Lynne Cahill and Sarah Toye
June 14, 2018 – The Morrison Hotel
Photographs courtesy of Gareth McGaughey
By John Harty
While Friday 13 might be known as a day of bad luck for the superstitious, it was quite the opposite for Lynne Cahill and Sarah Toye when they met on that date in June 2008 after spending three months chatting online, where they had made an initial connection.
After spending five blissful years together, Lynne marked the significance of their anniversary by setting up an elaborate and jaw-dropping romantic proposal.
While Sarah was at work that she received flowers and a note from Lynne telling her to be home at 7pm, where she was picked up by taxi and brought to the location where they first met in person. When Sarah arrived, Lynne was there waiting with a bottle of champagne and a heartfelt speech, which was then followed by a proposal, with Sarah immediately saying yes and the two spent the entire night after celebrating.
“Lynne pulled out all the stops to make the day so special and one to remember,” Sarah explains, showing her appreciation for Lynne’s perfect proposal. The girls set a date for their dream venue The Morrison Hotel for June 14, 2018.
How was your experience with The Morrison Hotel?
“The Morrison Hotel is a fabulous venue for a gay wedding in the city. We could not rate them higher. They were all amazing to deal with. Our co-ordinator Marion felt more like a friend. She went over and above for us and was so helpful every step of the way. We really felt confident in her and that the day would run smoothly, and it did.”
The ceremony was held on June 14, 2018, at Dublin City Hall, with the talented Emma Sides as the celebrant for the girls.
The venue for the big day was the spectacular The Morrison Hotel, with the girls making note of the hotel’s event manager Marion O’ Connor and how she helped the girls make the day the best it could be.
Throughout the wedding, photographer Gareth Mc Gaughey ensured that no magical moment went uncaptured, leaving the girls with photos they will cherish forever.
Stunning dresses worn by the ladies during the big day were designed and bought at The Bridal Outlet, Baldoyle, Dublin.
During the ceremony, guests were left awestruck with Katie Hughes heart-warming singing.
They later partied into the night with music from the Firm Wedding and Party Band.
The delectable and mouth-watering wedding cake was made by Sarah’s cousin Cliona Smith, with The Real Catering Company keeping the guests fed and happy at Dublin City Hall.
The girls’ Hair Stylist for the day was Gemma Murphy who proved she was a master of her craft by ensuring the girls’ hair was nothing less than perfect on the day.
Completing the girls’ gorgeous look for the wedding was Make-up artist Nikitta Murphy, more than earning the title of artist.
Beautiful bouquets and fantastic floral decorations were made by the extraordinarily skilled Precious Petals.
The bridal party consisted of their sisters Fiona Toye and Wendy Cahill as bridesmaids, Darcie Cahill their daughter as Maid of Honour, Sophie Toye as Flower Girl, dads Danny Toye and Paul Cahill who walked them down the aisle and witnesses Laura Toye and Paul Cahill JR.
One of the more unique touches to Lynne and Sarah’s wedding was the style their photographer used during their wedding, which they explained was a documentarian style.
“Our photographer used a documentarian style, so he captured the story of the day and intimate moments without anyone being aware of his presence. This worked beautifully so we didn’t have any need for a videographer,” Sarah elaborates on this unique style used by Gareth Mc Gaughey.
Throughout the day there were many unique and special moments for the now married couple that make it hard to choose just one.
Just one of the moments out of many that the girls’ hold dear from the day is when they were informed that during their meal three air core planes would be flying overhead to celebrate their union, offering a unique experience not to be found at other weddings.
While definitely not a favourite moment but memorable was when Sarah tripped on the train of her dress, breaking her wrist in the process. Despite this she continued to celebrate for the remainder of the night, only visiting the A&E after she’d had her champagne breakfast the next morning.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff and keep it simple. Guests don’t dwell on every little detail. We spent hours walking town looking for the perfect candle holder! When we sat down and really thought about it there was no such thing. We laughed about it afterward and didn’t take on any unnecessary stress after that,” Sarah reveals, offering what she’s learned from her amazing experience.