Having just returned from living in Spain, Yvonne was moving into a new apartment in Dublin when she bumped into a ‘very friendly, smiley guy with about 10 deckchairs’ in the lift. He was having a party that night (hence the deckchairs!) and invited her along. Unfortunately, Yvonne already had plans that evening but after a few more encounters in the lift, Stuart asked her out. The couple got engaged on the 23rd of December, 2014.

I am obsessed with Christmas and my Christmas tree is filled with ornaments with lots of sentimental value. Stuart bought me a Newbridge ring box, which was a Christmas decoration, and hung it on the tree. When I found it and discovered a beautiful rose gold ring inside, he proposed. (Safe to say its my favourite Christmas decoration!) It was brilliant being at home. We popped open some Prosecco, had a lovely chat about it all and told our families the next day on Christmas Eve.

We had our wedding in the stunning Tankardstown House.  We chose it because we were looking for a venue we could hire exclusively for the day, that had great food, beautiful grounds for the photos and, most importantly, a beautiful setting for our humanist ceremony.  Tankardstown House was perfect. While we knew that the venue was amazing, we never could have imagined how lovely the staff were. They were so attentive and made us feel so special and as if our wedding was a once off, even though they cater for so many weddings!

We both have so many favourite moments from the day and lovely memories of friends and family, but my favourite moment from the day was probably when I got to the top of the aisle (having probably broken a world record for fastest bride in Jimmy Choos ever) and seeing Stuart. We had a big hug and were both just so emotional, which I really wasn’t expecting.  It was just so amazing to finally be there after all the imagining and planning! The photos from that moment are probably my favourite even though we both look a bit crazy!

My favourite aspect of planning the day was either heading out to Tankardstown House with Stuart (to have meetings with their lovely wedding planners) or the meal tasting.  It was always so much easier to visualise the day when we were there together and it really gave us an insight into what the day would actually be like.

I’m sure it’s a cliché but just try to enjoy the planning process, The months leading up to the big day just fly by so enjoy it all. It can get a bit stressful at times trying to think of all the details and you genuinely want to please all the guests but remember that it’s your day. It’s supposed to be a celebration of you two as a couple so be true to what you both want and try not to get overwhelmed with what other people think you should or shouldn’t do. Also, make sure you get to your drinks reception. This was key for us as we really wanted to be able to mingle with people before the meal. We also had a jazz band playing at this that we wanted to enjoy. Jenny really got this and had our photos organised to maximise our time at the drinks reception.

As I said, the suppliers are so important. Not only do you want to pick people who are good at their job, you need to pick people you are happy to spend the day with! We were so happy with all our suppliers, they were all so professional and really added to our day too! We would definitely recommend Joe Hayes for hair, Michelle Kinsella for makeup, Jenny McCarthy for photographs (and wedding co-ordination on the day!), Sharon Hoey for the dress, David Coyle for video (DC Media), Absolutely Fabulous in Celbridge for flowers, The Ratzingers (they did all the music for the whole day) and Tankardstown House for the venue.



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