Real Irish Wedding: 29 September 2012, Mill Park Hotel, Donegal
Brona and David met while working at a children’s summer camp in America in 2003 and enjoyed a summer romance. After three months, Brona went back to Ireland and Dave returned to Sydney, Australia. They kept in touch and ended up together again a few years later, moving to Sydney where they’ve lived for the past six years…
The wedding venue
Rising to the challenge of planning their wedding from Sydney, the couple read up on hotel reviews and loving Donegal, they choose The Mill Park Hotel. “We loved the homely look of it initially and when my family went to have a look at it for us and gave it the thumbs up, we booked it,” explains Brona. “The first time we saw the hotel was three days before the wedding! It was fabulous though, the staff there were wonderful.”
The couple incorporated some vintage elements into their big day including Brona’s uncle’s vintage Beetle cars for transport, brooch bouquets instead of flowers and vintage stationery. “More than anything, we just wanted to add our own personal touch to the day through our choices of clothes, music, stationery, decorations, entertainment etc.”
With David’s family being Vietnamese, the couple tried to incorporate Vietnamese influences into their big day as Brona explains: “Our invites were printed in English on one side and Vietnamese on the other. We had a Vietnamese celebration the day before the wedding, complete with the traditional wedding dress which is red and gold. I found a Vietnamese priest who said part of our Mass in my in laws native language. My sister gave a speech in Vietnamese –she secretly worked with a translator and delivered it perfectly! Our favours also had a Vietnamese theme – with fans for the ladies and chop sticks for the men.”
The wedding dress
Brona’s ivory tea length wedding dress is by Moonlight Tango from Brides of Sydney. “It is a very simple dress but the short length and the texture of the roses give it a unique twist. I felt like a doll wearing it, I just loved it!”
For a simple but classic look, David wore a tailored tuxedo, made by his uncle in Vietnam.
The bridesmaids wore strapless navy dresses with flower detailing by JLM Couture from Verona Bridal. “They were straight with a fish tail style bottom – very flattering and absolutely gorgeous!” enthuses Brona.
Not being that into flowers, Brona opted for vintage brooch bouquets which were hand made by A Stone Rose. The bride and flowergirl bouquets were made up of silver vintage brooches with handmade cream roses. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were made to match their dresses – a navy base along with silver, pink and blue brooches.
David: “Seeing Brona walk up the aisle. We’d planned the wedding for so long; it was wonderful to finally see it all come together. And she looked beautiful of course!”
Brona: “Having both our families and friends together, in one place, in the same country was the best part of all! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience as our loved ones live on opposite sides of the world.”
Photography by Ciaran Mc Guckin, Carn Photo