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From Dingle with Love

Rachelle & Austin's Ballintaggart House Wedding, Dingle

1st of November 2017

 

Rachelle and Austin travelled from the US to have an intimate destination wedding in Ireland last November. They first met while they were both working at a wine store. Austin immediately noticed Rachelle when she took a job there after college. Austin is the kind of person who is initially reserved, but once you get to know him he is relaxed, competent, intelligent, and always hilarious to be around. Rachelle, on the other hand, is more bubbly and outgoing, so it's no surprise they became good friends. Austin tried to help "educate" Rachelle on popular culture ("apparently not recognizing bands like The Cure or knowing the lead singer of AC/DC is a crime" - Rachelle). After a year of being friends, one coworker in particular would always try to set them up; the phrase "why don't you date Austin, Rachelley?" became an everyday occurance. She eventually gave Rachelle's phone number to Austin, and the rest is history.

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"In the fall of 2016, we'd been together for almost 7 years. For birthdays we take trips to explore different cities around the country. For Austin's October birthday, we took a trip to Portland, Maine. We really enjoyed the fresh, crisp air and the colorful leaves, along with the fantastic food (Maine has some phenomenal all-natural donuts at The Holy Donut!!). We had a great day exploring the famous Portland Head Lighthouse and picnicking on a hill overlooking the ocean. As we went to bed that night, Austin said "tomorrow will be even better." The next day, we tried to go apple-picking, but everything was already closed for the season. Disaster! However, Austin reassured me that his birthday was not ruined, and instead we found a fantastic antique warehouse where we spent hours exploring. Afterwards, we headed out to a different lighthouse and grabbed lobster rolls for dinner. We strolled along the rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, which was extremely cold and windy! When asked several times if he wanted to head inside, Austin insisted we should stay to watch the colors of the sunset. As the reds and golds faded, the full moon rose, and the sky turned to purple twilight, Austin plopped me up on a rock so we were the same height. He pulled out a beautiful ring and asked me if I would be happy going on adventures with him for the rest of my life. Filled with joy, I couldn't even say "Yes!" but could just nod and smile through happy tears. He spoke the truth; it was an even better day than the day before".

"As a little girl, I was never one to imagine what my wedding day would be like. However, when I studied abroad for a semester at University College Cork, our Irish class took a field trip out to the Dingle area. I absolutely fell in love with the rolling green hills, the sky that stretched for forever, and the wild and majestic coast. I recall that we even drove past Ballintaggart House on our tour bus, and the thought flitted across my mind that if I were to someday get married, here would be a magical spot to do so. When we started to consider what we wanted our wedding to be like, I immediately started to think "destination" and "Ireland." Having an intimate, low-key wedding with close family and friends to celebrate our love and future lives together was more "us" than a big to-do. Also, Austin has always wanted to visit Ireland. We chose Ballintaggart House for the area and for the food! One of my co-workers married there previously and couldn't rave enough about it. Clodagh and John of Ballintaggart did a fantastic job for us and helped make our wedding a dream come true. We had an outdoor ceremony surrounded by our friends and family. We included Celtic traditions like blessings and a handfasting, beautiful readings from our guests, and we wrote our own vows to one another".

Any advise for couples getting married soon?

Do what is right for you, and what makes *you* happy. It's your day. Treat your wedding as a representation of what best fits you as a couple and how you intend to live the rest of your lives together. Plans are great, but don't get caught up trying to make it too perfect. Small imperfections make the day real, and are opportunities to look back later and laugh at the memories (for instance, we forgot to pack one of the bridesmaids' shoes, and a copy of the wedding invitation for pictures!) The best advice that was given to us as we were planning our wedding is as follows: The day goes by quickly. When you are in the middle of all the chaos, spend a few minutes together or separately to take it all in, breathe, and appreciate the moment.

Suppliers List

The dress - Alesea by David Tutera (Amara Bridal)

Hair and make-up -Clodagh from Ballintaggart House & MUA Tricia O Sullivan of Mobile Munster Hair

Your flowers - Leona from Every Occasion Flowers

His suit - Jos A Bank

Videographer - D. Art Wedding Stories  

Dara Molloy - officiant

Sue from Crystal Avenues - handcrafted all the jewelry for me and for my sisters

Kennedy Coaches - transportation for our whole week

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An Irish American Romance - Sarah and David's K Club Wedding

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An Irish American Romance - Sarah and David's K Club Wedding

Sarah and David's K CLub Wedding

"And I'd choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version or reality,

I'd find you and I'd choose you"

K Club Wedding

Sarah Benna & David Doyle

The K Club - 29th December 2016

 

"I moved to Ireland from America the same year that David moved to Australia. I used to live in Straffan and often walked the grounds of the K Club.  When I finally made my way to Australia I never imagined that I would fall for an Irish boy from Trim and revisit the K Club to get married nearly a decade later."

Sarah and David bumped into each other one fateful night in a bar in Sydney. David was there for his friend's leaving party (he was moving back to Ireland) when Sarah's friend (who later became her maid of honour) convinced her to go in for a dance as they were walking by. From that moment on, Sarah and David were in each others lives forever! 

David's much anticipated proposal was definitely worth waiting for! How do you top a New Year's Eve boat cruise on Sydney harbour under the fireworks?! Sarah was overwhelmed. "David had said to me earlier in the year that we would be engaged by the end of it. So, here I am on the last day of the year expressing my disappointment to my dearest friend that it didn't happen. But that night in the most beautiful setting imaginable he got down on one knee and I was over the moon. I married a man of his word; we were engaged by the end of the year, just about!"

On their favourite part of the day; "Hands down the ceremony! It was as if time stopped for a moment and we were in this glorious bubble with loved ones from around the world. It was so emotional! Seeing Sarah walk down the aisle and having everyone finally together was just perfect. We decided to go with a celebrant for our ceremony so it could be really personal and reflect our lives together. There were not many dry eyes, and that was very special."

On the dress; "My dress was designed by Coral Johnston of Corston Couture in Sydney. She was wonderful, as soon as I met her I was like yep, she's the one! Her designs were amazing, but more so than that it was her way, it was her kindness combined with her experience. I found the dress, which in fact was the opposite of what I thought wanted, and never had a second thought."

The Suit: David knew what he wanted and decided to have his suit made by an amazing tailor when we were on holiday in Vietnam. He then sent all of the groomsmens' measurements to Kimmy Tailor in Hoi An to be made as well. Hoi An is renowned for their tailor work and was a really great experience.

Flowers - The flowers were by Stephanie at 'The French Touch' I found her in a google search and as soon as I read "no carnations, no lillies and no diamontes" on her website, I knew she was the one. She also happens to be the same florist the K Club uses for weddings so it could not have worked out better! I was really after a raw, wild feel for all of the arrangements and my goodness did she deliver!

Bridesmaids dresses - I really wanted the dresses of my girls to reflect their personalities and individual style so we decided to have them pick any style from any store in a navy blue, especially with everyone in different locations, it made things easier. The irony is they all ended up in different dresses from the same store, Sheike in Sydney. One of my bridesmaids didn't even know what she was going to wear until the morning of the wedding!

The Honeymoon - We first made our way to Iceland and had some amazing experiences, unlike any other and some seriously delicious food. Then to Budapest which was so beautiful, and freezing, but mostly beautiful! Finally, to Salzburg which was romantic and quaint, the perfect way to end the honeymoon. Oh and did I mention the food?! Haha We basically ate and drank our way through a few countries and saw the sights, it was glorious.

Videographer - The very talented Cathal Farrelly

Advise for couples getting married soon - Definitely leave lots of time for any legal documents! In reflection though, look after yourself and don't spread yourself too thin. Outsource where you can and just be present and enjoy the process.

Stationary - David Doyle (the groom) works in design and he made all the save the dates, wedding invitations, menus, place names, and canvas prints. He did an amazing job.

Wedding Planner - Alina from the K Club. Planning our wedding from Australia would not have been the experience it was without her, she is worth her weight in gold!

Celebrant - Janet Wade at Spiritial Ceremonies

Hair - I have been a hairdresser for a long time now and decided I may as well for the wedding day! I styled myself and the bridesmaids.

Make-upPaula Grehan looked after all of us. She was amazing, we didn't even have a practice run, she just showed up and nailed it!

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