Puppy love: Jack and Stefaan celebrated their wedding in unique style
Jack and Stefaan, both from Galway, met more than 10 years ago while they were teaching swimming together. They soon became close friends and, not long after, romance blossomed.
Jack proposed on the couple's eighth anniversary, inviting Stefaan to the cinema where they had their first date for a special showing of an eight-minute film Jack had made for him.
Afterwards, a limo took the happy couple to Ashford Castle with their families to celebrate in style with Champagne. Stefaan wanted to surprise Jack too, and on their ninth anniversary he took Jack to London and Paris for a 12-day treasure hunt which culminated with them viewing Hyde Park from the air, where football cones spelled out "Marry Me, Jack".
Complete with their six groomsmen and six "groomsbabes", Jack and Stefaan married on their 10th anniversary, having decided on a female humanist celebrant, Eileen Morris, who charmed the entire room. As they were both studying at NUI Galway when they met, that location had a special significance for the pair.
At the time, weddings at NUI Galway were only allowed in the College Chapel, which did not host same-sex weddings - but the obliging staff allowed Jack and Stefaan be the first couple to wed in the beautiful Aula Maxima there instead. The pair then held their reception at the stunning Glenlo Abbey Hotel. Yes Flowers in Galway inspired the couple with a giant cerise poodle made with carnations to create a very dramatic welcome for guests at the reception.
Their five-tier cake was decorated on each level with Lego men and ornaments representing the cities they've lived in. And, as it was race week, they placed a bet for every guest, putting the slips inside small origami tuxedos on each place setting.
Jack and Stefaan will soon jet off to Cuba and Mexico to relax on their dream honeymoon.
* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by Peter Harkin; visit peterharkin.com
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