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Real Irish Wedding – Siobhan Reilly & Simon Dolphin

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Halloween wedding

31st October 2015. Ceremony at Kimmage Manor Church, Dublin followed by reception at Boyne Hill House, Navan

A super stylish Halloween-themed do

Photography by Tomasz Kornas

The couple

Dubliners Siobhan and Simon met on St. Stephen’s night back in 2009. “I was out with my friend, Orla that night and a group of the girls and Simon was out with Orla’s brother, Stephen and a group of his friends from college,” Siobhan recalls. “Because I knew both Orla and Stephen, I ended up chatting to Simon. We just hit it off straight away and we ended up spending the whole night together then. He asked Stephen for my number after that night and the rest as they say is history.”

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The proposal

Four a half years later Simon popped the question in Chicago. “We had gone out for a nice dinner and then went for a cocktail at the top of the John Hancock skyscraper in the city,” Siobhan recalls. “After the cocktail and the amazing view, we went back to our hotel and had another drink in the bar there. It wasn’t until we were back in our hotel room, that Simon popped the question – I was happy about that though because I wouldn’t want an audience. I was surprised but it was a great surprise and a brilliant way to end the holiday!”

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Wedding dress

Siobhan got her wedding dress in Smart Brides, Portlaoise and accessorised with jewellery from Jules Bridal.

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The bridesmaids wore purple dresses from Wedding World, Fairview.

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The grooms wear was bought from Collar and Cuff, Glasnevin.

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“The theme of the day was to have fun and for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves,” Siobhan says. “We left lots of little games on all of the reception tables for our guests to have fun with during the day and night. As it was also Halloween, we had some pumpkins and ghost decorations around the venue to create a bit of an atmosphere. The sweet table was Halloween themed. The colour scheme of the wedding was purple. I made the orange pom poms from wool with help from my friends for the mini pumpkins, which became the place names on the tables. I made all of the paper pinwheels which were the centerpieces on the tables. We put them in jars on the centre of the tables with some printed music sheets and purple tissue paper.”

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Wedding cake

Simon’s aunt Patsy Duffy from Granma’s Cakes made the skiing-themed wedding cake. “We both love snowboarding and skiing and try to go every year if we can,” Siobhan says, “it was a fun way to make the wedding day a bit more personal for all our family and friends.”

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“I created the Save the Date cards for our guests and I designed the invites for the day,” Siobhan says. “A friend of one of my bridesmaids, Sinead Fahey who is an artist, painted a beautiful watercolour illustration, which I used as the image on the invite and I also used it on some of the signs at the venue on the day.” Snap Printing printed the stationery.

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The flowers were organised by the church, and the bride and bridesmaids made the brooch bouquets and button holes.

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“From the moment we met Tomasz Kornas we knew we had the right photographer,” Siobhan says. “On the wedding day, he was relaxed and easygoing and he was really great at getting the right shots on the day. He had some great ideas for photographs and what would look good and the resulting images are so beautiful, and artistic. We really just wanted to have fun, enjoy the day and Tomasz really captured this. He didn’t expect us to do lots of poses but to relax and enjoy the moment. His candid shots of our friends and family members at the wedding are lovely and they give us beautiful snapshots and captured the small moments of the day.”

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Top tips

Siobhan: “Try and add some personal things about the two of you into the wedding if you can. I think it does add something special to the day. Enjoy all of the little things with your bridesmaids and family and friends before the wedding. Make some time for you and your husband to be before the day.”

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Favourite memory

Simon: After getting married and walking out of the church with Siobhan under the guard of honour of hockey sticks and hurls held up by our friends.

Siobhan: Having a nice relaxing morning with my bridesmaids and Mam, getting ready in the house and then walking down the aisle to meet Simon at the top. It was nerve-racking but a lovely moment too.

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