Wedding of the Week: Kate O'Neill & Neil Brady

26 Jun 2017

Exuding a sense of captivating Irish charm, this wedding in Co. Meath is a beautiful day to behold

How did you meet?

We met at my brother Shane's memorial hurling tournament (Irish sport) over a game of pool and a bag of Tayto (Irish crisps). We shared mutual male friends. After this day together, Neil asked me out and we never looked back. I was 14 and he was 15. We are still together 20 years later.

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Tell us about the proposal.

Seventeen years later, Neil proposed... and believe it or not, I was really shocked. We were down in The Farnham Hotel, Co. Cavan. We went for a run together and 10 minutes into the run, Neil let out a roar, grabbing his leg. He pretended he was in pain with a cramp. I was trying to help and advise him. Before I knew it, he was down on one knee with a beautiful ring in his hand, asking me to marry him.

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Did you have a theme and/or colour scheme for the day?

We didn't really have a theme, just bohemian styling and a pastel colour scheme for the bridesmaids' dresses and flowers. 

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Where did you find 'the dress'?

After visiting about three different locations, I found my Claire Pettibone dress in Myrtol Ivory in Dublin. My veil was made by a family friend and neighbour, Sinead Ryan; I loved it.

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Where did you find the suits?

Neil found his and his dad's suits in Brown Thomas, Dublin.

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Tell us about your flower arrangements.

We went with peonies, roses and gypsophila flowers. I didn't want a set bunch of flowers, just loose and relaxed.

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Tell us about the details of the day.

  • We concentrated mainly on the music for the day. I think music at a wedding makes it amazing.
  • Our favours were jars of homemade jam made by my aunty Bridgid, Neil and myself. We decorated the place with candles, cool signs and jars of wild flowers. We provided fancy dress for the dance floor that night which was great fun. We got everyone interacting and having a laugh.

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How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?

I was very nervous walking down the aisle. My dad passed in 2013, so I was dreading not having him there. My brother, Eoghan, stood in and did a great job. No tears, just loads of laughter and smiles.

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What was your most memorable moment?

My most memorable moment was walking down the aisle and seeing all the guests and then Neil turning around.

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What was the most challenging aspect of organising this wedding?

Organising accommodation and seating arrangements.

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What was the most important investment for your wedding?

Music.

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What song did you choose for your first dance?

Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel. Nothing too soppy.

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Tell us about your wedding cake.

It was designed by the award-winning Cocomoiselle a.k.a. Suzanne Maloney, who makes incredible confectionery, cakes and wedding treats and is a good friend.

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If you go go back and change anything, what would it be?

We would have invited the few people that we weren't sure about, due to cost.

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Was there anything you wish you'd known before?

We had great advice beforehand, so we think we were well prepared.

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Where did you go on honeymoon?

We went to Cascais in Portugal for one week. We had two weddings in the following September - in Portugal and Majorca, so we had two weeks there then.

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Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?

Enjoy every minute. Be open to advice from family. Delegate little jobs to the groom and family, don't try and do everything. Take in every minute on the day, as you will want to remember it and enjoy every moment. Invite the few people you're not sure about.

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Steal their style:

Wedding Photography: Conor Brennan Photography, www.fotograph.ie
Venue: Clonabreany House, Co. Meath, Ireland
Make-up: Fushia Make Up and Employees
Hair: Aideen Bates, Dublin
Cake and treats: www.cocoamoiselle.ie

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