Menna was working with Julie’s brother Peter in London when
they met and it was obvious immediately that there was a love connection. After
some dinner and a few drinks, they arranged another date in London a month
later and that led to a marriage at the Ardilaun Hotel in front of 150 guests
Julie and Menna got engaged while travelling in South
America. Julie got down on bended knee as they were sitting overlooking ‘Lago
Hermoso’ in Argentina. The couple now live and work in Cardiff and are both
teachers – Julie teaches children with autism and Menna works in a primary
The Wedding Team
On their wedding day, the stunning brides wore dresses from
Laura May Bridal Shop in Cardiff. Hair and Make Up on the day was provided by
Grafton’s in Salthill (Menna) and Barry’s on Shop Street (Julie).
The Galway Wedding Belles played during the wedding
ceremony, while The Guinness Jazz Trio took care of all things musical during
the drinks reception. Gemina 4 then took over the music duties and played long
into the night.
After a lot of toing and froing, the couple decided not to
have a first dance but towards the end of the night Gemini 4 invited the happy
couple onto the dancefloor and ‘Celebrate Good Times’ effectively became their
first dance song. Dara Molloy officiated the ceremony and Miriam Jennings
Photography captured Julie and Menna’s special day. For their honeymoon, Julie
and Menna travelled to Venice and then visited the west coast of Italy.
Can you tell us in a
few words how great the The Ardilaun Hotel was for your wedding? The Ardilaun was the best place we could have chosen. Maureen,
the wedding planner, was amazing and the whole day was perfect. During the
months leading up to the wedding, Maureen met with us several times and she was
so organised that there wasn't much for us to do at all. She really took away
any worries or stresses we had about the day.
All the guests were commenting on how fantastic the hotel
was and how much good food there was throughout the day. The way the ceremony
room was set up for the wedding was beautiful and the reception room is