'There was definitely some moments I struggled to hold back the tears' - An emotional wedding in The Millhouse, Slane
Mairead and Gerry met in 2006 in their local pub.
They were nine years together and living in Melbourne when Gerry proposed on a weekend break.
After the surprise proposal they went back to their holiday village to pop some champagne, when Mairead accidentally dropped her new engagement ring through the floorboards and it vanished from sight!
Luckily Gerry, who is a carpenter by profession, was able to retrieve the sparkler by pulling up the boards...
The couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in the atmospheric Old Mill in The Millhouse, Slane where Mairead struggled to hold back tears. They gave guests favours of homemade honey, supplied by the bride's 82-year-old beekeeper father.
Their wedding photos were by Fionn McCann of studio33weddings.
Like the majority of Irish weddings, the weather played a starring role in the day, attempting to steal the limelight with its turbulent changes. "The temperamental Irish weather makes our video look like two weddings!" said Mairead.
However, the sun shone after their ceremony, and then again for some time after that when they were able to capture some stunning formal photos outdoors.
"When the sun came out it was glorious, and it changed just as quick, but it was sunny for the most important parts, which was wonderful."
For the aspects of the big day they could control, the couple personalised with some gorgeous little extras, including something very sweet from the bride's father. "My dad is a beekeeper," said Mairead, "and at 82 years of age, when I asked if he’d be able to supply the wedding with little favour jars of homemade honey, he took on the task with no complaints! It was one of my favourite touches."
"We loved the ceremony in the Old Mill," said Mairead of the couple's favourite part of the day. "It was so personal and there was definitely some moments I struggled to hold back the tears, even walking down the aisle. Also, the speeches were very special to us with extremely touching words from both fathers."
The couple tied the knot in The Millhouse, and said their vows in the beautiful setting of the Old Mill.
"The Millhouse attracted us because it was so unique. We loved the ceremony room with the exposed beams, the intimate surrounds of the house, pavilion and orchard and the flexibility to create whatever we wanted."
The toughest part for the couple was planning the big day from abroad. Living in Australia made it tough to get a hold on things and to make sure everything was going to plan."Not being able to visit suppliers and pick up DIY wedding decor definitely added pressure!" said Mairead.
The First Dance
The couple's first dance was to Hey Ho by the Lumineers.
The Stand-out Moment
"We had a saxophonist join in at the DJ set at the end of the night. This was our surprise to the guests and it felt like it went down a treat!"
"Aside from the photographer of course, the venue was terrific on the day and the band were, hands down, a big favourite. The dancefloor was just never empty. We couldn’t recommend them all enough."
Mairead's advice to other couples tying the knot is to delegate where you can and as early as you can.
"I know you might want to add special touches yourself, but as they say, many hands make light work, so try to recruit as many hands as possible, especially for the creative elements!"
Mairead admits to taking a bit more time than most to find 'the one', having visited twelve bridal stores and tried on 'easily around forty' wedding dresses. Her mother flew to Australia to help her in her quest.
"In the end I chose a satin Essense of Australia A-line gown," said the bride.
From the Photographer
"Just one of those venues that is right!" said photographer Fionn McCann speaking about The Millhouse in Slane. "No matter what the weather is doing I just love shooting here. The Millhouse has something to offer everybody and I have yet to come across a ceremony room with more character. I can't let it go without mentioning how helpful and how genuinely friendly the staff are (a cup of tea is never out of the question no matter what else is going on). It seems to be that certain venues attract certain couples and both Mairead and Gerry were a dream to work with."
"A huge effort had gone into organising this wedding from Melbourne and although we battled with the four seasons I can't remember a moment that either Mairead or Gerry were not smiling."
Photographer Fionn McCann, studio33weddings.com | Dress shop: Fairytale Bridal, Melbourne, Australia | Hair: Amy Kennedy, blackamber.ie | Make-up: Nickibugsmakeup.com | Groom’s suit: Aston Formal | Venue: The Millhouse, The Old Mill, Slane, Co Meath, | Flowers: Petite Fleurs
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