Welcome to the wedding of Carla and Ronan, which took place on 20th September 2013. It was a beautiful day held at the most elegant of settings – Gosford Castle in Country Armagh, Northern Ireland – and filled with meaningful touches. I’m sure that now, almost a year on, the couple adore reliving the details of their day through these photographs by Paula O’Hara.
Broadcast journalist Carla and trainee public health consultant Ronan married in the Carla’s home village of Caledon, County Tyrone, with a reception in the grounds of Gosford Castle. The couple planned their day in little over a year with the very able assistance of Julie-Anne Robertson at Event Planners NI, who also sourced and styled all the décor on the day.
“We wanted to get married in my beautiful home village and we got engaged at Gosford Castle, so it has a special place in our hearts. We were thrilled to be able to hold our reception in the grounds.”
Photography Copyright (c) 2014, Paula O’Hara
“We met on 28th February, 2008. I was touring Germany at the time and Ronan was visiting a friend from college – who happened to be our troupe physiotherapist, Conor. He and my good friend Niamh thought this would be a ideal time to play matchmakers. How right they were! From the minute we clapped eyes on each other we knew something very special had happened. The next day was 29th February – my sister Emma joked that I should’ve asked him to marry me!
I was due to finish touring a few months later and Ronan was due to start research work in Galway, so we knew being in the same country could make this all work out. The rest as they say is (a wonderful) history. We got engaged at Gosford Castle in August 2012.”
Carla shares the story behind her stunning gown.
“My dress was the result of collaboration between my mum, Teresa O’Brien, and Alison-Jayne Wilson, from Alison-Jayne Couture in Belfast. My mum is a wonderful creator of Carrickmacross lace and Irish crochet. Together, we agreed on a design for the back of my dress which my mum made, together with the crochet lace trim. Alison-Jayne made the rest.
I loved how Alison-Jayne and Mummy worked together. Their attention to detail, flair and passion for their craft made this dress – which I could only have dreamt of before – a wonderful reality. It felt very special to be able to wear something my mum had made. Her talents know no bounds. She made her own wedding dress over 40 years ago, elements of which she re-created for mine, so I felt like I had a little bit of her with me throughout the day.”
The bridesmaid’s gorgeous blush-pink maxi is from Ted Baker.
“We loved our flowers, which came from The Flower Studio in Dundalk. I didn’t want roses or anything too formal, and just wanted them to be relaxed, wild and cheerful. We were delighted with what Caroline and her team did for us.”
“Our photographer was Paula O’Hara and she was an absolute dream to have around us on the day. At times we didn’t even know she was there, but she somehow managed to capture each and every special moment. Paula listened to our requirements intently and gave us wonderful memories we’ll cherish for a lifetime.”