Morning! Oh hello Friday, excited for this weekend. It feels like we are fully ensconced in Autumn now
photography | Olga Hogan
How did you meet originally and get together? (We love a good love story!)
We met 11 years ago in 2007 working in The Hard Rock Café together. I was working as a waitress there during college and Ali was a bartender there too. We immediately fancied each other and as they say the rest is history…
How did the proposal go, if there was one?
We went to Westport last year for our 10 year anniversary. Ali proposed while we were out at dinner, in the most gorgeous intimate restaurant called Sage. So impromptu- he didn’t have a plan at all! So him ;). He got the chef, waitress and manager of the restaurant involved and they got a video of the whole thing. My dessert pate came out and written on the plate in chocolate sauce was- ‘will you marry me?’ with the ring in its box perched beside the cakeJ
I didn’t have clue the whole night, but looking back now he didn’t touch his dinner!
Could you sum up your wedding in a couple of sentences – how would you describe the look and feel of the day, the vibe?
We had a very Vintage feel wedding. It was intimate with only 65 guests of our most special family and friends sharing with us. Felt so Magical with the beautiful setting of Marlfield House. The whole day was exactly how we dreamt it to be. It was exactly us.
Our priest BLEW us away- he was amazing and made it so personal for the ceremony. We were all laughing and crying at the same time. THE BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES!
What was important to you about your wedding – what were your priorities from the very beginning?
Keeping true to ourselves, our own style. Having our very special family & friends there to bring them all together for this very intimate day. As Ali was Born in Cuba, having the connection of Cuba to the day was very important to us- the vintage Cuban car // A 1957 Chevy Belair a total authentic car- Alis suit and the colour of it was all linked to Cuba, tones of the sea and the sky. His extended family could not travel over to Ireland so having reminders of his home and birth place through the day was very important and Of course, the Cuban Cigars!!!
I love vintage shopping and everything about Vintage style, cars (my dad got me into this addiction), furniture, clothes so I had to have Vintage included into the day, of course having an authentic vintage dress, car and House was a dream come true.
What made your venue “the one”?
When we went to view Marlfield House, the minute we stepped through the doors we looked at each other and knew it was the place. From the gardens to the bedrooms and the amazing food on offer we were weak at the knees.
I love Vintage everything. Marlfield House is steeped in History, it’s like stepping back in time. We really wanted all our guests to feel pure luxury for the day- wandering from room to room- from the library to the drawing room with the whole house to ourselves and our wedding party for the day was the dream or us. I also have a massive fascination with Peacocks so once I knew there was a resident peacock there we were soldJJ
What made the day really special and personal to you? (Things you included, unusual elements, things that people made or did for you, etc.)
Having my Family (Mary-Ellen’s) all together under one roof for the first time in 14 years was special! My sister lives in Toronto now with her husband and 3 children so it’s an unusual occurrence to have all my family together.
Having our wedding cake and flowers both made with love by family members was amazing and very special for us.
Both our families meeting for the first time. Its just something that never happened over the 11 years we have been together- my mam and day in Laois and Alis parents in Ballgriggan.
Our very special first dance, that we kept a secret until the very moment we went out on the dance floor. We did 2 dance lessons 3 weeks before the wedding and practiced every night in our kitchen until our wedding day! It felt amazing and everyone was super surprised. There was no way we were doing the traditional slow set. We danced to Crazy Little thing called love by Queen and it was a mix of the Jive to the quick step to the Charleston- you name it!!! Loved every second. We would highly recommend.
What advice would you give to other couples planning their day?
Enjoy every second of the planning- we had the BEST year of our lives planning the wedding- the whole run up is so much fun with family, friends and work colleagues. It’s such an amazing feeling, we have never felt so excited and loved in our whole lives, everyone is sending so much love your way!! we didn’t get stressed at all, once you have your plan and excel sheetJ nothing can go wrong- remember its all about you and your Fiancé. Don’t stress about the money- it all works out in the end! I would recommend to have a spreadsheet with all your planning elements on there to keep you on track of everything- it’s a lot but very enjoyable- it’s the biggest party of your livesJ
Where did you go/are you planning on going on honeymoon? Would you recommend it?
We went to a tiny, and I mean tiny Island in The Mediterranean called Formentera. You fly into Ibiza and then get the ferry for 30 mins and you arrive in literally the last paradise on earth. If you are looking for a chilled and relaxing honeymoon this is it. We rented bikes and mopeds for the 10 days. Laid by the pool, ate amazing seafood and drank all the red wine. Crystal clear beaches. Prices are pretty much the same as Dublin but we got a great deal as we went in October and it was off season, booked through Mr & Mrs Smith. It was a total treat and luxury time away.
- Wedding Dress: Dirty Fabulous Vintage Bridal – my dress was 1970’s Californian authentic vintage boho style.
- Groom Suit & Shoes: Eddie Murphy menswear Athlone
- Bridesmaid dress: BHLDN.COM – 2 piece, top and skirt
- Flower Girl Dresses: marks and spencer
- Bestman suit: Eddie Murphy menswear Athlone
- Wedding party outfits: My mothers outfit particularly stood out; Mother of the Bride: dress & shoes DVF Kildare Village
- Brides Shoes: Charlottemills.com – handmade bridal shoes
- Accessories: Bespoke Head piece- Dirty Fabulous Vintage / embellished vintage bag borrowed from my sister, earrings diamonds borrowed from my best friend- necklace- gift from mother- Browns jewellers portlaoise
- Flowers: Ena O’Connell, Brides Aunt
- Cake: Maria Power- The Brides Cousin
- Car: americanvintagecar.ie (paul roche)
- Stationery: LittleIvoryweddings.com // Gillian
- Makeup: Roy Wong- roywong.ie
- Hair: Doireann Kiernan @hair.by.doireann- instagram handle
- Wedding Rings: Rocks Jewellers
- Ceremony music: Tracy Gallagher
- Band/DJ: Sway Social
- Photographer: Olga Hogan