Good morning, did we all survive Blue Monday?! It wasn’t really that bad, although I am glad the end of January is now within sight! Today we’re saying hello to one of our 2016 Blogging Brides – yes, you may have noticed I didn’t shout out for any this year, Lorraine contacted me last year and I couldn’t say no 😉 – Lorraine is getting married this September in what I know will be a gorgeous day and she’s so excited to be a wifey!
Hi, I’m Lorraine and I’ll be marrying Aaron in September on Lusty Beg. Aaron and I first met at university when we studied as postgraduates in 2009.
We were all asked to get into groups in one of our first classes and I was with a girl I had met earlier in the day, Rebecca. We spotted a guy who looked clever sitting across the room, and beckoned him over to join us – and that’s how Aaron and I met! We spent the next year studying and going out but there was never any chemistry between us.
It was only after some Facebook commenting in 2013 that I suggested going for coffee – just as two old friends, catching up. After we went home and carried on chatting, we decided to meet up a few days later but I still didn’t think it was a date! After a few drinks and a trip to the cinema (and a wee kiss) we officially started dating. I lived by myself and Aaron unofficially moved in straight away, before making the official move a few months later. We now live in Belfast with my two cats and a dog who we rescued from Assisi a few years ago.
We both knew straight away that we were going to get married. I told my mum she needed to buy a hat after we had been together for two months! Despite this, it was almost two years until he (finally) proposed with a gorgeous ring. I have my granny’s engagement ring, and he knew I loved it so it’s the same three stone setting. It all happened completely out of the blue a few days before my 28th birthday. I was having a bit of a strop about getting old and Aaron tried to cheer me up, offering breakfast in bed or brunch. I refused the lot, so he went and got the ring and proposed while I was still in bed!
Let the planning commence…
We started planning soon after and knew we wanted to be married before we turned 30, early in 2017. Aaron plays American Football, so we chose autumn 2016, which is his off-season in the hope that he wouldn’t have any football injuries! I plan lots of events for work, and knew I didn’t want a traditional hotel wedding, so we started looking at alternative venues. Aaron has a big family, so our venue had a few must haves; accommodation to stay overnight, a late bar license, a civil ceremony license, enough room for everyone to attend and most importantly, lots of character.
We looked a few country houses and I had a spreadsheet of cost and capacity of around 40 venues in Ireland! Finally, we decided to visit Lusty Beg Island for some lunch and I can honestly say that we were blown away. From the minute we stepped onto the ferry we knew we’d found the perfect place. It met all the criteria we wanted, the staff were so helpful and even on a rainy day, the scenery was beautiful. It also helped that it’s not too far from where our families live.
We both want the same thing for our wedding, to have the best day, surrounded by friends, family and love so it wasn’t long before I started thinking about the other important elements, but that’s a post for another day!