A beautiful, elegant, relaxed day is how we would describe the day of Louise and Terence at their Radisson Blu Saint Helens Hotel Wedding. I’ll hand it over to Louise and you can get the full story of all the details of planning her wedding day.
How we met…Terence and I attended the same secondary school and were in a lot of classes together from 3rd year onwards. Although we knew each other to see, we wouldn’t have been friends. When we hit our college years, again we attended the same college and ended up part of the same circle of friends. At a graduations night one year, we hit it off (I have to give it to Ter, He put in a lot of work that night to get my attention) but it worked and nearly 12 years later, here we are!!
My dress and accessories…Mori Lee by Madeline Gardiner
I always knew I wanted a white wedding dress. I had seen my dress online and went to bridal designs on Aungier street to try it. It was the first and only dress I tried that day and instantly fell in love with it. I got my veil in Embrace Bridal in Gorey along with the girl’s dresses.
I wanted my veil to be simple and not take away from the detail of the dress.I paired my dress with a very simple pair of miss KG white court shoes. My favorite accessory from the day was a blue diamond bracelet that I borrowed from my mam. Her dad bought this for her over 30 years ago and I always knew it was something I would wear on my wedding day. It covered my something old, borrowed and blue.
Our wedding theme/colours…We both talked about so many potential themes for our wedding but in the end decided to keep it simple and go with “love is in their air”, we felt it fit well with us as a couple. We wanted to make sure our theme carried throughout our wedding so we incorporated this into our wedding invites, mass booklets, reception details and accessories. With it being Christmas time, our colour theme for the day was red and white. We incorporated this into everything from the dresses and flowers to the wedding cake and accessories for the reception.
My hair and makeup… Susan Peggs and Tanya Pepper from the powder room girls. I must give the girls credit, they had things running like clockwork on the morning of the wedding with no stress. The house was so calm.
The proposal… We were 9 years together at the time and had been through a tough couple of months with losing out on our first home after months of prep and the uncertainty of Ter’s job due to the crashed construction industry at that time. Ter decided we needed something positive to look forward to. He went out that day and bought a ring and went to my parents’ house to get their permission. I got a text in work asking me to pop by his house on the way home. When I got there, he had candles lighting and a lovely romantic setting arranged and asked me to marry him. I did not see it coming at all.
His suit…Dublin Formalwear Lucan Village
The Planning…We both really enjoyed the planning of the wedding and the excitement of the buildup. There were very few bridezilla moments. Don’t get me wrong the financial side of it can be stressful from time to time but nothing a good excel spreadsheet doesn’t help with.
We chose our photographer because…Mark and Fiona’s bubbly and down to earth personalities along with their enthusiasm for their work struck us the minute we met them, along with their portfolio of pictures. We knew immediately that we wanted them to be a part of our wedding day. We wanted someone who would capture the emotion of the day with some fabulous natural pictures and that’s exactly what they did. Our pictures are truly stunning.
Our ceremony… It was a traditional ceremony in the Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook. This church holds a special place in my heart as I attended mass here with my parents and grandparents as a little girl. Our priest was really great and allowed us to make the ceremony our own with the choice of music and prayers. When we went up to the alter to light our individual candles, we also lit two remembrance candles for each grandad. This was a really special way of remembering our grandads on our special day and meant a lot to each of us.
Here are our Radisson Blu Saint Helens Hotel Wedding photos…
The Venue and how was it decorated… The Radisson St Helens is a stunning venue and just perfect for a Dublin Wedding. When it came to viewing potential venues, this was always a front runner for us. With the beautifully manicured gardens and great selection of reception rooms, it was just perfect. Zuzana our wedding planner was fantastic and looked after us so well the whole way through. She listened to what we wanted and delivered that and so much more. On the day, itself everything was arranged exactly as we had imagined and the room looked stunning.
Sticking with our love is in the air theme, we made and added our own accessories to the room. We bulk bought photo frames and had romantic quotes from movies such as love actually and moulin rouge as our table names, simple heart shaped candles on each table and personalized packets of love heart sweets in mason jars(We spent some Saturday nights with a glass of wine, gluing red ribbon and love heart details onto these jars, in the end they looked really well).
We had a candy buffet at our drinks reception provided by candylady Lisa which also tied into our theme by having light up love letters and personalised treats with love heart designs. Lastly, we had a fairy light dance floor, backdrop and other room accessories provided by chic events which along wit the Christmas decorations, really added that final touch to the room.
The staff in St Helens were just fantastic on the day and throughout. I cannot say enough good things about them and all our guests were talking about how good the food was. It was just perfect at our Radisson Blu Saint Helens Hotel Wedding.
My favourite part of the wedding day… The whole day was fantastic from start to finish but we both agree that the ceremony and the hour or so before dinner where it was just us in the grounds of the hotel, were the best parts of the day. The ceremony was just so special, walking down the aisle to my husband to be may be a bit of a blur but a memory that will stick with me forever. Mark and Fiona also made having the photos taken, so much fun which is why we both enjoyed this part of the day so much. I don’t think I have ever laughed and smiled so much, which you can see from some of our pictures in this blog of our Radisson Blu Saint Helens Hotel Wedding.
Our honeymoon…Straight after the wedding we jetted off to Rome for a week. What a fantastic city, so much to see and do. We had both talked about visiting Rome in the past so this was the perfect opportunity. It was bit chilly in January but that didn’t stop us getting out to see all the sights.
My piece of advice for other brides… Enjoy and make the most of the wedding day and all the planning, it goes by so quickly. Don’t stress over any of the small details that don’t go to plan on the day as no-one else will notice. And one last piece of advice, try to take five or ten minutes away together at some point during the day. You have both worked hard in preparation for this day, it is nice to step back for those few moments and take it all in together. Taking that moment made u appreciate our Radisson Blu Saint Helens Hotel Wedding.
The Suppliers of this Radisson Blu Saint Helens Hotel Wedding:
Photography Team: Mark and Fiona of The Fennells
The Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardener
Grooms’ suit: Dublin Formal Wear- Lucan Village
Rings: Fields Jewellers
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Mori Lee – Bought in Embrace Bridal Gorey
Hair: Susan Peggs – Powder Room Girls
Make-up: Tanya Pepper – Powder room girls
Venue : The Radisson Blu, St Helen’s Hotel
Ceremony: Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook
Music: Catherine Byrne Church Singer and the Trips Wedding Band for our reception
Flowers: Celine’s Florist, Tallaght Village
Cake: Amazing Cakes Bray
Invites & Mass Booklets: Courtesy of Ter’s dad
Candy Buffet: Candylady Lisa
Reception lights and dance floor: Chic Events
Special thanks to Mark and Fiona Fennell for making our Radisson Blu Saint Helens Hotel Wedding just perfect 🙂