A New Year’s Eve Proposal Led To A Destination Wedding In Kerry
You may be forgiven for confusing Jenna & Andrew’s destination wedding in the beautiful landscape of Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way with a wedding in Perth as most of the day was so bright and sunny, sunglasses were a necessity.
“We first met in college nine years ago. This is a bit odd given that we only lived 15 mins drive away from each other in Kerry! We decided to go traveling 4 years ago, went to Australia after a bit of traveling in Asia and we have been in Perth ever since.”
“We did very little for 12 months after that and it was March 2014 before we got serious with the planning and at this stage I was just about addicted to Pinterest! It is just great to help you get ideas & themes together and you can pin pictures to a board which you can keep private if you wish! I am not sure how brides got through planning a Wedding before Pinterest! I had a board for just about every element of the wedding……..
One of the most difficult things about organising a wedding from abroad is not being able to see some things for yourself! You really need to have a few reliable, honest likeminded family members recommendation! We dealt with Ballygarry House Hotel by email from here and their staff were just fantastic.”
Planning it from Australia proved an interesting challenge with the time difference but this lady took it in her stride and her attention to detail was evident throughout the day where everything sparkled ! We especially liked the vintage lace handbag and of course the Jimmy Choos, not forgetting personalized cufflinks for the boys.
West Coast Weddings Ireland Vendor Annette O’ Brien was the makeup artist on the day!
Jenna’s note for her Mum & Dad brought a tear to everyone’s eye. Living so far from home must be so very hard but living it up in Australia has it’s advantages!
Andrew popped the big question New Year’s Eve 2012. We were at home on holidays for Christmas and we had planned to go for a walk on the beach New Year’s Eve. He had written the proposal in the sand. I was over the moon and we spent New Years Eve celebrating with our family and friends. ”
“We wanted natural pictures & didn’t want posing to take over the day! (So great to be able to deal with businesses via email with the time difference and Keith & Evelyn were just great and well used to it!)”
“The weather was out of this world, we had to pinch ourselves and question if we were in Australia”
“Our wedding car was a 1960 Ford Zodiac MKII and we absolutely loved it! We hired it from Heritage Sports Cars in Limerick.”
Tips from Jenna on enjoying the day
- Do not try to finish any DIY projects the night before. I contemplated it but you will drive yourself mad!
- Get sufficient sleep the night before.
- Give yourself plenty of time in the morning. Having the hairdresser and makeup artist come to you will assist with this
- We had a large wedding, almost 300 guests. If that is the case for you too then remember you cannot possibly walk around to talk to each guest member. It’s your day, spend it how you like. We took a few minutes out every few hours to spend some time having a drink on our own outside of the venue to chat about the day so far.
- Eat, yes you will hear others saying this but it is so important. We had sandwiches on the way to the venue in the car and it tied us over until dinner.
- Really consider this when purchasing shoes, I didn’t! What I did do was bring a spare pair of substantially lower shoes with me and changed into those in the evening. I also ended up changing my dress to a shorter white lace dress which was much more comfortable to dance in once the disco came on!
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What a wonderful wedding to inspire you and help you plan your West Coast Wedding in Ireland. Thank you to Jenna & Andrew for sharing their experience and advise with us xxx.