1st May 2015. Ceremony at Dunsany Church, followed by reception at Clonabreany House, Kells, Co. Meath
A wedding that is very much ‘pretty in pink’…
Photography by Laura Faherty
“I worked in a salon in my home-town of Navan and Alan showed up in the salon most days as he was friends with the owner,” Ceara beings. “We got talking on my lunch break one day and realised we had a lot in common. He asked me out for dinner and we have been in inseparable ever since.”
Alan popped the question the ski slopes of Andorra in March 2014. “I waited till the very last day of our trip and had let friends in on my secret, to help me set the proposal up,” Alan explains. “I had champagne in my friend’s backpack for celebrations after. We went to the top of the mountain and I skied to a quite part where I waited for Ceara to ski to me. It was funny because she was giving out to me for skiing off. It worked out very well and of course she said yes. She doesn’t remember skiing to the bottom of the mountain!”
“We fell in love with Clonabreany house the first time we set foot on the grounds,” Ceara recalls. “We attended friends of ours wedding and couldn’t fault it. The grounds, the staff, the food… the list goes on. They couldn’t do enough for us. It truly is a hidden gem with quirky features. We all headed to the Sibin for the residents bar and sang till the early hours. I really want to go back and do it all over again.”
“We wanted our wedding to be very modern and our colour scheme was pale pink and silver,” Ceara says. “I have my own beauty and hair salon in Navan and only copped that my salon colour scheme is pink and silver too; I must really like those colours. I thought they looked so well together and got lots of compliments.”
Ceara wore a Pronovias gown from McElhinneys, Donegal. “I knew straight away this was the dress for me,” Ceara says. “It was a sweetheart neckline that I swore I wouldn’t go for, but the fit was just perfect. It was a fishtail style dress with lace detail on top and a mix of organza and lace on bottom. I got a crystal belt attached to the waist of the dress.”
The groom and grooms men wore navy suits with white shirts from Pat O’Byrne Suit Hire, Meath. “We had navy suits with white shirts and changed the buttons to navy,” Alan says. “They were a really nice colour and we themed them off with brown shoes. I wore a pink bowtie as it was part of the colour scheme and had the rest of the groomsmen in navy/blue bowties.”
The bridesmaids wore multiway dresses made by dressmaker Victoria Dawes, based in Blarney, Co. Cork. “The shape was so flattering on all the girls and they said they were so comfortable too,” Ceara recalls.
Mary Smyth who is based in Fordstown, Co. Meath created the floral display. “I can’t say enough about this lady – she is a flower genius,” Ceara says. “I got very emotional when Mary arrived with my bouquet as my Mam gave her my grandmother’s wedding ring to attach to my bouquet as my something old. My gran passed away a year before my wedding and we were very close. My bouquet was made up of peonies roses in pale pink, pink and ivory.”
The bride’s friend Racheal Clerkin made the four tiered wedding cake, with one chocolate biscuit layer, two layers of red velvet, and one layer of lemon drizzle.
Mother of the Bride
My Mum wore a Carla Ruiz dress. We purchased the dress in Ribbon Rouge Navan Co.Meath.We also purchased her hat there too. Cathrine the sales assistant was just fantastic putting the outfit together
Groom: “Turning around to see Ceara at the top of the aisle.”
Bride: “Seeing Alan at the top of the aisle.”