Kerry and Paul's Clonabreany House Wedding
This wedding ticked all the boxes! It's rare, even in the summer, to get such an unbelievably warm and sunny day from morning right through to sunset. The morning prep kicked off in the charming Teltown House. This was the first time I ever visited this venue and I was super excited to check it out - I always love roaming around new places and discovering all the cool nooks and crannies and Teltown has lots of them. Kerry and the girls took over the house for the morning of the wedding and were pampered by the uber talented Sian Sharkey on hair and the lovely Ailbhe Lynch on make-up. Love those girls! The bubbles were flowing and the sun was shining - what more could a bride ask for?! We finished off the morning in Clonabreany House where I popped in to say hello to the guys. Everyone was working up a sweat in the heat so some nice refreshments were on the go in the form of gin and tonics - my favourite; I had to refrain myself! Guests poured into the terrace of the Shebeen pub for a quick pre-ceremony drink. Who doesn't love a 3pm ceremony?! Oh and the ceremony; my oh my it was just gorgeous! Again this was a first for me in the Orchard room in Clonareany. Seriously, such a great venue and so easy for everyone to walk to and from the main house and to their accommodation! I could gush about this couple, this day, this venue for hours. But I won't... here is Kerry and Paul's story....
"We grew up on the same estate in Dublin but it wasn't until we were about 18 that we became friends and a few years later a couple. One night in early December, I came home from being out with my friends and walked into a candle lit hallway to Paul (who is a musician by the way) serenading me to one of our favourite songs (Question by the Old 97's) just before he popped the question! Before we chose Clonabreany House we had viewed a number of lovely venues but none that ticked all the boxes. Once we arrived at Clonabreany and explored the grounds we knew it was for us completely. The different elements of the venue from the Shebeen pub, the gorgeous Georgian Main House, to the Marquee and the Orchard ceremony room, all were perfect for us! Paul's family are really musical so we knew there would be quite the after session into the wee hours and the shebeen pub was the perfect location for this!"
The dress: Stephanie Allin dress from Myrtle Ivory
Hair: Sian Sharkey
Make-up: Ailbhe Lynch
Flowers: VP Flowers
Suits and Bridesmaids dresses: Paul's Suit was made by a company called Red Groomswear in Belfast, groomsmen wore suits from LoveSuits in Tallaght, and the bridesmaids dresses were from Sunshine Weddings in Dublin 7 where we decided on custom made, fit to measure.
Advise for other couples: Our advice for couples who are getting married soon is to make it your own as much as you can! We were really particular on our music choices and made sure the playlist to our wedding really represented us and had as many of our favourite songs as possible included! Another piece of advice would be to put effort/money into the parts of the wedding most important to you. For us this was the venue and the music. Things we didn't care too much about we just didn't do such as wedding cars and cutting of the cake. Make it your own!
Shout out to other suppliers: Our band/dj Deja Boo! They are incredible and we had previously seen them perform in town and at other weddings so we knew as soon as we got engaged that we were booking them.
We also had a prosecco van for the reception drinks by Lovely Bubbly. This was a big hit with the guests and was even better having the drinks outside on the scorcher of the day we got!
For our videographer we went with Eye Capture Weddings who were fantastic! Instead of a cake we had a donut tower courtesy of Rolling Donuts.
During the evening part of the wedding, we had Magic Mirror instead of a photobooth which went down really well at the wedding!