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Real Irish Wedding: Sinead Ayres & Craig Butchart

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Real Irish Wedding: 28th July 2012, Lord Bagnel Hotel, County Carlow

Telling a girl you love her on the first date is usually no-no number one in the getting-a-girlfriend guide but it worked out alright for Craig and Sinead, whose teenage romance turned into a lifetime of happiness when they tied the knot in July 2012.

The engagement

“We went away to Germany for a weekend break with friends,” said Sinead. “The whole weekend passed without him proposing, he was just too nervous. He kept the engagement ring in his sock for the weekend, letting every romantic opportunity pass him by. Eventually as we were to leave for the airport he got down on one knee (actually two knees) in the hotel room.”

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The ceremony

“We chose to get married in the local cathedral. My grandparents got married here in the 40’s so it felt special to get married in the same place they did. The cathedral was huge but was filled with the beautiful singing of Jessica Molloy it was also special to have our 4 year old daughter Sophie read at the mass. Very cute!”

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The reception venue

With a soft summer wedding theme in mind, Sinead and Craig knew they’d found their ideal reception venue as soon as they stepped through the doors of the Lord Bagnel Hotel in Carlow. “We knew the minute we saw the hotel it was perfect. Located along the river, the docked barges and boats gave off a summer feel.

“Our reception was in the Bright Maria room which was surrounded by ceiling to floor windows which led out to a decking overlooking the beautiful river. This 4* hotel renowned for their food didn’t let us down and was beautiful. “

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Sweet treats

“Before our dinner guests were treated to Butlers homemade ice-cream from an ice-cream cart we rented from Maurice Butler. This definitely went down a treat and not just with the children!!”

The wedding dress

Sinead’s wedding dress was from the Mikaella collection at the White Room in Mullingar.

The bridesmaids

“I chose my three sisters as bridesmaids and my youngest sister Gill suggested I have three different coloured dresses. I wasn’t so sure but as soon as I had the three pastel colours together I knew they were perfect. Like all weddings not everything goes smoothly; my sister found out she was expecting and two weeks before the wedding we were on the hunt for a new bridesmaid dress, we were lucky to find a match in Ted Baker which was a different shape to the others we had purchased in Coast .”

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Cake and flowers

“Once I had these bridesmaid dresses I knew I had to have neutral coloured flowers and chose cream roses for my bridesmaids bordered with baby breath and pale pink roses for myself. The flowers were made up by a local florist Anita Gibbons (flowers by Anita ).

“We wanted to keep things local and purchased our beautiful cake from Maria Morris in Co. Kilkenny (cakes by Maria) people still talk about the taste of this cake. The bottom tier was a chocolate biscuit, middle tier was Cookies & Cream marble and top was a lemon drizzle.”

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Favourite moment

Sinead: “Travelling in the Car with my dad, walking up the aisle to my Husband and sharing the day with family and friends.”

Fiona Saunders Photography Co. Laois

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