Real Irish Wedding: 26th August 2013, St Malachy’s Chapel, Coleraine and An Grianan Hotel, Donegal
It sounds like the plot of a perfect rom com…
Tara and Christopher were complete strangers when they bumped into each other in a Singapore airport. After a brief chat, they boarded a connecting flight to Frankfurt, but were seated apart from each other on the plane and prepared to go their separate ways.
But then fate intervened. Whilst in Frankfurt airport, preparing to take her final flight to Dublin, Tara bumped into Christopher again. After talking for a while, they got ready to separate for the final time and took their seats, only to discover, as if by magic, that they were next to each other.
During a romantic break in County Clare, during dinner Christopher arranged to have ‘will you marry me?’ written in chocolate sauce on Tara’s dinner place. She said: “It was perfect, I couldn’t stop smiling.”
After the wedding ceremony in St Malachy’s Church in Coleraine, Tara, Christopher and all of their wedding guests ventured to Donegal for the wedding reception.
Tara said: “Our hotel was the amazing An Grianan Hotel in Burt, Donegal, where we always had our hearts set on. Even from very early on in the relationship, as we would drive past it almost every weekend travelling back from Sligo to Coleraine.”
The wedding dress
“My wedding dress was a Hollywood Dreams dress which my mum insisted I tried on,” said Tara. “And I just knew the minute Kerry from Star Tiara was putting me in it that it was the one. It was even better than what I ever dreamed of or imagined.”
The wedding cake and flowers
The wedding cake was created by Tara’s very talented cousine Carolann Carlisle who also sang during the wedding ceremony. The flowers were from Sharon Watkins in Coleraine.
“I am a bit of a princess and a Disney fan,” explained Tara. “So I came up with a tasteful classy version of a fairy tale wedding that I have always dreamed of.”
Tara said: “There were so many things that were special to me on my wedding day but a few things that stood out to my guests, such as the ice cream trike that was there for everyone after the service. And then there was the wedding cake. It broke my heart when it came to cutting it, it really was a cake fit for a prince and princess.”