We’re a little sad; we wish we had a Macklin sister wedding film to share with you everyday of the year, but today is the final in the trio and it’s full of joy and laugher, lots of smiling faces and some interesting dance moves.
A huge thank you to sisters Sarah, Claire and Catherine for sharing their special days (and their husbands too, of course) with us – when you take up wedding planning, we need to know!!
Now on with Catherine and Cahir’s celebrations…
After a little intentional matchmaking by their mutual friends, Catherine and Cahir eventually got together in 2011 after first meeting in 2009, as Catherine explains;
“My friend was trying to act as matchmaker when she got married in 2009 and had put us at the same table at her wedding reception. She was one of my best friends from school and her husband was one of Cahir’s best friends. We didn’t pass much remarks on each other back then, but then a second attempt was made by my friend when she organised a night out in Belfast that we were both at. Cahir asked for my number and we met up the following weekend. My birthday was the week in between our meeting again, Cahir found out and surprised me with a beautiful bunch of flowers.”
When it came the right time to pop the question Cahir knew just the place, New York!
“I was on a work trip in New York and Cahir had flown out to spend the weekend with me. I had to go to some meetings on the Friday morning and then we spent that afternoon walking though Central Park and visiting the Museum of Modern Art. Cahir was getting anxious to leave the museum and I couldn’t understand why, we left and were walking down the street when he said he needed to sit down. We crossed the street to a little park area, I thought he was unwell but then he dropped to one knee and pulled a ring box out of his pocket and asked me to marry him! He was very quick to point out that the ring he had wasn’t the real thing and I got to visit Tiffany’s the next day to pick my actual ring which was a lovely experience.”
Having had her two sisters weddings before her own, both Sarah and Claire offered Catherine help and advice, and as soon as they decided on the date, the hunt for a venue began;
“We viewed quite a lot of wedding venues but there was always something that wasn’t quite right for me, I think Cahir was getting frustrated with me at that point as a lot of my issues were minor ones and completely irrational! A work colleague suggested I look at Tankardstown House so I went to view it with my aunt on my lunch break one day and I knew straight away that it was perfect. I quickly arranged a second appointment to see if Cahir agreed and when he saw it he was so impressed and glad that he had been patient with me and we hadn’t rushed into booking something we weren’t 100% sure of.”
With the venue secured, Catherine and Cahir knew exactly who was to capture their day on film- MIchael from Story of Eve.
“Both my sisters had used Michael and he captured both of their days so beautifully that we knew that we had to have him capture our day for us too. After that everything else fell into place, I really enjoyed planning all the different elements of the day and making sure all the little details were taken care of. I kept a wedding folder which was bursting by the time we were finished but I would have been lost without it during the planning stages.”
On the morning of her wedding Catherine wore an amazing beaded Jenny Packham dress from Blush Bridal in Belfast. Her bridesmaids wore soft pink Dessy gowns, a designer they had come to love after wearing them at Claire’s wedding- plus they were red wine proof! For October the weather was divine, reaching 17 degrees at one point and the day went without a hitch, although Catherine does admit to not wanting to cut her wedding cake!
“I remember saying to Cahir when we were cutting it that I didn’t want to cut it because it was too pretty and you can see the reluctance on my face in all of the photographs of us with the cake! Catherine at Cake Couture NI designed and made our cake and she made stunning sugar versions of the David Austin Miranda roses that were in the bouquets to decorate the cake with. Cahir has a really sweet tooth and when we visited Catherine for our cake tasting he was in his element!”
Highlight of the day
“I can’t pick one thing, I enjoyed every part of the day and I loved seeing all of the planning and effort we had put in coming together, there is absolutely nothing that I would change. It was so special that all our family and friends could be with us to share our day and I was very happy that my 87 year old grandmother Carmel was fit and well to be with us and share our day. Mentioning no names, she even managed to stay up later than some of the bridesmaids that night!”
And now for the final wedding film from Story of Eve, it’s a goodie!
Venue: Tankardstown House, Co.Meath.
Wedding dress: Esme by Jenny Packham, Blush Bridal Boutique, Belfast.
Bridesmaids dresses: Petticoat Lane, Hillsborough. (Embellishment on waistbands added by mother of the bride)
Videographer: Michael Toman, Story of Eve.
Groom’s Party Suits: Remus Uomo from Bowes Brothers, Omagh.
Photographer: Jim Sweeney, Lucan Studios, Lucan, Co.Dublin.
Wedding cake: Cake Couture NI, Bangor.
Flowers: Eileen Gaffney, Rosebuds Florist, Middletown.
Bridal cars: Glendale Limousines, Omagh.
Ceremony music: Teresa O’Donnell (Harpist & Singer).
Reception Band: Pink Champagne.
Stationary: Arbee Cards, Belfast.
Bridal Party Make Up – Paddy McGurgan, Belfast.
Bridal Party Hair – Sveta at Brian Martin, Armagh.