Good morning brides-to-be!
How crazy is June? With all the after school activities rounding up for the summer we’ve had exams, festivals and new to us this year big school inductions – the past couple of weeks have been mental at chez Promise! We’ve a solid two weeks of more craziness before it’s bonjour France for us – not that I haven’t mentioned it before 😉
Today we’re kicking off the week with Una and Dominic’s summer wedding at Farnham Estate. Their day was super sweet and intimate with touches of their lives dotted throughout the day. Thanks to Una for getting in touch (turns out we live about 3 miles from each other!) and for sharing her lovely wedding story with us. Have a great week beauties x
Couple: Una + Dominic Donaghy
“We met each other while we were both at school studying for our GCSEs. We were in Art class together and went out a few times before Dominic approached the “go steady” subject, then becoming boyfriend and girlfriend. We’ve been together since.”
“Dominic proposed on the evening of 4 December 2015 at The K Club, Kildare. He chose a beautiful fountain in the gardens of the hotel as the setting. He had the area surrounding the fountain and the steps leading down to it covered in fairy lights. It was all very romantic.”
Wedding date: Friday 4th August 2017
Ceremony: Saint Patrick’s Church, Donaghmore
Reception: Farnham Estate & Spa, Cavan
“We had just over a year and a half to plan our wedding and as soon as we got engaged we began to plan straight away. Our venue was decided on first and that didn’t take us too long as we had always loved Farnham Estate. Afterwards, we booked the other big things like our band, flowers and photographers. I relied heavily on to-do lists and checklists to take the stress out of the planning but I have to say I really enjoyed all the organisation that went into it.
We aren’t very good at setting budgets and had been warned that the wedding budget usually goes out the window. We did, however, keep a close eye on costs and focused on those areas that we wanted to spend most on whilst saving on other items that weren’t as important to us.
We wanted to make the day as personal as possible. Dominic’s mum passed away very unexpectedly three years prior to the wedding so including her memory in the day was really important to us. We added little decorative pieces throughout the day to make it unique and special both at home in the morning and at the chapel and then later on at the venue. We named the dinner tables after songs which influenced us and symbolised love and timelessness. We also had a dresser covered in photographs of us representing the journey we have been on together so far.”
“My vision was for the wedding style to be elegant and romantic. I opted for a pink and mint colour palette for the bridesmaids and kept the floral arrangements simple with roses which worked with the intricate vintage lace design of my dress.”
“The dress I chose was one of the first dresses I tried on, it was by Mori Lee. It didn’t take long to decide that it was the one. I loved everything about it – the vintage lace, the train and the crystal beading. My mum and bridesmaids were there to help me with the decision which was a great advantage.”
“For both of us our highlight were simply everything! We loved every moment. After a week of rain, we had little hope for good weather on the day. However, the sun shined all day for us. Everything was amazing from start to finish and we can honestly say it was the best day of our lives together so far. The food was beautiful and the speeches were funny, heartfelt, and personal. We felt incredibly loved. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed and laid back feel to the day and the good music that was played both before dinner by local traditional group from Cavan, the O’Donoghue’s, and later in the evening by our band, The Real Shindig.”
“Enjoy every minute of the planning, it goes too fast! Get plenty of sleep in the run up to the wedding. For the bride, try to organise a spa day with your bridal party a week or two before the wedding to relax before all the madness begins.”
Venue: Farnham Estate & Spa, Cavan.
Wedding dress: Mori Lee.
Bridesmaids dresses: House of Fraser.
Groomswear: Red Groomswear, Cookstown.
Hair: Perfection Hair & Beauty, Dungannon.
Makeup: Jessica Clarke Makeup Artist, Dungannon.
Flowers: The Flower Studio, Dungannon.
Cake: Lough Erne Cakes, Enniskillen.
Trad group: The O’Donoghue’s, Cavan.
Wedding band: The Real Shindig, Belfast.
Photographer: Creative Flux Photography, Belfast.