We love the idea of a couple that knows how to prioritise when it comes to a wedding. “When planning the day the only thing that concerned us was feeling happy, relaxed, comfortable and able to have fun. Everything we chose, we chose because it would allow us to do this. We weren’t concerned with colour schemes or tiny details because we knew they weren’t going to make or break the day and we decided to choose the easy option and not worry about these things,” says Ciara.
Cormac proposed to Ciara on her birthday while they were living in Chicago. Cormac planned a night away in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin to celebrate her birthday. “We went for dinner and afterwards back at the hotel, he asked me to check the meal receipt to see that everything was right. He had written it on the receipt,” recalls Ciara.
The lovely couple chose to have a Catholic ceremony. Ciara explains, “We had both been brought up as Catholics, went our own ways with our beliefs, went against religion for years, but in maturity (relatively speaking) we realised that spirituality has its place at the heart of all religious doctrines and we wanted spirituality to be at the heart of our marriage ceremony.”
For the reception the couple chose to have it at Kilshane House and to have a starter of Celeriac and Truffle oil soup, Pig on a Spit for the main and Tarte Tatin for dessert. They had speeches after the main course, but before dessert because they knew that everyone would be famished and they didn’t want to leave guests waiting for dinner.
What was your favourite part of the day?
“My favourite parts of the day were the photo shoot straight after the ceremony, which was just myself and Cormac, and then the drinks reception which we were lucky enough to have outside while listening to Jazz followed by traditional Irish music. Nobody wanted to leave it, to go for dinner.”
What wedding advice do you have to share?
“If you like a supplier, book them. You picked them because you like what they do, so as I said, stand back and allow them to do what they are best at. At the end of the day, they do know way more than us. This also reduces stress. Trust that your day will flow, if you allow it to. Also, it’s not true that it will be the best day of your life, because there will be so many to follow. But it is the start of the best days of your life.”
What does marriage mean to you both?
“Marriage is two people saying to one another, I’m there for you. Committing to this each and every day. And it is no effort. It’s natural, easy and beautiful. We love it. Of course you can do this without a wedding or a ceremony, but by dedicating a whole day to it, you allow all your loved ones to become a part of that love and commitment. This is something we didn’t understand until we got engaged.”
Congratulations Ciara and Cormac and thank you for sharing your brilliant wedding photos with One Stylish Bride.
Ciara and Cormac’s Style Guide
Photographer: Weddings by KARA / Venue: Kilshane House / Headpiece: Stella’s Design / Dress Store: Bella Bleu Bridal / Hair Stylist: Bridal Hair by Marie / Floral Designer: Cashel Flowers / Jewellery: Knightsbridge Boutique / Band: Soul Driven / Shoes: The Ivory Rose / Groomsmen Attire: Tom Murphy / Makeup Artist: Yvonne Maher / Thanks: Two Bright Lights