The Marriage of Laura & Rob in The K Club December 20th 2014
I first met Rob when I served his table in the restaurant I was working in and at the time I did not know he worked for the owners in another branch. After some initial flirting, Rob began finding more and more excuses to visit the restaurant and eventually persuaded me to go on a date with him. After a bottle of wine and plenty of chat in Café en Seine, I brought Rob for the second part of our first date – to meet my girlfriends in the George. I’m not sure how many hetero couples can claim to have had their first kiss in a gay bar!
We became an item after the gay bar encounter and Rob popped the question on the week before Christmas. The walk with our dogs through my dad’s farm was one we did quite often but when we arrived at the old church ruin that day, I was more than a little surprised to see fairy lights, candles and Christmas baubles hanging from the trees. After I said yes, we enjoyed a champagne winter picnic before returning to tell family and friends.
When it came to organising the big day we were straight over to The K Club hoping for a Christmas wedding. I was totally sold on the idea ever since Rob brought me there for coffee once early on in our relationship (apparently it was coincidence the wedding showcase was on that day!)
For the dress, I searched Naas and Dublin before eventually trekking north with my best friend and bridesmaid Aisling to find my dream dress a Pronovias in Donegal. My maid of honour Sarah,my sister Emma and Rob’s sister Lisa wore pale pink dresses to complement the black and pink theme. Rob wore a grey three piece while his boys, brothers Shane, the best man, and Mark, best friend Hugh and Laura’s brother Adam, were togged out by Richie Whelan Menswear in Naas.
While some aspects of the wedding were straightforward like booking the venue, the band “The Goods” which we had seen play in The Westin and joked about having them for our wedding “some day”, the award winning florist -Richard Delmer in Clane who is a family friend- and the photographer Moat Hill other aspects took a lot more work.
I would be the creative half of the relationship and that certainly shone through in our wedding. Our living room was transformed into a makeshift factory as invites were designed and hand assembled while each table at the reception was decorated with jam jars which we handmade over the weeks prior to the big day. A keen baker, I even made our three-tier wedding cake. Taking this task on three days before the wedding brought a new meaning to the term cake tears! All the stress and work was soon forgotten though once December 20th arrived.
I got ready in my parents’ house and even got a few photos with the dogs and cows on the farm. After a steak breakfast at his mum’s house, Rob travelled to St David’s Church in Naas to greet the guests. Luckily the nearest church to us where we live in Naas, is a beautiful 12th century building which looked even more magical with the candle lanterns and a Christmas tree on the day. Immediately after the ceremony we, as bride and groom, led the procession down the main street of Naas and across to our local haunt – Kavanagh’s pub. Here the guests enjoyed some warm apple cider and traditional Irish music provided by Rob’s mate Ian Kinsella.
We escaped the pub ahead of the guests and set off for The K Club in a classic Beauford car from AKP in Meath. The driver was amazing and a great help to us from start to finish! For photos, we strolled through the extensive woodland grounds of The K Club (I was equipped with wellie boots). Paul from Moat Hill was fantastic and our videographer Andrew Cummins (EyeCaptureWeddings) got some great moments which we’ll have forever. If we could make one recommendation to other couples it would be to invest in a videographer.
When the guests arrived at the venue, they were treated to some jazz and canapés.
The quality of the food at The K Club is one of its big selling points and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
We choose to include some personal touches to our wedding including a milk churn “advice bucket”, Paddy Power betting sweepstake kits for the speeches, a beer pong table and a whiskey and cigar bar provided by groomsman Hugh (the Whiskey expert). It was an amazing day and passed by far too fast. All of our guests had a great time and are still talking about how magnificent The K Club is.
Our honeymoon was an amazing mix of relaxation and adventure as we set off on Safari for the New Year and then on to Bali and the Maldives from there! With a couple of city break stopovers in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur mixed in, it really was a world tour! What a way to unwind!