Sarah & Donald Real Wedding

Winner of the Irish Wedding Diary – Circus Photography Competition

Don and I met in 2008 in a nightclub, he was the DJ and myself and my friends kept him busy the whole night with endless requests! We bumped into each other a few times after that and eventually in 2009 Don asked me out for dinner and the rest is history as they say! We were together for four years when Don proposed. We were out for a walk in Howth to make the most of the beautiful weather and as we walked through a lovely little park, Don pointed at something off in the distance. I was busy looking out to the sea when he called me to turn around and there he was on one knee! It was perfect, just the two of us and very romantic. We celebrated with family that night and started making plans the very next day!

We went to see a few venues but nothing really caught our eye, then my parents suggested we go and see Dunboyne Castle. Straight away, driving through the gates, we knew it was a very special venue and that we would love it. As we walked around the grounds and through the function room we knew that it would be perfect for us. We sat down to discuss our options and we set a date there and then, April 10th, 2015.
We spent a lot of time thinking about what our theme for the day would be and how we could tie it all together. The main things that we kept coming back to were that I wanted Spring tones throughout the flowers and decor and lots of lace. Don’s main thing was his love of Marvel Comics and that fun and relaxation was key for us and our guests. The more we thought about how to mix our ideas into one the more we realised that, just like marriage, it’s a 50/50 deal and that’s how we approached our theme.

real-wedding-dunboyne-hotel-sd-2160I purchased my dress at Smart Brides in Portlaoise; it was full lace with a sweetheart neckline and diamonds and it had a sweep from one side also with diamonds. It was in keeping with the spring and lace theme that I had in mind. My bridesmaids wore purple as it suited both colourings and also was a nice colour to offset the pale flowers, we kept it very simple with a diamond neckline also. The groom, groomsmen, pageboys and father of the bride and groom all wore American style tuxedos provided by Swords Formal Wear. Don wanted to have a very classic look for all of the men and something different. We had one flower girl who we dressed in a Cinderella dress with flowers in her hair and a small flower basket and she looked absolutely gorgeous.
real-wedding-dunboyne-hotel-real-wedding-sd-1112The wedding flowers were pink roses, white gerbera, freesia and gypsofialia with mine keeping to a paler colour and the bridesmaids with a hint of purple in theirs; all of the men wore a pink rose as the button holes. Our florist for the wedding provided the church flowers and also the arch and trees. This was something I really wanted: as many spring flowers as possible everywhere!

There was so much excitement the morning of the wedding. We relaxed and had a glass of champagne while getting our hair done by Aisling Dunne and make up by Michelle Montgomery. Both were so professional and so nice it really kept the morning relaxed and fun! When it was time to travel to the church with my dad, I was really excited but nervous about everyone looking at me. My dad just held my hand and we laughed and chatted on the way to the church in our 1928 Regent, we had the top down and the sun was shining, it was a truly beautiful day.

When our guests arrived at the venue our 50/50 theme really came into play. Our table plan was a Marvel comic canvas with each table named after a super hero; our wedding cake was a his and hers cake made featuring one side lace and white and the other 3D marvel comics and props! Everything on the day went perfectly and I can’t thank the staff at the venue enough as they really looked after us so well. We danced the night away and our guests had lots of fun in our photo booth which was a great talking point.

We both want to thank our amazing photographer, the wonderful Suzanne from Circus Photography, who was so dedicated and happy to follow us, our mad families and friends around for the day.

It really was the most amazing day of our lives!

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