Sarah and Tadhg may have taken a roundabout way to meet which included a long story of college, a junkie on a train, running out of milk for tea and motorbikes! But, as Sarah says herself it was love – a couple of sights later!!! Tadhg proposed to Sarah in Sarah’s late granny’s house. Her Granny used to have a jewellers in the front room, so I am sure the jewellery was a feature of the wedding.
Sarah got ready at her parents house in Athlone in the heart of the country. The morning there was great fun, the flower girls were so excited and on the run up to the wedding had made a cute wedding countdown box for Sarah to open each day.
Anna went over to the boys who stayed the night before the wedding in the Hodson Bay hotel. Tadhg told me Sarah has a really laid back approach to things so he was very worried that they would be late to the ceremony, eventhough it was only down the road! Sarah’s mum had even been having nightmares before the day as she always remembered herself being very late for her communion. Sarah had told me her stepdad might end up having a cow thats calfs the morning of the wedding. But, amazingly, Sarah was on time at the church and even had time to lay a bouquet down at the grave of Bishop Cassidy who Sarah was very close to.
After the lovely ceremony officiated by Fr Michael Molloy, Sarah was amazing and in her wedding shoes climbed up the spiral staircase for a photo by the stained glass window. Outside the church, we avoided any bird droppings and took some photos by the stable doors which was so pretty. Tadhg carried Sarah in his arms – a true gentleman – to avoid Sarah’s shoes sinking in the grass.
We had agreed to do some photos back at their house again as it was so near by. Both Anna and myself as true Dubs had never seen the country tradition of neighbours and friends lighting bonfires along the route! We could hardly keep up with the fabulous Maserati the two of them were travelling in.
Back at the Shearwater Hotel, the newleyweds enjoyed chatting to all the guests – a mixture of mountain bikers, farmers, cultchies, townies, dubs, punctual people and late people as Sarah put it.
They had a chance to look at the fabulous cake, comprising chocolate biscuit, red velvet and lemon drizzle. Sarah and Tadhg even got a sneaky practice of their wedding dance in the room beforehand. They planned to dance the night away with Hot Fuss. Their new adventure awaits as the new Mr and Mrs plan to live either in Arizona, Nevada or New York.