Carol & Anthony
We met 12 years ago when Carol came to a cafe I was working in looking for scrambled egg. I didn’t want to give her scrambled egg I was more interested in giving her my phone number.
We are an easy going couple who are best friends, you will seldom see one without the other we even both love clothes shopping. Notably the odd trip to Kildare Village or a random spin to Belfast as we are regularly slagged about.
Well to begin with there was a lot of peer pressure from friends and family. Not that it was going to take much we just needed to stop shopping and start saving. So during one of many drunken nights and conversations around our best friends Mandy & Keith’s kitchen table having given it some thought – I spilled the beans and told Carol we will get married on in 2020. We needed to get it started and prepare for the day, and I will propose when I want as a surprise for you, but when we propose we will just tell people we are engaged and we are getting married on a specific date.
I blindfolded Carol put her in the back of the car and off we went on little journey – she claims to know where she was going but anyone who knows Carol will know she hasn’t got a sense of direction.
Sadie and I brought Carol to Howth I got a light up sign for Sadie to hold and I got down on bended knee with Sadie to ask “Mam will you marry Dad?” – Howth was somewhere we often went at first hail rain or snow for walks and chats and still to this day we go for walks and chats and the occasional bag of chips. Which was our celebratory meal on our engagement – the saving had began, Fire Restaurant was out.
We decided on the Osprey and asked Catherine Bunn to get us suppliers for a cake, flowers and photographer.
Cake was provided by – Creative Cakes
Flowers – Sourced locally by Catherine
Singer/Guitar – Brian Mc Govern Ph 083 104 1929
DJ & Sax – 7 Entertainment
Photographer – Rob O’Neill Ph:086 887 0808
Minister – Tom Colton of Spiritual Ceremonies
Something Old, Something New
Something old on the day was the old pictures used to be re-created into very special charms which were attached to the brides bouquet of Carol’s Mam Josie, Dad Christy and Sister Pamela who although weren’t present on the day took pride of place on the top table.
Something new were the shoes Carol never wanted to get (so she says) a fabulous pair of Christian Louboutin shoes in suede blue – or the earrings purchased which she forgot to tell the price of.
Why Did You Choose The Osprey Hotel?
We went to view many places but Carol always had a liking for the Osprey we had stayed there previously and it just had that little bit of class about it. It was always in Carol’s head to see it before making the final decision.
The location (not too far from Dublin)
The old ballroom it was nice, the new ballroom is beautiful
The courtyard great for a summer wedding and allowing for outdoor ceremony.
Catherine’s willingness to accommodate our requests for the day in providing suppliers for us.
When we did see the hotel there was no competition it was a done deal there and then without even wanting to see any where else. The (old) room was beautiful the lay out was good but when we seen the mood boards for the upgrade we were ecstatic to know we would be in the new ballroom for our day.
We dealt with Catherine on the day of the booking and loved her enthusiasm, honesty and she was always looking to accommodate us. It made it very special to know we were dealing with her again.
The new ballroom is fabulous anyone that views that new room will be swayed immediately after seeing the room layout.
The Big Day & Beyond
The day itself began with the very early start for all involved from makeup and hair to showers and shaves in preparation for a 12 o clock ceremony.
As I knew Carol wouldn’t be late, I certainly wasn’t going to be late for the day – so I made my way alone to the ceremony where I was the only person present for at least 10 minutes while everyone finished the last of the drinks in the bar.
The winning bets were about to be revealed who would cry first Anthony or Carol. Neither it turned out.
Eventually everyone arrived in to share the most beautiful day of both our lives. We had such a good day everything was flawless.
Ceremony was beautiful. It was short, funny and excellently delivered by Tom Colton and the singer was amazing – we even had a rendition of Bob Marley Is this Love thrown in.
Food was beautiful perfectly cooked fillet steaks and turkey and ham was the meals of choice, and the hotel were very accommodating with the supply of beers for the reception. Special mentions for the sorbets and chicken vol o vonts.
The evening entertainment was brilliant we had our first dance (Kodaline The One) sang acoustic by the brilliant Brian McGovern on guitar.
Brian was followed by Sax and DJ Provided by Audio Networks which was a brilliant end to the night both were exceptional – special mention to the Sax for the cover of Baker Street.
So the day was amazing and the night was brilliant. All achieved through meticulous planning from Carol and our amazing wedding planner Catherine.
Post Wedding Celebrations
Post wedding celebrations were one day shared with some friends and family at the Osprey who provided us a BBQ in the courtyard which was beautiful beef/chicken burgers and salad. A very generous spread of food combined with a generous helping of beverages by everyone.
Where forever begins
With only one wedding per day we can focus on making your big day truly special. Nothing is too much trouble and nothing is overlooked. Your dedicated wedding co-ordinator is on hand to help you plan every aspect of your day, making sure that every last detail is just as you would wish it.