Sinead and Piaras said "I do!" in front of the Pope, no less, in Rome; one of my favourite cities. Love these pics of Sinead wearing our Isadora dress with the art nouveau beaded headpiece and the historical images of the Colosseum. Read on about her big day and her bridal tips.
The couple: Sinead and Piaras
Date of Wedding: April 2015
Venue: Pontifical Irish Church, Rome
Bride’s dress: Isadora
Groom’s suit: Brown pinned striped
Shoes: Rachel Simpson pale mint leather shoes
Accessories: Headpiece - Sabina Motasem, netting and earrings from Frilly Frocks, Drogheda Co Meath
Make up artist: Louise Faulkner, Hair and Make up, Rome
Hair stylist: Louise Faulkner, Hair and Make up, Rome
Photographer: Patrizio, Foto Gioberti, Rome
How did you and your husband meet?
I first met Piaras in work.
What’s your engagement story?
We went to Rome during summer 2013 and we went out for dinner one night. On the way back we stopped off at St. Peter's Basilica where we had toured that morning. To my surprise Piaras got down on one knee and popped the question! I said yes of course!
Where is your engagement ring from? Did your husband choose it himself?
How long did you have to plan your wedding and was it enough time?
We had 18 months and it was plenty. It was a nice and relaxed timeframe and it also allowed us time to take a trip to Rome prior the wedding to organise everything.
Why did you choose your dress? Which dress did you wear?
I chose my dress because it was elegant and timeless. I was also looking for a dress that was nice and light for sunny Rome!
Why did you choose your venue? Where did you get married?
We got married in Rome . We got engaged there and it meant so much to us. We immediately fell in love with the Pontifical Irish college chapel and its surroundings. Rome is such a romantic city and you get a special feeling when you are there.
What was your first dance song?
How did you feel in your dress?
Like a princess!
How did you feel just before you walked down the aisle?
I was so excited, I couldn't stop smiling!
How many bridesmaids did you have? Where did you find your bridesmaids dresses from?
We had no formal bridesmaids or groomsmen. We had two Witnesses, my sister Eimear and Piaras' brother John.
What was your colour scheme or theme?
We had no colour scheme. Since we were abroad it was a little more freestyle, so we told our guests the more colourful the better!
What was the best moment of your wedding day?
Walking with my mam and dad to greet Piaras at the top of the aisle.
What was the funniest thing that happened on the day?
We had great laughs and fun taking the photographs at the Colesseum!
What’s your best tip for dressing for the big day you’d like to share with other brides?
Give youself loads of time to get ready.
What advice would you give to other bride’s planning their wedding?
It is about you and your partner so make the ceremony special and unforgettable. Enjoy all the planning together and involve each other in all the decision making, it makes it more memorable, fun and less stressful!
Did you discover any amazing suppliers that you’d like other bride’s to know about?
Frilly Frocks in Drogheda Co . Meath were so helpful.
Looking back, is there anything you’d change? Is there anything you wish you knew before you started planning your wedding?
No, it was an amazing journey to go on and we met lovely people along the way.
What was the most stressful thing about planning your wedding?
Having it in Rome made it no fuss as weddings over there are very relaxed. We had plenty of time and planned it out as a day we'd enjoy ourselves.
What 3 words would you use to describe your wedding day?
Magical, Emotional and Memorable