Win a €25,000 Wedding Winners tie the knot
~ Real Life Wedding
Clodagh & Michael had an elegant reception at Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel, Cavan
Photography by FINNimaje
Clodagh and Michael, winners of The Wedding Journal Show Dublin’s ‘Win a €25,000 Wedding’ competition, were introduced through mutual friends after a Justin Timberlake concert. The pair hit it off and have been inseparable ever since.
After ten years of dating Mick began to experience a lot of pressure from family and friends on when he was going to get down on one knee. Swept up in the Christmas spirit Mick popped the question during a private moment between the couple on an Xmas night out and of course, it was a resounding yes from Clodagh.
In no rush to walk down the aisle, Clodagh and Michael spent three years enjoying their engagement. The couple were offered free tickets to the Wedding Journal Show and jumped at the chance thinking it would be the best place to begin planning their wedding. Little did they know they would walk away with a wedding worth €25,000! “We went in and Mick entered the competition on arrival, and not in a million years did we think we would be coming home that day with a wedding worth €25,000,” Clodagh recalls, “it was all a bit surreal and everyone was delighted for us!’
The Radisson Farnham Estate in Cavan was somewhere we always wanted to have our wedding, says Clodagh. “It wasn’t part of the package but we fell in love with the relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Ciara and Clodagh from Farnham Estate were amazing, the food was fantastic and everything was of a very high standard.”
Photography by FINNimaje was part of the couple’s amazing prize. Jason captured all the emotion of the wedding day perfectly and the couple were delighted.
Simply Elegant Decor styled the venue. “We chose a classic, elegant theme but injected pieces of our own personalities into the day. For instance, all of our tables were named after famous Irish films.”
Clodagh looked radiant in a Tara Keely gown from Alice May Bridal, Dublin. Clodagh recalls, “Alison looked after me really well, and I knew my dress was ‘the one’ when I didn’t want to take it off!”
The groomsmen wore slim fitted navy suits from Protocol for Men.
The bridesmaids’ soft grey dresses were from Cari’s Closet, Dublin and Clodagh’s daughter wore a Paul Costello dress.
“As part of the prize we got €3,000 to spend on wedding bands but unfortunately I got a bit carried away and Mick had to buy his own!” Clodagh explains, “Michael and all the staff in Rocks jewellers were very helpful and so friendly. I got two diamond bands one to sit on each side of my engagement ring and Mick got a plain platinum band.”
The bride’s bouquet featured a beautiful arrangement of pale blue, ivory and grey flowers, supplied by Dublin House of Flowers.
Lantz Stationery created the place cards and the invitations, as well as the quirky table names.
Creative Cakes supplied the three-tier wedding cake in flavours; chocolate biscuit, Madeira and chocolate gateaux.
Clodagh’s favourite moment of her wedding day was, “the walk up the aisle to Mick and that feeling that we were actually getting married.” Michael’s favourite memory was when his new father-in-law handed Clodagh over to him at the top of the aisle.
Their top tip to other wedding planning couples is to, “enjoy every moment as it is over in a heartbeat”.