Good morning! How lovely was the weekend? We were all very ready for the sun to make an appearance and our winter coats to be forgotten about – it really makes a new week much more appealing, doesn’t it?
Today I’m delighted to share the wedding story of Dawn Emma and Ryan who married surrounded in plum perfection last Spring at Virginia Park Lodge. Thanks to Grace at Adam and Grace Photography for sharing their special day with us.
Couple: Dawn Emma + Ryan Trappe
The couple first met on a night out in a local disco just before Christmas, Dawn Emma had dropped her handbag and Ryan picked it up for her. After a quick chat and swapping numbers they met up again and their relationship steadily grew.
Proposal: Eight years after meeting in the middle of summer we went to our favourite hotel, Harvey’s Point in Donegal for a few nights. We took a walk at the edge of the lake after dinner and I turned around to see Ryan down on one knee! It was a complete shock, I was not expecting it although we were together for a good few years. We were building a house at the time and we were focused on that so it came as a wonderful surprise. We didn’t rush into wedding plans, we just really enjoyed being engaged and floated on that feeling for a long time. We had our beautiful little girl Anna the following summer and then booked our wedding for the next spring.
Wedding date: Saturday 23rd April 2016
Ceremony: Lurgan Church of Ireland, Virginia, County Cavan
Reception: Virginia Park Lodge, County Cavan
Our Planning & Wedding Style: The most important thing to us was to get the venue right and one we both felt was special. We looked at Harvey’s Point and probably would have chose it had we not found Virginia Park Lodge. A friend happened to mention it to me and we went down to have a look and just fell in love with it. It had an old world charm about it, but was going through a major renovation. It was an unfinished product when we viewed it but could see its potential. It was such an amazing venue to get married in. It was definitely at the top end of our budget, but we both agreed to have a fabulous venue and save elsewhere. Just after we booked it, my mother told me it was where my grandparents had their wedding reception! So it was nice to have that special meaning too. Deirdre the events organiser was superb, direct, but knew exactly what we wanted and worked with our budget. We saved on other areas like no drinks reception, we just had tea/coffee, and we had no drinks for the toast, just wine. I don’t think anyone missed this and I certainly don’t miss it when I’m at a wedding.
Our Style: I always wanted a wedding dress with sleeves and I came across a Ronald Joyce dress in Mc Elhinneys. A heavy, but tight fitting dress with champagne lace. My bridesmaid had Linzi Jay dresses from Ladies Day in Monaghan. Elaine Sheridan is a dressmaker who owns the shop, and she is very talented in making dresses and jewellery. She added the draped pearls and diamonds to the back of the bridesmaid dresses and also made the bespoke earrings and bracelets, as well as my little girls flower girl dress. Because the dresses were plum, we followed this through to the men’s suits, with dickie-bows and ties. The plum colour ran into my flowers which I knew I wanted to be vintage and wild looking and the florist did an amazing job at capturing this. The flowers became a really important look especially in the photographs.
Our Highlights: It’s very hard to capture one highlight of the day…. I think Ryan and I were amazed at how relaxed we both were and really enjoyed the day. It was a magical day from beginning to end. Actually as the band started, Ryan put our little Anna on his shoulders and was dancing away, she was loving it, that was a special moment.
Our Advice: My one piece of advice to anyone getting married is try to stay calm and relax. Stressing about things will zap your energy and potentially decrease how you will enjoy your day. People said to me it will fall into place, and it really does!
Wedding dress: Ronald Joyce from McElhinneys Bridal Rooms, Ballybofey.
Shoes: Jimmy Choo.
Bridesmaids dresses: Ladies Day, Monaghan.
Makeup: Michelle Kinsella Make up.
Groomswear: Etiquette Clothing, Monaghan.
Wedding rings: Lunn’s Jewellers, Belfast.
Cake: Dinkins Bakery, Monaghan.
Flowers & Cars: Flowers of Magic, Monaghan.
Band: The Housem8’s.
Photographer: Adam and Grace Photography, Portadown.