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Claire & John

The Couple

1.      Tell us a little about how you met

John Glacken and Claire Murrihy met through mutual friends on a night out in Flannery’s pub in Dublin in 2010.

‘I arrived with my pals, Jenny and Niamh,’ Claire recalled, ‘and as we got settled at the bar Jenny asked jokingly if I ‘liked the look of anyone?’!

‘I scanned the crowd and pointed out a bald guy with a great smile and then thought no more about it.

2.     Talk us through the proposal (How did he/she pop the big question?)

‘It was a very dreary day in December and we had just been to see a photo exhibition of Fr. Frank Browne’s work, followed by a trip to the food market in Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park,’ said Claire.

‘I was looking forward to going home and having a cup of tea with my cinnamon bun when John suggested going for a walk.’

‘That should have been my first clue. He usually has to be dragged out!’

They walked until John stopped at a clearing and produced a bag with a box in it that he’d been careful to conceal until that point.

‘Love Actually is my favourite film,’ she confessed, ‘and I soon realised that the box was wrapped exactly the way Rowan Atkinson’s character tries to wrap Alan Rickman’s present.’

‘It might sound a bit weird but that scene always cracks me up!

‘As I was opening it, I even did my ‘Alan’ impression when he gets really impatient and asks if he’s ‘going to dip it in yoghurt and chocolate buttons’!’

Sure enough, John had managed to smuggle a Petit Filous in one of her coat pockets and a packet of buttons in the other.

At the bottom of the large box was a small box with an ‘asking’ ring – an aquamarine (Claire’s birthstone) set with tiny diamonds.

‘He got down on one knee and amid a few tears, a question was asked and answered and a ring was placed on my finger.’ 

The Setting 

1.Where was your ceremony?

St. Brendan’s Church, Ardfert

2.Where was your wedding reception?

Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee

3.Why Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa?

For the reception, there was never really a doubt in my mind that I wanted to have it in Ballygarry House Hotel.

‘The food is phenomenal and the staff are all so friendly and welcoming – it’s the kind of place that makes you feel right at home.

It’s been my favourite hotel since I was young and the recent refurbishments really make it the perfect wedding venue. John was sold as soon as he saw it!

4.Tell us what was the most memorable part of your day?

Funnily enough, I loved walking up the aisle with my dad and I had expected that to be the scariest part!

I was so happy to have him beside me and when I saw John’s face at the altar.

I also loved taking the pictures in Banna Beach with our bridal party and driving back in the car with John – just talking about how the day had gone so far.

5. Have you any advice for future couples?

If you’re getting married around Christmas, New Year or other big holidays, either send out Save The Date cards or post your invites well in advance!

Try not to get bogged down in pleasing other people – a certain amount of it is inevitable – but at the end of the day, it’s your day and what you do should reflect that! 

The Dream Team

Ballygarry House Hotel Wedding Manager: Cathal Nugent

Wedding stationery: The Invite Hub

Cake: Creative Cakes, Dublin

Flowers: All Seasons Flowers

Entertainment: Sway Social

Photographer: Ian Cronin Photography

Videographer: Gerry O’Riordan 

The Glad Rags

Wedding Dress: Tamem Michael, Co. Dublin

Bridesmaid dresses: JJsHouse.com

Groomswear: Baumler, Co. Dublin 

The Glam Squad

Hair: Sinead Nolan

Make up: Caroline Sugrue

Nails: Ballygarry Nadur Spa