Say hello to Hannah and Gearóid! They wanted to incorporate a fresh springtime feel to their wedding and we love the bright colours they included. Lots of lavender, pink, purple, green and a touch of yellow too!
Couple: Hannah & Gearóid
Engagement length: 21 months
Wedding date: 2023-02-16
Wedding venue: Ballymagarvey Village
Photographer: Aidan Beatty Photography
Hannah and Gearóid met while taking part in a musical called “Urinetown” in 2019.
“At the end of lockdown restrictions in 2021, Gearóid booked a cute cottage stay for us just outside Athy in Co. Kildare for a couple of days. On the Saturday night we had planned on having a lovely roast chicken dinner (Gearóid is an amazing cook!) and just as we were about to eat, he got down on one knee and popped the question! It was so lovely and intimate with it just being the two of us there – a very special memory.”
They wanted to create a fresh springtime feel for the wedding so their theme was bright colours – lavenders, pinks, purples, greens and a touch of yellow in the flowers and picked up in the bridesmaids’ outfits as well.
Hannah’s dress was custom designed by Kathy De Stafford bridal – their “Megan” dress. She says that it was so comfortable and elegant – it was the first dress she tried on and she absolutely loved it! Her shoes were gold sandals from Lodi, a fantastic Spanish brand that she loves. Her wedding jewellery was a mix of personal pieces (necklace) and Rosie and Dott (hair piece and earrings)
They purchased Gearóid’s Benetti suit from Richie Whelan’s Menswear in Naas and highly recommend them to any wedding party looking for a great selection of suits to rent or purchase. Gearóid’s shoes were from the Man’s Shop in Newbridge and novelty socks from the Irish Sock society!
The bridesmaids’ outfits were custom made by a local dress designer in Newbridge called Freda McCormack. They chose a skirt and top option for the bridesmaids in soft pastel colours with a Chanel style boat neck top and high-low hemline skirt
The groomsmen’s suits were rented from Richie Whelan’s Menswear in Naas and were also by Benetti. Their shoes and socks were purchased from the same shops as Gearóid’s.
“Our ceremony was incredibly special to us. Held in the church on the grounds of where I went to secondary school, the former prior of the College said our mass and our friends from Newbridge Musical Theatre and another choir we both belong to sang at our ceremony which was so important to us. The flowers in the venue were provided by a local lady, Frances Doyle, and she outdid herself creating gorgeous, fresh, springtime bouquets and button holes for us.”
“Our wedding venue was Ballymagarvey Village in Meath and we could not have been more thrilled with it! Alana and all the team there are amazing and nothing was too big or small an ask. The attention to detail is second to none and the food was delicious. All of our guests were raving about it to us as many of them had never been to a wedding there before.”
Their wedding was perfectly captured by Aidan Beatty!
“He is a consummate professional. He captured beautiful, shots both posed and candid and put us at our ease straight away. It’s a long day with your photographer and he’s also a very nice guy and was a pleasure to have as part of our day!”
To entertain their guests, Joe Kenny played piano at the drinks reception and even took personal requests ahead of the wedding, to include some specific songs from musicals that Hannah and Gearóid really wanted.
They also had Linda Byrne (The Wedding Illustrator) at the drinks reception to draw the guests and she was a big hit!
Sax the Beat kept guests dancing until the wee hours with a great selection of tunes!
Here is Hannah and Gearóid’s wedding planning advice for other couples:
“Do it your way! Don’t get swept up in the madness of wedding planning and feeling you need to have everything you see online – think about what you both like as a couple, what you have seen at other weddings that you liked and go from there. One example for us, was that we decided not to record the wedding ceremony or have any photos of it in the church as we wanted to be fully present and in the moment together. We had photos and recordings up until we arrived and then as we left but not during the mass and we have no regrets about our decision!”
Ceremony venue: Dominican College Church, Newbridge | Reception venue: Ballymagarvey Village | Photographer: Aidan Beatty Photography | Videographer: Luminiere Films | Drinks reception music: Joe Kenny | Band and DJ: Sax the Beat (7 Entertainment Group) | Illustrator: Linda Byrne, The Wedding Illustrator | Hair: Joanne B Bridal Hair | Makeup: Michelle T Make Up | Male grooming: Grafton Barbers | Couple’s outfits: De Stafford Bridal and Richie Whelan’s Menswear | Wedding party outfits: Freda McCormack Designer and Richie Whelan’s Menswear | Cake: Groom’s sister | Celebrant/solemniser: Fr. John Harris | Stationery: Emma O’Dowd | Jewellery/rings: Weirs Jewellers (Hannah), Lorimat Kilkenny (Gearóid) | Accessories: Rosie & Dott, Irish Sock Society | Flowers: Frances Doyle, Newbridge