Wedding Venue & Location
Sophie married Paddy at the Church of the Assumption, The Heath, Co. Laois followed by reception in The Step House Hotel, Borris, Co. Carlow.
Brides come to me seeking something original and often choose to tweak (either a little or a lot) one of my existing designs, creating a veil which is unique to them. Sophie chose a bespoke variation of the Maisie veil.
How did the proposal happen?
Paddy was due to have a hernia repaired, he had told me he got a cancellation and to take the following Friday off to bring him to the hospital for it. So on the Thursday, 25th May 2017, it was ROASTING! I was in the garden playing with our dogs (Nucky & Sheba), Paddy asked me twice, did I want coffee… both times I said no that it was too hot! When I walked into the kitchen from the garden Paddy had my favourite mug on the island and said “there’s your coffee”…. The ring box was in the mug! I don’t think he actually asked me to marry him and certainly didn’t get down on one knee! He told me to pack a bag quickly that he wasn’t having his hernia repaired and that he had booked a hotel and dinner in Dublin for us just like our first date nine years ago on a Thursday night!
Paddy had chosen the ring himself, a gorgeous blue green opal with two small diamonds either side on a thin gold band. What made the ring really special though was that it was my late mother’s birth stone. So even though she wasn’t there she was definitely remembered and part of the celebration.
Where did you meet?
We knew of each other growing up in the same town. Paddy worked in the local shop ‘Downey’s’ and I thought he looked like Seth Cohen!! But it wasn’t until Oxegen festival 2005 when we ended up camping beside each other that we all became friends. I moved up to Dublin to go to college at the end of that summer, Paddy was friends with Shauna (my bridesmaid) as they were work friends and we would all go on nights out and hang out together.
We were an unlikely couple, our friends were all a bit shocked when we got together but they say opposites attract! There had always been some nasty teasing between us that must have counted as flirting all along!
Any random, quirky or just plain lovely facts about your relationship, engagement or wedding?
Walking down the aisle with my dad was terrifying but was definitely the most memorable and cherished moment. With my best friend from college, Veronica singing an acoustic version of Weezer’s “Island in the Sun”.
The three bridesmaids and two best men must have been thirsty on the journey to Borris, they decided to pop open a bottle of Moet which exploded in the back of the car! The girls were absolutely saturated especially Ciara who was the instigator, the champagne was dripping from the ceiling of the car!! They were late arriving for photos and looked like a group of bold school children hiding the stains!!
My blush pink veil was a very last minute decision, Heather (Sash + Veil) worked over the Christmas period to make my veil a priority and had it shipped over to me from the UK within a few weeks. Heather was so patient with me, she sent me loads of samples beforehand in the post and trusted my guessed measurements of the skirt to the top of my head! The pink just seemed to be that little pop of colour that I needed, it was also Valentine’s Day and my mother had pink bows on her wedding dress so it was also a way to remember her on the day.
I have a big airy studio in Colchester, Essex where you can make an appointment to come along and have a chat, see the collection of veils and sashes and have a try-on to see which works best. I have made accessories for brides all over the world including America, Japan, Australia, Sweden, France and Scotland and if you are not close enough to pop in, we can chat via email or Skype. I am always very happy to post out samples and sketches too so you can ensure the colour and fabric is exactly right before I post your veil or sash out to you.
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