Radisson Hotel Cork beautiful Wedding
We met at work! We were both teaching in the same school in Naas and were just friends at the beginning. About a year and a half later we became an item and the rest is history!
For the October midterm break in 2015, we went to Dubai for the week. It was our first day and we were down by the beautiful marina taking in the amazing sights. I turned back to ask Mike a question and there he was down on one knee!! It took me a few seconds to realise what was happening and I kept asking him if he was serious!! It was definitely the best week of our lives!! I got my ring made over there and was so excited to collect it on our last day! We decided to wait until we arrived home a week later to tell our family and friends!
Our wedding theme/colours…
Seeing as we are both teachers, we have been taking advantage of the extended holidays since we started going out in 2011. So our wedding theme had to be ‘travel’, as we both have such a massive interest in it. Our table plan was a huge map of the world, with each table being named after a country/place we’ve been to together, along with a photo of us in that place. We also had travel-themed quotes and props left throughout the hotel.
My dress was made by Dutch designer Modeca and I bought it in Cinderella’s Closet, Cork. I wanted something simple, elegant and timeless. I always had it in mind to go backless, and the added detail and cowl at the back sold it for me. I fell in love with the dress immediately and knew it was the one! I’m sure my three sisters and mother were even more ecstatic knowing that the dress hunt was finally over!!!!
My hair and make-up…
I trawled the internet in search of the perfect hairdresser for the job. When I came across Leanne Nolan at Vow2Wow, I knew she was the woman for the job!! Her testimonials and reviews were all just incredible, and as for the photos in her gallery – they were out of this world. When I went for my trial back in April, she knew exactly what I wanted and was so helpful. I wanted a messy upstyle, and she perfected that on the day!
Make-up – Anita from The Powder Room, Gorey, Co. Wexford did my makeup several times in the past when I was a bridesmaid and did an outstanding job. I knew I wanted her as my make-up artist for my own wedding day and was delighted when she had our wedding date available.
The men’s navy 3 piece suits were from Tom Murphy’s in Cork city. We got the groomsmen’s ties and pocket squares made to match the bridesmaids’ dresses. Mike wore a silver tie and a silver/grey tweed waist coat.
What our bridal party wore…
My three stunning sisters were my bridesmaids. I was always keen on having a dusky pink colour. I bought them online from an English-based company called Little Mistress and they were the exact colour I was looking for. Two of my nieces were the flower girls and wore cute white dresses with little flower crowns in their hair.
We had a church ceremony in St. John the Baptist Church in a small village called Killeagh in Co. Cork. Killeagh is half way between my home place in Dungarvan and the Radisson Hotel where our reception was held, so the journey wasn’t too far for our guests. With Mike being from Cork, it was perfect for him too. The priest, who is a family friend and relative of Mike, married us and did an outstanding job. He ensured that the ceremony was a relaxed affair and went off without a hitch.
We chose our photographer because…
I LOVED his work!! From the moment we came across his website, we were hooked. He has awards coming out his ears, and rightly so as he is extremely talented at what he does! He met us months beforehand to go through the running order of the day. We love how his photographs are documentary-style and not the boring ‘posing’ kind. He captured all the magical moments throughout our day, with fantastic candid shots of us and our guests. He was friendly, professional and an absolute pleasure to deal with. With his unobtrusive style, we were almost unaware he was even there. We would highly recommend him.
We chose our venue because…
I’m quite an indecisive person, and have to admit we visited quite a lot of wedding venues (12 to be exact!!) Once we visited the Radisson in Cork, I knew it was the one. It ticked so many boxes for us. Firstly, we were blown away by the beautiful Victorian house and stunning gardens where the drinks receptions are held. We were praying (literally!) for a sunny day so our guests could avail of the beautiful garden. Luckily, our prayers were answered! The staff were so professional and helpful both in the lead up to the big day and on the day itself. We also both wanted to get ready in our own homes and the location of the Radisson was perfect for this.
To start we had a chicken, bacon and cheese pastry dish, followed by a carrot and cardamom soup. Our main course was either beef or sea bass. The dessert plate consisted of a strawberry mousse, banoffi assiette and a chocolate fondant.
Immediately after the wedding, we spent a few days in The Europe Hotel in Killarney to totally relax and unwind after the hectic weekend. It was out of this world and such a nice treat. We then jetted off for just over three weeks in July on our honeymoon. We spent two and a half weeks in South Africa, hired a car and travelled the well-known Garden Route. It’s such a beautiful country and there is so much to see and do. From spectacular wine regions to fascinating safaris, we were in our element! It was their winter but the weather was fab! Blue skies every day and temperatures in the high teens. We finished our honeymoon off with a cocktail-filled week in a beautiful resort in sunny Mauritius.
My favourite part of the wedding day…
It’s very difficult to pinpoint one single part of the day in particular, but I really loved walking up the aisle. I’ve been bridesmaid a good few times in the past, for my sisters and close friends, but nothing prepares you for that walk! I thought I would be nervous and emotional, but I loved every second of it! The dancing was also a highlight. I literally didn’t leave the dance floor once!! Our band was unbelievable, as was the DJ. We also had a silent disco organised for when the DJ finished, which was so much fun! Highly recommend it. It’s still such a novel idea and so many of our guests commenting on how much craic it was! It kept the party going long into the wee hours of the morning.
My piece of advice for other brides…
In the lead up to the wedding, try and get as many of the smaller jobs done well in advance; gifts for the bridesmaids, robes, preparing a speech if you’re going to say one, sorting out jewellery, shoes etc. That way you won’t be up the walls as the weeks draw in closer. The best piece of advice I was given was to be ‘in the moment’. On the big day, so much is happening around you and it’s very overwhelming. Try to take in what is going on. Your mind easily starts thinking of what’s happening next in the day, e.g. the first dance, speeches etc, but try to be in the moment and enjoy what’s happening as it happens. The day flies by so fast with so many magical and special moments to be enjoyed.
Wedding Venue: The Radisson Hotel and Spa, Little Island, Cork
Dress: Cinderella’s Closet, Cork
Suits: Tom Murphy’s, Cork
Cake: Bride’s mother and Groom’s sisters
Flowers: Jane Casey Florists, Mother of the Groom and Mother of the Bride
Videographer: Daydream Pictures
Make Up: The Powder Room, Gorey
Church Music: John Stack Wedding Ceremony Singer
Band and DJ: The Boogie Band
Silent Disco: silentdisco.ie
Wedding Bands: Alan Dalton Jewellers, Dungarvan
Honeymoon: Booked with Travel Counsellors
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