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“With the two dogs and nine ponies looking on in bemusement… I said yes! “

The couple: Magdalena Kyc & Colm MacNiallais
Length of engagement – 11 months | Wedding Date: 8th July 2014
Wedding location: Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Co. Westmeath
Photographer: Art Wedding Photography

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We met… at work in 2004 when I first came to Ireland. I only stayed in the job, and Ireland, for less than a year, but in that time we became firm friends and Colm was the first person to buy one of my paintings. ( We stayed in contact and after 8 long years apart (and thousands of hours spent on Skype), our feelings for each other grew into something special and we both knew we should be together. So Colm drove to Switzerland, I packed my paintings into his car and we made the long journey back to Ireland to begin our life together.

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Our proposal… Our house is surrounded by fields and one gorgeous summers day, we went into one of the fields, with our two dogs, Boo and Bella (St. Bernard and Golden Retriever) to feed carrots to the many horses and miniature ponies there. Just as I gave the last carrot to the pony we call Betty, Colm, in his wellies, shorts and t-shirt, got down on bended knee and said those four big words… ”Will you marry me?” With a squeal of delight, a huge beaming smile and the two dogs and nine ponies looking on in bemusement… I said yes! He had the ring for three weeks before he picked his moment.

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My dress… I bought my dress online on Etsy. It was inspired by “Lorraine” (an Elie Saab Spring 2013 design). It needed slight alterations which were expertly tailored by the lovely Catherine Cross, Rathangan, Kildare. After that the dress looked perfect and felt so comfortable I was able to wear it the whole day until the celebrations ended at 4:30am.

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Our ceremony… was a Humanist ceremony that involved; a wine ceremony, a lighting of the candles ceremony and readings: Wedding Prayer (Robert Louis Stevenson), The Bridge Across Forever (Richard Bach) and Benediction of the Apaches, read by the celebrant, Emma Sides, and I Love You (Roy Croft) read by the groom. We did not want a religious wedding and felt the Humanist ceremony allowed us to make it more personal by letting us choose the various readings and wine/candle ceremonies.

For the music we chose Mendelssohn’s Ave Maria (Franz Schubert), Cavatina (Stanley Myers), Gabriel’s Oboe (Ennio Morricone) and for the  recessional; All You Need Is Love (The Beatles). These were played on acoustic guitar by Michael Watters. From the beginning we wanted an outdoor wedding, with only our closest family and friends and the gazebo was the perfect place. There was rain on the morning of the wedding and for a long time we were unsure as to whether the ceremony would take place outside or in a room in the hotel. Thankfully, the sun came out around noon and from then on, it was a glorious day of sunshine.

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We chose our venue because… We fell in love with it as soon as we saw it. The hotel was small, intimate, and in a wonderful location by Lough Ree. We wanted an outdoor wedding and when we saw the gazebo with the beautiful lake in the background, we knew we would be married there.

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We chose our wedding coordinator because… Celine Kelly was the hotel’s coordinator. She was fantastic. She made sure everything went to plan and was very flexible when we had some last minute ideas. She was so easy to deal with and we couldn’t have asked for a better coordinator. Thank you Celine!

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We chose our photographer because… After looking at many photographers sites, we really liked Sebastian‘s work. It is different and this is exactly what we were looking for. We felt very comfortable with him as soon as we met him and we were very relaxed with having him capturing the day. I cannot stop looking at the beautiful pictures he took. Amazing work. He is definitely someone we would recommend. Thanks Sebastian! {See more of Sebastian’s work at}

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My favourite part of the wedding day… For me, I loved so many moments that I couldn’t possibly choose just one as a favourite. Colm’s favourite part was the celebrations after the dinner. Everything had gone perfectly during the day; the ceremony, the meal, the music and of course the weather was superb. So when he finished his speech, there was nothing left to worry about and he was finally able to enjoy a stress-free evening and he loved having his family and close friends all together dancing the night away. It was such a chilled out, easy going ambience during the day and while it was much more lively at night, it was still a very carefree, joyful atmosphere.

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Our wedding theme/colours… There was a wine theme for our tables and we made the table plan and place names ourselves. We wanted happy, diverse, but simple colours to brighten the day. The wedding cupcakes were different colours as were the wine glass charms and animal brooches that were handmade and bought from – Each heart sold by the Heartfelt project helps to feed and clothe the ladies who craft them, and their families. It also gives back to the community by donating a small portion to a local charity to help fight TB, HIV/AIDS and look after children and old aged men and woman within Makapanstad, South Africa.

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My piece of advice for other brides… Start planning as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time. After all the planning, stressing and work to get everything arranged, enjoy and savour every moment of the day as it goes by so quickly. And don’t stress too much. It will be a fantastic day and worth all the hard work and worry.