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The Bunratty Castle Hotel


Bunratty Castle Hotel & Luxury Spa, nestled in the historic medieval

The expertise of our professional team at Bunratty Castle Hotel will

village of Bunratty, famous for the 15th century Bunratty Castle and all

ensure that you and your guests are free to enjoy the most memorable

its charm and romance, overlooking the panoramic Shannon estuary, is

day of your life.

your perfect wedding venue. Bunratty Castle Hotel offers one of the finest and most unique wedding From the moment you walk through our

venues in the Mid-West and we look forward to the opportunity of

door, you will experience a warm welcome,

hosting your special day.

gracious hospitality and personal service at the recently refurbished Bunratty Castle

“It was an easy decision for us to have our reception at Bunratty Castle

Hotel. Our reputation for good food and

Hotel. Since I was a little girl I always loved the place and when Barry

friendly service as well as high standards

and I went to visit it after we got engaged it was a no brainer,” said

and attention to detail will ensure you have

recent Bunratty Hotel Bride Evelyn Murphy.

a memorable day. “The staff on the day and up to the wedding day surpassed our Our dedicated wedding team will be delighted to meet with you and

expectations, the food was really great and overall the ambience in the

guide you through the tour of our banqueting suite, luxurious bedrooms

hotel was electric. We couldn’t have asked for better.”

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– Behind the scenes with Daphne Greene Job Description: Sales Manager of the Greenhills Hotel Family history: “The Greenhills Hotel was built by my father in 1970 and has been run by the Greene family ever since. My father loves this business and never describes it as work, he always says he is fortunate to love what he does every day. He will never retire.” When did you first get involved? “I started working there during my summer holidays when I was about 14. My first job was in the housekeeping department, which was very tough work, but I was told I had to know how to do every job in the hotel and so I worked through every department.” Did you go straight into the hotel after school? “No, I started a four year degree in economics and politics at Trinity College Dublin.” Do other family members work at the hotel? “My brother Hugh is our director of food, which is the main heart of our business. We have an excellent reputation for good food and this is so important when building a solid wedding business.”

What makes the Greenhills stand out? “I believe our personal attention and service to each of our couples is what makes us stand out from the other hotels. I personally deal with every wedding and I am here on the day to ensure everything runs smoothly for them. There is no such thing as Monday to Friday in our business, we are there when the business is, and I think that is what makes us stand out.” Any recent renovations? “Yes, last year alone we re-invested over €400,000 in our garden and overall landscaping of our entrance, we believe in re-investment and creating a property that will continue on for another 40 years.” Any last words? “We are putting our personal name to our product and service and therefore take our reputation very seriously and we strive all the time to improve ourselves and our product.”



In this issue CONTENTS 12

Affordable Wedding Planning


Brides of Yesteryear


A Sampling of Famous Irish designer Don O’Neill’s Wedding Dresses


Win Win Win


The First Dance – The Limerick Girls’ Choice

Hello Limerick Brides Although I’m three years out the gate I’ve spent the past nine-months living and breathing all things weddings in Limerick. After returning from New York and marrying a Limerick man I saw a big gap in the local wedding magazine market so I jumped right in. This is our inaugural issue and if I say so myself I am very pleased with how it turned out. Here at Brides of Limerick we are so grateful to everyone who made this dream a reality. I can’t even begin to name names but you all know who you are. Brides of Limerick aims to serve the local bride-to-be. We hope you will enjoy our local articles scattered throughout the magazine and get some fun ideas for your own pending nuptials. Our front page shot was taken at the Lakeside in Killaloe. My husband’s parents, Mar and Colum Mooney, got married there in 1966 so it was a no brainer going back to where it all began to do our first photo shoot for the magazine. Thanks to our wonderful photographer from TimTim Media – Timmy Keane – we got some wonderful pictures despite the rainy weather. Our amazing models – Ailish, Susan and Marina, (pages 6, 8 and 10) were just that, amazing. And thanks to Claire Curtin (make-up) and Dawn Adams (hair) the girls were picture perfect. We were offered models for our shoot but we declined. We chose to use real former brides to grace the cover of our first issue – after all it is called Brides of Limerick – and we feel it keeps it real – a local focus for the local bride. We would like to extend a big thank you to all our advertisers who jumped on board with the mere mention of a local magazine and we hope our relationship will flourish through the years. Our wonderful graphic designer, Orla Gilbourne, has elegantly brought Brides of Limerick to life and that we are very proud of. And a big thank you to Cube Printing in Ballysimon for the final product.


A Fairytale Wedding on New Year’s Eve

18-19 A DIY Vintage Summer Wedding 42

A Mother of the Bride who could be a Wedding Planner


A Limerick Hen let Loose in Cork


Tips on How to get Fit


A World of Choices: Honeymoon Ideas

And finally we want to thank all the brides (past and future) who are about to delve deep into our pages. We hope you enjoy Brides of Limerick as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Thank you Limerick April Drew Founding Executive Editor EDITOR-IN-CHIEF April Drew GRAPHIC DESIGNER Orla Gilbourne STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Lisa Bargbali MARKETING AND SALES (085) 8015278 ADDRESS Carraigparson, Ballysimon, Limerick DISTRIBUTION John Mooney 085 8015278 PRINTERS Cube Printing, Ballysimon, Limerick FRONT COVER LOCATION Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe PHOTOGRAPHER TimTim Media MAKE-UP Claire Curtin HAIR Dawn Adams ASSISTANT Katelyn Markham Lennon DRESSES Brides own wedding dresses BRIDES Ailish Markham, Susan Fleming, Marina Khan


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Susan Fleming Niall Varley Photos courtesy of Dermot Culhane Photography A BIT ABOUT THE BRIDE Susan Fleming. Susan is a primary school teacher and hails from Limerick. A BIT ABOUT THE GROOM Niall Varley. Niall is an events manager and was born in Tralee. The couple live in Limerick. THE MEET Susan and Niall got to know each other as teenagers in Tralee (Susan’s sister lives there). They lost contact and a chance encounter in Boston while on a J1 rekindled their friendship. Finally in 2005 after several dates back and forth across the Atlantic they became an official couple. THE PROPOSAL After trying several times to ask Susan’s dad’s permission to wed his daughter (but never getting him alone) Niall opted to ask the most important person in their lives, Susan’s daughter, Lucy. She agreed. WEDDING DATE December 28, 2012. WEDDING VENUE St John’s Cathedral in Limerick and The Savoy in Limerick.


BRIDESMAIDS Best friend Doireann and Niall’s sister Laura.

FIRST DANCE You Send Me, by Sam Cooke.

Lucy was their junior bridesmaid.

THE DRESS Angelina Faccenda. Purchased in Paradise

BESTMEN Niall’s brother Dave and his best mate David.

Collections in Armagh.

ENTERTAINMENT Aoife Garrard, Carol Deedigan and Ciara


Meade sang at the church. The harp was played by Deirdre

WEDDING THEME Winter in the City

Meyer, the uileann pipes by Denis O’ Toole and the piano by

ANY HICCUPS Susan losing her car keys for 30 minutes the

Paddy Dennehy. The wedding band were The Ratzingers.

night before the wedding.

FLORISTS Ring O Roses in Limerick.

FAVORITE MEMORY “During the meal, Niall lent over to me

TRANSPORT “I surprised my Dad and Niall with a Maserati

and told me to look around and take it all in. it is a humbling

Quadraporte from from Galway.”

feeling to think all those people were there for us.”

PHOTOGRAPHER Dermot Culhane.

THE HONEYMOON Cuba and Costa Rica.

VIDEOGRAPHER Dream Catcher Productions.

ADVICE FOR NEW BRIDES “Spend money on the things

CAKE Tooth Fairy Bakery, Newmarket on Fergus.

that will last, like the photographer and the rings and take it all

CUPCAKES Limerick Cupcakes.

in. The day really does fly by.”

Love Laughter & Happily Ever After at the 4* Limerick Strand Hotel The award winning 4* Limerick Strand Hotel is renowned for its beautiful

For a major celebration, the magnificent Shannon Suite can host 120 - 400

setting which lends itself quite magically to becoming a dream wedding

wedding guests with dance floor. The suite boasts natural daylight, a heated

location. Sitting on the banks of the river Shannon, dramatic views of the

private terrace, two private bars, and grand high ceilings.

river and city skyline all make for spectacular photographic opportunities in Limerick’s most sophisticated and luxurious wedding venue. It’s the perfect

The Limerick Strand Hotel has designed three all-inclusive wedding

backdrop for a romantic wedding in the city.

packages for you to choose from; “Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After”, all of which help you to plan and arrange your special day with ease.

The hotel has quickly gained an excellent reputation for its setting, service and food making your day one to remember.

The hotel pride themselves with exceptional service that is second to none, strive to offer the “little extras” that make your day, a day to cherish

The dedicated wedding team will be with you every step of the way. The

forever Therefore packages include a unique array of Limerick Strand

teams years of experience in helping couples to realise their perfect day

Hotel 4* complimentary extras, ensuring you and your guests receive the

allows them to provide an unrivalled level of expertise and attention to detail,

“Limerick Strand 4* Experience” from start to finish on your big day…

which affords you the peace of mind that the most important day of your lives is in excellent hands. Your wedding banquet is carefully designed and created by the talented culinary team lead by Executive Chef, Tom Flavin: Winner of Best Chef Limerick at the 2013 Irish Restaurant Awards. Intimate weddings of 50 - 100 guests are perfectly provided for in the stunning rooftop City View Suite located on the 6th floor which boasts floor-to-ceiling glass walls providing stunning panoramic views of the city

For more information contact our wedding events manager

and River Shannon from the private terrace high above the river.

Olivia O’Connell. E: Or T: 061 421800.



Ailish Markham Billy OConnor Photos courtesy of Dermot Culhane Photography A BIT ABOUT THE BRIDE Ailish is a clerical officer for HSE. She has two little girls, Katelyn 13 and Alex 4. A BIT ABOUT THE GROOM Billy O’Connor. Billy is a selfemployed barber. The couple live in Clarina with their children. THE MEET Ailish was at her best friend Shauna’s staff night out back in December 2005 and Billy was at his own staff party. THE PROPOSAL It was a romantic down-on-one knee at home proposal with their daughters present. Billy asked Ailish’s dad’s permission the night before. WEDDING DATE October 20, 2012. WEDDING VENUE Ballybrown Church and The Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick. BRIDESMAIDS Sinead McCarthy (sister), Katelyn Markham (daughter), Shauna Keane and Lorraine Fahy. BESTMEN Paul Fahy, Sean Crowe (brother), James Crowe (brother), Jonathan McCarthy. ENTERTAINMENT Drive (band). FLORISTS Anna Lizon, brother in law’s girlfriend. “Anna custom made my brooch bouquet, using brooches and artificial flowers. I absolutely love it and I will have it forever.” TRANSPORT Ailish’s uncle Michael drove her in his car and a friend John Keane drove the bridesmaids. FIRST DANCE Higher Love – Tyler James. THE CAKE Ailish’s mom, Ireanie Markham made the cake. THE DRESS Maggie Sottero, purchased in Tracy Bridal and Evening Wear in Galway. “My dress was the first dress I tried on, my sister Sinead picked it out. Initially I said no way because it’s definitely not something I’d go for, but as soon as I tried it on, I fell in love with it, I tried on 10 more dresses but that was my one.” WEDDING THEME Autumn theme. FAVORS Instead of favors they hired a photo-booth for guests to enjoy. SPECIAL TOUCHES A red carpet and lanterns for the church. Candy trees for the afters. Tables named after romantic movies with a quiz about the movie on the back. MONEY SAVING TIP “Instead of wedding cars ask friends or relatives with really nice cars.” FAVORITE MEMORY “I loved walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Billy for the first time in my dress.” HONEYMOON The Kuredu Island Resort in the Maldives and the Atlantis Hotel, The Palm, Dubai.



Marina Balaja Sabbih Khan Photos courtesy of Baker Photography A BIT ABOUT THE BRIDE Marina Balaja. The bride is originally from Latvia and living in Limerick since 2005. Marina manages a cafe in Adare. A BIT ABOUT THE GROOM Sabbih Khan. The groom is originally from Bangladesh and in Limerick since 2005. He currently works as a restaurant manager in Limerick city. THE FAMILY HOME Limerick city THE MEET At a mutual friend’s birthday party. It was love at first sight for both Marina and Sabbih. They decided to get married after a month dating. THE PROPOSAL A romantic proposal at home. WEDDING DATE January 18th, 2013. WEDDING VENUE Registry office and The Clarion Hotel in Limerick. “The hotel had a great choice of food and the price was great. We also loved the Aquila Suite, (Glass room overlooking the water).” HOW MANY GUESTS 35. THE ENTERTAINMENT DJ Declan Hughes FLORIST Ivans on the Ennis Road (They also did the cake) TRANSPORT Rolls Royce 1960 Silver Cloud from Bentley Wedding Hire. FIRST DANCE Glenn Medeiros, Nothing`s Gonna Change My Love for You. THE DRESS Purchased in Latvia. MONEY SAVING TIPS Renting a suit. Sabbih rented his suit from Connolly’s on Patrick’s Street in Limerick. ADVICE FOR NEW BRIDES “Don’t worry about the shoes … nobody can see them under the dress!”


Sefton House 15, Thomas Street, Limerick Tel: 061 319441 • 086 842 5060 Email:

Appointments during normal hours are desirable but not always necessary at Sefton House Bridal, so why don’t you call in or ring us on 061 319441 or 086 842 5060

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Make Your Own Hat Give a crafty gift this year! Gift Vouchers now available DIY Hats are now taking bookings for their half day course in Limerick, Cork, Galway and Dublin Cost €150 including course materials DIY Hats are now stocking millinery supplies T: 086 3017053 or E:

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Affordable Wedding Not all brides have the luxury of time on their hands. Some brides just don’t like planning, other brides want those special touches put into their big day and more often than not these brides hire a wedding planner. Brides of Limerick is pleased to welcome Gill Cleary of Gillybean Events to our local wedding family. Below Gill outlines the duties of a wedding planner, the costs associated with it and the various services she provides. What does a Wedding Planner do? At first, the wedding planner meets with a couple, or perhaps the bride and her parents to verify what type of budget the couple has and what type of wedding they would like. In view of the budget, the wedding planner makes suggestions as to churches or other locations, possible clergy members or others lawfully commissioned to perform weddings, locations for receptions, types of wedding cakes, photography services, musicians or music services, and catering services. The next step is to figure out theme and décor, which incorporates choosing how the food will be served, how the reception area will be decorated, and what sort of flowers will adorn any bridesmaids or groomsmen and wedding locations and reception areas. How much is a Wedding Planner? It is standard for a wedding planner to charge 10% – 20% of the weddings budget. However, I charge considerably less than that. I base my fee off of the budget, also what amount of planning the bride and groom wish for me to partake in.

Gillybean offer three wedding packages: The Guidance Package: If you have the time to arrange your own wedding but would like a little nudge in the right direction then this may be the package for you. My guidance package will help you find the best venue and vendors to suit your wedding theme. The Self-Help Package: This package suits the couple who have planned and organised their wedding, but would like someone to oversee the remaining two days of the process. The wedding details would be handed over to me two days prior to the wedding and I would be on hand on the wedding day itself. The Complete Package: Do not stress, everything will be taken care of!! This package will allow you to carry on with your busy life while I assist from the moment you get engaged. I will assist with the budget, venue visits, meetings with photographers, florists, hair and beauty artists, musicians, church singers. We will draw up seating plans, look at the logistics for the wedding day. I will be on hand for two days, the day before the wedding and the wedding day itself. I will ensure that you have the perfect day that you have dreamed of while you relax and enjoy it!

What constitutes a good Wedding Planner? A good wedding planner is someone who will listen to your needs. It’s also someone that won’t talk over you. A great planner will focus their complete attention on you and your big day regardless of what number of customers he/she might have. A good planner is one who will follow your budget and achieve all your desires. A good planner will make themselves accessible to you any time of the day for any enquiry regardless of how minor. What are the steps to hiring you as a Planner? Firstly I assure the couple that each of my weddings are distinctive. I will offer services dependent on the couple’s needs and their budget. I offer consultations where we can examine the necessities and I will give the couple a quote for my planning service. When a decision is made to hire me, we will sit down and examine the couples budget, colour scheme, theme, and ideas for their big day. We will then sign a contract detailing precisely what a couple will gain from me as their planner and what I will be paid. 50% of the planning fee will be expected at contract signing and the remaining 50% on the wedding. By Gill Cleary, Founder of Gillybean Events 12

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€ 39.50 per person

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And with Our Compliments included in all packages: •

Complimentary Wedding Tasting.

6 month Leisure Centre Membership

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Champagne Red Carpet Arrival

Accommodation for your Parents

Hotel Chair Covers, Table Centre Pieces.

Wedding Cake Stand & Knife.

Evening Supper Option

Tea, Coffee & Biscuits on arrival

A Half Bottle of House Wine

depending on Package chosen Personalised Wedding Menus. Banqueting Room, Lighting, Sound System.

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Guests Special Accommodation Rates

Photography on the Dromoland Estate

New Wedding Packages from €39.50 Per person

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You dream that your wedding day will be magical and memorable. Here at the Inn at Dromoland we will make your dream come true. When it comes to weddings at the Inn at Dromoland we have something unbeatable to offer – Our Reputation.

The hotel offers you a simple choice of two wedding reception packages plus an “a la carte package” to suit all budgets. These packages have been tailored to include all the necessary requirements for your special day. Our packages start from just €39.50 per person.

One of our main emphasis is on quality. We will provide the highest quality of food and service to all on your wedding day.

Most importantly here at the Inn at Dromoland, there is only one Wedding reception per day – YOURS!!!

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A Fairytale Wedding Photos courtesy of Darren Kirwan Photography

Isn’t it every girls dream to be in the arm of her lover when the clock hits

“St John’s Cathedral was amazing at Christmas. The place was adorned

midnight on New Year’s Eve? Well for one Corbally bride she made this

with Christmas trees, fairy lights and garlands. We had our church

dream a reality a few months ago. Rachelle Bourke, 29, married the man

in candle light for the ceremony which really added to the intimate

of her dreams, Padraig (Paudie) Vaughan, 32, at St. John’s Cathedral on

Christmas wedding that we wanted. It was a magical scene,” said Rachelle.

December 31, 2012. Rachelle’s favourite memories of her big day: “I will never forget the Let’s go back a few years. Like the start of many good romances, they

amazing feeling at midnight when we were surrounded by our friends

met in Paudie’s local bar in Co. Clare. Rachelle, not one to give too

and family to ring in the New Year. Also because my mom is no longer

much away, refused to part with her number but instead took his. She

with us, to get married in her parish church (St. John’s) meant so much

wasn’t that bothered – it took her two weeks to send him a text and

to me.” By April Drew

there it all began. A few years later Rachelle found something hidden in her boyfriend’s car – a ring! Would she say something? Should she? She didn’t and just as well because that following weekend Paudie got down on bended knee at her daddy’s house and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. She accepted! And then there was no stopping Rachelle. With the help of her 10-year old daughter Megan plans were put in place for a small intimate New Year’s Eve wedding. “We had always wanted a small wedding. Having our close family and friends around us on our special day is what was important to us,” Rachelle told Brides of Limerick. And the intimate wedding of 75 guests paid off at the No 1 Pery Square Hotel. “We got to enjoy everyone’s company and spend quality time with them,” shared Rachelle. Rachelle said it couldn’t have been more perfect getting married at Christmas time in the city that she loves so much.

The Details Bridesmaids Jennifer O’Gorman, Katie Fitzgerald Groomsmen Gerry Malone, Stephen Bourke Flower Girls Megan Micks (Rachelle’s daughter) Heather Fitzgerald Entertainment Church Michael O’Brien (Organist) Venue The Pianio Man (Sean de Burca) Dress Virginias Bridal, Limerick Designer San Patrick First Dance Always a Woman to Me Billy Joel



Happily Ever After



1. Louise Greensmith & Eoin Markham Photo courtesy of Ciaran Duigan, Abaca Photography June 8, 2013 Location Galway – Barna Church and Galway Bay Hotel 2. Patricia O’Brien & Denis Keane Photo courtesy of Michael Martin Photography June 17, 2011 Honeymoon Miami, Carribean cruise, Bahamas and Cancun 3. Philomena O’Donnell & James Downey Photo courtesy of Bridie Murphy Photography April 26, 2013 The background They are childhood sweethearts 4. Jennifer McMahon & Richard Kennedy Photo courtesy of Aileen Kennedy Photography May 3, 2013 Dress Aibheil of Adare 5. Paula O’ Mahony & David Gorey Photos courtesy of John Daly Photography May 4, 2013 Reception Woodlands Hotel, Adare 6. Suzanne Brown & Damian O’Brien Photo courtesy of Paul Morrisey Photography December 27, 2012 Reception Greenhills Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick




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An IntimateWedding on a Budget Photo courtesy of Martin Bedford Photography

Debbie Benson knew when John proposed that she wanted a small and intimate wedding

and she also knew she didn’t want to spend

Not only did her brother in law, Eddie O’Doherty, act as their chauffeur

a fortune so it was decided early on that

he also did the video for the mass with his own camcorder.

Debbie and her fiancé John Hannon were going to exchange their vows in front of 40 close family members on July 16, 2013. The pair then invited another 40 or so

“We didn’t have a wedding cake as I think they are only for show and pictures.”

friends to the afters at the Oakwood Arms

Debbie borrowed her shoes from a friend and her veil and headpiece

in Shannon.

from her sister. She purchased a lot of the entertainment goodies (bubbles, inflatable guitars etc) very cheaply on E-Bay.

The biggest challenge for Debbie and John was to find the right hotel that

Debbie also wore her grandmother’s wedding ring (her nana had passed

would cater for a small number.

away a few months previous) not because it saved money but because it had sentimental value to her.

“A lot of the hotels started charging extras for things like chair covers, fairy

Instead to paying for a make-up trial Debbie hired one of Limerick’s finest

light backdrops etc. We went out

make-up artists, Catherine Hickey, knowing she was going to get quality on

to the Oakwood Arms in Shannon and they

her big day and she wasn’t disappointed.

couldn’t do enough for us, on the day we viewed the hotel right up to the time we left the next day,” said Debbie.

And it all came together in the end. Debbie and John had one of the happiest days of their lives and it didn’t break the bank.

After the hotel was sorted Debbie got working on the nitty gritty bits of the wedding. Her cousin and her husband handmade their invitations

Debbie’s tips on planning a wedding on a budget: “All the things you

for the wedding and they sent out invites for the afters through email,

think you need are not important on the day at all. I didn’t notice anything I

calls and Facebook.

had bought or done in the church or reception because I was just so happy all day.

They went without mass booklets, a wedding cake, and hiring a wedding car in an effort to save money.

Debbie’s splurges: The band (Escapade), the florist (Ring O Roses) and the photographer (Martin Bedford).

“A priest told us the amount of mass booklets they pick up and throw away after weddings is unreal. We didn’t have a wedding cake as I think

The end result: “A few people rang us the next few days and said it was

they are only for show and pictures. (Instead they hired a candy cart

one of the best weddings they were ever at because by the end of the night

and stocked it themselves) and my brother in law drove us on the day.”

everybody had mixed with everybody.”

The Castle Oaks

an oasis of tranquility

Photos courtesy of Baker Photography

The Castle Oaks hotel is one of Limericks most sought after wedding

The hotel hosts almost one hundred weddings

hotels. With affordable prices, unique settings and custom designed

each year and has been nominated and has

packages the hotel has it all.

received numerous awards. The hotel is also a member of Good Food Ireland and Select

As you travel up the driveway approaching the

Hotels of Ireland. Its reputation is built on

Castle Oaks it is easy to see why this hotel

providing a quality venue to host the most

is a preferred wedding location in Munster.

important day of a couples lives. Over the past

Situated on the banks of the River Shannon,

twenty five years we have welcomed thousands of couples to our little

set on 26 acres of woodland and riverside

piece of heaven.

walks, the area is truly an oasis of tranquility. As you enter the hotel the reception exudes character. The house has many of its original features still in place. The

The Castle Oaks offers maximum flexibility to each couple. Prices start from €40. There is three package options; Silver Gold and Classic.

curved staircase, high corniced ceilings and the cut glass chandeliers are beautiful.

“Couples tend to like to custom design a package to suit their budget and preferences” says Gobnait O’Connell, General Manager.

The newly refurbished Stradbally banqueting suite with its stained glass windows are a beautiful feature. In the evening the natural sunlight

If you are planning your wedding a visit to the Castle Oaks is a must!

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Photos courtesy of Darren Kirwan Photography

A DIY Vintage

Summer Wedding Store manager Elaine Keogh remembers Christmas Day 2011 like it was yesterday. It was one of the happiest days of her life. It was the day the head chef from the Absolute Hotel, Wayne Anderson, originally from Birmingham, proposed to her. The couple were together four years and Elaine will admit herself she was ready to start planning her wedding. The pair decided on a civil ceremony at the Strand Hotel in Limerick overlooking the city and later a reception downstairs in the Shannon Suite on July 19, 2013. Next up was deciding on a theme. After falling in love with a vintage style lace wedding dress it became clear to Elaine that a vintage theme was going to have a big place in her big day. She hired a vintage Beauford car. She purchased pearl bracelets for the bridesmaids and incorporated pearls into her wedding cake. Her flowers were pastel vintage in colour. She used cream vintage birdcages, countless candles, old style photo frames, umbrellas, wicker hanging love hearts, vintage style ‘welcome’ and ‘love is in the air’ hanging signs and beautiful cream love tea-light holders. “My favourite out of everything was our vintage themed candy cart which was built from scratch. My brother built it, I painted it, my brother repainted it because I made a hash of it, my mother made the roof and bunting for it, I made all the jar labels and my friend Lorna stocked it and laid it all out the morning of the wedding,” shared Elaine. 18


The Details Wanting to get her hands more dirty, Elaine – a big DIY person – started putting the personal touches to her big day. With the help of her sister Alison, they made dessert flags. From there they decided to make a wish tree, (her mother, June, did a floral display for the base of the tree and Elaine handmade all the wish tree tags and the wish tree poem.) Her sister Lynsey made a chalkboard which told the story of Elaine and Wayne’s blossoming romance. The bride made address labels for the invitations as well as the rsvp cards. She also made bathroom baskets for the guests and personalised thank you cards for the bridesmaids. Not wanting to leave Wayne out of (or away with) the DIY stuff together they made personalised hangers for all the girls dresses. They spray painted them white, wrote their names on them with glitter glue and then stuck on little blue crystals and a butterfly and tied white ribbon around the top of the hanger. Vintage style photo frames adorned the tables with famous authors’ names instead of table numbers and the couple wrote personalised notes for each guest on the back of their place cards. June, Elaine’s mom, also made the floral centrepiece for the ceremony/top table and other floral arrangements. Elaine (with a little help from family and friends) spent hundreds of hours planning, creating and pulling off one of Limerick’s most personalised and entertaining weddings of the year. Congratulations Elaine and Wayne!

The Meet: Through an app on Facebook called Zoosk. They first began chatting and after a month they met up in person and the rest is history. Wedding Date: July 19 2013. Guests: 120. Band: Final Touch (aka The Lollygaggers). Photographer: Darren Kirwan. Videographer: Focus Video Productions. The Dress: ‘Private Label by G’ purchased in Virginias Bridal. First Dance: ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri. Any Hiccups: “We had a few but the funniest was as we were getting our photos taken in The People’s Park we were interrupted by two winos who felt the need to pick me roses from the park and come over to give them to me along with some hugs.” Favourite Memory: Elaine – “Spending one on one time with my dad in the house and his speech. He’s an incredible dad and when my mother tied me into my dress. She was such a support the whole way through the process.” Favourite Memory: Wayne – Having all his family together on the day especially his grandmother. Honeymoon: Two weeks on the Lisbon coast. Advice for Brides: Try not to let the day overwhelm you. Delegate to your bridal party beforehand and make sure everyone knows where they are meant to be and what they are supposed to be doing so that the pressure is off ye and ye have time to take it all in. It flies past you so fast and I found it so hard to find time to take everything in at the time that I can’t remember half of what happened on the day. Which is why I think it’s so important to have a fantastic videographer to capture it all!



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Ask the Expert: David Lane

of Memory Lane Photography How long in advance should I book my photographer? “Most are booked a year in advance, don’t delay once your venue is confirmed as you may not be able to get your chosen photographer.”

Should I give the photographer a list of pictures I want taken on the day? “A list can be very helpful with organising and planning who will be photographed, when and where. Add what you consider special or key

What deposit is usually required at booking? “I find a fair deposit is 1/3rd of the fee to secure the date with another 1/3rd just before or on the day. Make the final payment when ordering your photos, album or disk.”

moments and if there are any details to be captured.”

“A list can be very helpful with organising and planning who will be photographed, when and where.” How long does it take on average to get my pictures back? “I aim to have a viewing available for clients within a month, a disk can be provided at that stage. If an album is required the design and binding of album can take up to 8 weeks.”

My parents are separated but I want pictures with both of them, any suggestions? “Don’t put them on the spot during the wedding; speak with your parents beforehand. You’ll see how they feel about it, in my experience they are always happy to oblige. Don’t forget to inform your photographer.” I hate having my picture taken, how can I be comfortable on the day? “I’d suggest booking a photographer who provides free engagement sessions. Nervous clients concerns can be addressed with expert advice offered to ease tension.”



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Photos courtesy of Darren Kirwan Photography Every bride & groom would like their day to be extra special and that little bit different. Sarah Keane from Coonagh Co. Limerick and her husband Anthony Kavanagh from Walshisland, Co. Offaly most certainly got that uniqueness, courtesy of Brides of Limerick and The HighNelly Bike Company with a 1921 HighNelly ice cream bike service to keep their guests occupied whilst her photographer, Darren Kirwan, did his work. “As our guests stepped out of the church they were treated to the special surprise of Marty and his HighNelly Bikes ice cream experience. My two year old nephew, Anthony’s 82-year-old granny and everyone in between absolutely loved the bikes and the ice cream. Thanks to HighNelly Bikes and Brides of Limerick for making our special day even more memorable,” shared Sarah. With 220 guests to take care of outside the church it was a prize that really counted on the day. All the guests came out to the surprise of fresh handmade local ice cream served from the 1921 tricycle and the 1900’s his and hers Highnellies which have all been fully refurbished in Limerick specifically to service the wedding market. HighNelly wedding services from Cappamore, Co Limerick supplied the vintage ice cream tricycle along with two full refurbished genuine 1900’s HighNelly bicycles, one for the groom and one for the bride. A photographers dream is to have the correct setting and props, what could be better and more Irish than HighNelly bikes, they also have a full range of Highnelly related favours should you want to go bike crazy. Sarah chose to have the ice cream service outside the church but the service can be provided at the reception if the photographer will be spending his time on location there with the bride and groom, the guests will then be looked after with handmade local ice cream. “I was delighted to help with the prize,” said Marty Mannering of HighNelly Ltd. “The response from the guests as they were getting ice cream was fantastic, we always knew we would be really unique when we built the ice cream tricycles for the Irish wedding market but it’s especially nice to hear it from the guests.” For more information see Call 061 381427 or Email 22



Romantic Wedding by Lough Derg Photo courtesy of Charlie McGeever Kate Flynn married John Kiely on Friday, June 21, 2013 on the banks of Lough Derg in Killaloe. After nine years together, the pair who adore the outdoors got engaged on the top of Keeper Hill with their two dogs present last October. The couple, who live in Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare but both originally from Limerick, didn’t want an engagement that dragged out so they settled for June the following year. They also didn’t want the traditional wedding and were over the moon when they discovered a hidden gem in Killaloe; AnnaCarriga Estate. Kate, a PE teacher in Youthreach, Limerick, told Brides of Limerick they instantly “fell in love with AnnaCarriga the minute we drove in the first day because it was exactly what we wanted – not like anything we had seen before, it was very natural looking, the setting was fab, and it was right on the water. Also there was none of the fuss of a hotel with it.” Due to the natural surroundings of AnnaCarriga, Kate felt “very relaxed” and knew there and then she was going to get married on Lough Derg. On June 21, John, a university lecturer, married Kate on the grass by the lake in AnnaCarriga. It was magical from start to finish. They retired to the pavilion to have their meal, catered for by Masterchefs, and danced the night away with their guests until later into the morning.

The Details The Dress TM Couture, Amore Mio, Killaloe Bridesmaid Sarah Flynn (bride’s sister) Bestman Bart Kiely ( John’s brother) A thoughtful gift Kate’s cousins – The O’Sullieabhains, purchased the flowers wholesale, did the arrangements for the tables and elsewhere. They also sang at the ceremony (with their group AMEN) The Cake Made by Kate’s godmother Carmel Sheridan. The Weather Sunny and rainy “but it didn’t matter.”



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a full blown church event – have their wedding all over again including bridemaids but after running her ideas past Keith he felt if they were to renew their vows at some point he wanted it to be a lot more intimate and more importantly have their friend Helen, a spiritual healer, conduct the ceremony. Cathie let it lie for a while but she knew if she was to organise this she would do it to coincide with her hubby’s 40th birthday and it would all be a surprise. A phone call to Helen solidified the date and soon enough plans for a double celebration were in place. “The Wednesday before I told Keith that I had a few people coming round to help us celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and asked him to write out a few words about what our marriage meant to him,” shared Cathie. The day was upon them, everything was organised down to the candles and food. People began arriving at 7pm. Keith thought there would be a handful coming and was gob-smacked in a good way to see close friends and family pour into their home. “We placed a quilt on the floor and everyone sat around us in our room, we had planned also for my sister to Skype from Australia,” said Cathie. The lovebirds sat entwined in each other’s legs on the floor. Keith spoke a few words about his love for Cathie. “I couldn’t hold back the tears and it seems that everyone that was in that

With food designed to impress all your guests, Masterchefs can create a menu that is sure to wow them. Their wonderful service team are professional, reliable and hospitable. Their portfolio of services range from contract catering, event catering, wedding catering, corporate and outdoor catering. When it comes to wedding catering, Masterchefs Hospitality has earned its reputation as a full-service company dedicated to enhancing and projecting their client’s own good taste.

room had a few to shed too,” shared Cathie. And then it was Cathie’s turn and again the tears flowed. It was then up to the guests to share their thoughts with the happy couple. Cathie said it was one of the most special days of their lives and cherishes


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The Details The location Their home What was different No prayers or songs – “Just true love” How many guests 40 people The dress A purple dress from New Look that cost 12 euro The best part “It was very intimate and no falseness like I felt on my wedding day.”


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Muckross Park Hotel is one of Co. Kerry’s most unique wedding venues. This amazing 5 star hotel has roots of hospitality dating from the 18th century and for over 200 years has been welcoming guests to this special hotel. The hotel has 68 deluxe bedrooms and an unrivalled location in Co. Kerry, in the heart of Killarney National Park. Close to the hotel is the famous Lakes of Killarney and Muckross House, some of the most stunning photo locations in the country.

Weddings are the hotel’s specialty with a choice of unique wedding suites. Guests have a choice of civil ceremony locations, traditional wedding suite, a Medieval Atrium and a modern opulent wedding suite. With capacity for up to 250 guests there is a range of options to suit your wedding plans. With a choice of wedding packages and options, future Brides and Grooms can be assured all aspects of your special day are covered.

The hotel is home to Cloisters Spa, one of Ireland’s leading spa destinations. The spa is surrounded by nature and is a haven of serenity. Full beauty and therapeutic options are available and the Spa is ideal for wedding preparations and after pampering. The spa is a partner with Pevonia. Guests have options for longer stay and popular options include dining in the AA Rosette winning Yew Tree Restaurant, private parties in Monk’s Lounge or fun times in Molly Darcy’s Traditional Irish Pub. The hotel was a recent recipient of Southern Brides ‘Munster Wedding Venue of the Year’ and with a dedicated wedding management team will make your day one to remember. Contact Bernie O’Connor for a private consultation. Email: 25


Brides of Yesteryear

Bernie married Frank 50 years ago

On St. Stephan’s Day back in 1962 Bernie,

“When Frank turned 21 he had to leave his job as that was the rule in his

71, married the handsome Frank Pearce,

place of work. He decided to go to his brother in England for work and we

74, at St. Munchins Church, Limerick.

knew our families would never allow me to go with him so we decided to

They had a beautiful wedding day.

run away together,” recalls Bernie. “We both posted a letter to our families to explain and I hid in the toilets of the train whilst Franks family saw him off.

Four years earlier Bernie and Frank “Once the train moved on I came out and as we passed Franks old work

began dating.

place everyone was waving him off. When I stuck my head out the window “We used to live and work in the same

everyone started cheering and whooping.

direction so we would see each other when we cycled to work. I asked

“Of course all of our children are memorable times, mind you Frank did go

Bernie out to the cinema one day and she fell off of her bike,

and play a soccer match whilst I was having a home birth with Derek. He

went through the front door and ended up under the table of a very

came back to an extra member of the family,” remembers Bernie while Frank

surprised family as they were eating their dinner,” laughed Frank. After

giggles in the background.

picking herself up off the floor Bernie agreed and four years later she For Frank one of his fondest memories was “getting our first colour TV in the

marries Frank.

early 70’s.” And naturally getting to 50 years of marriage is a big one too. To But the wedding day wasn’t all smooth sailing. “The car never came

celebrate their anniversary Frank and Bernie went on a holiday to Lanzarote.

to pick me up to bring me to the church and my father was trying to find me another way there,” shared Bernie remembering the panic.

So what piece of advice would these pros give rookie brides and grooms.

“Eventually my father got me a taxi and I got to the church, the mass

“Live with your partner for a year before taking your vows,” advises Frank.

was started over 30 minutes as there were other couples getting

“Never start your marriage with a debt, save for you wedding day and as

married also. Thankfully Frank was still waiting for me at the alter and

long as it’s special to you it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks,” said

looked so relieved when I got to him.”

Bernie. By April Drew

The party continued at Cruises Royal Hotel in Limerick and it didn’t stop there. They quickly settled into married life. Frank and Bernie, who live on the Old Cork Road, Limerick have six children, three boys and three girls. Alan, Jennifer, Derek, Gillian, Barry and Bernadette and 12 grandchildren. So what are some of Frank and Bernie’s most memorable moments in their 50 years.

The Details Traditions 50 years ago Shared their ceremony with two other couples. There was a wedding breakfast. The Dress Purchased in Eves. It was the beginning of short dresses. How many guests 40 Honeymoon Dublin for a week in the snow. Recipe to a long and happy marriage? “A good husband with bad hearing,” said Frank. “Understanding and choosing you battles,” said Bernie. Tips for staying together? Never go to bed on an argument. Compromise is the key.


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The Wedding Suite Creator of Theia, Don O’Neill from Co. Kerry, has blown up a storm in New York with his various collections. Don’s wedding dress collections are extremely popular with the American bride and recently Irish brides are going mad for a Theia couture dress. Theia dresses available to order at to Ireland).


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Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa Due to its close proximity to the Limerick boarder, Ballygarry House

Affordable Quality: There are dates still available for 2014 with all

Hotel and Spa outside Tralee, Co. Kerry, has become a very popular

inclusive packages available from only €50 per person.

reception venue for the Limerick bride. Not to be Missed: This January they again open their doors for their Set against a stunning backdrop of the Kerry countryside, Ballygarry

exclusive ‘Bridal Recognition Day’. This event is a private pass to

House is a venue which is renowned for excellence throughout the

access chosen suppliers, meet the team and see for yourself why

country. Their attention to detail, food quality and service are second

Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa is an extra special venue. Attendance

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is reserved for Ballygarry Brides and Grooms, with a limited amount of places available for new couple enquiries.

The unique addition to the award winning venue – The Pavilion – will wow guests at the drinks reception with its outdoor heated terrace,

On the day all couples attending also have the chance of winning

designer interior and elegant atmosphere. Regularly featuring on the

thousands of euro worth of wedding day prizes as well as a chance to

winner listings of many an award it is a venue that is guaranteed to

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surpass all expectations.

to attend please call or email Helen McCarthy, our wedding coordinator. Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa, Leebrook, Tralee, Co.Kerry

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TheBridesmaid It’s fair to say no one knows recent bride Paula

- the back story

O’ Mahony Gorey from Bruff as well as her

That was the start of their adventures. During their 20’s they travelled

chief bridesmaid and sister, Karen O’Mahony.

extensively while working in the Woodlands Hotel in Adare (where Paula

Karen and Paula go a long way back. So far

and David’s wedding reception was held) to fund these expeditions.

back in fact that their mother had her hands full the day she left the maternity hospital.

They might be twins and inseparable but Karen and Paula have had

Paula and Karen are twins and it was an ob-

many heated arguments, mainly about borrowing each-others clothes

vious choice for Paula to have her bestie by

during their younger years.

her side when she married the love of her life David Gorey on May 4 last.

Karen has several memories of her sister when she was younger but one of her favourite is robbing her mother’s freshly baked fairy cakes straight from

Despite it being an amazing wedding, Karen said her favorite memory

the oven. “Afraid she (mom) would find the paper cases, Paula would eat

was sharing a cuppa with Paula before the mayhem of the day the

them to hide the evidence,” laughs Karen.

morning of the wedding. On Paula’s new husband, Karen said, “It must be very intimidating for a guy Karen describes the bond between herself and Paula as “indescribable.”

to know he is dating a girl with a twin sister, I mentioned this in my speech

“We know each other very well which has its pros and cons. But being

at the wedding which attracted a laugh or two but I think David might have

a twin, you’re never alone in a spiritual sense. Although we are gaining

tried to avoid me for a good while at the start.”

more individuality and our paths are going in their own directions we will always have that bond, someone who will always have your back no

“It was when the three of us took over a catering contract at Ballyneety Golf

matter what,” admits Karen.

Club that I really got to know David and I saw how happy he made her so he passed my approval.” Being part of Paula’s biggest day was extra special

Being twins the girls were always up to mischief, much to the heartache

for Karen because she missed her engagement.

of their mother. “She got engaged while I was living in Vancouver, Canada and it saddened “My mother was telling me a few days before the wedding about the

me to be so far away from her at such a big occasion but I flew home for

day she caught us trying to escape! It was a sunny summers day and

their engagement party and during the planning stage I tried to help her as

she had us both out playing in the garden, we were about two at the

best as I could through phone calls, emails and Skype.” But she didn’t miss

time. Something distracted her, the phone rang or something. It was a

the other big occasions. “I was there when she tried on her dress and I

large enclosed garden but we must have felt like an adventure because

organised her hen party in Killarney which was a fantastic night,” said Karen.

we piled one of our small plastic ride on trikes on top of the other at the


front wall and she just arrived out to find one of us trying to climb up our

And now Karen plans to be on hand to share all the other good stuff that

contraption to get over the wall,” shared Karen.

comes in the future with her sister Paula. By April Drew



for the

BRIDESMAIDS Photo courtesy of Icphotostudio It’s the most important job at the wedding, being a Bridesmaid. You’re there to help out your best friend/sister and the Bride relies on you more than you know. Brides of Limerick asked our Facebook family to give us some suggestions on how a Bridesmaid can help alleviate the pressures of the big day for her bride. “I find that sometimes the Brides are nervous during photos so it’s great when the Bridesmaids make her laugh and help her to relax. If you’re having fun the Bride will to.” Brian of Impressions Photography “Get rid of her wedding jitters by creating a distraction – maybe get her sloshed the week before the wedding or if that’s not an option bring her to the spa.” Shannon Ryan “Aside from helping her chose her dress, do the little stuff with her that her finace won’t want to – stuff like helping her chose the room décor and theme, table plans, choosing the wedding car, the flowers etc.” Lilly Lynch “Throw her the most amazing hen party ever!” Laura Landers

“On her big day help her with her dress, touch up her hair and makeup. Ensure you have somewhere to put her foundation and lipstick and deodorant, perfume and hairspray.” Lisa O’Reilly Brien “Whisper in the groom’s ear from time to time during the ceremony to let him know he is the luckiest man alive to be marrying this bride.” Janice O’Connor 31


Happily Ever After


2 1. Jennifer Hennessy & Ray Lynch Photo courtesy of Icphotostudio Photography November 16, 2012 Reception Sneem Hotel, Co. Kerry 2. Orla Byrnes & John Keane Photo courtesy of family August 3, 2013 Mini-moon Tenerife for a week (Australia in January for Honeymoon) 3. Christyna Williams & Gerard Mulcahy Photo courtesy of Tony Clancy June 21, 2013 The car Silver Rolls Royce from Irish Diamond Limousines 4. Rachel O’Grady & David Gardiner Photo courtesy of family July 8, 2013 Location Lake Garda, Italy 5. Michelle Sheehy & Kenneth O’Reilly Photo courtesy of Icphotostudio Photography June 15, 2013 The vows Church of Assumption in Abbyefeale 6. Denise Flanagan & John Redican Photo courtesy of family July 20, 2012 Reception Castle Oaks Hotel


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7. Evelyn Collins & Barry Murphy Photo courtesy of Darren Kirwan Photography July 11, 2012 Reception Bunratty Castle Hotel



Photos by Lizzie photography

Lizzie Murphy Athea County Limerick 087 6499077 photosbylizzie


A Valentine’s Day McKeown’s life. It was the day sales executive at Irish Wire Products

to remember

Clifton Markham popped the question. But before we go into the juicy

Annoyed at this stage because Clifton was so precise about her

details, let’s get the back story.

being home on time, she opened the kitchen door and got the shock

Photo courtesy of Morning Star Photography

Valentine’s Day 2013 was for sure the most romantic day of Claireann

of her life. Although Claireann, sales and marketing executive at the Strand Hotel, and Clifton grew up only five minutes away from each other in Limerick

“I opened the kitchen door and there he was down on one knee with the

the pair never laid eyes on each other until November 2010 in Nancy

words “will you marry me” written out in candles on our kitchen floor. It


was the biggest and best surprise of my life,” said Claireann.

“We met through a mutual friend, at a friend’s birthday celebrations

Clifton had it planned for months and had even approached Claireann’s

in Nancy Blake’s and there was definitely a spark on that first night,”

parents that Christmas for their approval at a friend’s wedding. And

Claireann told Brides of Limerick.

knowing Claireann so well Clifton held off buying the ring. “Clifton always knew when I got engaged I wanted to have a ring belonged to

It was Clifton’s “cheeky grin” and ability to make her laugh that hooked

grandmother remolded into an engagement ring.” They went straight

Claireann. And let’s not forget his “rugby physique.” Claireann admits

to E-Jewels in Limerick and although the ring couldn’t be remolded

she knew there and then in Nancy Blakes that Clifton was “the one.”

into an engagement ring (it will be melted into a wedding band instead)

“We met for a drink at 8pm and before we both knew it, it was 2:30 am!

Claireann had “the most amazing” engagement ring made. “Sharon of

As they say time flies when you’re having fun.”

E-Jewels makes beautiful bespoke rings so I was thrilled.”

They hit it off and a little after two years of going out together Clifton proposed. The engagement was an absolute surprise to Claireann. “It was Valentine’s Day and I was cooking Clifton a nice meal that evening, but all day he was acting very strange, asking what time would I be home,” recalls Claireann. Rushing home with bags of goodies for a romantic Valentine’s dinner Claireann began to get frustrated when Clifton wouldn’t answer the door. “The house was in darkness in my mind I cursed Clifton as I needed help with all the bags.” She pulled out the keys, opened the door and the place was in darkness.


Now Claireann and Clifton are enjoying their engagement and excited about the prospect of spending the rest of their lives together. By April Drew

Congratulations 1. Elaine Stack & Kieran Bennett WINNERS OF OUR BRIDES OF LIMERICK ENGAGEMENT SHOOT COMPETITION COURTESY OF JOE DIGGINS PHOTOGRAPHY The meet: Madigan’s Bar, Carrigkerry in 2003 Kieran proposed on Valentine’s Day this year Wedding date: July 31, 2015 2. Grainne Histon & Denis Noonan The meet: 8 years ago at an Aslan gig Denis proposed on July 12, 2012 – Grainne’s birthday Wedding date: December 28 2013 3. Elliemae Casey & Barry Gleeson The meet: A bar in Limerick 5 years ago. Barry proposed at the K Club on June 26, 2013 Wedding date: October 2014

1 4. Irma Niuklyte & Jason Hourigan The meet: At work eight years ago but didn’t date until 2009 In May 2012 on a romantic evening’s stroll in Portugal Jason proposed Wedding date: wedding in Italy on May 29, 2014 5. Barry O’Connell & Nicole Eaton Jones The meet: Market Nightclub on Nicole’s 18th birthday They got engaged in Cornwall on September 15, 2012 Wedding date: May 1, 2015


6. Noreen Coughlan & Pat O’Mahony The meet: A blind date They got engaged on February 27, 2012 Wedding date: October 18, 2013




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A wedding at the

Lakeside in Killaloe The stunning setting at the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre makes it the perfect wedding venue to ensure your special day is unforgettable. Our award winning landscaped gardens provides the ideal backdrop which proudly overlooks the twin heritage towns of Ballina and Killaloe is perfect for those special and unique photos. Built in 1894, the Lakeside Hotel has become synonymous with Weddings throughout its history. They have won many awards along the way including most recently the Gold Medal Award in the ISAI for accommodation. We were shortlisted three years in a row as one of Irelands Top Wedding Venues by the awards as well as 2011/2012 Finalist in the Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medal Awards. The Shannon can host weddings from 100 to 270 always maintaining that intimate atmosphere.

Approved to host civil and humanitarian ceremonies, the Shannon Suite can be adapted to become the wedding venue you’ve always wished for and our wedding co-ordination team will be on hand to make that dream you have come to life. Why not avail of our Wedding Showaround Package which includes a welcome drink with canapés in the newly renovated O’Hara’s Bar, one nights bed, breakfast and evening meal with a bottle of wine, a complimentary upgrade to a Lakeview Room. You are free to stroll around the award winning landscaped gardens, take in the breathtaking view, and meet with the wedding and events manager, who will outline what is on offer to make your day as memorable as it should be. After your meeting with the wedding manager, should you hold a date, and confirm with deposit, you will be refunded for your stay! We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends on your special day here at the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre. The Lakeside Hotel, Ballina/Killaloe, Co. Clare Tel: +353 (0) 61 376122 Fax: +353 (0) 61 376431 Email:

Wedding Flowers Your wedding day … maybe you see it in a cloud of pink roses, a sea of bright sunflowers, or a pretty scattering of sweet peas. Maybe it’s a frosty winter wonderland, or a festival of summer wild flowers. However you see it, this is your special day and the flowers you choose will play a very important supporting role. Maybe you already know how you want your flowers to look, which flowers to use and in which colours. Or you may have no idea where to start and can’t tell a gerbera from a hydrangea! Either way, we are delighted to spend time with you discussing your ideas, exploring possibilities and even making some suggestions of our own. We can keep it as simple or make it as creative as you like.Your wedding day is as important to us as it is to you – it’s our chance to shine too! Brides are all individuals, and every wedding is different, so whatever shape your wedding takes, we have the flowers and the expertise to make it unique, just like you. Browse the floral wedding packages we offer on, and then take a look at our photos to see examples of what we can do. Call us any time to make an appointment – our time is yours. If you prefer and you have the time we would be delighted to offer you a no obligation consultation, just contact Patricia on 061 411321.

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A Mother of the Bride If it wasn’t for Miriam Canty, Morna Canty reckons she would never have pulled off her wedding day. Miriam is Morna’s wonderful mother. They have a beautiful mother – daughter relationship. Wanting her daughter to have an extra special wedding Miriam offered her services to make Morna’s dream a reality. Morna, a Caherdavin lady by birth, married Patrick Ahern, on Saturday May 11, 2013 at the Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare and later celebrated at the Dunraven Arms Hotel. “Since we got engaged mom has been so supportive to us as I had the finals of my professional exams on top of organising the Canty/Ahern bash of the year,” said Morna. “I kept saying sure we have plenty of time but little did I realise the time would fly.” Miriam’s first job was to buy her daughter all the wedding magazines she could for inspiration. She would mark out suggestions and keep wedding supplements. “Mom was really helpful in trying to decide our wedding venue trekking with us, no matter what we asked of her she always helped us out.”

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But it was the week of the actual wedding that Miriam was most helpful. “I was sick with my throat, trying to finalise the last minute things for the wedding and with no voice it was definitely a struggle but again mom was there to help.” Although it was Morna and Patrick’s big day the mother and daughter did get to spend some quality time together. “She helped me get into my dress which was very special and we danced like crazy ladies with my sisters to Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best.’

While Morna’s attention was on exams, Miriam had the camera with her at all times to snap pictures of everything and anything she thought would be a nice touch to the wedding. She even successfully trolled the internet for unusual bits. Miriam then took charge of the invitations. “She colour coded excel spreadsheets and updated our RSVP list. Mom also liaised with suppliers on behalf of us taking pressure off us as we only had the weekends free.”

A message to my Mom “My mom is a beautiful lady with a huge heart always putting others first. My mom is selfless, giving and welcomes everybody into her world. There is nothing that my mom wouldn’t do for all of us and we are so lucky to have the parents we have, Dad alike. My mom is always volunteering, giving her time to others and being a massive support to all the family and a rock to her friends. Thank you mom for everything all the small things and the big things but most importantly thank you for being my mom.” Morna Canty 42

The Details How Many Guests 200 The Dress A Venue dress purchased in Seroca Bridal, Lisnagry Favourite Memory “My favourite memory of the wedding was the morning getting ready when my darling sisters Ciara and Niofa and bridesmaids cousins Aisling and Dearbhaile presented me with a memory book. The book had been signed by all my close friends and family telling stories about Patrick and I and wishing us luck.” Miriam’s Dress Isobel, Adare Mother of the Bride Gift: Necklace from the Princess Grace Newbridge Jewellery Collection and a bouquet of flowers


Looking Good Mother

Lorraine O’Gorman & mother Angela O’Gorman Mother of the bride dress: Reiss, Kildare Village The Groom: Jonathan Higgins Date of Wedding: June 20, 2013

Amy Todd & mother Eileen Todd Mother of the bride dress: Shaws, Cresent Shopping Centre The Groom: Jonathan Gribbin Date of Wedding: August 25, 2012

Karen Enright & mother Philomena Keane

Trevor McGrath & mother Maureen McGrath

Mother of the bride dress: TK Maxx The Groom: Oliver Enright Date of Wedding: August 6, 2012

Mother of the bride dress: Purchased in Tipperary town The Bride: Bernadette Pearse Date of Wedding: Portugal, October 17, 2011

Gifts for the It’s tradition in Ireland to present both mothers with a gift for just being so wonderful and for a long time it was nearly always a bouquet of flowers. Now the bride and groom are straying away from that tradition so we asked our Brides of Limerick brides to

“We gave flowers and got them a little gold chain too. My husband and I also left balloons off with my mums name on it so it went up to heaven.” Stephanie Geraghty.

suggest something different.

“We got our mothers gift vouchers for a spa day. They loved it!” Laura Cummins

“Liliput Lane new edition for my mum as we got married in the UK and she couldn’t take flowers back with her.” Audrey Leahy

“I got mine a Michael Kors watch. She loved it and wore it on the day.” Lorraine Higgins

“We gave a gift for the parents as opposed to just the mothers. After all, dad had a huge hand in rearing us too! We gave both sets of parents a Waterford crystal photo frame.” Michelle McGrath



The Do’s and Dont’s Every girl battles with dilemmas, both moral (should I invite my grandmothers neighbor because she once knitted me a hat) and financial (will I buy a round of drinks for everyone at the meal or save myself a grand). Brides of Limerick have put together a few

for a

suggested Do’s and Don’ts for your big day. Take a look.

Do… Plan your day for yourself, not for others Get the groom to be involved, it’s his wedding too Be realistic about weight loss goals when selecting your gown Consider some of your photos in black and white, they are timeless Remember to allow time for table visits during your reception Pick a song for your first dance that has meaning or a good memory for the two of you

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Don’t… Invite guests you really don’t want to see at your wedding Forget to offer a “vegetarian” option Seat separated or divorced parents at the same table Let friends or family talk you into things you don’t want for your wedding Go crazy with your hair and makeup. This is your wedding day, not a celebrity red carpet event Forget to spend some time on the dance floor with your husband


We asked on Facebook and you answered: We asked …

What is the most unique thing you have seen at a wedding that impressed you? You answered … Sharon D Hair and Make-Up artist “I am there the morning of many weddings and see a lot of gifts given to brides from there soon-to-be husbands. One of the nicest has to be a pair of socks in case the bride got cold feet.”

We asked … Claire Gubbins “My wedding cake was made to resemble the ‘wedding cake’ building in Rome where my hubby proposed.” Ellie Casey “Pig on a spit for the mojitos drinks reception.” Susan Flemming “My friend had a popcorn machine in the evening great for munchies later in the evening.”

“I’m getting married next year and don’t want photos to appear on social media.... Is this something I should mention on invite or has anyone else any other solution?” You answered …

Christyna Mulcahy “Oxtail soup for starters. Never seen it being served in a hotel and I was nearly raised on it.” Laura Divine “I was at a wedding recently and all of the sudden the waiters burst out in a song. It was excellent. The singing waiters they are called.”

We asked …

What does a bride do with her engagement ring during the ceremony? You answered …

Lee Photography “We photographed a wedding recently that the bride and groom had popped a note on the invites along the lines of ‘we have hired a professional to capture our memories of our special day, and would love for all our guests to enjoy the day and be truly present with us, so we would ask that leave your camera down during the ceremony and refrain from posting any photos on social media’,” Edel Hickey “Was at a wedding this summer where the priest announced on the altar before the ceremony , ‘ just a few formalities to get out of the way- The bride and groom have requested that no photos appear on any social networking sites’,” Darren Crowley “Write it on the invite for sure.”

Vanessa O’Flynn “Someone told me you put it on your right hand until after the ceremony.” Evelyn Walsh “My sister got married last year and she gave it to her maid of honour and after the church ceremony she put it on.” Sarah Clinton Moriarty “I gave mine to the groom and he put both rings on together. Not sure if he was supposed to but we did it anyway.”



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Perfect Wedding in Lanzarote The

Photos courtesy of Lizzy Murphy Photograph A BIT ABOUT THE BRIDE: 30-year old Ciara Murphy is a nurse

THRASHING YOUR DRESS: Ciara put on her dress the next day

from Athea.

for pictures. “Our photographer Lizzie Murphy collected us at our

A BIT ABOUT THE GROOM: Alan Horan is a Co. Cork man. He

hotel the next day and brought us to a beach a bit off the beaten

is an ambulance paramedic. The pair reside in Cork.

track, with amazing views. When we started to change into our

THE MEET: In 2005. Alan shared a house with Ciara’s sister.

dress/suit on the beach people started looking at us strangely but

THE PROPOSAL: For their six year anniversary Alan booked a

then when we got into the water and our wedding planner collected

suite at the Savoy Hotel in Limerick and popped the question and

our clothes that evening and had them dry cleaned and vacuum

subsequently a bottle of champagne.

packed for travelling home so it was perfect.”

WEDDING DATE: July 22, 2013.

ADVICE: Don’t get married abroad if you think it’s going to be

WEDDING VENUE: Lanzarote – Vows exchanged in a church in

cheaper because it’s not as many Irish hotels are doing great deals

Uga village and the reception in the Hesperia Hotel.

these days.”

WHY LANZAROTE? “We have been going to Lanzarote for six

PROS AND CONS: “Cons – some family and friends couldn’t make

years on holidays together and really love it over there. We went for

the wedding. Pros – people made it their holiday for the year.”

a walk one day and walked past the Hesperia Hotel which is by the sea and it was all set up for a wedding. We both said ‘wouldn’t it be amazing to get married here’. WEDDING PLANNER? Yes, an Irish lady called Ann Leneghan. HOW MANY GUESTS? 73 THE DRESS: San Patrick, Aphrodite in Newcastle West. Chiffon – perfect for the beach. FIRST DANCE: ‘You Give Me Something’ by James Morrison. FAVOURS: Sandalwood fans to keep people cool. SPECIAL TOUCHES: “As we were getting married in Lanzarote we

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wanted to bring some Spanish culture into our wedding so after the meal and before the music started we had traditional Spanish flamenco dancers with live Spanish guitarists.” THE BONUS: People could dance in the sand with their shoes off. MONEY SAVING TIPS: Buy silk flowers and shop around for cars. SPECIAL ABOUT GOING ABROAD: “For us it was that we already loved Lanzarote after going there for years on holiday. Also that we were there for two weeks with all our friends and family around us, not like a normal wedding that would usually be over after one weekend.

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HICKEY’S IRISH PUB A home away from home

Getting married in the Algarve and looking for somewhere to celebrate Irish style? Look no further! Hickey’s Irish Pub is renowned for its Irish hospitality to all couples getting married away from home. The pub, located in Alvor, Portugal, is owned and run by Pat Hickey himself; a Kildimo native. The Hickey team also includes Pat’s daughter Jane, her boyfriend David (a Kerryman) and Dublin man John Sheridan. “I was lucky to set up in Alvor,” said Pat. “Ten years ago I found Alvor, a hidden little gem! It’s a small old fishing village that has expanded but has kept its quaint character.” Pat opened his doors three years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Hickey’s Irish Pub is a roaring success. Lots of Irish couples get married in Alvor every year in the local church and usually hold their reception in different venues nearby. Hickey’s Irish Pub has a rooftop terrace which people use as a get together before the big day and to meet future in laws. It is also used for after wedding parties. They offer full bar service and organise food for the occasion which can range from sandwiches to the famous “Chicken Piri Piri” to suckling pig.

Jane does beauty Aside from working in Hickey’s to make sure all Irish visitors have a fantastic experience while abroad Jane has gotten a little closer to the wedding industry abroad. Seeing a big gap in the wedding beauty market in her area, Jane – a qualified beauty therapist – is using her 10 plus years of experience and now making herself available to brides and their bridal parties for their time in the Algarve and the wedding morning. “I am based in Alvor but available for weddings all over the Algarve. I can travel to your hotel or apartment on the morning of the wedding and I can also bring a hairdresser with me if required. Brides love to hear I’m Irish when booking me. It makes describing their desired look much easier,” said Jane. Jane Hickey Tel: 00351925221331 E-mail: Facebook: Algarve Unique and Chic Make-Up

And in keeping with the party spirit and wanting to make the bar a more intimate venue for weddings Jane decorates the terrace to a very high standard. They use everything from birdcages to buntings to wishing trees and wells, lanterns to solar lights. They also have a popcorn cart, a stunning vintage ice-cream cart and can source many talented artists that can come to Hickey’s to provide wonderful entertainment for the bride and groom and all their guests. The pub has recently received a “Certificate of Excellence” from Trip Advisor and is currently the No.1 Pub in Alvor. “We make sure everyone who comes to Hickey’s and Alvor remembers it forever,” said Pat. Pat Hickey Tel: 00351924018557 E-mail: Facebook: Hickey’s Irish Pub

Check out their website for their range of services



ThePerfect Wedding at the Falls Hotel & Spa The Falls Hotel and Spa, located in the quaint market town of

Couples have the flexibility to pick their own array of food and drinks

Ennistymon, is the perfect retreat. Nestled in a wooded vale

or they can choose from a selection all-inclusive packages. These

beside the tumbling water of River Inagh, this historic property

packages are designed to suit all tastes and budgets and start at

and its picturesque setting will take your breath away. Set in the

â‚Ź40.50 per person.

heart of the scenic West Coast of Ireland the hotel is surrounded by fifty acres of gardens and woodland which provide a unique

Additional seasonal packages for Spring, Summer, Autumn and

photographic backdrop. The beautifully maintained front lawn is

Winter are also available and weddings booked in November,

both a wonderful backdrop for everlasting photo-memories but

January, February, March or April are offered at a further

equally a unique setting for a cocktail arrival reception overlooking

discounted rate.

the waterfall and cascades. The hotel operates a one wedding a day policy which ensures that From the early stages of planning to the big day itself, our dedicated

you are the certre of our attention on your unforgettable day. The

and professional wedding team assists you in the coordination of

Woodland Suite can cater for up to 350 guests but it can be

your wedding from start to finish. Any individual requirements can

partitioned to retain the intimate atmosphere for smaller weddings.

be catered for to ensure your special day is marvellous in every way.

The room has two bars, an integrated sound system, permanent stage, dance floor and atmospheric LED lighting system. This room is also

The hotel offers a complete wedding package to couples to ensure

ideal for holding civil ceremonies and blessings which the Falls Hotel

that you can relax on your wedding day knowing that all is in hand

and Spa is approved to host.

by our expert wedding team. The hotel’s Riverview Suite is a smaller dining room that overlooks The packages on offer includes a red carpet arrival, champagne

the river. It can cater for up to 50 guests and is equally a lovely room

on arrival for the bridal party, complimentary tea/coffee and

for wedding parties and blessings or civil ceremonies. The McCarthy

biscuits for all guests, seasonal floral and candle arrangements in the

family, the wedding team and all the hotel staff look forward to

banqueting room, complimentary wedding tasting for the wedding

welcoming you and your family and friends to the hotel on your

couple, complimentary accommodation in the bridal suite on the

special day.

night of the wedding and breakfast in bed the following morning,


discounted accommodation rates for your guests (up to 40 bedrooms),

For further information on the different packages available contact

a PA system for speeches, and 3 months membership of the Aqua

the hotel on 065 7071004 or email

and Fitness Club for the wedding couple.

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Bits & Bobs

Go on honeymoon before your wedding – one of our brides did and said it was the best decision they ever made.

Why not hire a non-traditional car – Carri and Rory O’Donnell did – a white beetle!

How about having your names engraved onto your wedding candles

Ice-cream an yone?

Hire an old-fash ioned high nelly bike and have delicious ice-cr eam flavours served to your guests www.highnelly .ie

It’s becoming more popular now – flower bouquets made up of glamorous brooches – Ring O’Roses, Limerick, is one such florist that does them.

Hen Party Hotties The Be Sweet Candy Are you looking to add that special touch to your big day? Look no further, WOW all your guests by letting us make your special day extra sweet!

Just some of our activities • Draw A Nude • Garter workshop • Fascinator workshop • Make up master-class • Dance ‘themed’ sessions • Vintage tea party • And many more

Set or customized packages available to suit all budgets Candy Buffet Tables, Sweet Trees, Personalised Wrapped Sweets, Chocolate Lollipops, Table Number Sweet Pots, VIP Kiddie Bags, Individual Favours. We will not be beaten on price or quality! The Be Sweet Candy Call or text Nichole 087 7873697 E: The Be SWEET Candy

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What to look out for when

booking a Photographer Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. We like to play our part in helping your big day run smoothly and capture your unique story to preserve your memories forever. Our style is designed to create a non-intrusive comfortable flow to the day to ensure that you achieve what you deserve – to enjoy yourselves. A second photographer works in the background getting all those candid shots you love. We love meeting all of our couples prior to their wedding day to hear their plans, work with them to understand their needs and to get to know them a little. We provide free, a pre-wedding/engagement shoot on location/studio with all our wedding packages. This all helps to create a more relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere for you on your wedding day, as we all know each other that bit better, and the results show in the photographs. Tips when looking for a photographer • Always make sure they are a registered business, full-time professional photographer and not just doing it as a hobby. • Ask what insurance cover they have. They should have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance as a minimum.

• All professional photographers should have their own website and not just a Facebook page. • Keep a checklist of your photographers, so you can compare packages, pricing etc., and take notes, they are used to it. • Make an appointment to meet with photographers you are interested in, view their photo albums, products and check out their style. Don’t rush, it takes time to pick your photographer. • Don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions and state what you want. Don’t let the photographer dictate to you. • It’s important that you click and have a good rapport with the photographer; you will be together all day. • Once you’re interested, book with a deposit to secure your date. And very important… Always get a receipt. • Finally, all professional photographers should provide a contract. Make sure everything you agree on is in your contract before you sign it. E.g. location, coverage, time, price, package, products. All contracts should also have a cancellation policy. By Brian Arthurs of Impressions Photography 51



The First

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.

I Swear All for One 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 52


Steve Spade Steve Spade was born in Limerick, and has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the Irish celebrity circuit. He combines top-drawer sleight of hand skills with hypnosis, psychological subtleties and great comic timing. He has wowed many celebrities, including Mike Tyson, Rhianna and Kevin Spacey. No after-show party is complete without his manipulations – just ask Florence & The Machine, Calvin Harris, Metallica, The Coronas, Glen Hansard, and many more. He stunned 10,000 people with his illusions at The Electric Picnic. After watching him perform actor Kevin Spacey just scratched his head, and asked: “Can I have my watch back?” Luckily Steve only picks pockets for entertainment purposes! Steve recently performed at international soccer player Shane Long’s wedding leaving the newly weds and guests astonished. His daring escapes – being burnt at the stake, or escaping from a sealed box underwater – have garnered national headlines as “Ireland’s Answer to Houdini.” (The Irish Times) Steve is no stranger to television and has appeared on The Daily Show (RTE 1) and TV3’s Come Dine With Me. This year Steve was head hunted by the Discovery Channel to appear on the network performing a 100 ft rope escape. Steve is currently in talks with Sky TV about filming his new six-part TV special. Watch this space.



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The Location: Cork City The Hen: Amy Todd Organised by: Natasha and Brid How many Hens: 21 ladies The Accommodation: The Clarion Hotel, Cork How many nights: One The theme: All girls dressed in black with a flower The biggest surprise: Leesa (another bridesmaid) said she couldn’t make it because she just had a little baby so instead booked Amy a make-up artist – which turned out to be Leesa herself. She brought the baby and the boyfriend so she could go out with the girls. Nice touches: A bag of flat shoes for later in the night courtesy of Natasha’s hubby. Treats: Vodka jelly shots, chocolate willies with popping candy Any keepsakes: Amy’s sister made her a flower that she wore all night on her hand like a corsage and later wore it as her wedding in her hair.

Two of Amy Todd’s closest friends, Natasha and Brid from her college days in CIT got together to plan Amy’s hen party, bringing her back to the city where it all began; Cork. 21 of Amy’s family and friends from Kilmallock, CIT, and the Strand Hotel where she works, made their way to Cork for an unforgettable night of fun and devilment. There was only one man allowed on tour and that was Natasha’s husband, Dave. He surprised Amy by taking photos of her hen night. Things kicked off with some fun games at the Bailey Bar. Amy, who also celebrated her birthday the same night, shares some of the details with us. “The first game was where all the girls gave me jokey presents and as I opened each one I had to guess who got me what. There were some funny presents and some normal ones. Such as my sister in law got me a script DVD and I knew it was from her as we had been to their concert together. My mum in law got me a t-shirt saying I went to New Zealand and found my heart in an English man.” What was the craziest present? “ The maddest present was a baby vest with ‘My milk-shake brings all the boys to the yard’ embroidered on it from my friend Sheila. We love that song.” Everyone then sat down to watch a slideshow of Amy’s life and after a few tears were shed it was time to learn how to make some cocktails. When the girls were a little merrier it was off for a fabulous meal at SOHO restaurant. Amy got a nice surprise when she sat down for her meal. Natasha had made up newsletters as table settings that included an interview with Amy and some pictures and poems. When there was enough soakage consumed it was on to Reardens Bar and Havana Browns for some late night disco dancing. There they met a stag. The groom was carrying around an inflatable pig and all the girls on the hen had to sign it. Reardens also happened to be managed by Amy’s ex, Eddie, but the girls had a great time out dancing for the whole night. “It is possible that one of the boys from the stag may have kissed one of the girls from then hen but I am not saying anymore about that,” laughs Amy. It was one of the best girls nights out Amy has ever had and has great pictures to remember it all. By April Drew 57


HenParties with a Difference We’ve all worn the bits and bobs, eaten the nice meals, drank ourselves silly, danced ourselves silly and fallen into bed in a nice hotel somewhere away from home and it was a hell of a lot of craic. The Bachelorette Party is supposed to be epic so if it’s cocktails and cheesboards your into or strippers and shots here are some ideas for a memorable weekend. April (publisher) Themed weekends Murder mystery weekend parties 80’s Rock and Roll get-up A Mrs. Doyle (go-on go-on) and all her old friends extravaganza A low-key pampering spa weekend (Lackmore Estate) A photo-shoot (including hair and make-up applications) Nude drawing classes (Hen Party Hotties) Drive in movie (Fota island- Cork) Scenic flight experience over Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and Galway Bay Hen parties on a budget If the bride is low key and doesn’t want to stay in a hotel with her maids why not have a “Cocktails and Cupcake” party in a house big enough to hold those invited. Limerick Cupcakes can do a great deal on specially made cupcakes for the party and cocktails can be made from scratch. Make the party into a sleepover. If the maids wanted to sex it up a bit call into Thelma and Louises for some fun bits and bobs or how about having someone come to the house to do all the girls make up. (Catherine Hickey Hair and Make-Up) Brides could also stay local, book into The George Boutique Hotel for a night and enjoy the city they grew up in.

Activity driven hen parties Why not surprise the Hen with a Draw a Nude guy activity (Hen Party Hotties Limerick). Roller disco party – Roller Jam on the Ballysimon road is the perfect place for a girly day. Have a hip-hop dancer teach the party revelers a dance routine to a popular tune and recreate the dance during the wedding reception. Build a scrap book – get everyone to bring pictures of the bride and themselves going back as far as they can and get everyone to write messages underneath.


Draw a nude is the ultimate hen activity If you are organising a hen party and looking for something to do as a unique day/evening activity Draw a Nude is for you! It is a life drawing session – of a naked guy. Hen Party Hotties arrives at your venue and sets up everything and all material is provided. The subject for the session is a live nude male model who poses for the duration. The Craic is unbelievable! For the first ten minutes there are usually screams, howls, squeals and roars of laughter as well as shocked faces. After a few minutes everyone settles and gets down to business and surprises themselves with their unknown ability to draw! The group will draw three different poses in total, there is a prize for the best drawing which is decided by the bride to be and the male nude model. In between the poses ice breaker fun hen party games are played. The facilitator is present to take photos, take drink orders, provide music and keep the session running smoothly while the group sit back, draw and have the time of their lives. Draw A Nude can take place anywhere, from a rented house or bar to hotel room. We travel anywhere in Ireland to give the class and we can cater for any group size. or call Orla to organize on 087 6522501


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For just €85 per person sharing one can avail of a night’s accommodation with breakfast, a four course meal in the hotel’s gBK Restaurant, a cocktail reception upon arrival and many more things. There is also a 1pm check-out to allow you time to nurse your hangovers! And if it’s fashion you’re into then the hotel also provides the “Ultimate Hollywood Experience’ – a complimentary viewing of designer collections hosted by Limerick boutique Ivory Closet. And that’s not all – there is also free entry into a night-club (dancing is a must for a hen and her chicks), and a free make-up consultation at Debenhams should you wish to avail of it. 59

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Ask the Expert: Barry O’Connell of Destination Motivation Bride: “I’ve a year to my wedding, when should I start dieting if I want to lose 2 stone?” Barry: “I’m not a fan of diets or fad diets. They usually lead to a drastic or unhealthy weight loss but the weight will come back on with interest once the diet stops. The only way to get the wedding body of your dreams is to get a proper routine of healthy eating and regular exercise.” Bride: “How do I delicately say to my maid of honour that I want her to lose weight to fit into the beautiful dress I bought her?” Barry: “Wow that is a delicate situation. But as the bride you should lead by example. Talk to your maid of honour and tell her that you really want to get into shape for your wedding and ask her to join your endeavour. Just don’t turn into a bridezilla.” Bride: “I’m pretty slim all round but I have a big bum? Any tips on making it smaller before my big day (in 7 months)?” Barry: “You’ve pretty slim but have a big bum... is that not every man’s dream!! Seriously, people genetically put weight on in certain places. Resistance exercises such as lunges and squats are great for getting a nice tight and toned bum for your wedding.” Bride: “What are the things I should be doing now to get in shape for my wedding day in 18 months?” Barry: “Find something that you can do, you can enjoy and something you should stick at between now and your wedding. Get yourself a healthy eating plan and make it a part of your life. Some people think that by not eating altogether it will help them lose weight. This is incredibly bad for the body. Get rid of all soft drinks and start drinking nothing but water. You should also look at your alcohol intake. A pint of beer can have up to 250 calories in it. To burn that off, you would have to jog non-stop of 30 minutes.

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Planning for a baby “First comes love, then comes marriage then comes baby in a baby carriage.” It might not be on the to-do list for a few years but you equally might be thinking of trying for a honeymoon baby. Brides of Limerick’s resident doctor, Dr. Michelle Cooper, a mother of two wonderful boys John and Ben, is here to give some tips to all Limerick brides on what needs to be done to get your body ready for a baby. PREGNANCY MATTERS When planning to achieve pregnancy it is important to reduce risk of harm to the baby, as well as lessening the likelihood of pregnancy-related complications. Having experienced two pregnancies whilst working long hours in the hospital and general practitioner setting I understand the importance of striking a healthy balance between work and home life and the importance of taking care of yourself and your baby in the interim. Folic Acid Folic acid should ideally be taken for twelve weeks before achieving pregnancy, until at least the twelfth week of pregnancy. Folic acid taken before achieving pregnancy can reduce the risk of having a baby with spina bifida, as well as conditions such as cleft lip and palate, congenital heart disease and preterm delivery. Vitamin D Vitamin D supplements are recommended for all pregnant women, breastfeeding women and breastfed babies as only a small amount of vitamin D occurs in food. Alcohol, Smoking & Illicit Substances It is highly recommended that pregnant women refrain from drinking when trying to conceive and when pregnant. Foetal alcohol syndrome, which can have serious physical and mental sequel, can develop in babies born to mothers who drink alcohol. Tobacco contains chemicals which can pass to the baby and slow its growth. Smoking mothers harbour an increased risk of miscarriage, premature delivery and stillbirth. Children born to smoking mothers have a higher risk of ADHD, chest infections, asthma, ear infections and sudden infant death syndrome. The effects of illicit substances are not fully known but it is strongly advised to stop taking drugs before achieving pregnancy. Most pregnancies sail along smoothly without complications. It is important, however, to remain alert to potential dangers and to avoid any risks when considering achieving pregnancy until the safe arrival of your baby. 61




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Right Away… DECIDE ON A BUDGET Set a wedding date. Book the church (or civil ceremony) and the reception venue (within the budget). If getting married abroad decide on a location and possibly the services of a wedding planner.

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Have the wedding menu tasting and a final walk through of the hotel. Meet with vendors to finalise last minute things. Send out invites and do Hair and make-up trials. Go on your hen.




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Check you have all paper work you need to get married (and passports are valid for your honeymoon). Finalise your seating plan and review all vendors to see if any changes need to be made. Decide on a first dance and see if the band can play the song. Have the last few fittings of your dress.

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A Professional Make-Up Artist will have their own website. This is a great way to look at the quality and amount of work they have behind them. When you make a booking with a Professional Make-Up Artist you can be assured that they themselves will arrive on the morning of the wedding in plenty of time and help to create a relaxing and enjoyable morning. First impressions are vital. A Professional Make-Up Artist knows the importance of having a trial. A trial gives the bride a chance to see if you are on the same wave length and also it allows her to see the level of professionalism on offer. A Professional Make-Up Artist will always make a list of any products they have used or note any allergies or specific skin conditions at the trial. This will ensure they can recreate the look perfectly on the morning of the wedding. When making a booking a Professional Make-Up Artist will make sure they have all your contact details and any timings or directions they may need for the morning of the wedding. They will always take a deposit and ensure you receive a receipt. They are happy to be paid any deposits or final payments by cheque. Word of mouth is the greatest form of advertising for any Professional in the Wedding Industry. Make sure the Make-Up Artist you choose has a reputation that precedes her. Susan Fox, Professional Make-Up Artist Susan Fox Professional Make Up Artistry 086 8074768

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My dress is champagne. Would this work?”

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Catherine: “I would advise against it as they are from two different

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colour palettes which do not compliment each other and we would

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recommend ivory as a better match.”

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Honeymoon Destinations with a

Niagara Falls, Canada

A honeymoon classic. Aside from watching the amazing waterfall from every angle, boat, helicopter, land, you can drop by the Niagara Casino and visit the picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. And because you are on the boarder of America why not

Sorrento, Italy A newlyweds paradise. Not far from home but yet far enough away to

pop over to visit your friends in New York.

be tuned out. Sun, long strolls, fantastic art and accessible to Pompeii,

A must do: Take a breathtaking boat ride

Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Plenty of fine old shops selling ceramics,

under the Falls in the Maid of the Mist.

lacework and intarsio.

Nice, France What could be more attractive than the subtropical climate of the French Riviera.

A must do: Take a trip on the Too-to-Train.

Ireland Take a week or two and explore the beauty Ireland has to offer. It’s highly

Amazing beaches, beautiful food and

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beautiful people. Relax, soak up the

some fabulous hotels and have some honeymoon fun in the country we

sun and if you want a little adventure

all love so well.

take a weekend trip to Paris.

A must do: There are too many things to mention.

A must do: If vacationing there in the winter check out the Nice Carnival.

South Africa There is so much to do in this beautiful land. A dream honeymoon for the bride and groom. Beautiful weather, unforgettable safaris, great towns (especially Cape Town) and don’t forget the breathtaking Garden Route. A must do: A safari at Kruger National Park.

Costa Rica A honeymoon in Costa Rica is ranked as one of the world’s best and is the adventure lover’s paradise! It’s not all sunbathing. A week in Costa Rica can allow you time to visit lush rain forests, hike up a volcano, zip line over trees and relax in lavish hot springs. A must do: A river rafting trip.

Anguilla, British West Indies With captivating sunsets, friendly locals and a relaxed atmosphere from the time you arrive Anguilla has all the romantic luxuries wrapped into one. So many five start hotels to choose from and nothing is too much. A must do: Eat lobster.

Mexico Burning with Spanish passion Mexico is the perfect destination for fun in the sun. With fabulous food, fantastic weather, a rocking nightlife, unspoiled deserts, Mayan ruins it’s an action packed honeymoon for sure. A must do: Check out one of the new wonders of the world – Chichen Itza.

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Mary & Brendan (Tex) O’Regan recently celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. On 1st June 1957, Mary and Brendan married in St. Joseph’s Church on O’Connell Avenue in Limerick. Here is a verse that was read out at their 50th wedding anniversary and may it guide all our brides and grooms into a happy and fulfilled life together.

Together Still Let me hold your hand, as we go downhill, We’ve shared our strength, and we share it still, It hasn’t been easy, to make the climb, But the way was eased, by your hand in mine. Like the lake, our life, has had ripples too, Ill health and worries, and payments due, With happy pauses, along the way, A graduation, a raise in pay. At the foot of the slope, we will stop and rest, Look back if you will, we’ve been truly blest, We’ve been spared the grief, of being torn apart, By death or divorce, or a broken heart. The view ahead, is one of the best, Just a little farther, and then we can rest, We move more slowly, but together still, Let me hold your hand, as we go downhill.

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