This gorgeous real wedding in Ireland had stunning shades of turquoise and white…
WHO: Charlotte and Cathal
WHERE: Fossa Church, Killarney, Ireland
WHEN: July 2012
PHOTOGRAPHER: Niall McGann
How they met
“We first met at a bbq through my friend Dee,” remembers Charlotte. “Cathal told me he was a shoe salesman so I fell for him instantly! (Sadly I discovered he was not a shoe salesman but in fact an engineer!) We got together about 5 months after first meeting,” she adds.
“Cathal took me to Paris for my 32nd birthday. He popped the question at about 1am in front of the illuminated Eiffel Tower following a lovely meal with lots of wine! I was only half surprised though – when Cathal told me he had booked a weekend away for my birthday I had my suspicions, (fuelled by many friends’ comments of course!) My dad’s response was of course; ‘it’s about time!’” laughs Charlotte
The bride’s outfit
“I found my dream gown in a lovely boutique called ‘Dragonfly Contemporary Designs’ in The Courtyard, Cheltenham (www.dragonflycontemporarydesigns.co.uk). It’s wonderful boutique run by Rita which I would highly recommend,” explains Charlotte. “My dress was called ‘Bergerac’ designed by Suzanne Neville. Rita also made me a gorgeous lace bolero, which I wore during the church service to keep my shoulders respectably covered.”
“I knew it was ‘the one as soon as I tried it on in the shop – choosing the dress was one of the easiest decisions I made! When I stepped into my dress on our wedding day I felt wonderful and knew I was going to have the best day of my life.”
The groom’s outfit
“Cathal wore a traditional morning suit with a black jacket and grey pinstripe trousers with an ivory waistcoat. He had a turquoise cravat made to match the bridesmaids dresses,” recalls Charlotte. “He looked gorgeous – I loved seeing him all dressed up at the altar,” she smiles
“Vicky, Louise and I have all been each others’ bridesmaids which is lovely. Rosie has been one of my best friends for many years and it was wonderful having her there with me on the day. Finally, my new sister-in-law Siobhan also played a huge part in organising our wedding as she is based in Ireland. In hindsight, she should have been a bridesmaid too,” says Charlotte.
The girls wore dresses from Coast called ‘Allure’ – they were gorgeous turqouise silk chiffon dresses with a ruched bodice at £145 each.
“We had readings from all of Cathal’s sisters; Siobhan, Cathriona and Paula. My brother Simon also did a reading. Finally, for a truly personal touch, my Uncle Derek, who is a Lay Preacher took part in the service. For music we had an amazing harpist called Marina Cassidy (www.marinacassidy.com) who played throughout the ceremony. She made the service really special for us,” remembers Charlotte.
A poignant moment
“Before moving on to the reception, we went with the groom’s family for a mini-reception at Killarney Nursing Home so that we could share our special day with Cathal’s father. The nursing staff were amazing – they welcomed our arrival and decorated the room beautifully with fresh flowers. We drank Champagne, cut a cake and had a family photo session,” explains Charlotte.
Took place at Hotel Dunloe Castle, Beaufort, Killarney. “The hotel is set with the beautiful backdrop of the Gap of Dunloe. The manager, Jason Clifford did a superb job of hosting our wedding,” recalls Charlotte.
“For favours I bought the ladies pashminas from Singapore in our wedding colours of turquoise, silver and yellow. These were wrapped by my mum in silver tissue paper and a turquoise ribbon. Boys were given lottery cards – “as far as we know no-one won the jackpot!” laughs Charlotte.
The evening was rounded off with lots of dancing and music provided by an amazing 7 piece band called ‘Collage’ led by Paul O’Donnell (www.paulodonnell.ie)
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