Serving you up a real treat for Tuesday with this city wedding! Our bride, Jenny was stunning in her 1940's lace Stephanie Allin dress and photographer, Mark Capiltan has captured some wonderful images. My favourite is Jenny and Ger enjoying a moment on a very busy Quay Street in the centre of Galway city!
From the bride: Ger and myself wanted our day to be personal, fun, elegant and timeless. The first thing we chose was the location and venue. We got married in the heart of Galway city with the ceremony in the tiny and intimate church in National University Ireland, Galway. There was only ever one choice for our reception venue- the Hotel Meyrick which is just off Eyre Square. The hotel has an old school glamour feel to it and it has been a Galway institution for years. Plus my own parents actually met there many years ago!
There are so many wonderful memories leading up to the wedding. Firstly, choosing the dress. I was like a kid in a sweet shop, but true to cliche I knew the dress when I tried it on- it was a 1940′s style lace dress from Stephanie Allin, with beautiful gold Valentia lace which gave a bit of a vintage feel. My only regret about my dress was that I had to take it off- I loved it! One job that Ger definitely wanted to get involved in was the cake tasting- we ordered that from Couture Cakes in Galway. It was epic!
The day itself was a dream from start to finish. Galway isn’t known for the weather but the sun came out as soon as we were on our way to the church. My uncle Michael is a priest in the US and said our mass. He made the ceremony so special and meaningful – we are so lucky to have him in our family. The Corrib String Quartet performed during the ceremony and they were outstanding. As a diehard Smiths fan I was so delighted when they did an instrumental version of the questionably fitting ‘Girlfriend in a Coma’ at the end of the ceremony!
After spending some time with our guests, we took a stroll with our photographer, Mark, and got some pictures taken at the Quad in NUIG. As we were getting married in the middle of Galway City we also wanted to get a quick shot taken in Quay Street which is one of the busiest streets in the city. It was a fairly surreal moment as the crowd realised that we were getting our wedding pictures taken in the middle of the street but it was loads of fun and when I walk though Quay street now I still can’t quite believe I was standing in the middle of it in my wedding dress!!
The reception went by so quickly. We had our meal and then the speeches which I really enjoyed. Our wedding band was The Marvels who had every guest – young and old – up on the dancefloor from the minute they started playing to the very end. The festivities continued well into the morning and for a few days afterwards! We had asked the hotel to save some of our wedding cake for us for breakfast(good job because it disappeared fast!). We were still on a high when we went on honeymoon- a week in Thailand and two weeks in Japan.
We had a ball planning our big day with our friends and family- and it really was the best day ever!!