Well hello Wednesday! As promised, we have the second Macklin sister’s wedding to share today; meet Claire and her husband Paul, their wedding was held in Westmeath with the reception at Wineport Lodge, Glasson. Claire’s Godfather, Jim Sweeny from Lucan Studios was on hand to capture the day, as well as Michael from Story of Eve who shares their wedding preview film- we challenge you to watch this video without a giant big smile- it makes our heart sing and smile and feel all giddy!
You will be delighted to hear that the girls mum got to exercise her fabulous dressmaking skills again with special personal details throughout the day, but first a little history of how this fabulous couple met, as explained by Claire;
“We met at a friend’s birthday party in our home town of Armagh in August 2006, however I had already booked a round the world trip with Sarah for that September so we were only seeing each other for a few weeks before I left. There must have been something there because for the next nine months we stayed in touch and when I came home in June 2007 we started seeing each other properly.”
Three and a half years on during a weekend in Strandhill for Paul’s birthday Claire was asked a very special question;
“Paul had told me he was going for a run on the beach in the morning and to come down and meet him in an hour. Me being the lover of a lie in wasn’t too pleased to have to drag myself out of bed, but I did anyway and made my way down to the beach with the wind howling around me. I found him stood on top of a sand dune waving, with hesitation I climbed up to meet him and we stood looking out to the ocean, the next thing I know Paul told me to look over at another sand dune saying there was something written on it and to read it out, and it said MARRY ME, CLAIRE and when I turned around he was down on one knee!!! It was all very romantic.”
Claire and Paul instantly knew they wanted to get married away from home, but not abroad, so after plenty of searching – over 20 venues were ruled out!- they found and fell in love with Wineport Lodge, and it just so happened that five miles from the venue was St. Mary’s Chapel, manned by the very friendly Father Gerry who welcomed them into his parish. With the location chosen Claire and Paul approached the rest of the planning with a logical approach, working through the details and bringing their ideas to life.
A lover of colour Claire really wanted this to be expressed on the day and chose a sunny yellow and pink colour scheme. Her bridesmaids wore sunshine yellow shift dresses by Dessy, accessorised with hot pink peep toes (it seems a love of good shoes runs in the family!), Paul wore a Liberty print tie and pocket square, specially made by her mum, and florals were given a vibrant touch with bright wild flowers being used throughout. To carry the vivid quirky scheme throughout the day, Claire incorporated the Liberty print into the invitations, table plan and mass booklets.
Paul’s close friend Christopher McKinney created an amazing personalised wedding picture which Claire had shrunken down and made into their wedding invitations. On the day guests signed the original picture. The signed picture now hangs with pride of place in their home.
“Our wedding was so much fun and so relaxed, I keep saying to Paul I want to do it every year- that’s how much I loved it! However there were two little blips; the first was at the wedding rehearsal the night before when Father Gerry asked me did I have the wedding certificate, while the blood quickly drained from my face I realised I had left Armagh without it! Luckily my Daddy wasn’t travelling down until the morning of the wedding so I was able to get him to bring it down. The second was a bridesmaid disaster- Sarah came to tell me that Cahir; Catherine’s husband, had accidentally spilt a glass of red wine all over Catherine’s dress just before dinner! I nearly fainted but she told me not to worry that she had quickly thrown a glass of white wine over her to stop it staining! All I could do was laugh and thank God that the photos were finished!” Following their joyous day Claire and Paul travelled through Bali and Lombok on honeymoon, an experience they will never forget.
We simply adore this wedding film. It feels like you’ve just stepped into Claire and Pauls wedding day!
Venue: Wineport Lodge, Glasson.
Dress: Castello by Stephanie Allin.
Bridesmaids dresses: Dessy- Perfect Day, Lurgan.
Handmade jewellery: Bow, Powerscourt Town House, Dublin.
Grooms suit: Ted Baker.
Grooms party suits: Robert Paynters, Armagh.
Photography: Jim Sweeny, Lucan Studios.
Cake: Made by Claire’s mother- another triumph from Mummy Macklin!
Flowers: Dooley’s, Athlone.
Bridal cars: Kindly donated by Raymond Donnelly, Donnelly Group, Dungannon.
Wedding Film: Michael Toman, Story of Eve.
Thanks Claire and Paul for sharing your wonderful day! Tomorrow we have the last of the Macklin sisters- Catherine and Cahir’s day at Tankardstown House.