Emma Married Fred in the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links
“We first met when we were in our early 20s, we always got on but both of us had partners back then. Fred left to study in Scotland and we didn’t really see each other again until years later when Fred answered the door to me at a house party in Melbourne. Within a few weeks we were nicknamed Fremma!
Fred proposed on the Mornington Peninsula in Australia, his boss Max lent him a vintage Mercedes for the beautiful drive down and he popped the question with the most incredible vintage ring he had chosen himself. We spent that night on the phone to Ireland and drinking champagne!
We moved to London in 2013 but we knew we wanted a wedding at home. Fred is from Howth and I’m from Malahide so we ended up meeting in the middle and chose Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links, a stunning location by the sea. Ludmila Murasova of the Portmarnock Hotel was our wedding coordinator and her attention to detail and her professional approach was very reassuring. The food, staff and location of this fine four star hotel are second to none and we can strongly recommend it to future couples for their wedding day.
We had family and friends flying in the week before so my parents threw a party in their home for everyone to meet and get to know each other. While my mum was sure that people would only stay for a few hours the celebrations kept going until 2am! With the two families coming together we knew we were in for a very big party on the day.
We got married in St Nicholas of Myra Church, Kinsealy, just a ten minute drive from Portmarnock so we knew it would be an easy day for our guests. (Or so we thought!)
We had four bridesmaids, my sister Julie and best friends Emily, Jessica and Niamh. It was so hard not to have more as I could have had my friends Roisin and Niamh too, but they played a beautiful Irish piece in the church instead. There were two best men Sean and Nick and two groomsmen Stephen and Jamie – Fred’s closest friends. The wedding party wore navy and the dress code was ‘Hipster Chic’!
For three days before the wedding it never stopped raining and there was a lot of flooding. Everyone my mum spoke to said they had the Child of Prague out in the garden for us, hoping it would stop in time. And when the day finally came we had blue skies! Fred’s parents flew in from Spain so we each got ready in our parents’ house. When the time came to leave Fred phoned my dad to tell him not to react but to delay me, he was stuck in floods – as were a lot of the guests! After another glass of champagne myself and my dad were driven to the church by one of my parents’ oldest friends Martin, he kept us calm and got us there – only twenty minutes late.
A flustered Fred had walked in to the church to a standing ovation and a line or two from ‘I’m getting married in the morning’. The service was fun and emotional. My two brothers played music and sang original pieces written for us and we were incredibly touched that so many friends and family from all over Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK were there with us.
For us the wedding was more about our guests than us. We wanted everyone to walk away and say ‘Wow that was great!’ Hence we kept the location local and focused on the entertainment and styling. Our flowers and the ambience of the room were created by The French Touch. We went all out when it came to the flowers and the lighting of the room. When we walked in (to the theme tune from Star Wars under a guard of honour of Lightsabers!) we were blown away, it was everything we could have hoped for and more. My father describes it as like being in a dream.
The staff were simply incredible on the day, everyone commented on the food and how they were so helpful and friendly. They really took care of every last detail.
Before dinner we had the Father of the Bride speech which ended with the entire room singing Billy Joel’s ‘She’s always a woman to me’ and not a dry eye in the house. A mariachi band entertained every table during the starters and that was only the beginning of an amazing night of music and dancing.
It went by in a flash and it feels like sometimes it never happened but we still have people telling us it was one of the best weddings they were ever at…we’ll take that!
We mini-mooned at Monart Spa in Wexford but still have to organise our Honeymoon destination – still deciding!