Real LGBT Weddings

David Casey & Declan McFaddden

A night out in the big smoke leads to a touch of Irish luck on St. Patrick’s Day
A night out in the big smoke leads to a touch of Irish luck on St. Patrick’s Day
David Casey, a Waterford native, met Declan McFadden, from Killybegs in Donegal, on a night out in the country’s capital which lead to a romantic walk along Howth pier. Sparks flew and the rest is history. It was a touch of Irish luck on St. Patrick’s Day 2011 when Declan, a sales assistant and comic improviser, proposed to Dave, a dental professional.

“My brother and both our friends and family were over for St. Patricks Day. We always have a few drinks and nibbles as the parade passes our apartment and there is a great view from the balcony. That day in front of family and friends, Declan asked me if I would marry him. I was shocked initially being the day that was in it, I was not expecting it but my answer was yes!

We were in no rush and had a few holidays while saving for four years before the big day.” The lads set a date for February 21, 2016 at Finnstown Castle, Co. Dublin and in front of 90 friends and family David and Declan professed their love for each other on this winter afternoon. Miriam Fitzgerald of Spiritual Ceremonies officiated the special day and a ring warming ceremony was held where everyone passed around the rings.

A sand ceremony was also part of the celebrations. Miriam, who had interviewed the couple separately, read out their answers at the start of the ceremony having people reaching for tissues. Both gentlemen wore matching classic white tie suits from Aston Formal Wear. “We loved how we looked and felt in them and they were classic black and white, which never dates or ages when you look back on a photograph.” The suits tied in with their classical vintage glamour theme, the colour palate was gold and ivory with touches of black. “We tried to keep the scheme classic and elegant.

Black white and gold featured strongly, from the invites, suits, flowers, candles and decor. As both our initials start with “D” , D and D ran throughout our wedding, from the invites, to the cupcakes, to the napkins, the decor and signs around the room, we had the barman Damien at Finnstown brew up a special “D&D” cocktail for our guests at the drinks reception. We even had our faces on D&D warm cookies with our canapes and bubbles at our drinks reception.” Andy Moloney from Box Barbers came out the morning of the wedding to style and touch up the couple’s beards and hair.

The seating plan was creative and unique for Dave and Declan. “Our seating plan was a jigsaw with a picture of us on a beach in Donegal and each piece had a guests name on it. The guest then had to find their piece and when they turned it over their table number was on the back”. “We had Molten Brown favours for everyone. We had signs and quotes that we made up and got printed that were personal to us.

I liked our black and gold D&D napkins and we had nice blankets for the smokers with a little note to ‘keep you warm’ when they went outside. A tip would be we added food when the band stopped at 2.30am, everyone loved the extra platters at this time of the morning. Even though they had canapes, a meal and evening food… there’s always room after for a pick after a drink and dance so people thought this was a great idea,” shares David in detail.

Their first dance was a spectacular choreographed routine, which received over 25k views on and the Irish Independent online. “We came up with a mash up of about nine different songs including songs that meant something to us or were by our favourite artists (Michael Jackson and Britney Spears) We had a few dance lessons from Veronica at MyDublin Art.” The following day a buffet and music was organised for the newlyweds and their guests. “It was great fun and everyone was in great form. I would definitely recommend doing something the next day as it keeps the happy buzz going.”

Dave and Declan topped off the celebrations with a honeymoon trip to Iceland. “We went to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, and it was the perfect choice, so romantic and lots to do, covered in snow. So nowhere we have ever been.”

“I had a few! Just before the ceremony both Dave and I and our two mams got to spend fifteen to twenty minutes in the room chatting and laughing. The ceremony itself was so special; finally getting to marry the man I love in front of our family and friends was a moment I will never forget.

And of course our first dance which was such great fun to do especially as none of our guests knew what we had planned,” recalls Declan For David his favourite part was” our mams walking us up the aisle and our dads signing the register. I liked the photo slideshow we had running at the drink reception too. The moment sitting at the top table looking down at our family and friends was pretty amazing too.

Tell us about working with David Mclean Photography
“David McLean was a gentleman to work with. From our first meeting to our pre-shoot (which I would recommend couples do as it saves time on the day), to the day itself. He was professional, un-intrusive and captured all of the natural moments of the day. Wonderful to work with. He printed and framed a picture of us and handed it around during the dessert for people to sign as our guest book.”

A night out in the big smoke leads to a touch of Irish luck on St. Patrick’s Day
A night out in the big smoke leads to a touch of Irish luck on St. Patrick’s Day
A night out in the big smoke leads to a touch of Irish luck on St. Patrick’s Day

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