Today marks exactly one month since our winter wedding in Donegal. As you can imagine, Christmas 2017 was a very special one for us and one which I will never forget. Rory and I got married on Saturday 23rd December in my local church in the village that I grew up in, St. Mary’s church in Ramelton. After our ‘I do’s’ we headed to Rathmullan House for our wedding reception. We had such a fantastic day filled with so much fun, love and a few father ted moment’s (anyone who was at our wedding will know what I am talking about here!!!) and of course surrounded by our favourite people who made the day just perfect. It was an extra special Christmas for us as we also got to spend time with family who had traveled home from London, Dubai and Australia to be there for us which made it extra special. I know it probably sounds cliche but it really was the best day. And what a party that followed that night!! The cellar bar in Rathmullan house which is a hidden gem, (it is actually in the cellar!) away from the rest of the ornate hotel was where the DJ kept the party going until the wee hours! Lot’s of our guest’s remarked at how it felt as if we had our own private nightclub and bar. We had a ball.
We decided to have a small wedding surrounded by our closest family and friends. If you are not familiar with Rathmullan house, it is a gorgeous Georgian venue with Rathmullan beach at the bottom of the garden steps. I have always loved this venue for it’s gorgeous Georgian style decor, interesting features, amazing food, relaxed atmosphere, top class service and of course the gorgeous beach views. In fact, I got my very first job as a waitress at Rathmullan house for a Summer when I was 14 years old and I absolutely loved that job. I was always treated so well by the managers and fellow staff. My parent’s also got married here many moons ago. I guess it has always subconsciously held a special place in my heart. Although, in saying that, I had no idea that I would end up getting married there! When we got engaged we initially decided that we would get married abroad and have a small wedding of max 20-50 people. The idea of having huge wedding overwhelmed both of us and was not our thing. After a weekend away of searching for venues abroad back last January we decided to re think the idea of going abroad to marry entirely. We didn’t find a location or venue that we really loved and to be honest we just weren’t feeling it. Everything happens for a reason. Once back home, we decided to go to Rathmullan house one Saturday evening for dinner with my parent’s. It was Rory’s first time to visit Rathmullan house and straight away he commented on how gorgeous a venue it was and how much he loved the relaxed atmosphere and cosy fire lit rooms. He was right. It really is fabulous. The more I thought about it I realized how perfect it would be for our wedding. It ticked all of the boxes. I told my bridesmaid Mairead about how this venue just felt right and being as laid back as I am, she made me contact them the next day to get some more information on weddings there. Thank God she did. You see, Rathmullan house only specialize in a limited number of weddings per year, they do not do turnabout weddings which actually makes getting married there all the more special. You also get the entire venue all to yourselves and your guests for your wedding day and the night before it for your bridal party and guests staying both nights. Luckily, they had two dates available for us, Friday 22nd or Saturday 23rd December. With friends finishing work on Friday 22nd December, we opted for the Saturday instead.
So we went from wanting a summer wedding abroad to going for winter wedding in my home county of Co. Donegal. And you know what, I would not change any of it now looking back and I am delighted we choose Rathmullan house. There is something so magical and beautiful about Christmas wedding’s. Everyone is in party mode, off work and home for Christmas. The atmosphere on the day was just amazing. Everyone was so relaxed and having such fun.
Today, I wanted to share some photo’s of our day with you. Our photographer is Darek Smietana, a talented photographer who works between Ireland, France and Italy. He was such a pleasure to deal with and I love how the captured our day so naturally and in such a beautiful way visually. We received over 600 photograph’s of the wedding so I just choose a handful to share with you here today. Obviously there are lot’s that we are keeping just for ourselves. However, it is nice to share some of the little details here.
So many of you got in touch to wish us well in our married lives and future together which I thought was so kind. We were overwhelmed at how happy people are for us and how thoughtful everyone has been. For all of this I want to say a very special thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I hope you enjoy a little sneak peak into our wedding day below….
I hope this gives you a little insight into our wedding day. I got so many gorgeous photograph’s back from our wedding photographer but there are obviously lot’s that are for me and Rory’s eyes only. Our families and bridal party were just so fabulous and helpful in every way on the lead up and the day itself. We are so lucky to have such good people in our lives who we know would do anything for us. We thoroughly enjoyed the day from start to finish and it is so nice to look back through some photographs to re-visit the day. If you are planning a wedding and getting married soon, I hope you take time to really enjoy your special day and the lead up with your bridesmaids. As people always say, it all fly’s in. I can’t believe our wedding was a month ago already.
What a day!!!
THANK’S FOR READING,