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ISSUE 12 AUTUMN 2016 €3.95

TRENDS FOR AUTUMN WEDDINGS

IRISH RUGBY STAR

KEITH EARLS

MARRIES CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART

EDEL MCGEE

LIMERICK COUPLES SHARE THEIR WEDDING DAY STORIES 72009669021-12.eps NBW=90 B=20

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It’s the most important song of the evening, the First Dance. There is so much thought and emotion put into choosing it. Limerick brides have shared with us some of their first dances. Let’s see if any of them strike a cord with you.

Thinking Out Loud Ed Sheeran You’ll Never Walk Alone Rodgers and Hammerstein Days of our Lives Queen Forever and Ever, Amen Randy Travis The First, the Last, My Everything Barry White Stand by Me Ben E King Heart of Gold Neil Young At Last Etta James Lucky in Love Jason Mraz Calico Skies Paul McCartney Dance with me Tonight Olly Murs Rule the World Take That Your Song Elton John Hold On Michael Buble When I Fall in Love Nat King Cole She’s Every Woman Gareth Brooks


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Lawless Flowers has been making brides dreams come through for 34 years. Dan is the man to look after all your floral needs. He creates the most bespoke bouquets, floral arrangements and much more to keep the bride satisfied. The effort he puts into each wedding is second to none. He prides himself in his work and the standard a couple will receive will be the highest available anywhere.

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THE PERFECT MARRIAGE OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE Memories are made in unforgettable places, where love is written in the landscape.

How would you like to be among the first to celebrate your marriage here,

The Killaloe Hotel & Spa, a uniquely distinctive 4 star boutique hotel on the lush, wooded banks of Lough Derg.

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The newly renovated Bridal Emporium is taking care of bridal needs from all around the country and recently celebrated 11 years in business. Located in the quaint town of Miltown Malbay Co Clare, the bridal shop has just returned from being awarded top five bridal shops in Ireland at the Weddings Online Awards 2016. And the nominations don’t stop there. The Bridal Emporium recently won “Brides of Limerick Wedding Business of the year 2015 as well as a finalist with weddings online for five years in a row and nominations with the Wedding Journal and Mrs2Be Awards 2014, 2015 & 2016. Also featured on Ireland Am with Celia Holman Lee. The Bridal Emporium is a bride’s one stop shop. A magnificent selection of bridal dresses and bridesmaid dresses in lots of styles and colours makes it the perfect venue for your wedding shopping experience. They also stock bridal accessories such as veils, tiaras, head pieces, etc. They cater for flower girls and young adult collections, large selection of debs, special event dresses are also available. “We at The Bridal Emporium believe that when you walk into a bridal store, it should be your time and yours alone. When you make an appointment for the bridal suite you have a private one to one consultation to choose your perfect dress. There is no limit to how many dresses you can try on during your allocated time. This policy guarantees privacy and one-to-one personal assistance. We take into account the busy schedules of everyday life and, therefore, appointments can be made during the day and late evening. Appointments are not necessary but are recommended for the bridal suite.”

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Something Old, New Borrowed and It’s one of those traditions that every bride loves searching for that something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Although the dress is mainly the something new people have become very creative and sentimental in all the other categories. We asked our Brides of Limerick family to share with us their something old, new, borrowed and blue. Caroline Murphy’s something old was her late father’s picture printed on material and stitched inside her dress right beside her heart. Her something borrowed was her mother’s bracelet. Michelle McGrath borrowed a diamond pendant from her mum. She had vintage sunglasses as her something old and she attached her birdcage veil to a blue comb in her hair. Lorraine Higgins attached her late grandmother’s locket to her flowers. This served as her something old. Carmel Whyte’s something old was her Nana’s wedding ring. Her new was her dress, her borrowed item was a necklace from her sister-in-law and her blue was the wedding garter. Susan Nash borrowed a pair of rosary beads that her mother received on her first holy communion. Her old item was a pair of earnings she got as a young girl. She wore blue shoes.

Karen Moynihan O’Dwyer combined her something old and borrowed into one. She used the same Winston Churchill silver coin that her parents used on their wedding day. Mary O’Dwyer borrowed a five euro note off her brother minutes before her wedding because she forgot about it. It had a blue European flat on it so it covered the blue too. Niamh Maguire Sheehan’s something new was her Jimmy Choo shoes. Her something old was the first every love letter her boyfriend wrote to her when they were 14 – she pinned it into the hem of her dress. She borrowed her silver wedding bag from her best friend and her something blue was her underwear. Fran Brennan borrowed her wedding dress from her cousin in England. Her something new was her wedding ring. Her something old was a picture of herself and her sister who passed away the year before the wedding.

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Brides of Limerick Issue 12  

Brides of Limerick Issue 12

Brides of Limerick Issue 12  

Brides of Limerick Issue 12

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