Real LGBT Weddings

Eóin Curran & Gary Martin

The sky is the limit for high flying grooms on their special day
The sky is the limit  for high flying grooms on their special day
For Eóin Curran and Gary Martin, a work night out in Dublin was more than they bargained for and all in the name of romance. Eóin is from Dublin and Gary is a Belfast native but they are now living in Ashbourne, Co. Meath. They both work for Aer Lingus. Eóin is a Safety Instructor and Cabin Manager while Gary is a Team Manager for inflight Services.

They own two furry friends, Lois, a whippet cross breed pooch and Jet, a parson russell terrier.   The prospect of marriage was hinted at throughout the relationship. Gary: “I said to Eóin on a night out in Belfast that I’d love to get married.” Eóin: “Gary beat me to it, I was planning on asking him in the summer of 2014 but he surprised me at home in September 2013.”  

A date was set for December 12, 2015, and the Brooklodge and Wells Spa Hotel, Aughrim, Co. Wicklow was their chosen venue. Miriam Fitzgerald from Spiritual Ceremonies officiated their ceremony and the day was captured on video by East Coast Video and their photographer was Sarah Tracey Photography.

The couple went for a colour scheme of purples and silver, and as they are both Aer Lingus employees, the theme of aviation made an exclusive appearance in their ceremony leaflet, seating plan and invitations. “We made a departures board which was projected onto a screen in the dining hall to advise our guests what table (destination) they were seated at.” The invitations were designed by Serendipity Beyond Design.  

The lads got their suits in Hugo Boss, Dublin. “We got our groomsmen and best men suits in Next and we got our groomsmaid’s dresses online. As Eóin and Gary’s wedding took place in the run up to Christmas, they also included this theme in their flowers. “We love Christmas and went for small bouquets and button holes of acorns, holly/berries and some other flowers I couldn’t name from Ashbourne Flowers by Freda.”  

Eóin’s aunt Noeleen specially made the wedding cake for the grooms to be. The cake topper was by Top Art cake toppers. “Eóin’s cousin Ciara also made some lovely favours for us, which included her flying to London to get some personalised M&M’s for the cake and small Lindt chocolate figures like snowmen and Santa surrounded by M&Ms for the favours, which was our little nod to the pride flag as we had colours from the flag through the M&Ms.”    

When it came to music, Eóin and Gary mixed and matched throughout their day. “We used a string quartet in the chapel called Bohemian Strings, our harpist for reception was Orla Fallon from Celtic Women and our band was the absolutely fantastic Early House.” The first dance was “about 30 seconds of Celine Dion’s  “If That’s What it Takes” (Gary’s choice) which mixed into “Shut up and Dance” by Walk the moon (Eóin’s choice).

Gary: “Seeing Eóin at the chapel, seeing Lois and Jet and getting some photos with them, dancing, dinner, and having a brilliant time.”
Eóin: “The ceremony, the music, the speeches and all the dancing and memories we made. And of course Lois and Jet swinging by.”

The grooms planned to go all out for their honeymoon, “we had a mini-moon which we booked on Aer Lingus, and flew to Vienna. We stayed in Vienna and Bratislava. We’ll soon be heading from London to Vancouver and taking a celebrity cruise up the Alaskan Coast and then flying home from Anchorage via a brief stop in Seattle.

“My mam and dad, Catherine and John, were fantastic in all of the help and support they gave us. Gary’s brother Dave who also married his partner Colin in 2014 were a great help to us too,” shares Eóin.

The sky is the limit  for high flying grooms on their special day
The sky is the limit  for high flying grooms on their special day
The sky is the limit  for high flying grooms on their special day

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