28 June 2017 - The Haven Hotel, Dunmore East, Co Waterford
Following a blissful four-year romance, Julie and Erica got
hitched over the summer in an intimate ceremony at The Haven Hotel, Co
Waterford. The couple met on a random summer’s night in Dublin and the rest, as
they say, is history.
Julie and Erica now reside in Dunmore East, with their
seven-year-old daughter Jodie. Julie’s proposal in April 2014 oozed romance.
Erica was due home from work and Julie had rose petals from
the front door leading to the bedroom.
The engagement ring was placed in a
Kinder Egg (Erica’s favourite) and after it was put back together, Julie placed
it inside a heart she had made from rose petals. The surprise was perfect.
The brides decided on a small and intimate wedding with
close friends and family of 50 sitting down for a meal with 25 more arriving
for the afters.
The Wedding Team
Erica had originally sided towards wearing a white suit but
in the end opted for a white dress that was custom made. Julie wore a satin
dress with diamante detail in the middle.
Utopia in Waterford took care of everything flowers wise,
while a friend of Erica’s made a three-tier cake that was red velvet, chocolate
biscuit and sponge in a love heart shape.
Ger Hennessey took care of the music and “OK Sounds” had
everyone dancing long into the night.
The invites had a GAA match tickets theme as Erica is a
massive GAA fan and both her and Julie wanted that to be incorporated into the
wedding. They were created by Invites by Jen in Co Clare.
The girl’s hair was done by their regular hairdressers
Nicola Sheehan and Laura and their make-up was taken care of by Grace & Jayne
from J’Adore by Jayne.
Kathy Bradley from Cork performed the wedding ceremony. The
couple also had a sand ceremony where they collected Tramore sand (Julie), Dublin sand (Erica) and Dunmore sand (Jodie) and coloured each sand with their favourite colours and mixed them all together to unite them as a family. The day was captured beautifully by Gary Kavanagh
Photography. their first
dance song was ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran.
The GAA theme of the invites was also evident on the actual
day as Julie explained: “Our theme was GAA for our invites and we also had a
cart that we filled with blaa’s (Waterford bread) and batch loaf bread from
Dublin and made Tayto/King sandwich packs.”
Just after the meal they had a selfie mirror set up by
“Sweet Events” that proved to be a hit with everyone at the wedding.
“For our ceremony, we got two candles with pictures of Erica’s
mum Patricia and her brother Mark who sadly passed away a few years before,”
commented Julie. “It was a lovely personal touch to have them feel present at
our wedding and at our meal we placed them in lanterns and they were placed
behind the fireplace that was behind our top table.
Favourite memories of
Erica and their daughter Jodie surprised Julie by singing
Bruno Mars “Just The Way You Are”, a song that means a lot to them. They had
been practising for months prior to the wedding when Erica would be bringing
Jodie to school. Julie and the wedding guests had no idea that it was coming.
On the morning of the wedding, Julie and Erica gave each
gift boxes that contained a couple of gifts and a little note to each other.
As they go forward together, they hope to keep all the
special memories that are shared in their lives in these boxes.
Can you tell us in a
few words how great The Haven Hotel was for your wedding?
“Paul, Sharon, Karen, Judy and all staff at The Haven Hotel
were absolutely amazing from day one when we met with Paul he made everything
sound so easy and nothing was ever too much hassle or inconvenience,” Julie
“On the day, they had
everything planned to a tee! Our ceremony was planned to be outside but
unfortunately with the luck of Irish weather it rained all day and I mean all
day. “They had a marquee set up for us as a backup plan so we could still have
it outside, as we walked out they had umbrellas for us and we were escorted to
the red carpet so we wouldn’t get wet they treated us like royalty.
“The food was amazing, the champagne, the wine, the little
touches they added Erica and I would love to do it all over again in a