Real Irish Weddings – Isabelle Charmant and Peter Tunney
~ Real Life Wedding
21st February 2015. Ceremony at Ballintubber Abbey and reception at Mount Falcon Estate, Mayo
Photography by Will O’Reilly
This bride pulled off the ultimate pre-wedding day surprise for her footie mad man…
Isabelle and Peter met while they were working for a law firm in Dublin City Centre.
Peter got down on one knee in Hero’s Square, Budapest on New Year’s Eve night 2007. “I was frozen walking around and just wanted to go back to the warmth of the hotel,” Isabelle recalls. “I was also six weeks pregnant and was not feeling the best. Peter kept throwing snowballs at me and I have to say I was not impressed at first, but then he gave me a snowball with a ring in it right in the middle of freezing Hero’s Square and proposed.”
With an intimate wedding in mind, the couple chose Mount Falcon Estate. “We loved the fact that it is small and personal,” Isabelle explains. “The events team there are super nice and could not have done enough for us from the word go. Also Peter’s father’s family are from Mayo and he has a lot of cousins in the area.”
“Our theme could be described as neutral and simple. I would consider myself ‘afraid of colours’ so we chose cream, ivory and black as our colour scheme and a black tie event,” Isabelle says.
Isabelle wore a Gemy Couture gown by Lebanese designer Gemy Maalouf, bought from Ciara Bridal, Powerscourt town centre. “My dress was the one I tried on and I didn’t want to take off,” Isabelle enthuses. “It is an ivory very simple dress of lace and silk. I asked for lace capped sleeves to be added to it.”
Peter, the bestman, two groomsmen and his father wore morning suits from Dublin Formal Wear based in Tallaght, Dublin.
The bridesmaid’s dress was from Coast.
“My flowers were by the very talented Judy in Balla Florists in Mayo,” Isabelle enthuses. “I had a gorgeous bouquet of David Austen roses, hydrangea and gypsophilia, and my bridesmaid had a bouquet of gypsophilia.”
Cakes by Lizzy made the wedding cake. “We had a chocolate biscuit bottom tier, a lemon drizzle middle tier and a carrot top tier, then because I had quite a few children at the wedding, I also got Oreo and vanilla cupcakes – they were all delicious,” Isabelle says.
Isabelle: “Peter was speechless twice over the weekend. The first was when I brought him to meet Sir Alex Ferguson the night before the wedding. Yes, he gatecrashed my wedding weekend! Peter is a huge Man United fan, and I tell everyone I am the best wife ever to have organised this for him. The second was when Peter turned around in the church; the look on his face said it all.”
Peter: “When all our guests left the abbey and we were left on our own, and also having a chat and breakfast with Sir Alex Ferguson.”
Peter: “Let her do everything!”
Isabelle: “Make sure Sir Alex Ferguson does not appear in the hotel and steal your thunder! I’m only joking, seriously though I would say my top tip is to go with the flow and try not to get too stressed about the minor details because ultimately everything will fall into place on the day.”