Real Irish Wedding: 7th September 2013, Adare Manor, Limerick
Ladies and gentlemen – this is why you should let the groom plan the wedding…
For his wedding to Dearbhail, Colin took firm hold of the reigns and planned the entire day from start to finish. Dearbhail, who was living and working in New York during their engagement, only flew home five days before the celebration.
And when we say that Colin pulled out all the stops to ensure romance, we mean he pulled out ALL the stops…
The insanely sweet proposal
Take the proposal for example. On 21st December 2012, Colin had coordinated with the staff National Gallery of Ireland to arrange a proposal to Dearbhail in a private wing of the gallery under their favorite painting Frederic William Burton’s “Meeting on the Turret Stairs”.
He had hand-picked the engagement ring himself from Boodles on Grafton Street and the proposal was a complete surprise to Dearbhail as she walked into a room with the framed pastiche of the painting, two crossed red roses and their favorite song playing through the windows, Declan O’Rourke’s “A Little Something” (which was also ridiculously romantically their first dance song!)
The unbelievably detailed theme of wedding / Inspiration for the day
“A September promise…”
With the written and licensed permission of the gallery, Colin was allowed use the painting as the theme for the wedding. Colin is the founder of Trilabyrinth (a Disney/Marvel games production house) and he worked with one of his designers to recreate the painting as the knight proposing to the princess outside Adare Manor where the wedding celebration was held.
This was used as the theme for the save the date cards that went out which is attached with a supporting website (SeptemberinAdare.com) and became the running theme for the wedding. This included the place cards for the ladies having the princess and the men having knights.
With all of his attention to detail, you won’t be surprised to note that Colin arranged the wedding entirely himself as as Dearbhail was living and working in New York and only flew home five days before the celebration.
Wedding dress and bridesmaids
Dearbhail’s wedding dress was from Townbride, Powerscourt, Dublin and the three bridesmaid dresses were from Ted Baker.
Mary Harney, Adi Roche, Brian Geoghegan, Fr. Leonard Moloney SJ celebrated the mass (headmaster of Clongowes Wood College and old friend of Colin’s).
During the speeches there were notes read out from Rear Admiral Stephen Rochon (former White House Chief Usher, and Chief Strategy Officer for Homeland Security), Bono and Ali Hewson, and Colin’s brother Graham who was in absentia.
During the mass the Irish tenor Derek Moloney (Celtic Knights) sang with a pianist. He also sang a song written by Colin for Dearbhail entitled “A September Promise”.
During the champagne welcome reception at Adare Manor the Corrib quartet played.
After the dinner, The Camembert Quartet rocked the house and Colin got up and played with them singing Michael Bublé’s “Home” and Bill Withers “Aint No Sunshine”.
Colin arrived to the church in an Aston Martin DB9 convertible, Dearbhail arrived in a 1954 Rolls.
Groomsmen were two boys that Colin helped raise after their father a dear friend of Colin’s died. Colin had been their father’s best man.
Dearbhail’s father died when she was 19 so her twin brother Shane gave her away under the watchful eye of her father’s portrait on the altar.
Dearbhail and Colin originally met in Washington DC, the initials on the wedding cake also had D.C. as a monogram (Dearbhail Colin) and were a recurring them on the wax seal on the invites and menus.
Photography by Larry McMahon