Stacey and Shane Were Married In Ballybeg House on 3rd March 2018
Shane and I met in The Mercantile in Dublin through a mutual friend on the 4th February 2011. We got chatting and got on well, but that was the extent of it. As we were both out in different groups, we went our separate ways. Shane wasn’t giving up there though, and through our mutual friend he made contact with me on Facebook. I call it stalking, Shane calls it romantic, either way, it worked and we hit it off and organised to meet.
Our first date was in the City Bar on Dame Street, nothing fancy, we just met for a few drinks. I was late for it, very late and Shane was sure he had been stood up, but I did eventually arrive and we had a great night.
Going fast forward from our meeting in February 2011 to 12th December 2016. We are now about to have our first Christmas in our new house and it is the night before we are going to Prague for a short break. Our Christmas tree is up with presents underneath. Shane said I could open one present but it has to be the smallest one. On opening it and to my surprise it was a USB stick. I plugged it into the TV to discover that he had made a beautiful video from all our photographs from our previous six years together. At the end of the video it finished with text “To Be Continued…..” and this was the moment he got down on one knee and proposed and of course I said “Yes”.
Ballybeg House was the most magical place and I knew it was the perfect venue for us to marry in
The preparations began. We both were in agreement of what we wanted from an early stage. We wanted unique, intimate and rustic. Our guest list was at 75 made up of our family and closest friends. Through word of mouth we heard about Ballybeg House in the Wicklow mountains and when we visited there was no doubt, we had found the ideal magical and intimate place that ticked all our boxes. As Ballybeg House is in high demand we were fortunate that we were very flexible on a date. We settled on 2nd March 2018. Ah a March wedding with Spring in the air! Little did we know what awaited us!!
I spent a lot of time choosing my wedding dress and visited many bridal boutiques trying all the various styles. I eventually fell in love with a dress in La Bella Sposa which is located in Swords. I knew straight away this was the ‘one’. Thankfully my Mam, Lynn and my Aunt Louise were all in agreement. The girls in La Bella Sposa were so kind, professional and exceptionally helpful. I can highly recommend them to any future brides.
My two bridesmaids were my best friends, Lynn my cousin and Amy. Lynn was my Maid of Honour. Unfortunately due to extreme weather conditions Amy was stranded in her home in Romania and was unable to attend so Lynn’s sister Kim stepped in and saved the day.
We had to postpone our wedding by 24 hours due to the snow storm
The date we were to get married on was 2nd March, but we had to postpone this by 24 hours due to the major snow storm Ireland was enduring. Our guests were unable to travel due to snow. This also meant we had nobody to marry us, as our Humanist celebrant Amy Browne was booked in for another wedding on the day that we postponed to. This was devastating news but later that evening we got news that the other wedding was cancelled and Amy became available. It was a huge mix of emotions. After this, we were then faced with further cancellations. Hair and Make advised they couldn’t travel. Our cake from The Rolling Donut could not be delivered because their factory was closed. All very understandable but not the news we wanted.
When Saturday came around everything turned for the better. We were woken to the sound of diggers, jcb’s and tractors. We were in awe of the efforts being made by all at Ballybeg House to clear the snow. Ballybeg House organised to pick up our guests at the Arklow Bay Hotel, which was more accessible, in a convoy of 4×4’s. It was amazing the effort that everybody made to be with us on our special day. We got the last of our guests to the venue at around 5.30pm and it suddenly dawned on me with all the excitement that I was about to marry my best friend. We had our Humanist ceremony in the famous Ayers Ceremony Room at Ballybeg House. It was so intimate and rustic and everyone was very touched by it. My Mam walked me up the aisle to ‘Warm’ by the Coronas, a song that has a special meaning to myself and Shane. Somehow after all the ups and downs and with all the help from Ballybeg House it all worked out. It was meant to be. 65 of the original 75 invited guests made it. After the ceremony, we were informed that the band cancelled, it was almost immaterial to us at that stage as we were now married. Tee, the wedding co-ordinator with Pairs and Peaches pulled a rabbit out of the hat and organised a replacement DJ. The ceremony was followed by a drinks reception and a fantastic meal supplied by Molly’s Larder.
We had our Humanist ceremony in the famous Ayers Ceremony Room at Ballybeg House. It was so intimate and rustic and everyone was touched by it
After the worst snow Ireland had seen in 40 years, we couldn’t wait to see some sunshine. Shane and I went straight from Ballybeg House to the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford for a much needed relaxing three days. After that we went to Singapore and Thailand for three unforgettable weeks.
The effort our guests had made to get there was quite overwhelming. 65 of the original 75 guests had made it to our wedding
We would like to give a special mention and thank you to the following who went to excessive efforts to make our day happen: Paddy, the owner at Ballybeg House, the Ballybeg House team, Tee the wedding coordinator with Pairs and Peaches, Molly’s Larder (Pauline and Ingrid), Rob O’Neill Photography and The Irish House Party who played traditional music during our drinks reception. Thank you.