Claire and Denis Were married in the Step House Hotel, Carlow on 4th October 2017
My first date with Denis was perfect. We had plans for dinner and a movie but met for a coffee first. We ended up talking for hours about anything and everything until the staff were sweeping the ground by our feet. We were both smitten and couldn’t wait to see each other again.
Time flew by and, three years later, we we were heading down to Blarney for a weekend getaway to celebrate our three-year anniversary. I gave Denis his anniversary gift, an engraved wooden box filled with photos and mementos from our three years together. He was so overcome with emotion that he proposed. We spent the rest of the night drinking champagne and calling friends and family to share the news.
I really didn’t know what my criteria was for a venue, but I thought it would be one of the hardest decisions in the world. By chance, on a day myself, my grandmother, my Mam, and my sisters were together looking at some venues, we noticed the Step House Hotel was holding a wedding showcase. The moment I saw it, I just knew! It was perfect! It was everything I wanted my wedding venue to be. It was incredibly elegant, had a very intimate vibe without feeling small, and it had many different and beautiful areas for photographs, and it was a family run hotel.
The Step House Hotel was everything I wanted my wedding venue to be
Picking the dress was where my Mam was really in her element. She wanted to play “Say yes to the dress” and we visited nearly every shop in Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford in our attempt to find the perfect dress. After trying on more dresses than I could count, I finally ordered one from Angelo’s Bridal in Dublin. The staff were just so helpful, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. I love vintage style so really had my heart set on a vintage dress or a tea-length dress tea-length dress so, when I saw this one, I just passed it by without a second thought. My Mam heard the shop assistant say it had a beautiful scalloped back and demanded I try it on, so I did, and it was without a doubt the one!
The run-up to the wedding was amazing. Two days before, I went to Powerscourt Spa with my sisters and mother for a day of relaxation. The night before the wedding, we all headed down to the Step House Hotel and had some food and drinks in the bar.
The ceremony was in the fabulously decorated ballroom
On the morning of the wedding. I was up bright and early. The girls got ready in the amazing Penthouse suite, which was incredibly spacious, lavish and absolutely beautiful. The Penthouse suite also overlooks Mount Leinster which isn’t the worst view to take in while enjoying room service breakfast as newlyweds!
My sister-in-law, Maria Murphy, is a make-up artist so she offered to do my make-up on the day. I wouldn’t have anyone else. The hair was done by a family friend, Amanda of The Bar in Cavan, so it was a relaxing morning with just family and friends around. Denis spent the morning playing PlayStation games with his brothers to calm his nerves.
The morning flew by and we all headed downstairs for the ceremony in the fabulously decorated ballroom. We had Delta Strings Quartet play the most beautiful music during the ceremony. We had prepared our own vows and the whole ceremony was an absolute dream. All we could hear was constant sniffing behind us, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house!
The food from the multi-award winning chef was amazing
Afterwards, we had a lovely reception in the cocktail lounge and in the gardens. Paul Leonard of Lens Video did our videography and drove us up to Mount Leinster in his classic Regent wedding car. Brendan Cullen was our photographer. He is so full of energy, and he does an amazing job at putting you at ease.
The food at the Step House is amazing too, they have a multi-award winning chef. The food impressed everyone so much that they’re still raving about it! The whole staff were just wonderful too and Angela, the wedding co-ordinator, couldn’t do enough to help us. The same goes for Benny who co-ordinated the day, nothing was left to chance.
After the meal, we danced all night with The Pearls wedding band. They play a bit of everything to keep everyone happy! The night after the wedding, we kept the party going in the Step House by having drinks and finger food in the cocktail lounge. The next day, it was all over and time to say goodbye to the Step House Hotel.
Lucky for us we were off on honeymoon. We spent a fabulous two weeks in Greece, splitting our time between Athens, Santorini, Naxos and a four-day tour of Delpi, Meteora, Olympia. It was all so perfect it was hard to come back to reality!