Sinead & Stephen Were Married at Lough Rynn Castle on 13th June 2014
Stephen and I were friends and played in a few bands together long before we became a couple. After about three years of hanging out we went on our first date (though I didn’t know it at the time) but four years on we’re still together. In January 2013 we went on a trip to New York for my birthday but Stephen had other plans in mind for that trip. He proposed to me about 20 minutes before we were due to go see The Lion King on Broadway so I had to sit through the show beaming with excitement for two hours. I still don’t know what happens in The Lion King.
Stephen had planned to take me to Tiffany’s the following day to buy a ring but I got food poisoning (bad reaction to the engagement I joked) and so instead we spent the day on Skype telling our family and friends the good news.
We started to plan our wedding as soon as we got home to Ireland. Being a wedding singer myself, I had been to every venue in the country so I knew exactly where I wanted to have the wedding. We booked a night in Lough Rynn Castle, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, to meet with Pamela the Wedding Co-ordinator so we could lock down a date. The staff were so wonderful, not to mention the beauty of grounds and the walled gardens, we decided there and then to have the ceremony on the grounds too. We had about 170 guests so they were very happy to cater for our numbers for both the ceremony and the reception. The run up to the wedding was very exciting; I was taking notes at every wedding I sang at. The most fun part was sending out the invites and getting the RSVPs in the post, it felt like Christmas every morning waiting for the postman, it made it feel very real. On Friday 13th June 2014 I woke up in the bridal suite of Lough Rynn Castle and had breakfast delivered to the room for myself and my four sisters. Being the middle child of five girls I decided to have two of my sisters as bridesmaids and the other two did the ceremony music along with my good friends from The Dublin Gospel Choir. I got my dress and my two bridesmaids dresses in Simones bridal boutique in Sligo. Mine was a Maggie Sottero dress and I had two completely different dresses for my bridesmaids. One was a blush pink and the other was a wine/purple colour, they looked great together.
Stephen‘s brother Scott was best man and his uncle and friend were groomsmen, they got their suits from Addam Menswear Sligo, who were very patient with us throughout.
We had a blessing conducted by my uncle, based on a humanist service (we had a registry office service the previous day), this just meant that we could have it exactly as we wanted it. I couldn’t have been happier with our ceremony. I had my friends from the Dublin Gospel Choir sing ‘Pure Imagination’ as I walked up the aisle, I have sang at so many weddings that I wanted to walk up the aisle to something I had never heard or sang at a wedding before. Being musicians ourselves we had so much music provided by our family and friends throughout the ceremony, this was probably the thing that meant most to us on the day. We had a reflection after the vows called ‘The art
of a good Marriage’ read over the chords of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ on the piano, and this was read by Stephen’s grandparents who were 59 years married at that stage. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
The ceremony was so special and was without a doubt my favourite part of the day.
We were blessed with two hours of sunshine to enjoy on the lawns of Lough Rynn Castle while our guests drank champagne and we sneaked off for some photos.
Dinner was called just as it started to drizzle outside, we thank our lucky stars for those two hours of sunshine. The food was just sublime, we went for the fillet of beef and sea bass as the choices and the guests were all extremely complimentary of the food. The staff of Lough Rynn Castle just made us feel so special, we felt like the king and queen of the castle.
Our band was ‘The Long John Jump Band’ who were fantastic, they had the dance floor full all night. They played ‘You’re The Best Thing’ as our first dance backed up by our friends from Dublin Gospel Choir, followed by DJ Scruffy Duffy, he was just superb, he arranged a dance off between me and Stephen which was so much fun.
We sang songs in the Dungeon bar until 6am, what a wonderful day. I can’t believe my wedding is no longer in my future but I have amazing memories from an amazing day. The honeymoon in Italy was just beautiful and gave us two weeks to reflect on the perfect day.