Georgina & Ian...
1. Tell us a little about how you met
We met back in 2005 after years of being in the same circle of friends but never meeting. I was working in Smyths Toy Store when he came in with his brother. I knew his brother as he was married to a close neighbor of mine. We said hello and that was it. We did not meet again until a month later when we were introduced by a mutual friend in the Castle Nova in Killorglin on St Stephens night. We did only meet on rare occasions for a few years and did not make it official until 2009, much to the relief of our family and friends.
2. Talk us through the proposal (How did he/she pop the big question?)
We got engaged on the 9th November 2015. We had spent 3 nights in Fota Island resort. I had been messing with Ian all weekend showing him the expensive rings in the brochure the hotel had in the rooms from Keane’s Jewellers. We spent 3 amazing days away visiting Cobh also. On our way home on the Monday the weather had turned for the worst but we had planned on driving down to see Gougane Barra as we had never been. When we got there I had a feeling something was going to happen. We ran to the church for shelter and did a quick look around. As it was so bad and windy we left right away and no ring. It wasn’t until we landed in Killarney when Ian finally popped the question much to my shock. He had spent the morning on the phone with Keanes when I taught he was sorting out our broad band. He had it all arranged for us to go look at the rings. I couldn’t believe it. I was shaking and tears were flowing. I remember walking to the shop and felt like it was all a dream and only we knew why we were so happy. We were going to keep it all a secret until we had got the ring but that only lasted 2 hours and then I was on the phone to our family. It was one of the best days and always makes me smile when I think of it.
1. Where was your ceremony?
2. Where was your wedding reception?
Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa
3.Why Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa?
There was no other choice but the Ballygarry. Having been to many weddings there and seeing it first hand the attention to detail we knew we had to get married there. From the amazing food, the decor and the gardens any other hotel would not have stood a chance.
4.Tell us what was the most memorable part of your day?
The best part of the day for me was walking into the church and waiting to walk up the aisle, seeing how the church was decorated, seeing all my family and friends waiting to see us get married and of course seeing Ian at the top. There was so many emotions between being excited, nervous to being scared of tripping.
5. Have you any advice for future couples?
For us, well me there was 3 questions that stuck in my mind when planning our day “what did the bride look like?” What was the food like/ what had you to eat and was the band good?” They were the things where we spent money. Also you don’t need things like photo booths to make a day and don’t panic if things don’t go to plan on the day. Your bridal party will look after that and you just need to enjoy the day. Just take in every moment as when it’s over you wish it was starting all over again. And take 20 minutes after dinner for just the two of you to have alone time.
The Dream Team
Ballygarry House Hotel Wedding Manager: Padraig McGillicuddy
Wedding Stationary: Maeve Keavey Creations, Milltown Malbay
Cake: O’Carrolls Cakes, Killarney
Flowers: Tie the Knot, Abbeyfeale
Entertainment: Truly Diverse
Photographer: Ian Cronin Photography
Videographer: Cosmo Productions
The Glad Rags
Wedding Dress: Cinderella’s Closet, Cork
Bridesmaid Dresses: Vows, Cork
Groomswear: Tuxedo, Tralee
The Glam Squad
Hair: Cathriona Rohan from Cathriona’s Hair Group Tralee
Make up: Sharon Houlihan from Make up by Sharon
Nails: Esther Cronin from The Powder Rooms