Wednesday 26 October 2016

Weddings... An adventure begins on the Hill of Howth

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

Heather and Brett at the Hill of Howth.
Heather and Brett at the Hill of Howth.
The couple had an intimate dinner at The House at Howth.
Guests enjoying the Irish cliffside destination.
Heather and Brett
Heather and Brett - the dress
Brett hired a bagpiper to play.
The wedding ceremony on the Hill of Howth
Each guest made a wish at the wedding.

Heather Gossard, 44, and Brett Russell, 36, flew in from the States with 40 of their guests and managed to host the perfect Irish cliffside destination wedding. And they even got the weather for it.

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The couple met online and hit it off when, "after two months, a thousand texts, and some serious schedule wrangling", they finally met. Two years later, Brett popped the question on a picturesque mountain hike. The two had travelled to Dublin together earlier in their relationship, making fond memories on a soggy Howth excursion. "We set off for our 'walk' and about six hours and a lot of rain later, we emerged from a wrong turn, soaking wet, cold, and still laughing with and at each other. We decided then that we were pretty good together," Heather says. They then decided on a wedding at the Martello Tower in Howth and from the start, the couple knew they wanted a simple celebration. "Our wedding was designed for simplicity."

During the ceremony, the couple had a ring blessing, passing their rings to each guest for them to make a wish before passing them on. Heather's mother and aunt collected flowers from the Howth market the morning of the wedding to make her bouquet. Heather's son walked her down the aisle as her father was too ill to make the journey. For an extra surprise for their family and friends, Brett hired a bagpiper to play. The couple followed the show-stopping ceremony with an intimate dinner at The House in Howth, and then hit the road for a two-week honeymoon around Ireland, making many new memories to bring home with them.

* To see the full wedding album by Moat Hill

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