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James and Lorraine
I met James through a local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann 17 years ago. We were always great friends and the power of love and music brought us together. We were officially going out for two years, it was great as we were such good friends for so long. The engagement was a complete surprise as James’ original plan was to head up the Slieve Bloom mountains, as we go up there quiet a lot with our dogs but it was so wet and windy James had to turn to plan B 🙂 It was my birthday and we had organised to go out for dinner with friends so as I was getting ready he was setting up the sitting room with candles and romantic gestures. I went down and he presented me with a poem that he wrote himself. As I finished the poem and in floods of tears, the end of the poem said “Therefore when you open your birthday card, be sure to look at the front of the card first” When I opened the birthday card, it said “Happy Birthday To My Wife To Be” that’s when he got down on one knee and proposed. I was a mess with tears of joy. It’s one birthday I will never forget. All the effort I went to getting ready for our dinner and night out was all reversed with loads of tears everywhere, my dress, makeup etc. It was well worth it!
We got married in Ferbane church, it was perfect because we had high such numbers so the church was an ideal size to cater for 325 people. Our priest Fr Tom Cox was so accommodating and guided us through every step of the ceremony. We are both musicians so we were keen to have a lot of music at the church. There was no problem what so ever with anything we wanted. Fr. Tom couldn’t have been any more helpful. He really made us feel relaxed and allowed us to make the best of our wedding day.
We want all the details on your dress, from shopping to choosing to purchasing to alterations?
Well….. I wanted to be different and I had tea length in mind. Belladonna Bridal, Galway was my second bridal shop to try. It was the second dress that I tried on. I loved it but didn’t want to rush the decision. I brought my sister and Mam. We went away for a few hours and came back, when I tried it on the second time, I was 100% sure that was the dress for me. A local woman I’ve known for years done my alterations. Linda McLoughlin, she is excellent and most of all I trusted her 100% with my dress.