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Martina and Stephen were married on 17th March, 2013, at St Matthew’s Church, Drumavaddy, Co.Cavan in Ireland, followed by a reception in The Hotel Kilmore.

But even though this graceful wedding was held on St Patrick’s Day, you’ll be seeing no swathes of green! As Martina says, “we were keen not to overemphasise the day, but instead had subtle splashes of the theme throughout our wedding.” It’s a day of pure elegance, which you’ll see through the eyes of Sheila Marie Rooney Photography.


The Proposal

Stephen proposed on 23rd September, 2011. He gave Martina an envelope and a quick peck on the cheek before dashing off to work. The letter was typed, stating that they were going away for the weekend, and that Martina needed to be ready when he returned from work…

Within the letter were full details of items I needed to pack. The only missing information was location!! To my surprise, we arrived at the beautiful Bellinter House and enjoyed a delicious meal. After the meal, Stephen was adamant that he needed to pop back to the room to get his mobile. As we entered the room, I was overwhelmed to see candles, flowers, champagne and chocolate strawberries. Before I knew it, Stephen was on one knee, proposing. I was so shocked. He had a beautiful token ring, and of course I said ‘yes’.


The Theme

Living beside the Phoenix Park, and spending many evenings and weekends there, helped to inspire our stationery theme: ‘Love Birds on a Park Bench’. We sealed each invitation with a waxed shamrock stamp so as not to forget our wedding date! We ran the love bird theme throughout our wedding by incorporating them on our table plan, table names, mass booklets and on our home made jam pots. Carved wooden love birds also complemented our guest book table.




The Planning

I kept a wedding book where I recorded every little detail and made many ‘to do’ lists. I also collected pictures that inspired me, and recorded my research of various suppliers. I always tried to work through lists according to priority and timing.



 The DIY/Thrifty Bits

The wedding favours were small pots of home made marmalade and raspberry jam. The couple customised labels on the pots to have them say ‘Spread the Love along with their wedding date and names.



Overcoming Disasters

On the morning of the wedding, the vintage wedding car decided not to budge from outside the bride’s house…

However, ‘plan B’ was made, and my brother-in-law’s beautiful Audi car was used instead. It was only a minor problem, and at that stage I didn’t care how I got to the church, I just wanted to be there. You just have to think that in the grand scheme of things as long as you’re marrying the person you love, with all your friends and family around you, then nothing else really matters.




The Advice

  • Plan early, and don’t let others sway your opinion
  • Keep your wedding personal to your style
  • Relax, smile and enjoy every minute of your wedding day
  • Pack for your honeymoon before the big day
  • For the groom: always get your best man fitted twice before the wedding – lads will be lads!
  • After you’re married, keep small surprises and dates going, and always compromise.  


The Music

Walking down the aisle – Songbird by Eva Cassidy
First dance – Candy by Paulo Nutini


Roll Credits

Photography – Sheila Marie Rooney Photography
Bride – Ronald Joyce dress with ¾ length sleeves and a low back
Bridesmaids – Bari Jay full length chiffon dresses
Stationery – Impack Design


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