SINEAD & GERARD
13 June 2014 / Tulfarris Hotel, Co Wicklow
We both grew up in Templeogue just around the corner from each other and we went to the same school but we didn’t really know each other. In February 2005 we were both out separately with friends in Tramco in Rathmines, there is a bit of debate over who approached who, but I’m pretty sure it was him!
We got engaged in September 2013, Gerard was due to collect me from work one Friday evening, but I got a last minute phone call to say I would have to get the bus home as he had to work late. Needless to say I wasn’t happy that I had to get two buses home in the rain! But when I got home there were candles all over the hall in the shape of an arrow pointing to a heart shape in the sitting room where Gerard was on one knee! He asked me to marry him and because I was completely shocked I replied “why aren’t you at work?!” followed very quickly by a “yes!”
Our wedding theme/colours…
We didn’t really have a theme, I was happy for the bridesmaids to pick their dresses themselves and we didn’t have a color in mind. My mum was like my 4th bridesmaid because she was giving me away, so it was important for her to match the bridesmaids. The girls picked a navy JS Collection dress from House of Fraser and my Mum wore a pink and white Sonia Pena dress from Nicola Ross boutique in Naas. So our color scheme became pink and navy. I brought a piece my mum’s outfit and the bridesmaid dress into Caoimhe in Joy’s Flowers and she sourced beautiful roses to tie it all together.
My dress was a TM Couture dress from Tamem Michael in Ballymount, it was the first shop I went to and the first dress I saw, I loved it straight away and didn’t want to take it off!
We chose our photographer because…
Trish was recommended to me by a friend who was bridesmaid at one of her past weddings and I was so thrilled she was available for our wedding date. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough, from the minute she arrived at the house that morning she made everyone feel so relaxed and comfortable. She was so efficient and had all of our group photos taken in no time which meant we could enjoy the drinks reception with our friends. The slide show after dinner was one of the highlights of the whole day for me, and when we arrived back from our honeymoon our photo disc had arrived, it was lovely to come home to the memories of the day!
My favourite part of the wedding day…
We loved the whole day from start to finish, I loved getting ready in my mums with the girls, and seeing all of our friends and family up dancing all night, it was brilliant. But we both loved the ceremony. I think we were so busy planning the reception we didn’t think we would enjoy the ceremony so much, getting married was definitely our favourite part of the day!
My piece of advice for other brides…
Make sure you are happy with your band and photographer, they are so important to the day going smoothly. Both Trish (our photographer) and The Panoramics (our band) made the day, they were brilliant! Don’t get stressed about little details that nobody will notice, just relax and enjoy all your family and friends together enjoying themselves in one room, when will that happen again!
Hotel: Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort
Hair: Sian Sharkey
Make up: Alyson Smyth
Band: The Panoramics
Church Music: Tara Harrison, Eugene Quinn, Declan Quinn
Flowers: Joys Flowers Ranelagh
Rings: Paul Sheeran Jewellers
Dress: Tamem Michael
Suits: Best Menswear Dundrum