Real LGBT Weddings

John Dunning and Wayne Price

John Dunning and Wayne Price began their love story in cyber space two years ago. John is from Dublin and Wayne is from Kildare. John owns a courier company called Super Couriers. The couples’ two ‘children’ Butch, a boxer and Odin, a great dane (their dogs) are their pride and joy.

John and Wayne met online in March 2013. After three failed attempts, they finally met in person.“John stood me up three times and we still got together as I knew there was something there from talking constantly to him and look where we are now,” recalls Wayne with a twinkle in his eye. 

After almost a year of dating, John decided it was time to pop the question. “I proposed to Wayne on Christmas morning 2013 down by the River Liffey while out for a walk. I made Wayne climb a wall and he didn’t know what was going on as he has a fear of water and can’t swim. If he said no he was going in! There were two swans on the weir as I got down on one knee and proposed. I was so nervous.”

Being a traditional man Wayne was elated to know that John asked his parents’ permission beforehand. It wasn’t long before the date was set for September 4, 2015. The wedding took place at the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club accompanied by 160 of their friends and family.

John’s best friend Dave Sutton was his bestman and his 14 year old brother, Alex, was groomsman. Wayne had his brother Thomas Price as his bestman and his best friend Damien Bawn was his groomsman. 
John and Wayne were suited and booted on the day in blue John and Wayne were suited and booted on the day in blueFrench Connection suits from Moss Bro’s in Liffey Valley. The soon to be husbands got a fresh haircut and towel shave to complete their wedding day look. The bestmen and groomsmen wore grey suits with royal blue ties also from Moss Bro’s.

The pair had personalised wedding rings. Wayne designed his own and John, untraditionally, will have his ring inked on his left hand. “We got our rings from Smooch Wedding Rings who called to the house so I could design my own ring.” John has yet to get his permanent wedding band tattooed on. “I am getting a tattooed ring but for the time being I just got a ring that Wayne will put on his chain when I get it done.”

PERSONAL TOUCHES

The rings weren’t the only personal touch to the day for Wayne and John. For the lads, the day wouldn’t be complete without the presence of their dogs. “We had our dogs in full suits made by Barbara in Patches Alterations.”

Their cake was also an ode to their favourite pooches! “We had a six tier cake with different flavours for each layer and 50 red velvet cup cakes made by Creative Cakes in Blanchardstown with dog paws going up the sides. We got a cake topper of ourselves and the dogs in suits for the top.”

The boys’ mothers walking them up the aisle was also a meaningful moment for the grooms. Sadly, Wayne’s dad was not present but his son paid tribute to him on the day. “I had a remembrance candle lit for my dad and a few words said by Mary Losty at the start of the ceremony as I lost my father in October the day after he booked his flights to come home for the wedding.”

Wayne also added his own personal touch to the day. “I got two pictures framed; one of a caricature picture of us and the other of a story about a high profile wedding of us. I also had baskets I made up for the male and female bathrooms of bits and pieces that guests would need on the night.”

Castleknock Hotel organised the flowers for the wedding reception. The seven button holes for the men and four dress corsages and four bouquets for the ladies of the families were done by Ann from Fleming Florist in Naas.

It was John’s uncle who captured the moments of their special day. “Our photographer was John Delaney from Kilkenny who is my uncle and a professional wedding photographer. I’m not being bias when I say he is amazing, the proof is in the pudding! John is such a nice guy he made us laugh and relaxed so much we didn’t realise there were so many photos taken. Both Wayne and I don’t like the camera or the camera doesn’t like us! Either way the photos turned out amazing and in both of our opinion’s it was down to John.”

The lads also commend their videographer, Richard Gill, for his non intrusive style on the day.John and Wayne had a humanist ceremony.

“The ceremony was done by Mary Losty, a spiritualist. We also had a sand ceremony. Mary was brilliant, she really made us feel relaxed and from what we gather from our guests she made it very intimate and personnel to everyone not just the wedding party.”

SURPRISES

Never to do anything by halves, the boys made an extravagant entrance by helicopter to meet their awaiting guests. There was no shortage of entertainment throughout the day from there, as the pair organised fire breathers on arrival and Jack Wise magician and ventriloquist performed. “We had balloon pillars and exploding balloons for over the dance floor for the first dance made by Ab Fab Balloons. People thought they were just fantastic and we also had a chocolate and champagne fountain from Claudine in Chocolatefountain.com. The evening ended with a fabulous fireworks display from Emerald Fire Works.

THE EXTRAS

There were plenty of treats in store for the guests all throughout the day, with sweet bags for the kids and €3 euro millions quick pick for the adults. They also had 20 disposable cameras on the tables.Post wedding, Wayne and John honeymooned for a day in Rome and then set off on a cruise to see countries such as Italy, France and Spain and then back to Rome for five more days.

FAVOURITE MEMORIES

With so much going on, what was their favourite memories? “Mine would be the dogs arriving in their suits and the fireworks and 
marrying Wayne of course.”John shared. For Wayne, it was another mixed bag of favourite memories from his wedding day. “I’d have to say the whole day from start to finish. Arriving by helicopter, a really intimate ceremony, tears were flowing from the guests. And when Jack Wise arrived everyone could not stop talking about how fantastic he was. The fireworks at the end just topped it off.”

ADVICE

“People kept saying that the day flies by and it’s not until you’re getting married that you realise that’s true. Our wedding was raved about. Couldn’t get over how people felt. Never have I seen a day go so quick in all my life. John and I would take five minute breathers to sit and chat and take it all in. Then go again. I’d advise everyone to try this and just enjoy it all.”

After the yes vote to marriage equality in May of this year, what does being able to get married mean to John and Wayne? “It felt so good, that we were able to marry the love of our life just like our brothers and sisters did and to feel what it is like to have the same commitment as everyone else. When it was going on you feel so different and when it’s done the connection is felt more than you could imagine.”John Dunning and Wayne Price began their love story in cyber space two years ago. John is from Dublin and Wayne is from Kildare. John owns a courier company called Super Couriers. The couples’ two ‘children’ Butch, a boxer and Odin, a great dane (their dogs) are their pride and joy.



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