July 15, 2016 – Conyngham Arms, Slane
Martina McHugh, from Crumlin, met Clondalkin native Lynette O’Brien through a mutual friend while celebrating Pride in 2011. Both had just come out of long-term relationships and fate brought them together.
It was a whirlwind romance for the girls, Lynette even suggested marriage after a month because they were both so happy, but it was not decided until Lynette made an extremely romantic proposal in December 2012. Shortly after that the date was set for July 15, 2016 and everything fell into place for these two lovebirds.
THE WEDDING DAY
They chose to celebrate their love with a Spiritualist ceremony officiated by Sandra Losty at the Conyngham Arms Slane. “We wanted our wedding to be all about the love so we had love hearts everywhere. We also wanted our guests to feel it too so the ceremony was done in a way that got our guests involved. We had our family circle us and our spiritualist passed our rings around in a circle and asked our families to put a good blessing on our wedding rings. Sandra also asked our guests to send up their good wishes to our rings,” remembers Martina.
The wedding was black tie. The bridesmaids wore fabulous dresses from Debenhams and suits for the groomsmen and dads were hired from Formal Wear in Tallaght. Martina got her dress from Fiona Toddhunters in Tallaght and Lynette got her dress from Ruben Bridal in Kildare.
THE WEDDING TEAM
The gorgeous floral arrangements were provided by a friend of the couple’s mother and a cousin, Celine Martone and Caroline Norton. Amazing Cakes Bray did the cake. Cormac Crowley Photography captured the couple’s Special moments perfectly. John Redmond filmed the day making sure not one moment would be missed and the girl’s invitations were made by Hierographics Print. Martina’s sister Sharleen did the brides’ hair and they had their makeup done by Flaw Less. Tropical Strom entertained the wedding guests for the evening.
“I will never forget our ceremony, it was so personal and you could just feel the love in the room from everybody, it was amazing. My wife looked absolutely amazing and it was the proudest moment of my life,” recalls Martina. “I also loved before the meal our Wedding Planner Louise from the hotel brought us up to our room and had two Heinekens sent up to us. It was a lovely quiet moment where we both took time together to grin from ear to ear.”
“Instead of having a signing frame or book we had Jenga pieces for everybody to write advice on. The prompt sign read “Help us build memories, please sign a Jenga Piece” We have our Jenga pieces now on display in our house. Our main aim for the day was for everyone to have fun, to be well entertained and to be well fed, so instead of having cocktail sausages for evening food we had mini burgers, chip cones and fish and chip cones. We mentioned the referendum during our speeches and thanked our guests for making our special day happen.”
Neither Lynette nor Martina believed in marriage prior to the referendum but they did know from the moment they met that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with each other. “We are both normally very private gals but we only realised during the referendum how much was at stake. When the result for the Yes vote came through we can honestly say it was the second happiest day of our lives. Our country did us proud that day and to feel fully accepted by your country, to feel like you belong is a feeling I will never truly be able to describe,” shares Martina.
Tell us about your experience at Fiona Todhunter Bridal?
“Fiona was very personal, she gave her suggestions without being too over powering and I felt that she cared about my wedding day and that I was not just a number. I would highly recommend Fiona Todhunters. I also thought it was a nice touch for her to send me a Text on the day of the wedding wishing all the best to myself and Lynette on our big day.”