Saturday 3 December 2016

Real Irish weddings: Worth waiting for... Natalie and Stephen's fairytale wedding

After 15 years this couple finally got their fairytale wedding

Published 15/11/2015 | 02:30

Reece walks ahead of Natalie and Stephen's on their wedding day at the Village at Lyons. Photos: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham, Couple Photography.
Reece walks ahead of Natalie and Stephen's on their wedding day at the Village at Lyons. Photos: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham, Couple Photography.
Natalie and Stephen's Wedding at The Village at Lyons Photos: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham at Couple Photography, couple.ie
Natalie and Stephen's Wedding at The Village at Lyons Photos: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham at Couple Photography, couple.ie
The wedding venue at The Village at Lyons. Photo: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham
Natalie and Stephen's wedding Photo: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham
Toasting the happy couple. Photo: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham
Natalie and Stephen's wedding cake. Photo: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham
Bestman Reece with Natalie and Stephen. Photo: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham
Natalie and Stephen's wedding. Photo: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham.
Natalie and Stephen's wedding. Photo: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham.
Natalie and Stephen's Wedding in the picturesque Village at Lyons. Photo: Rosalyn Byrne and Anna Wickham

For Natalie and Stephen, both from Blanchardstown, nothing but a show-stopping fairytale wedding would do. The secondary school sweethearts got engaged on Valentine's Day 2010 when Stephen brought Natalie to her favourite spot on Donabate beach for a candlelit picnic, offering her champagne before getting down on one knee in the sand.

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After Stephen proposed he knew there was only one choice of best man on the day - their son Reece. The little man looked dapper as he led the couple up the aisle and Natalie says the best moment for her was when "our son Reece cried at the ceremony with happiness - 'we are all going to have the same surname'."

Natalie chose a bouquet of brooches, making sure the groomsmen had appropriate brooches to match. The couple opted for the picturesque Village at Lyons in Co Kildare -the perfect venue for their dream day. Natalie fell in love with the small chapel on the water and they decided to hire a harpist for their intimate civil ceremony, with creative photography duo Ros and Anna of Couple Photography making sure to capture every detail.

Instead of a guestbook, Natalie and Stephen had an illustration of a tree onto which they asked their guests to ink their fingerprints, which they then had framed. Guests could also write on a wish token to drop into a jar - the responses from which had the pair laughing for days afterwards, all before they made their way to Portugal for a relaxing honeymoon.

* Words by Dee Finnerty. To see the full wedding album by Couple Photography, visit couple.ie

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