We love to see real wedding stories at our favourite venues! Today we’re featuring Radisson Blu, Sligo, Hotel Venue of the Year Connaught for 2018!
The couple: Aisling & Brendan Groarke
Length of engagement: 2 years 1 month
Wedding Date: 16th June 2018
Wedding location: Radisson Blu, Rosses point Sligo
Videographer: Johnny Moran, Wedding Moments
We met… At school!! We have known each other since we were about 12.
Our proposal… Brendan proposed on our 8 year anniversary on a Gondola in Venice, very romantic!
Our wedding theme/colours… The colours were blush pink.
My dress… I got my dress in a bridal shop near where we live in the UK, it is a Maggie Sottero dress.
My hair and make up… Make up was by the fantastic Charlene Flanagan make up. She’s an absolute dream and such a bit of craic to have in the house that morning. Hair was by the hugely talented Lynda from LS bridal in Westport. The amount of comments I had on my hair was unreal she is a magician.
His suit… We bought it from Eddie Murphys menswear in Mayo.
What our bridal party wore… the girls wore dresses I got online in the UK from Dorothy Perkins, the brand was Showcase and they had matching shoes. They were blush pink and the girls looked stunning in them. The boys wore suits rented from Eddie Murphys again who were very accommodating with people flying in from all over and only getting fitted the week of the wedding
Our ceremony… out ceremony was in my local church in Meelick, Swinford. The fabulous Nicola McGuire did our ceremony music and we couldn’t recommend her enough
We chose our videographer because… we looked at all the styles we liked and Johnny seemed to capture the most real and natural moments on his. Plus we knew when dealing with him he was down to earth and would be easy to get along with on the day
We chose our venue because… we had been to weddings in the Radisson previously and always knew we wanted it for our wedding. The food and the venue itself is amazing and their wedding coordinator Denise is fantastic so helpful and knowledgeable she made so many recommendations that really added to our day
My favourite part of the wedding day… so hard to pick!! We had so time just us both in the wedding car travelling from the church in Mayo to Sligo. It was lovely to take it all in. Also looking around the dance floor at all our guests having such a good time after all the planning was a great feeling. And also you can’t beat the craic of a 4am residents bar sing song!
My piece of advice for other couples… as long as you have good music/ entertainment, good food, and good people it will be an amazing wedding. Spend more on those things rather than things people don’t even notice such as favours etc.
Flowers: All about weddings ( they were artificial and amazing) | Car: Abbey Limos- absolute gents to deal with | Hair: Lynda LS bridal | Makeup: Charlene Flanagan | Church music: Nicola McGuire | Photographer and videographer: Wedding Moments| Band: The Elastic Band | DJ: DJ Tommy Elliott | Venue: Radisson Blu, rosses point Sligo | Cake: Lovely Natural Cakes | Stationary: Optimal Print
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.