With a regal castle backdrop set against the beautiful Irish countryside, Anne Mc Getrick and Carmine Rotundo’s grand wedding in Ireland was made all the more special with friends and family from around the globe.
“It’s so hard to choose just one,” says Carmine. “My niece taking over the dance floor into the wee hours of the morning was definitely a highlight, but we can’t forget about my dad’s speech and his mom’s speech – they were so good that everyone still talks about them,” says Anne.
Where to begin! The groom drew a comic depicting the couple’s ‘love story’ on a three-foot by four-foot canvas for all guests to see. The bride’s aunt Anne presented the couple with a patchwork quilt of maple leafs and shamrocks, representing special aspects of their lives. This new family heirloom took over a year to make!
“All of the international coordination (involving time-sensitive documentation in order to be married legally) and transporting wedding favours from Canada was a bit stressful,” says the bride. “Carrying my suit and Anne’s dress through the airport wasn’t easy but it all worked out in the end,” adds the groom.
“We had wonderful feelings of gratitude and togetherness, knowing that it was a rare to have so many friends & family make the trip to celebrate our day with us,” says Anne.
Photographer: Weddings by KARA
Ceremony location: Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Reception location: Mount Falcon, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Bridal gown: Pronovias gown purchased from Avenue 22
Bridal accessories: Sash from Sash and Bustle; Back jewellery, earrings and bride’s wedding band were custom designed pieces by Emily Gill from Made You Look; bracelet was a ‘something new’ gift from mother of the groom
Hair: Salon 2 (bride's house) and Trisha's Hair Salon (groom's house)
Makeup: Ann Young
Cake: Mother of the bride
Favours: Mini bottles of ice wine and maple syrup
Flowers: Judi Roche from Balla Florists
Invitations: Couple’s caricature and laser-cut designed by groom; invitations printed by The Busta Box
Originally published in Destination Wedding magazine, Spring/Summer 2018.