PRESENTING CHARLIE BREAR'S FRIDAYBRIDE #40
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS...
...so what could be more special than celebrating your love right on your own doorstep? Clodagh & Chris spent their day in Clodagh's home town with great music, food and company. They married in late May of this year at her Parish Church and continued celebrating at a quirky yet chic venue, The G Hotel, Galway City. With the bubbles flowing throughout the day, all of their family and friends were in high spirits and sharing in the celebration of this couple's love.
Wearing our Payton dress with sweet Catroux lace butterfly sleeves, the matching lace skirt and our champagne Sera sash; Clodagh created a vintage inspired, glamorous look by simply adding a few of our additions. Beautiful but also comfortable, the gentle luxe crepe fabric of the dress gave Clodagh the freedom to be a Mum and cuddle her son - even when he wanted to go home!
Scroll down to follow this ever-so-lovely family's wedding day!
How did Chris propose?
In February 2015, we were away for a few days with our little boy in a beautiful hotel in Co. Wicklow. We must have walked about 10 laps of the hotel grounds that day - I had no idea but Chris was just waiting for the coast to be clear! He proposed with our son just in front of a little chapel on the grounds. It was the most perfect shock I've ever had! As we had the baby with us, we celebrated that night in the hotel, eating pizza and drinking champagne in the dark!!
Did he have a ring ready?
No, but we picked it up one week later on Valentine’s Day! I’m glad he waited for me to choose as I didn’t even know myself what I really wanted until I saw it. I chose a cushion style, halo cut, diamond ring and I still adore it as much as the first day I laid my eyes on it.
What was your best experience when trying on dresses?
The moment I found my dress, I began to picture my wedding day all ahead of me and gave a smile that was hard to wipe off! It all became so real and tangible for the first time. My Mum saw my chosen dress at my first fitting and it was something I will always treasure. She practiced tying the champagne sash a few times before we left the bridal store - so sweet.
What would your advice be to other brides about shopping for a wedding dress?
Be prepared for not liking some wedding dresses! My bubble burst in one of the first shops as the assistant was just working through all the styles to help me figure out what was best for my body shape. Some of them you don’t want to see!!! Go with an open mind as it’s funny how the view you have in your head of what you think you like and how it looks in reality differs! If you are unsure, go back and try it on again! The Suite were fantastic! My main dilemma was how I was going to style the Payton dress, there are so many options which result in so many different looks. I loved that versatility but it did make my decision harder.
How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Giddy! I was so excited and looked forward to my trips to see the dress! It was a relief too as I could get going with planning, picking bridesmaid dresses and everything else!
Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
Given the nature of the dress and my mum tum, I had to go for some Spanx, Spanx and more Spanx! Smoothing underwear is key for the lumps and bumps. Luckily, I was able to organise this all through The Suite. Now, of course, the shorts type of underwear is not the nicest, but it makes the world of difference.
What shoes did you wear?
I had spotted some strappy LK Bennett Jane's on a previous Friday Bride and picked them up on Black Friday with a big discount! Fate! They were so comfortable on the day. Albeit, I changed into an amazing gift from my bridesmaids for the night - a pair of white converse with 'Mrs McQuaid' and the date of our wedding on them! I had no excuse not to dance the night away!
Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
Two very talented ladies who I had followed on my beloved Instagram! Kate Rose Crean did our make-up and Joanne Kelly did our hair. Kate also designs wedding stationery and Joanne has just launched a blog; part of which tells you how to prep your hair for your wedding! Two very amazing ladies. For hair, I wanted Jessica Rabbit/Glam vintage 40’s waves and Joanne achieved exactly this. For make-up, I let Kate just work her magic for a natural, dewy look. I would recommend these girls over and over again. To top it all off they are so relaxed, it is like getting ready with your pals.
What traditions did you follow?
The child of Prague figurine (Irish custom designed to keep the elements at bay) wasplaced out in the garden the morning of our wedding and it worked! We had glorious sunshine, in a city which is usually quite rainy!!! I had a handkerchief with a blue letter 'C' on it for my something blue and just like my sister Carol’s wedding, we all had chips and burgers the night before the wedding! Everything was getting a bit stressful so my big bro went out and got the takeaway to calm us all down!
How did you feel walking down the aisle?
I really felt like I was floating down the aisle. It’s such an uplifting, warm feeling seeing all your family and friends there beaming at you and you're beaming back! I was so looking forward to seeing my future husband and my Dad did a great job of keeping me calm. So much so, he nearly floored me when he was sitting down by standing on my veil!
Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We had quite a broad spectrum of music. My pal sang a beautiful traditional Irish song, this was then followed by ‘You Will Never Walk Alone,’ played by a string quartet! For the evening we had an 80’s tribute band, so the dance floor was hopping! They also got me up on the stage for 'Dancing in the Dark', I was loving channeling my inner Courtney Cox!
What was the funniest moment of the day?
Our son is 2 and a half and thought it was his birthday party so we all played along with it and screamed, "Happy Birthday Cian!" in all the group photos. He also sat on my lap during the ceremony and got involved with lighting the candles. This shortly followed by, ‘I want to go home, Mummy!’
TAKE 5 WITH THIS WEEK'S #FRIDAY BRIDE CLODAGH!
1. Tip for those with small ones! We brought our childminder along on the day to look after our boy. I knew then I didn’t have to worry about him and the grandparents could relax a bit and enjoy the day. We had quite a number of little people at our wedding so we had the speeches before dinner and gave the kids their dinner during the speeches!
2. I would not be afraid to delegate those little jobs, people are only delighted to get involved and help out, I am only sorry I did not take them up on the offer more!
3. I had toyed with the idea of making a speech for the few weeks leading up to the wedding but never put anything down on paper! It ended up being very rushed on the night before the wedding, so as you think of ideas jot them down! There is no harm either way I suppose, as long as it comes from the heart.
4. Be prepared to not like every wedding dress you try! Keep an open mind about what you looks good on the hanger and what looks good on you and trust that smile you get when you've found 'the dress'! If you can't wipe that grin off your face, then just go with it.
5. Think hard about the photos you want to get and let your photographer know. Saying that, we really wanted our photos to be the relaxed non posed type, but there is always one that you will miss!
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
Luckily we made it! The taxi driver had to wake us up in the morning, we were so exhausted! We spent a week in the very beautiful Sorrento, Italy. A guilt free week of eating pizza and pasta. My lovely new sister-in-law took care of our little boy for the week (a priceless gift!). It was nice to get away just the two of us and reminisce about our wedding and enjoy some time together. The three of us are going to head away together later in the year.
Did you find organising your wedding an easy process?
The only good thing about the end of your wedding is no more organising or planning. I would not have called it easy - there was a lot of work in it but at least you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour! Our hotel co-ordinator, Rachel, was amazing - nothing was ever a hassle for her! The invitations and the mass booklets caused the most stress! I will not miss those late nights!
If you could do it all again what would you do differently?
Wouldn’t that be bliss! An excuse to put my dress on again. To be honest, I would not change a thing…possibly think a bit harder about the photos I wanted to get and let my photographer know. Saying that, we really wanted our photos to be the relaxed non posed type, but there is always one that you will miss!
What will you do with your dress now?
My amazing Mum hand washed it days after the wedding and got it professionally pressed and it’s clean as a whistle! If I ever have a little girl, I would love for her to have it or a piece of it in her wedding dress!
What are you and your husband’s best memories of the day?
The moments when it was just the two of us, in the car, driving around the city, sipping champagne! It was lovely just catching up and the whole city must have beeped our wedding car! Also, having all our family and close friends together to celebrate the whole day with us! We know we will never have anything as amazing as that so we are so thrilled that everything went so well.