“Our proposal happened in the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, close to where we had met and where we had gone on many walks together…”
The couple: Ailbhe Harnedy & Adam O’Reilly
Length of engagement: 9 months | Wedding date: 17th April 2015
Ceremony location: Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool, Cork
Wedding venue: Castlemartyr Resort, Cork
Photographer: Trish, Insight Photography
We met… during our first year in college in Glasnevin in Dublin when we moved into the same ‘digs’. Although it took a few years for romance to blossom!
Our proposal… happened in the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, close to where we had met and where we had gone on many walks together – especially to walk off a hangover!
My hair and make-up… My hair was done by Audrey from Upstyle Junkie and make-up was by Liz McCarthy.
My dress… was ‘Lucille’ by Eliza Jane Howell. It was purchased in Lilac Rose in Limerick and the alterations were done by Hanna Blackmore from Little Island.
What the wedding party wore… The bridesmaids wore Lori Lee dresses from Coast, the boys wore suits from Monza Menswear and the flower girl wore a dress from Macy’s in New York.
Our ceremony… was held in the Church of the Annunciation in Blackpool, Cork. The ceremony music was by Claire Cunningham, Dan Burns and the Rua String Ensemble.
We chose our photographer because… I’ve heard people saying before that a photographer can make or break your day. I never really understood this until my own day. Timings are very important and Trish, from Insight Photography, was exceptional at organising this – if only I had stuck to her guidelines! Even at this though she was able to adapt to any changes that came along. You would hardly realise that Trish was there but yet she made her presence known when she required an action. She was much more than a photographer as she gave us bits of advice like which side of each other we needed to stand etc. After the church, herself and Videographer Sinead from Under the Apple Tree advised us to stand outside the church which we really appreciated afterwards. You would think this would be a natural thing to do as it was a nice day but when there is so much going on it is great to get some guidance. In addition I had decided I would like a female photographer after seeing Trish in action at a friend’s wedding. On our wedding day the thought struck me a few times that I was so glad we had a female photographer. Trish was also extremely patient with all of our guests which we thought was lovely! I would highly recommend Trish and Insight Photography as she has everything you would want in a wedding photographer and I haven’t even mentioned the photos!
My favourite part of the wedding day… Drinks reception and dancing!
My piece of advice for other brides… Get the luggage logistics right for the day!
Our wedding theme/colours… ‘rustic Art Deco!’ Pink, peach, gold, navy, royal blue and ivory!
Wedding venue: Castlemartyr Resort | Photographer: Insight Photography | Wedding dress: Eliza Jane Howell at Lilac Rose Boutique | Bride’s shoes: Rachel Simpson | Bridesmaid’s dresses: Coast | Hair: Upstyle Junkie | Make-up: Liz McCarthy | Rings: CM Weldon | Church music: Claire Cunningham, Dan Burns and Rua String Ensemble | Invitations: Susan Cunningham | Flowers: Fox flowers – Sharon | Cheese cake: Sheridans, decorated by Castlemartyr | Sweet table: Bite Size, Midleton | Wedding band: Spring Break
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.