A micro wedding with maximum love!
By KAREN LOUISE
Like most 2020 couples, Roslyn and Andy had their wedding day altered due to the P word...the pandemic. After creating plans A through Z, and cutting down their guest list, their wedding day at Mount Druid last Autumn was absolutely stunning and beyond meaningful. From the bride's dreamy gown and subtle book theme to the 'best woman' speech and intimate dinner, we've all the heart eyes for their beautiful day captured by Weddings By Jason.
Now THAT is a bridal #glamsquad!
Roslyn's dreamy gown is by Stella York that she sourced at Love Ellie Bridal, which she made her own by adding custom illusion lace sleeves. We love how light and playful the skirt texture is, and the sleeves and sparkle add an extra element of romance.
We're loving Andy's best woman's style!
So, how did this lovely couple meet? Many years ago, Roslyn’s mother was the principal of Andy’s school. Roslyn happened to be at one of the school’s open days and her mother introduced them to one another. He has never forgotten that first meeting and, for him, that is where this story begins… Unfortunately Roslyn doesn’t remember meeting Andy that day at all! But, not to worry, they eventually became friends and kept in touch.
More than 7 years ago now, Roslyn and Andy decided they both knew there was something very special between them and tried to spend as much time as possible together. This important moment happened after Andy had flown to Budapest where Roslyn was attending college. Andy flew out ahead of Roslyn arriving after she had been back home for a few weeks. He waited for her to arrive at the airport and they have been inseparable since.
The proposal happened while the couple were on a romantic weekend away. Andy had planned to stop at a beautiful lake, and propose there, but when they arrived, he found an amateur photographer taking pictures in his proposal spot! Thinking fast, he decided to sit down on the other side of a conveniently-located bush. He went down on one knee, produced a beautiful engagement ring and asked Roslyn to marry him. Roslyn took a little time to get over the shock, but eventually said yes! And as for the photographer, he heard Roslyn's happy cries from the other side of the bush, and insisted on taking their picture!
The couple's ceremony was filled to the brim with personality and beautiful moments. Roslyn walked up the isle to “I’m a believer”, performed by Shay, the groom’s father. Instead of prayers the couple heard renditions of How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali and The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. They signed the register to “Moon River” sung by their Maid of Honour, Karen, and once the ring exchange took place, they “tied the knot” with a hand-binding ceremony with a cord Roslyn made using ribbon her mother had at her own wedding.
The couple's ceremony took place at Mount Druid's Tin Chapel and their reception dinner was held in The Boat House and the Barn. Roslyn describes their dream venue as, "Intimate, yet full of space, cosy yet bathed in open light." She adds, "It offered easy accommodation that suited everyone’s needs. And most importantly, it looks stunning, perfectly eccentric and with the exact air of easy feeling that lets you know it was anything other than easy to put together."
The most important thing for Roslyn & Andy, having been through lockdown, was that they could manage to get married, and "for both ourselves and those closest to us to celebrate, relax and enjoy each other’s company. We wanted a great party and we got one! It was smaller than planned due to COVID-19 but we realise how lucky we were to have had such a perfect day. We still missed all our family and friends who couldn’t be there with us on the day, but we are so grateful for those that could."
How sweet are the book table centrepieces - such a pretty idea you could recreate with your favourite books. It was the perfect decor idea for this book-mad couple. The couple tells us more, "Books feature heavily in both our lives and seemed to be naturally incorporated into the wedding preparations. Roslyn spent many hours dying paper in coffee to create the book pages for the seating plans. Instead of table numbers, each table was named after one of our favourite books, with the book in question being part of the centre-piece."
The couple's wedding cake was a lemon drizzle (A One Fab Day office favourite!) lovingly made by sister-in-law, Deirdre. It sat atop a piece of wood Roslyn found when up a mountain on a hike. Her father, Terence, sanded and varnished it to create the magnificent cake stand!
There's Mount Druid's resident dog, Piddles!
When it comes to advice for other couples in the same situation, Roslyn & Andy share their thoughts..."Enjoy the small things in the run up to the day, it all makes it so special."
The couple also adds how important it was to have tangible memories of their special day, "We also wanted the day immortalised. We couldn’t have chosen a better photographer for that job. Jason really captured all the quiet joyous moments of the day and presented them so beautifully. Jason made us feel really comfortable and it was lovely for myself and Andy to have those moments together throughout the day."
After the wedding, the couple headed off on a mini-moon to beautiful Co. Kerry which they highly recommend for those considering a staycation honeymoon. Roslyn says, "We stayed a week in the most gorgeous little eco-cottage by a river in Stradbally. Our days were spent exploring all Dingle had to offer. We highly recommend Dingle Sea Safari, the Dingle Distillery Tour and Kingdom Falconry! Every evening began with eating out in one of Dingle’s many wonderful restaurants (we loved The Fish Box, Out of the Blue Seafood and Land to Sea Dingle) and ended reading many good books by the little wood-burning stove."