Louise and Stephen met on a night out in July 2011. Louise’s sister Clodagh, who lives in Newcastle was over for the weekend and they met up with a few friends, one of whom was Stephen’s neighbour who came late to the meal due to her neighbours having a house party. They ended up meeting those neighbours for a drink after the dinner. Louise and Stephen started chatting and it all kicked off from there!
I’ve always had a thing for Kinnitty Castle and I always said I would love to get married there. Steve would always wind me up anytime we would pass a jewellers’ window. If I was trying to sneak a peek at some engagement rings, he would move me swiftly along so I definitely wasn’t expecting what happened on the 17th January, 2015. He had given me a voucher for a meal in Kinnitty Castle for Christmas. The plan was that we would go and stay with my parents in Roscrea that night but, after the meal, Steve surprised me by saying we were staying the night. We went to check out the room before going to the bar and he told me to go in first. As I walked in the door, I literally couldn’t believe my eyes. “Will you marry me?” was written in rose petals on the bed. I turned around and Steve was down on one knee with a beautiful ring. I burst into tears and said, “yes!” The surprises didn’t stop there. He whisked me away to Monart Destination Spa the following night to continue the celebrations! It truly was unforgettable.
I think we had both fallen in love with Kinnitty Castle after our engagement night. We went down to a wedding fair there only a couple of weeks later and that sealed the deal. In fact, we didn’t even feel the need to look at any other venues. We loved how different the Castle was with the Dungeon Bar, the Great Hall of the O’Carroll’s and the beautiful grounds. The staff were very welcoming too.
I think both mine and Steve’s favourite moments were in the Church. Seeing each other at the top of the aisle and saying our ‘I do’s’ are our stand out moments but the whole day was absolutely amazing. We loved every minute of it!
We tried to be as organised as possible and did things in stages. We enjoyed all of the preparations! Steve and I both made all the decisions together, which was really nice. I also had a lot of lovely days away with family, my mother in particular. I dragged her from one end of the country to the other dress shopping but they were brilliant days out and are lovely memories to have. Mam and Dad came with me to Comber outside Belfast where I got my beautiful dress. It was really nice that they were both there.
Make sure to really enjoy the build-up and the day itself. It is such a special time and everyone is so happy for you both. It’s easy to get caught up in the organising and the finer details can start to become stressful but I think you both really need to make a conscious effort not to let that get on top of you and to enjoy the every single bit of it.
Our photographer, Jenny McCarthy, was amazing in the run up and on the day itself. She really put everyone at ease and she’s such a lovely person. We couldn’t recommend her highly enough! Our cake was from Vanilla Bean Bakery and it turned out just as we had hoped. We were really happy with our music too. The lovely Una Pedreschi sang in the church, The Kooky Ukes played at the drinks reception and The Beat Boutique played after dinner. They are a brilliant band!