Sunday 24 March 2019

Real Irish Weddings: Love’s journey... for travel-loving pair

Olaf’s Tokyo proposal was a surprise to Clare

Clare and Olaf held their reception at Ballybeg House, Co Wicklow
Clare and Olaf held their reception at Ballybeg House, Co Wicklow
The wedding car was a beautiful Morris Minor, borrowed from a cousin.
Clare's dress was from Myrtle Ivory in Dublin.
Clare's mother made the cake.
Friends chipped in to help with the wedding.
Clare's wedding shoes.
Clare and Olaf on their wedding day.

Meeting at a friend’s birthday party in London just two years ago travel-lovers Clare (from Dublin) and Olaf (German-English) followed up with a first date that started with coffee and ended with cocktails.  

Later, the pair took their first holiday to Japan where Olaf popped the question to a surprised Clare at the top of Toyko’s skytree tower. “When he said he wanted to buy me something to remember Tokyo, I thought Diesel jeans!” Clare laughs.

It was important to both of them to share the planning of the wedding, so they took time to finesse the details together.

Clare and Olaf opted to have their reception at Ballybeg House, Co Wicklow, where they gathered friends and family from four countries — but not before the couple put them to work to help create the perfect wedding. Clare’s mother made the cake; a friend designed the invitations, wine list and  ceremony booklets; the car — a beautiful Morris Minor — was borrowed from a cousin, whilst various German sausages and wines were brought for the big day. Clare’s dress was from Myrtle Ivory in Dublin and the groom was kitted out in Paul Smith. Alongside jars of delicate blossoms, mini honey pots from the local beekeeper decorated the tables as wedding favours.

After their big day the couple had an action-packed honeymoon — surfing, white water rafting and  volcano trekking in Bali.

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