John chose – so if the translation is wrong, I blame him! My nieces sang several songs during the ceremony; including ‘a thousand years’ at the start and ‘your love keeps lifting me higher’ at the end. During the ceremony, I lit a candle for my mum, which was emotional to say the least. After the ceremony, John and I went to the cemetery where mum’s ashes are buried so that I could leave my bouquet with her.
Our wedding theme… I suppose it was mostly house party with a bit of vintage mixed in! We had a hog roast, Bring Your Own Booze and pizza delivered at 11pm. We had a vintage theme for our cake table which included a naked wedding cake which not only looked amazing – the taste was incredible. Tables were simply laid out with the wine for the meal and lace covered jars as candle holders. Trudder Lodge was perfect for this as we could arrange our own catering, allow guests to bring their own alcohol, and just relax for the evening. We had a buffet as well as we weren’t keen on having plates of food being frisbeed military style!
“We had a hog roast, Bring Your Own Booze and pizza delivered at 11pm!”
Our honeymoon… We both started new jobs four days after the wedding, John in the UK and I started one in Dublin. Honeymoon is therefore on hold for the time being and yet to be decided!
My piece of advice for other brides… All that really matters is having your family and friends there to celebrate the day with you both.
Photographer: Fionn McCann, Studio33Weddings
Make up: Hazel Croly Make-up Artist, Dublin | Hair: Eimaer Geelon, Shankill, Dublin
Suits: Bond Brothers, Goatstown, Dublin
Wedding cake and desserts: Fernanda Power, Cake Time, Shankill, Dublin
Flowers: Appassionata Flowers, Drury Street, Dublin
Catering: Tau Hog Roast, Shankill, Dublin
Videographer: Doug Murray
Band & DJ: The Bentley Boys
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