Thursday 29 September 2016

Real Irish Weddings: A storm turns Ruth and Peter's big day into a wet and wonderful affair

Sasha Brady

Published 16/05/2016 | 17:54

Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Elaine Barker Photography
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker

Ruth Blayney, from Churchtown, and Peter Kenealy, from Glasnevin, met through work in 2013, and tied the knot in Dublin's Unitarian Church after a surprise New Year's Eve engagement last year.

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A shocked Ruth burst into tears when Peter popped the question. In fact, she kept bursting into tears for the next three days but "it was all good tears".

Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker

The pair tied the knot in Dublin's Unitarian Church and celebrated with a reception at Smock Alley Theatre.

The bride dazzled in her wedding gown, a long sleeved lace La Sposa mermaid gown with train, purchased from Bridal Dreams in Swords.

Ruth and Peter's wedding. Elaine Barker Photography
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Elaine Barker Photography

Festive Rock was the hyrbid wedding theme. Ruth explains: "We’re both fans of the band, Queens of the Stone Age, so our table names were all song names from the albums.  Our entrance song was also a Queens of the Stone Age song, and our invitation had references to them too.

"We absolutely love the festive season, so we made the most of it. The bouquets contained tiny pine cones and berries, supplied by Vivian at Dublin House of Flowers, and our DIY centre pieces for the reception were little gold Christmas trees with tiny copper strung fairy lights. We also large jars filled with baubles, lights and pine cones."

Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker

Ruth and Peter put a lot of effort into making sure their wedding was filled with plenty of personal touches.

The groom designed the wedding stationary. The wedding band, We Were Giants, were the same band the couple saw perform on their first date. The church musician, James Walmsley, had worked with Ruth on her first job out of college.

Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker

Even the wedding cake (chocolate biscuit cake base, red velvet second tier and fruit cake top tier) was baked by someone close to the family, the bride's cousin, Shona. Ruth had been Shona's nanny so she said it was "incredible" to have the wedding cake prepared by her.

The couple did have to put up with an unexpected guest at their wedding... Storm Desmond.

Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker

But the rain didn't dampen the spirits of the wedding party on the big day. In fact, Ruth says it helped create one of her most memorable experiences of the day.

"If I absolutely had to narrow it down, walking through Dublin with a giant umbrella on our photo shoot was probably the most memorable experience. All around us the lovely people of Dublin wished us well and called out comments and encouragement to us.

Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker

"As we walked along Clarendon Street Appleby’s Jewellers popped out to wish us well, presenting us with a bottle of champagne. We had thought all might be lost as we’d planned all our photos outside but actually Storm Desmond made for beautiful photos, and we’ll never forget it!"

Wedding photos were taken care of by Elaine Barker Photography and, much to the couple's delight, the photographer had some of the first shots ready within 48 hours of the wedding.

Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker
Ruth and Peter's wedding. Picture: Elaine Barker

"Her enthusiasm was infectious and her ideas showed that she absolutely understood what made us tick and what we wanted," Ruth said of the photographer.

"I just can't convey how delighted we are with the pictures - they really capture the elation of the day."

For their honeymoon, the loved-up couple stayed in the five-star resort of Secrets Capri Riviera hotel in Cancun, Mexico where the bride even managed to go swimming with dolphins - that's one to cross off the bucket list.

Images supplied by Elaine Barker Photography

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