30 May 2015. Ceremony at Church of the Good Shepherd, Dublin and reception at Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, Dublin.
Photography by Couple Photography
When the bride was whisked away for a birthday break little did she know what her partner had planned…
Darren and Lorna met on campus during their first year at Dublin City University. They “finally hooked up” just before they graduated.
Darren whisked Lorna away to Portals Nous, Majorca as a birthday present. The island held a special place in the couple’s heart as it was where they had went on their first holiday together. “Darren organised a dinner for my birthday on a secluded beach jetty restaurant, overlooking the Bay of Palma,” Lorna explains. “Just as the sun set, the waitress served the desert. I blew out my candles only to find Darren down on one knee asking me to marry him… I of course said yes! The entire restaurant cheered with guests from other tables sending us champagne. As we shared the birthday cake the swooning ladies shared their engagement stories with us.”
The couple attended a wedding fair at the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club,Dublin and fell in love with the venue. “It met all the criteria we wanted in a venue,” Lorna says. “They accommodated every single request and provide a top quality service. All staff at Castleknock were exceptional with no detail missed – absolutely no fault could be found with their service which was very important to us.”
The couple went for a theme of “traditional, colourful especially purple, family centric and love hearts”. Where possible they included family in their special day. Lorna explains, “The wedding car was provided by my uncle Martin who chauffeured. A family friend was our florist, my aunt made the cake, and Loreto Beaufort’s Past Pupil Choir sang hymns; a choir I’m a member of. Love hearts and the colour purple were central in our wedding invites, mass booklets and décor,”
Lorna spotted her dream dress in a magazine and tracked the Mori Lee gown down to Bridal Design in Dublin. “After searching high and low I finally found it,” Lorna recalls. “I knew it was the one from the moment I tried it on. The wedding dress was Venice lace appliques on delicate ivory chiffon with lace with a full lace back detail paired with a cathedral length veil. I felt like a princess when wearing it.”
The grooms wear suits were hired from Dorian Black, Dublin.
The bridesmaids’ floor length aubergine chiffon gowns were from Mori Lee’s Angelina Faccenda collection.
The flowers were provided by Trish Collins of Tiger Lily Flowers.“My bouquet was a full hand-tied bouquet of purple double lissianthus, cerise germini, pink/green hydrangea, green cymbidium orchids, dark pink peonies and lavender, wrapped in ribbon. The grooms buttonhole was a small dark pink cymbidium orchid with lavender,” Lorna explains.
The wedding cake three-tiered wedding cake with pearl bead and lace icing, was made by Lorna’s aunt Maureen Cosgrave and was presented on a floating stand.
Lorna: “Walking down the aisle with my dad towards Darren, wondering what Darren was thinking at that particular moment.”
Darren: “Seeing Lorna for the first time in her wedding dress – she looked amazing and in that moment, took my breath away.”