Best day of our lives! by Arianne & Garrett

Garrett left Ireland to do a round the world trip after his PhD and ended up in Sydney, Australia when finances started to ran out. At the time I was still doing my Masters in Nursing at the University of Sydney. He found a job and was not planning to stay for long but ended up staying for about 3-4years. After 6 months of his stay in Sydney, Garrett and I met at a random night out in Oxford St and had a crazy dance off and this is how our story started. Since we met we have never really been apart, we moved in after a few months together and later decided to move back to Ireland.

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After a year in Ireland, we travelled around South Africa and made me climb up the steep Table Mountain and when we got to the top, admiring the views, Garrett suddenly got weak on the knees and proposed!

As soon as he proposed we knew straightaway that we’d love to get married in the Philippines. So we excitedly told family and friends that we got engaged, told them the location so they can save up! :-) I, being a super excited, have pretty much researched and booked the important things before we even got back from our holiday. A week after getting back from South Africa, we had more good news and found out we were expecting a baby so we had a long engagement, long enough so our baby could walk down the aisle!

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Organising our wedding from Ireland was not easy especially with a baby so I got Detalye weddings to help me organise our wedding. We got married on the 30th December, 2014 at Chapel on the Hill followed by reception at HillCreek Gardens Tagaytay. We both love the outdoors so we chose to get married in a church with lovely mountain views and we had a garden reception. Most of our guests travelled for our wedding so we made sure that the wedding will be a special experience for them too. We had a traditional Filipino wedding ceremony, Garrett and all the men at the bridal party all wore the traditional formal wear called Barong. We had the candle, veil and cord ceremony. We had full choir and quartet for church music. There was a traditional ice cream cart waiting outside after church ceremony. Guests were then transported by bus to the reception where guests where welcomed with hors d’oeuvres, frozen margaritas and many other drink choices.

We had a choir, quartet, band and a DJ for music throughout the reception to dance the night away. We thanked our guests by giving the ladies freshwater pearl earrings and cufflinks for the men as favours, the kids also got backpacks with activity book, crayons, bubbles, toy watch and snacks. Our prenup photos where played whilst waiting for the bridal party’s grand entrance with sparklers and indoor fireworks. We went for a buffet reception to give guests more choice and for a change. We had SDE video shown before we cut the cake, which was worth every penny! Just after the cake was cut we had a spectacular 5 minute firework display with the band singing Firework by Katy Perry in the background, which was a hit to the guests! We then had the shoe game, bouquet and garter tossing, which was a great laugh and breaks all formalities of a wedding before the dancing began and bartenders start serving shots on the dance floor! It was definitely a great way to end the year!

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We thought we were going to have a small wedding as we weren’t expecting many to travel the distance not to mention the costs involved. We had 130 guests on the day, which was a great turn out and we thank and appreciate each and every one of our family and friends who travelled from all over the world to celebrate our special day with us.

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Wedding Hair Insurance: Tips to Avoid a Wedding Hair Disaster

Your hair is just as important to your overall look as your wedding gown. Picking the wrong hairstyle could easily overshadow all the other wonderful aspects of your look. We’ve come up with a simple guide to help you make your hair picture-perfect on your wedding day.

Start Early

During the wedding season, the reputable hair stylists are usually fully booked. Book an appointment with your stylist at least four months before your special event. Start formulating your hairstyle at least three months to the event. You’ll have enough time to experiment with different styles and find something you love.

Bring Examples

When meeting your hair stylist, carry loads of pictures of other brides, celebrities and any other person who’s rocking a hairdo you love. Pictures help prevent misunderstandings between you and your stylist. You should also carry photos of your outfit or décor to give her a clue to your style and theme.Stylist pinning up a bride's hairstyle

Have a Hair Rehearsal

It is important to have a clear picture of how you will look on your wedding day. Book a tryout service well in advance of the D-day. During the trial run, your stylist can try out different styles. The two of you can then settle on one.

Choose Colour Wisely

You might want to colour your hair for your wedding. Have you thought about what will happen if you don’t like how the shade looks on you? To add insult to injury, the photos will serve as an everlasting reminder of how much you hated your wedding hair. The best thing to do is not to step too far away from the current colour of your hair. Going with your natural hair colour will also work just fine.

Don’t Look Too Different

Thinking of chopping off your beautiful long locks for a pixie cut just a few weeks to your wedding? You’ll be courting disaster. Don’t make a drastic change to your regular look. Your guests should easily recognize you for who you are. A complete change will also make you look artificial.

Think About the Venue

Are you having your wedding indoors or outdoors? What are the external factors that might come into play during the day? When choosing your perfect hairstyle, you should consider your venue. Some hairstyles won’t go well with your location’s climate. An elaborate updo, for instance, can get destroyed by the wind. Loose hair may also give you a hard time in the wind. You’ll have to invest in plenty of extra hold products. A simple, solid hairstyle like a sleek bob, bun or single braid will be more ideal.Beauty wedding hairstyle. Bride

Choose Hair Accessories Carefully

Hair accessories such as hair ornaments can overpower your hair. If you have an elaborate hairstyle, wear a simple headpiece and vice versa. You can combine a classic updo with an elegant veil. Wrap long, straight hair elegantly in a chignon and decorate it with strings of pearls or clips. A floral crown compliments wavy hair.

Your hair stylist can also advise you on the hair accessories that work best with your hair. Be open to her suggestions.

Coordinate With Your Dress

Your wedding hair should be in tandem with your dress. If you’ll change your dress for the evening reception, select a hairdo that will match both dresses. And don’t forget your bridesmaids. Make sure your hairdo works well with what they’re wearing as well.

 

 

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Forest Wedding Theme

Can you dare to be different? If yes, we highly recommend you choose a forest wedding theme. This unique theme doesn’t require anything fancy or extravagant. You just have to use natural elements to enhance the already stunning natural setting. Not planning to have your celebration outside? No problem.

You can still enjoy your theme indoors with a combination of enchanting hanging lights and greenery. Green and ivory colour scheme will complement this theme. Evergreens tree branches and candles used as centrepieces will set the tone of the event on the table. Woodland-inspired decorations such as birds’ nests, tree branches and aspen leaves are ideal for adorning the different cake layers. Check out the pictures below to fuel inspiration for your big day.

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7 Tips for Planning a Marvellous Beach Wedding

When you think of a beach wedding, you envision lovely fluffy sand, nice breeze and enticing scenery. But have you thought about the unbearable wind, noisy tides and curious onlookers? Beach weddings have some unique challenges that have to be considered during the planning process.
We have compiled some handy tips to help you pull off a fantastic beach wedding.

1. Dress Appropriately

Beach weddings call for special dresses and veil styles. A princess ball gown will make it harder for you to walk on the beach and take photos. Choose a dress made of light, airy fabric such as cotton, crepe and organza to keep you cool and allow for more movement. Beach weddings have a relaxed atmosphere so you can choose to wear a shorter dress.
Avoid wearing a long veil. It will cause you lots of trouble in the wind and make life harder for the photographer. A better alternative would be to accessorise your hair with fresh flowers.
Sand and heels are like oil and water. Ditch heels for shoes that don’t sink in the sand like wedges and sandals. Even better, you can go barefoot. But if you can’t picture yourself walking down the aisle without heels, a wooden walkway can be created for you. It will make it possible for you to wear your heels and also blend well with the surroundings.

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2. Time It Right

When planning a beach wedding, it is important to think about the time of day. High temperatures may not be favourable for some of your guests, especially young kids and old folks. High tide can affect beach space and destroy your layout. Check with the venue to learn about the typical weather and have the ceremony at the best time.

3. Choose The Right Flowers

Heat and direct sunlight are enemies to many flowers. For your beach wedding, you’ll need flowers that can last in the outdoor heat. Flowers that wilt easily like roses, hydrangea, bouvardia and poppies are a no-no. Orchids, plumeria, calla lilies, chrysanthemums and succulents will work well. Impressive wedding table setup

4. Rent A Sound System

There is a lot of background noise at the beach. Your audio can be easily absorbed by the wind and crashing waves. Provide a sound system to enable your guests hear your vows. Use a microphone windscreen to reduce wind noise.

5. Guide Your Guests

Make sure your guests know the section of the beach where the ceremony will take place. Put a welcome bag at the front of your wedding site and place the necessary items to prepare them for the setting, for example, bottled water, beach blankets, sunscreen and hand fans.voltaire weddings,  wedding website, wedding sign

6. Get A Permit

Check with your wedding coordinator or venue to ensure you have the necessary beach permits.

7. Have A Plan B

Mother Nature loves doing things her own way. You can never be quite sure of what she’ll throw your way. You should have a backup plan in the event of a sudden change in weather. Make arrangements with a nearby hall or hotel to serve as an indoor alternative.
By following these tips, you’ll give your guests a memorable beach party. Don’t be surprised if one of your unmarried friends decides to say “I do” on the sand as well.

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Gina & Eoin @ Sunset Beach Club Spain

We celebrated our special day on the 25th of April 2015. The wedding took place in Benalmadena, Spain. We wanted to do something different and have the opportunity for one big friends/family holiday (plus getting hitched) The day was so special. We had so much time with our guests as all went over days prior to the wedding. We had visited the hotel before a year before to have the wedding taster meal.

Unfortunately I had a reaction to the food, when i got home i went to the doctor and they couldn’t tell me why. We loved the place and took a chance of a red faced bride! The meal and reception was held in the Sunset Beach Club, just by the beach. (I didn’t have a reaction on the day) Thank god!

We both thought that maybe 20 of our friends and family would make it over, to our surprise 80 people agreed to come! Some from as far and USA and Australia. And what a party we had! The ceremony was held in a catholic church. The priest was so funny, and decided to surprise us by asking Eoin first, what he liked and didn’t like about me. To everyone’s surprise he said I can be sometimes LOUD! this was very funny in the church. I had time to prepare for with my answer, to which I said, I love everything about him :)

We had a brilliant wedding planner which made the day go off without a problem. I would love to go back one day! Drag the 80 people back maybe :)

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10 Exceptionally Creative Save the Date Ideas

Save the Dates do come in handy. They tell your guests you’ve chosen a date for your wedding and that they’ve made the list. They give you an excellent opportunity to set the tone and build excitement for your wedding. Instead of the classic cards, you can go for some fun non-traditional ways. Let’s share our top 10 brilliant ideas.

1. Watercolour

Watercolour is an easy DIY technique that requires no artistic inclination for you to pull it off. The combination of soft pastel and hand lettering will appeal to your friends and family and persuade them to mark their calendars.

2. Mini Easel

A great way to ensure your Save the Date remains in your guests’ view is by displaying it on a mini wooden easel. You will need a paint brush, glue, scissors, mini canvas and easel to DIY this cute Save the Date and a small box to send it via post office.

3. Stamps

Custom stamps give your Save the Dates a unique spin. You can give guests a clue of how your wedding will be by correlating the ink to your theme. The stamps can be imprinted on many different surfaces such as muslin bags, library cards, postcards and notepads.

4. Magnet

A Save the Date magnet can be stuck on a fridge, reminding guests of your big day several times each day. Get an image you consider to be symbolic of your wedding affixed on a magnet. Add details such as your names and wedding date.

5. Calendar

A customised calendar that has your wedding date clearly marked will make your day unforgettable. You can do it yourself using a computer or have a stationer print them.

6. Matchbox

What better way to show how you and your partner are a perfect match than using custom-printed matchboxes? They double as nice keepsakes your guests can use after the special event.

7. Bookmark

If the two of you are bonded over books, Save the Date bookmarks will be perfect for you. Guests can use them to bookmark their calendars or a page in their current read.

8. Balloon

Printed balloons are fun, adorable and interactive. When guests inflate them, they’ll see all your wedding details.

9. Location photo

Use your Save the Date to pay homage to a special location such as the city where you first met. You can display the city’s skyline or a particular landmark with a bold text overlay.

10. Video

For something unique, produce a Save the Date video. You can choose to work with a professional videographer, friend or just the two of you. Tell your love story in three parts: the beginning, middle and the end where you emphasize the date. After you’re done, email your video to friends and family. To make it more memorable, save the video on DVDs and send them out to friends in customised packaging.
Save the Dates can tell your guests what to expect on your big day. Make a lasting impression by using one of the above unique ways.

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Boracay Wedding Ken and Sherylin in Sea Wind Resort

10th November 2012 was our special day. When Ken and I visited Boracay, Philippines in 2011, he told me that he wanted to get married in that beautiful island. After he proposed in December 2011 and told our families of our engagement, the first thing we did was to contact resorts in Boracay.

We kept the wedding simple and the details were all about us. From the Cayman Island coins we used in the ceremony, to the Cayman Island rum cake that we gave to guests, to the table names which were Cayman Island places significant to us, to the passport invite, up to the colour motif which was purple, our favourite colour. We also gave Filipino wines to overseas guests and put Irish and Filipino sweets, and of course Irish tea bags, in our loot bags.

The ceremony was held in a Catholic church in the island and the reception followed on the beach.

We were very much overwhelmed by all the people who flew from different places to attend our wedding. It was a small wedding yet complete. We also got free fireworks that night (courtesy I think of another wedding in Boracay) which made the night more magical!

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Janice & Patrick’s City Centre Love & Marriage (Vienna Woods Hotel)

It all began three years ago when I met Patrick through our mutual friend in our local city pub. Patrick had planned to return to Australia for work but alas it was love at first sight and we were instantly smitten, his words not mine! Eighteen months later, after a whirlwind romance Patrick popped the question Christmas morning and thus we set upon planning our special day.

As we love the city we decided we wanted to have a big party with all the people that we love there. There would be a few traditional twists along the way, we opted for a civil marriage ceremony as it allowed us add a personal touch and I chose three of my males friends to be my bridesmaids (bridesmen)! The theme was Old Hollywood and as the weather would be cold we asked our guests would they wear black tie to add some extra old school glamour and fun. Although, the attire was formal but it was a relaxed affair and the effort and turnout was humbling. Keeping it Cork we used Cork suppliers and some creative friends got on board.

After fourteen months of excitement and planning, February 20th 2015 arrived. The ceremony was held in the Triskel Christchurch in the heart of the city, it is now a cultural and artistic centre managed by the Triskel Arts Centre and as we had coffee and movie dates there it was perfect and suited our personalities. Inside it was dark and atmospheric and as I entered the energy was electric. The groom was cool and calm and we hugged, I knew we were exactly where we were supposed to be. Our documentary photographer was unique and he captured some spontaneous moments, we wanted our photos to be natural and not posed so that they would tell the story of the day. We were lucky to have Karen Underwood sing throughout the ceremony and she belted out some serious soul.

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After our ceremony we headed to where it had all began and had a quick drink and a few kisses, ahem, before continuing onto the old worldly Vienna Woods for a champagne/mulled wine/espresso martini reception. Dinner, dancing and a cheese cake literally made of cheese was on the menu and everyone rocked into the night. A fun photo booth was another little highlight of the evening. We had the best day and we were even more thrilled that our family and friends had a great day too.

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Outdoor Fairytale – Wedding Of Amy & Jonathan in Maryborough House Hotel

Jonathan and I are together 13 years now, having met and fell in love when we were still in school. We have two beautiful children Abigail 10, and Nathan 6. We wanted to get married for so long, and we wanted to make it as memorable experience so we saved and saved whilst planning the day of our dreams. I have always thought outside the box and racked my brain for something we could do for our wedding that would ‘wow’ our guests.

After deciding on the Maryborough House for our wedding I then got thinking if it was possible to hold a ceremony outdoors. Seen as the grounds are so beautiful. I got to Googling and although the outdoor ceremony was not legally passed yet, there were no laws against it either. I booked a minister, Miriam Fitzgerald, with the Spiritual Union of Ireland and she talked us through the choices of ceremonies. I did not realize how personal the ceremony would be, as Jonathan and I were talking to Miriam, she was taking notes on her impression of us as a couple. She personalized the whole ceremony around that.

I booked Cork Weddings and Events for flowers and decor. Iris loved the challenge of creating something different and this was her first out door wedding, she explained how she would create an aisle in the gardens and use flower arrangements and arch to compliment the surroundings. My mind was instantly put at ease knowing we were on the same page and visualizing the same thing :)

Annmaria was our wedding consultant with the Maryborough. She was equally as excited about the hotel’s first outdoor wedding. She reminded me that we are in fact in Ireland and the weather us a huge factor. Annamaria assured me that we would have a back up ceremony space ready should the weather not be on our side, we had meetings and lunches in the build up to the big day and I was really confident that she had everything under control, from the ceremony space to the drinks reception and choice of food for our guests.

Months went on as Jonathan and I were booking cars, music, suits, hair makeup etc. We decided not to tell our guests about the outdoor ceremony as it wasn’t certain due to unpredictable weather.

When our day came around 29th of May 2014, we were truly blessed! It was 20°c and no sign of any rain. Jonathan was nervous that we would be mid ceremony and it start lashing but somehow I wasn’t thinking like that, I was very positive and felt a sense of all is going to plan :) Jonathan said when he saw our guests arrive and they were escorted out to the gardens, each and everyone of them had a look if awe and surprise on their faces!

Our ceremony was unique and personal with a teary reading from my brother which left a lot of our guests in tears to a beautiful sansands ceremony to include our children and symbolize the union of our family. The singing was by Gemini, who were breath taking!
After the ceremony, our guests simply had to walk a few steps to the dome marquee for the drinks reception, The lounge man set the tone and atmosphere with his swing/Bublé style and waiters served canopes and prosecco. We had our photographs, done by Klickapic Cork, all outdoors. It was nice to see our guests enjoying themselves whilst we were photographed :)

After the drinks reception our guests were called to the Sherrard Suite for the meal, after everyone was seated, Jonathan and I made our entrance to a very apt song ‘Happy’ by Pharrel Williams. I think we floated in to the room instead of walking!
Everyone loved the food, there was full and plenty and the wine was flowing. The atmosphere was electric! I remember saying to Jonathan whilst we were at the top table ” this is amazing, look at all our friends and family enjoying themselves”. Jonathan told me of his relief that it didn’t rain for the ceremony! He was more nervous about that than me being late it think! :)

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Gemini set up again for the evening entertainment, the dance-floor was never empty from start to finish. They really know how to please a crowd! I don’t know where we got the energy from but we managed to continue to festivities right through until 6am! The staff at the Maryborough were still poring champagne and treating us like royalty :) It really was an amazing unforgettable day and the feedback and comments from our guests were overwhelming.

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I hope you have enjoyed our little outdoor fairytale. Wish we could do it all over again, we wouldn’t change a thing! :)

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