Anna and Nial McInerney were married in Portmarnock Hotel and Golf resort.
We both work for an international bank in Dublin which is where we met. We spent our first year together avoiding the work gossips which made it very exciting. Our first date was to a restaurant near Stephen’s Green.
In 2014 we went to Paris and a lot of people thought he would pop the question there but in true Niall form he does not like to conform so when we went to Florida later that year he enlisted the help of a 200 kilo Dolphin called “Fluffy”. I was excited enough to swim with a dolphin but when he played a huge part in Niall’s proposal I couldn’t believe it or say no!
We had decided that we would look for a venue outside Dublin for a weekend wedding and on our return from holidays spent many weekends travelling round the country on the hunt for our special place. We were very near a decision one weekend but I got a call from my mum who said there was a wedding fair on in the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links so we should go up for a nose and have a look at the suppliers that might be there. I had not been there before even though it is a 10 minute walk from our house.
From the minute I walked into the ballroom, saw the views and garden and met Karen and her team I knew this is where I wanted to marry Niall. I rang Niall immediately and told him to “get down here”. We booked the following week and went with their wedding in a box package which was a total blessing and included photographer, flowers, car, cake, DJ, fairy light backdrop, luxury fittings for the ballroom to name a few.
I had our two sisters as my bridesmaids who I think nearly overshadowed the bride on the day in their Ted Baker ballerina outfits and sparkly shoes. They were both so supportive in the run up to the big day and organised an Abba themed hen party which was fabulous. Niall’s cousin and groomsman’s little girl Ilona was our flower girl. Niall knew he would have his brother Eoin as his best man from day one.
After we booked the venue I took myself on a tour of wedding dress shops but as soon as I entered Kathy Destafford’s shop in Dublin, I was delighted to find my dream Pronovias dress on my first visit. With their expertise and only one fitting, the dress was perfect and ready for its big day.
The run up to the wedding was so calm and I put this down to both Karen from Portmarnock and the suppliers that are affiliated with the hotel from our package. I got ready in my parents’ house and both Raina (hairbyraina) and makeup by Noelle from Mac were absolutely fantastic and brought an extra air of calm to the morning. We had great fun and the morning flew by and my grandparents who couldn’t travel from England (both are 93) watched via Facetime.
The sun started shining as we set off in our 1920s’ Beauford, the top even came down when Dad and I neared the venue. We were married in the Links Suite in Portmarnock by Michael E. Burke who had married my brother two years before. After the ceremony our guests sat in the garden sunning themselves sipping sparkles and beer while we went to Malahide beach for pictures.
When we were all seated down and dinner had commenced, I stole the three children at our wedding for a few minutes and brought them up to our hidden sweet cart (Candy Wheels by the Garvey brothers). I have never seen such big smiles on small faces which was repeated later on when it was revealed to the adults!!
Harlequin was our band and they were absolutely electric. There was not one second where the sparkly white dance floor was empty. A highlight was the band getting Niall’s young cousin Daniel up with his blow-up saxophone to play with the band.
Dancing continued well into the night.
I cannot thank or praise the hotel enough, from Karen to the bar staff to the managers in charge on the day, everything was run with military precision which meant we could relax and enjoy the day. We had a second day BBQ which again was fabulous; I look forward to having more occasions throughout my life in the Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links.
We flew off to cruise around the Caribbean (thanks to the advice from Barry from Brown Thomas whilst he was kitting out the groom) and then a week in Chicago which topped off an epic day.