Michelle & Chris
Thank You, Michelle & Chris, for sharing your love story on my Wedding blog. I’m so honored to be part of this beautiful day at the Great Southern Hotel Killarney, it was a pleasure working with you and get something special done for many years to come…
…it was the day before Christmas Eve when Chris surprised me with a romantic dinner and afterward had the entire sitting room filled with candles…
How you met & when?
We met in June 2016 in a coffee shop in Killarney. We had a few disagreements on the first date!!! There was a definite spark!! Chris suggested a second date and we went out for dinner in Cork. On this date, we both felt a special connection as we chatted about our outlooks on life and within a few weeks we were in a relationship and the excitement and happiness were something we both had waited a long time for. It was the most exciting time of our lives.
How did you get engaged?
We were living together for a short time. It was the day before Christmas Eve when Chris surprised me with a romantic dinner and afterward had the entire sitting room filled with candles, a romantic song playing and he was on one knee when I walked into the room. I cried! Such an incredible feeling. I felt so grateful. It just felt right.
Planning Wedding Day.
We planned the wedding ourselves and really didn’t spend much time focusing on a particular style. We choose things we liked, it was our style. Good when you can trust the professionals at the Great Southern Hotel Killarney and other vendors, we just focused on the meaning of the day, spending time with loved ones in the lead up to the day and having family and friends there. Keeping things simple was probably our style!!!
I went to one shop – Cinderella’s Closet in Cork with a great friend. It was the third dress I tried on!! We cried, probably because of the journey I’d shared with my friend through the ups and downs of relationships along the way and I knew then I could see myself in this dress on the day. Didn’t overthink it! I brought my mom and sister along the following week and I paid the deposit. I did have lots of doubts after I’d bought it but I kept focusing on the bigger picture- A white dress is beautiful on a bride on the happiest day of her life!
Grooms Suite. Esquire, Limerick.
Wedding Flowers. Tie The Knot, Abbeyfeale. I loved the natural-looking, semi-wild bouquets, and flowers. I had an idea of the style and lots of Pinterest inspiration for the florist. She was incredible. The hotel and florist arranged all the room décor and we spent a long time on the table plan as we felt this was important. Wedding Stationery. Sinéad at The Invite Hub in Killarney was exceptional. Wedding Cake. Sheena at The Kerry Cake Company is absolutely gifted and incredibly professional. We went for three tiers with three different flavors.
Wedding favorite memories.
Having all my immediate family with me on the day- healthy and happy and also my aunt and cousin from America who went against all odds to make the day and added hugely to the emotion of the day. Receiving a beautifully written note from Chris at the hotel that morning. Receiving a beautiful gift from Chris’ aunt that will always remain of huge sentimental value.
Amazing laughs with my dad and my hairdresser Pat O’Neill who was a lot more than a hairdresser on the day. He was on hand with so much experience to guide us through the wedding morning at the Great Southern Hotel Killarney. It was so much fun! Breakfast with my sister, my mom and my friend, chatting, laughing and getting excited. Saying our vows, a goosebumps moment for both of us. Dancing with Chris’ nan, who has been an amazing support to him always. Dancing with amazing family and friends. Chris’s speech was just amazing and my dad’s and best man’s speech were so special. Our first dance…. So many memories, I couldn’t possibly list them all!
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me 🙂
Nerijus was just incredible. He set up amazing shots and his creativity was exceptional. Above all, Nerijus has an amazing personality and is so easy to be around on what can be a stressful day. He just glided along doing a phenomenal job and everyone who met him commented on how lovely he was. The photographs are now all we have of the day and they are absolutely exceptional. When I am having a bad day, I take out our wedding album and look through it! It is like reliving the dream. Nerijus has an incredible eye for detail. Nerijus also included an engagement photoshoot and I cannot recommend doing that enough! We really got to know Nerijus that day and got beautiful pictures and a slideshow too. Nerijus is just made for his job! An absolute perfectionist, a creative mind and a fantastic person!
…when I am having a bad day, I take out our wedding album and look through it! It is like reliving the dream…