Audrey & Jim’s Wedding.
Brooklodge Wells & Spa Co. Wicklow
Audrey and Jim got married in the fabulous Brooklodge Wells & Spa, Co. Wicklow. The weather was your typical Irish weather, a contrast of both bright sunshine and a bit of a hail storm!
It was a fun, lively wedding from start to finish.
The day started with me shooting the bridal prep in the stunning bedroom suite, which overlooked the fantastic grounds of Brooklodge and also the path way to the Chapel which is located on the grounds.
Both Bride & Groom were very relaxed on the morning, even with all the action and madness going on around them.
The Bride looked stunning in her dress, by Dessy, which she purchased from Wedding World, Galway, that the Bride described as….everything you would expect from a bridal store. It had spacious dressing rooms and a seating area for the Mum’s and bridesmaids. Sarah and the staff in store looked after their every need!
The flower girls dresses were by Jenny Packham and purchased in Debenhams.
Brian, from Bohemian hair salon, Carlow, was the man charged with looking after everyone’s hair, and when I say everyone….I mean everyone! He offered his chair to anybody who entered the suite. Touch ups, blow dry’s and gel ups, “he took care of them all“….said the Bride…he was just fantastic, he was laid back, chilled and such good fun. He arrived on the dot at 8:30am and stayed until we were just about to leave for the ceremony at 2pm.
The make-up was by Powder room girls. Abigail, the original make-up artist was struck down with the flu and asked the girls from Powder room to step in at the last minute. They stepped up to the plate and done a fabulous, flawless job for the bride, bridesmaids and of course, the Mammies.
The lads located their suits in Tangos in Temple Bar. Mark was the guy they dealt with and was well on the ball in insuring the lads got everything they needed, from cufflinks to the ties and pocket squares. The Bride commented that the suits were great quality and most of the guests mentioned how well the lads looked. Even the page boys, who you would expect would be dying to shed the formal wear were happy and comfortable enough to stay in their suits until well into the night.
The Bride, unknowns to the lads had organized matching socks for them all, so as no one would turn out in their brightest white socks!
We asked the Bride what the highlights of the day were for her or did anything stand out?
I can definitely say using The Brooklodge Wells & Spa as a venue was one of the best decisions we made. The staff were so pleasant and inviting from day one of planning right until the end of the festivities. Niamh and the wedding team are so good at their jobs and offer wonderful advise at every turn. Brooklodge is just so relaxing, the atmosphere is so chilled and obviously the place and setting just can’t be beaten, from the rolling hills to the ivy clad buildings…you get the class and quality you want without the pomp and ceremony, by the time we were leaving the Sunday after the wedding we knew all of the staff by name. The staff we seen on arrival on the Thursday were the same staff we said goodbye to on the Sunday and it was such a comfort to know that they all knew what was what. I can’t fault Brooklodge on anything. Everything I wanted them to do was done to perfection and more.
The second best decision we made was booking Springbreak 80’s band. We had seen them gig a few times and they are fantastic musicians and really know how to get the crowd going. We booked them quite early on in the planning process and I can honestly say we didn’t spend one second wondering had we made the right decision, we were 100% confident in what they could do and they didn’t disappoint, the floor was full all night, literally. Every single guest, young and old commented on what a great party it was and how much fun the band were.
Overall, we couldn’t have wished for a better day. We arrived to the hotel the night before and this really added to the build up and we all got a chance to settle into our respective rooms. Before dinner on the Thursday night, myself and Jim took an hour away from everyone and decorated the chapel and this was a lovely little timeout for ourselves, once the chapel was done we met up with our families and bridal party and went for dinner, the hotel had arranged the snug in Actons pub for us so we could all eat together as a family. We all had a relatively early night and myself and my Bridesmaids hit the bridal suite for some champagne and chats. I couldn’t have felt more relaxed going to bed that night. The planning was done, everything that needed to be decorated had been decorated, all the bits and bobs were in place so I literally had nothing to do but get married. I was so relaxed in fact that my Bridesmaid had to come in and wake me as my hairdresser Brian had arrived! The rest of the morning was just so lovely, the two mammies came in for hair & makeup, gifts were exchanged, Jim had one of the pageboys drop a bottle of Moet to me along with some lovely jewellery, we had the music on, the sun was beaming and people was calling in and the atmosphere was just so lovely….when it came close to the ceremony time I could see our guests arriving from my window which was just above the path to the chapel and that was lovely to watch all these happy faces arriving been greeted by Jim and the groomsmen. It’s hard to pick a ‘best bit’ as there was so much that we enjoyed about the whole thing. I have to say leaving the room for the chapel was great fun I was so looking forward to seeing Jim at that point that I just wanted to get going. When the doors opened at the Chapel I spotted Jim at the top looking toward me and I just kept my eyes on him and flew up the aisle, I don’t remember the music, I don’t know if I walked fast or slow I just knew where I was headed and focused on that and it’s a nice memory that the only real face I could see was Jim’s.
Suppliers from the day:
Dress : Wedding World, Galway.
Suits : Tangos, Temple Bar.
Hair : Bohemian Hair Salon, Carlow.
Make-up : Powder Room Girls, Dublin.
Wedding Band : Springbreak 80’s Band.
Rings : Hugh Statham Jeweller, Naas.
Photography : Frameit Weddings Photo & Video, Kildare.