June 23 2017, Diamond Coast Hotel
Having known each other as children, a chance encounter in a Ballina nightclub rekindled Louise and Serena's relationship, and sparked their romance.
Knowing Serena was the one, Louise proposed in 2013 on their one-year anniversary on Mullaghmore beach in Co. Sligo; "I went out to the beach early that morning with bags and filled them with stones from the beach and carried them across the strand until I found the perfect spot and wrote out the words “Marry me, Baby” with them. I collected Serena and said "Let's go for a walk along the beach," and when we got to the stones I got down on one knee and proposed, and she said Yes!"
The happy couple were engaged for three years before they started to plan their wedding, held in the beautiful Diamond Coast Hotel in Enniscrone.
The Wedding Details Both Louise and Serena found their dream gowns by Mori Lee in Graceful Occasions, Sligo.
With three bridesmaids each they found the perfect dress in Simone's, in Sligo town, and ordered it in two different colours; dark purple for Louise's bridesmaids and lilac for Serena's.
Their fathers, brothers and page boys donned matching navy suits from EJ's Menswear to complete the wedding party.
Shelley Harte perfected their makeup looks in the morning with Catharine Gormley on hair duty.
Feehily's Florist designed their purple, pink and white bouquets, while their elaborate purple themed wedding cake was made by Orla Conefrey of The Jam Pot Cafe.
To entertain their 120 guests throughout the nuptials, Galway based duo "The Dropouts" performed during their ceremony until "Gemma and the Jets" from Cork took over for the reception.
Their dream day was captured by Conor Doherty of Condoh Photography and recorded by videographer Mike Frayne.
Favourite Memories Louise had no doubts about her stand-out moments of the day; "Definitely when I saw Serena walking down the aisle towards me in her dress for the first time, she was so beautiful I could barely hold back the tears. Our ceremony was so moving we could really feel the love in the room, and of course the motorbikes were a huge hit for me."
The memory is just as special for Serena who recalled: "Just walking down the aisle knowing I was about to marry my best friend was the best feeling ever, I will never forget it. Our ceremony was beautiful, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when we did our sand ceremony and it was really special."
Special Touches "We didn’t have a theme as such but we incorporated motorbikes into the day because we have always loved going to watch the races with my brother and Louise drives a bike herself. We had a motorbike escort from my brother Niall and some of our friends who drove in their bikes ahead of us and lead us to the venue. Louise drove us into our reception room on her own motorbike with me on the back of it. The bike was then used for photos throughout the evening for guests," remembers Serena.
How was your experience with the Diamond Coast Hotel? "The Diamond Coast Hotel was fantastic, they were so accommodating, nothing was too much trouble for them they were so enthusiastic and couldn’t do enough to help us. They were all on for us driving the motorbike into the hotel and really got us excited about it, bouncing ideas off us all the time. All the staff were lovely, especially the co-ordinator Mary Clarke who was such a great help to us and made us feel so comfortable, she had everything running like clockwork on the day. It was their first same sex wedding to be held in their hotel so they were as excited as we were," says Serena.
How great was it working with Conor of ConDoh Photography? "Conor Doherty was absolutely fantastic. He was at my mum’s house on the morning of the wedding and not only was he taking photos but he was also helping with the flowers and the men’s ties. He's an absolute gent, you wouldn’t even know he was there he just blends into the background, I would highly recommend him," says Louise.