Real Irish Wedding: 1st September 2012, Church of Santo Stefano degli Abissini, Rome
After meeting at an outdoor party at the Colosseum in the summer of 2005, it seemed only fitting that the couple returned to the romantic scene for their proposal…
“I had no clue why he had brought me there at night in the rain when it was completely empty,” says Emma. But allw as soon revealed when Hagos got down on his knee to utter those four magic words…
For their reception venue the couple chose the roof top terrace of the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora. “We wanted to have the reception somewhere that has a view of the city of Rome and this hotel has one of the best as it sits on a hill. The guests all said that having Champagne on the terrace with the amazing view of Rome as the backdrop was the best part of the day.”
While light pink was the colour scheme for the wedding , the wedding was themed around the Irish and Roman cultures as Emma explains: “We brought in the Roman with my short wedding dress and by having the ceremony in a private chapel inside the Vatican so guests were able to see parts of the Vatican which are not open to the public. The Irish element came through in our favours which were mini Bushmills whiskey bottles for the men and hand-made ‘Irish Love’ candles by Northern Irish company Lucy Annabella Organics.
The wedding dress
Emma’s wedding dress was designed and made for her by Belfast designer Mary Rose McGrath. Her tea length gown featured a sweetheart bodice covered in flowers and lace and a full tulle skirt scattered with applique flowers. “I tried on a few full length dresses and felt a bit awkward in them,” confides Emma. “I thought a short dress would be perfect for a summer wedding in Rome and it was such a fun dress to wear. I also loved how it was completely unique for me.”
Two of the bridesmaids wore short baby pink dresses by Mary-Rose McGrath with a diamante waist band. The other two bridesmaids wore grey dresses with diamante waistbands and necklines from Monsoon.
Made by the hotel, Emma and Hagos didn’t get to see the three tired chocolate wedding cake until it was time to cut it and then they got quite a shock! “The hotel knew our colour scheme and we just trusted them to do it,” explains Emma. “It was massive, we almost died when we saw the size of it. I thought that someone was going to jump out of it.”
Hagos: When I turned around and saw Emma almost at the top of the aisle and also when we came onto the terrace after our photos and the Black Eyed Peas were playing, that was really fun.
Emma: When we were standing outside the chapel right behind St Peter’s Basilica and the bridesmaids had all gone inside. My heart was jumping and it was just me and my Dad and he said ‘Are you ready? Come on!’ And then the next thing I knew we were at the top of the steps and I saw Hagos.”
Photography by Daniele Pierangeli, Jay Studio, Rome. J-studio.it