“From day one I knew I wanted a winter wedding. I love the cosiness of winter, fires and all things Christmas.”
The couple: Amy & Ger Hughes
Length of engagement: Two years | Wedding date: 19th November 2016
Wedding location: Palmerstown House Estate, Naas, Kildare
Photographer: Konrad Kubic Photography
We met… A long time ago… Fifteen years ago. We were childhood sweethearts…
Our proposal… Came four weeks after Ger was told he was in remission after surgery for cancer. Times like that make you release how precious life is. Ger booked us a weekend to Seafield Hotel in Gorey in the depths of winter, walked me the beach and fell to his knees with a sparkler in hand!
My dress… First shop, second dress. It was a Mori Lee design and I found it in a little hidden gem of a shop called Ciara Rose Bridal Boutique in Celbridge, Kildare. Aisling is so professional and a lovely lady.
Our ceremony… was so special. It was in Saggart Church and Fr. Aidan Kieran made it even more special. It’s the perfect church.
Our wedding theme/colours… From day one I knew I wanted a winter wedding. I love the cosiness of winter, fires and all things Christmas.
His suit… was rented from Richie Whelan’s menswear in Naas, Kildare. I can’t recommend these guys enough! Excellent help from the start and so friendly. Their rental package is such good value, socks, cufflinks and shirts all included!
What our bridal party wore… originally I wanted gold sequins, but when we saw the red dresses on, we knew red was the colour on the girls. They were Jessica Wright dresses from House of Fraser. Well within budget!
We chose our venue because… I fell in love with Palmerstown House Estate when I first set eyes on it. I wanted a location close to home that was not a hotel, and this was perfect, it’s a hidden gem just outside Dublin. The manor house is breathtaking, the scenery is beautiful and the Christmas decorations were up with no fairy backdrops in sight… only candles and fires. All the staff, especially Sinead and Declan, were so accommodating, nothing was too much trouble. They made the day so amazing for us and our guests, the food was outstanding. People still talk about it, they were in awe on the day in the manor house and couldn’t believe that it’s your venue for the day.
We chose our photographer because… His photos are fab! I knew as soon as I saw Konrad Kubic‘s website. I love how he captures expressions and the colours in his photographs just stood out to me. I didn’t want too many staged photographs and knew I would have beautiful photos choosing Konrad. He is a gentleman and so professional at his job. Himself and Monica really became part of our day. I couldn’t recommend him enough.
Our menu… was chosen one evening at the food tasting. The staff were so helpful when we couldn’t decide on our main course, we even had a second tasting with no trouble at all. We went with Chicken Liver Parfait, Vegetable Soup, Turkey & Ham or Beef and Assiete of Desserts. Outstanding food!
My piece of advice for other brides… I had a small budget as we weren’t intending to get a loan, so everything was done with a budget in mind. I think if you plan early and shop around you can create a beautiful wedding that doesn’t cost a bomb. It’s the small things/touches you pick up that don’t cost a fortune that can make a wedding. I made our favours, they were Xmas baubles in gold gift bags with our names handwritten on each bauble. A cheap alternative but very thoughtful, our guests loved them. Don’t let planning a wedding stress you out, it’s to be enjoyed. I didn’t let anything stress me out, I embraced it. It’s one day and it’s your day, so do it your way, and enjoy it.
Wedding photographer: Konrad Kubic | Wedding venue: Palmerstown House Estate | Wedding dress: Mori Lee at Ciara Rose Bridal Boutique | Hair stylist: Ellen Cleary in Salon49 | Make up artist: KaraKara | Band: Pink Champagne (“Book these guys! You won’t be disappointed! Nor will your guests… and bring flip flops, your feet will thank you!”) | Jewellery/head piece: Debenhams | Furs: Paul Costello & Penneys | Bridesmaid dresses: Jessica Wright, House of Fraser
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