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Super Heroes & Smarties – Trudy & Mark’s Day At Ballymagarvey Village

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Trudy and Mark wanted above all else, for their guests to have fun, laugh and make special memories, and it looks like they achieved all this and more. Read on for this creative couples’ comic book table plan, ’80s influence and plenty of good old Irish craic! The day was photographed by Gary Barrett Photography.


Trudy, a pension administrator from Palmerstown already knew the person who was to become her husband, Mark, a credit controller from Clondalkin through friends for over ten years, but as she said, it took those ten years for Mark to make his move!

“When Mark did ask me out we had our first date on Dun Laoghaire pier and our first kiss that same night. We haven’t looked back since!”

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After four years of being together, which included adding to their family with an adopted dog Molly, Trudy and Mark discussed marriage, but Trudy didn’t know when the engagement would happen.

“Mark had bought and collected the ring earlier that day, which was a Tuesday, and had planned to ask me that weekend in Dun Laoghaire where we had our first date. He arrived at my parents’ house pretending to have car trouble, and with the bonnet up and the two heads underneath he told my dad his plans. I don’t know how my mam kept it a secret from me! Luckily for her she didn’t have too long to wait as the ring was burning a hole in Mark’s pocket, and so the proposal happened later that night!

I was just washing the dishes and when I turned around Mark was on one knee on the kitchen floor with the dog sitting beside him and the ring in the box – I was so shocked that instead of saying yes, the first thing I said was ‘oh no I have my rubber gloves on!’ I didn’t want to get engaged in my marigolds!

It was the perfect proposal for me, such a total surprise, I can’t say I would have been as surprised if the original plan in Dun Laoghaire had gone ahead as I think I would have known something was up!” explained Trudy.

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The couple soon decided on a summer wedding, giving themselves eighteen months to plan the event.

“I loved the planning side, I loved getting in touch with the different suppliers and getting prices and the endless internet searches every evening! We didn’t find it stressful at all until it got closer to the day when it felt like we were running out of time a bit! I would definitely recommend a few days off work before the wedding, you don’t realise how much there is to do!” added Trudy.

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Their ceremony was held at St Philomena’s Church, Palmerstown.

“We were both very nervous and held each other’s hand throughout the ceremony, which really helped us both! My favourite memory is being at the top of the altar and then turning around to see Trudy for the first time in her beautiful dress, looking stunning.” added Mark.

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The reception was held at Ballymagarvey Village which had been given a fun scheme with lots of DIY elements.

“We made our place name holders from old wine corks and added pastel coloured paper flowers to match the wedding flowers.”
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“We had a DIY table plan and table names – each table was named after a different superhero and the table plan itself was done in the style of a comic book cover.”
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“We also made our favours – we had jam jars with ribbons tied on, filled with smarties, and we used them to hold our cake pop favours.”

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We had the Filipino band Tropical Storm playing during the meal, right at the end for their last song they came to the top table signing Ring Of Fire and had each of us sing a line. I will always remember our priest getting right into the spirit of the moment singing away!
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“The speeches were a highlight for me, especially my dad’s, it was so good, everyone was coming up to me afterwards commenting on it. Thankfully we had no huge disasters that we know about anyway! Everything seemed to go like clockwork at the reception which was mainly down to the staff at Ballymagarvey who were brilliant.” added Trudy.

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“We also had a few silly things for when our 80s band Spring Break came on – 80s shutter shades and blow up instruments. I loved seeing everyone’s Facebook profile pics for the few days after the wedding as everyone had the shutter shades on!” explained Trudy.
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Trudy & Mark’s Wedding Details

Photographer: Gary Barrett Photography

Ceremony: St Philomena’s Church, Palmerstown

Reception: Ballymagarvey Village, Co. Meath

Dress: Anabel Rose

Shoes: Badgley Mischka from Amazon

Jewellery: Debenhams

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Mori Lee from New York Dress

Hair / Makeup: Powder Room Girls

Flowers: Sweetpea & Thyme

Grooms wear: Aston Formal Wear

Transport: Heffernan Wedding Cars

Entertainment: Tropical StormSpring Break

Videographer: D Digital


We love the personality in this wedding! Would you be so brave to choose such a bold table scheme? Let us know with a comment below.  

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