Real Irish Wedding: Len & Catrin Carolan
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Real Irish Wedding: 28th March 2013, Summerhill House Hotel, Enniskerry
A proud native Welsh speaker, hailing from Aberystwyth, Catrin was caught off guard one sunny day in August when Len proposed to her in her native tongue after two weeks of intensive Welsh classes…
She was so surprised to hear the question in Welsh that she didn’t know what to say and managed to blurt out ‘ok!’ before making Len ask again so she could say yes properly!
For their springtime wedding reception venue the couple choose Summerhill House in Wicklow. “It was extremely reasonable in price, large enough to house all our guests, super picturesque views over the mountains and not too far outside Dublin,” says Catrin. They only host one wedding at a time so there was no fear of competing with anyone else which was definitely a requirement for us both.”
The couple’s wedding theme developed over time as Catrin explains: “We ended up with a bit of a rustic feel with lots of twine used for the invites and orders of service, home-made bunting, home-made candles in teacups collected from charity shops, and mis-matched teapots decorating the church and reception tables filled with daffodils – the national flower of Wales!”
Despite being a bride on budget, lucky Catrin had two wedding dresses for her big day: ” The first dress, which I wore for the ceremony and photos, was from Debenhams and had a low v-back, high front and mermaid tail. It was an impulse buy due to the great price and I added a simple ribbon from Hickeys around my waist to break it up slightly.”
Catrin’s second dress, which came out for their choreographed first dance, was from Myrtle Ivory – a tea length lace wedding dress with a tulle petticoat. “It was gorgeously simple, so easy to wear and lots of fun,” says Catrin. “It was bought on a 90% end of season discount which was a brilliant surprise so I couldn’t resist!”
For his wedding suit, Len wore tails, a waistcoat and cravat from Black Knight in Killiney.
The beautiful bridesmaids wore short, knee length cappuccino dresses from Reiss (bought at an Outlet store). They were coupled with killer red heels and gorgeous red lipstick that complemented them brilliantly.
“The wedding was all about bargains and we did it well,” enthuses Catrin.
Red and yellow wedding bouquets were created by the Flower Factory (bought on Groupon for half price!). A blend of gerberas, roses, ranunculus and wild grass.
The couple’s unconventional wedding cake was by Caroline Goulding, and is inspired by Super Mario and the mushroom kingdom, with Mario and Princess Peach on the top.
“We loved it as did our guests – it was one of the highlights of the day!”
Watch the couple’s wedding video by Kev Farrell here [link https://vimeo.com/65775437]
The little details:
Wedding reception: Summerhill House, Wicklow
Wedding dress: Debenhams and Myrtle Ivory, Dublin
Bridesmaid dresses: Reiss, stores in Dublin Belfast
Groomswear: Black Knight, Killiney
Wedding flowers: Flower Factory, Dublin
Weddding Cake: Caroline Goulding
Photographer: Jeremy Hiebert & Niall Scully