Paige & Ciaran

  • Photography by Rafal Borek Photography

We met by chance at Danny Doolan's, at 1am in Auckland. Both of us had moved to New Zealand for work and only planned on staying for a couple of years at most. Ciaran’s plan was to then travel to South America before returning to his homeland of Dublin, Ireland, and Paige was going to complete her work secondment and then return back to her homeland of Sydney, Australia. I'd had a friend visiting from Australia and we'd gone to Waiheke for the day. All I wanted to do was go home and have an easy night, but my friend had other ideas, and we headed out to Ponsonby for dinner before hitting Danny Doolans. Ciaran was supposed to be watching the rugby, but the weather was atrocious so he changed his plans and also headed to Danny Doolans with mates.

Just before 1am, I noticed a handsome man standing at the end of the bar and said to my friend “he keeps looking at me and he’s a bit of alright!”. She told me to go and speak to him, but I wanted him to come talk to me first! Before long the tall, handsome man disappeared, so I then tried to find him only to have no luck. After about 15 minutes, Ciaran came back to find me and it's safe to say and the rest is history – we went on our first date that evening!

Paige & Ciaran
Paige & Ciaran

We got married on Saturday 2nd June, 2018 at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. We held both the ceremony and the reception within the castle. 

Paige & Ciaran

We chose summer in Ireland as so many people associate Ireland with cold weather, and we wanted those that travelled to really see another side of the country. It was a spectacular summer in Ireland and on our wedding day, it was so warm we even needed all the windows and doors open! 

Paige & Ciaran
Paige & Ciaran

Ciaran’s Nana who passed some time ago always said she thought he should get married in a castle. Luttrellstown Castle is an absolutely exquisite estate and we liked that it was in close proximity to Dublin (only 12km from the city centre). Whilst close to the city centre, when you’re at the castle you feel as though you are far away in Irish the countryside, which was something very special for our overseas guests.

Paige & Ciaran
Paige & Ciaran
Paige & Ciaran

All guests were given hand painted flag pegs as they entered the ceremony room and this really showcased where people had come from, and the mix of cultures in the room. It was also used as a bit of an icebreaker. Ciaran had organised a life-size cutout of our very special dog who couldn’t travel to Ireland, Matilda. Matilda was waiting at the entry when I walked into the ceremony and she was involved in the nights festivities.

Paige & Ciaran

For all the florals we went to The French Touch who are based just outside of Dublin and were brilliant. Stephanie (the florist) is from France and her style really resonated with us – bespoke, French and her slogan line is “no carnations, no lilies and no diamantes”… if that gives you an idea! Varied textures and colours were key to the look we were going for.

Paige & Ciaran
Paige & Ciaran

I had a vision of the dress she wanted in mind – elegant and simple. When she walked into Vinka Design, there was quite a bit of lace and that wasn’t in my initial plans! However, when I showed Anita what I was thinking, Anita brought out a gown she was in the process of designing. I absolutely loved it and decided to have it custom made with a number of tweaks to the original design. I'd always wanted a sleeveless dress and loved the high neck, and the detail in the lace within the bodice. Anita was exceptional to deal with and really made the process enjoyable (even when I went to faint once during a fitting!). The dress was total elegance and was (and still is) definitely a talking point.

Paige & Ciaran

We had two bridesmaids, my sister Sian (Maid of Honour), and Ciaran’s sister Sorcha. I'd seen a dress in Veronika Maine months earlier and said to Ciaran they would be really unique bridesmaid dresses (this was pre-engagement).
We had our niece and nephew as our flowergirl and pageboy. Bay wore a dress designed by Jacadi and her hairclip was from Vinka Design, and Lucian’s outfit was designed and made by my very talented sister Sian.

Paige & Ciaran

Ciaran wore a navy blue slim fit tailored suit, with a white collared shirt from Protocol Dublin. He wore a bow tie to match the suit which was from Rembrandt in New Zealand and his shoes were brown John White formal shoes, from Merchant 1948. His cufflinks were of little bees, given as a gift from his Mum and Dad on the wedding day. The groomsmen were dressed exactly the same and the only difference were the buttonholes – Ciaran’s matched my bouquet and the groomsmen’s matched the bridesmaids' bouquets. It is tradition in Ireland for fathers and grandfathers to match the groomsmen so Ciaran’s father and grandfather were dressed the same. 

Paige & Ciaran
Paige & Ciaran

Our cake was three-tiers created by a special family friend, Patricia Fagan. When we were in Ireland for Christmas in 2017, Ciaran’s parents hosted an engagement party for us and Patricia made the cake, not just any old cake though, her famous chocolate biscuit cake. It was exquisite, therefore we decided to have the bottom layer chocolate biscuit, the middle layer standard butter cake, and the top layer red velvet. As for style, my mum had sent me some ideas she had seen on Pinterest. I was especially taken with the elegance of the design chosen– a gold base layer, cream colour for layers two and three, and a fresh flower arrangement included. 

Paige & Ciaran

If I had some advice for couples planning a wedding it would be: Give yourself plenty of time to plan the wedding and take lots of opportunities on the day to have some time to yourselves – it’s a fun and exciting journey and it all goes by very quickly! Also, if you’re planning on having a destination wedding, if you know people on ground (at the destination) make sure you use them! We had Ciaran’s parents view venues for us and they provided us with photos, video’s and a full summary of their thoughts etc. following the viewings – this really helped with our decision making process. 

THE DETAILS: Bride's dress VINKA DESIGN; Hair MICHELLE GRIMES from MAVEN HAIR STUDIO; Makeup AOIFE CALLAGHAN MAKEUP; Bride's shoes: TED BAKER; Groom and groomsmen's attire PROTOCOL DUBLIN; Bridesmaid's dresses VERONIKA MAINE; Rings PARTRIDGE JEWELLERS; Flowers THE FRENCH TOUCH; Cake PATRICIA FAGAN; Catering and reception venue LUTTRELLSTOWN CASTLE; Ceremony venue LUTTRELLSTOWN CASTLE; Videography HITCHED FILMS; Photography RAFAL BOREK PHOTOGRAPHY


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