Real LGBT Weddings

Lorna Geraghty & Carrie Graham

A Mutual Interest in Theatre Eventually Leads to Two Marriage Proposals
A Mutual Interest in Theatre Eventually Leads to Two Marriage Proposals
Lorna Geraghty from Bray, Co. Wicklow, first met Carrie Graham from Ballymun, Dublin, online over six years ago and after chatting for a couple of days the pair agreed to meet for a date in Temple bar. They got to know each other through their shared interest in theatre. Sparks were flying on that faithful night as the couple enjoyed a meal, a production of their favourite play followed by drinks and dancing until early hours of the morning! “I think we both knew from the first date, it was fate,” recalls Lorna.

In 2011, Lorna and Carrie decided to go on  working holiday to Perth, Western Australia, and fell in love with the city so much they have made it their permanent home. After some time there the marriage conversation arose. “After being in Perth for a while we’d been legally recognised as much as we could through Australian law by being registered as defacto partners, but we believed in the sanctity and ceremony of marriage so knew at some point this would be what we wanted to do.” One day, in the first apartment they rented together, Carrie asked Lorna to marry her-of course she said yes! But what Carrie didn’t know, is that Lorna had been planning a proposal of her own! Lorna organised a mystery day for Carrie – sending flowers and lunch to her office, sending her secret addresses to be sent for a massage and then arranged for a driver to pick her up in a limo to bring her on a mystery drive. Lorna was waiting for Carrie under a tree in King’s Park with tea lights and lanterns where she proposed. Again, it was fate as fireworks literally went off as part of another celebration.

Lorna and Carrie tied the knot on June 23, 2014 in Horetown House, Co.Wexford surrounded by 90 of their family and friends. Their theme was inspired by the glam of the 1940s. They used pink (Lorna), purple (Carrie) and green (love) as their main colours and incorporated different textures into their day such as burlap, lace and papers (referrals to theatre and scripts). They also included lots of florals and love birds in the décor. The couple looked amazing on their big day. Lorna wore a beautiful dress from Luv Bridal in Perth. Her mother’s pearl necklace was her ‘something old’ and ‘something borrowed’, her ‘something new’ was a tiffany bracelet Carrie gave her on the morning of the wedding and her ‘something blue’ was a lovebirds infinity anklet engraved with both of their initials. Both her veil and earrings were purchased from etsy. Carrie wore a white shirt by Charles Tyrwhitt, a burlap bow tie from etsy and a pair of trousers from Seed in Perth. Carrie and Lorna designed eachothers engagement rings before they proposed, coincidently using the same designer-a mutual friend, a jewellery designer at Rosendorff in Perth. The couple chose their wedding jewellery on a cold Christmas evening at Weir and Sons on Grafton Street in Dublin: Lorna choosing a diamond and platinum wedding band, Carrie choosing a gold watch.

During the ceremony, the violin was played by David O’Doherty accompanied by Catherina Lemoni-O’Doherty on the piano. The flowers dotted throughout the tables and in the venue were from the grounds of the house and arranged by the venue. Their amazing cake was made by The Cake Cuppery in Lucan, Dublin. During the cocktail reception, entertainment was provided by the Bugle Babes, a 1940’s harmony trio. They performed the billboard hits from the golden era of swinging and jive in retro military uniforms. The guests danced the night away to the band, Soul Purpose, followed by a DJ from Dublin DJs. They ended the night with a bang as they pressed a red button to kick start a spectacular fireworks display. Personal Touches Lorna and Carrie designed the invitations together and did an amazing job. They also handmade the ceremony booklets. Lorna and her work friends spent days and hours cutting out confetti from scripts of Oscar Wilde (the playwright that originally united the couple). The pair also had small postcards teamed all around their venue with small sayings about them and their relationship. They created directional signposts with their weddings colour banners and continued the love birds and bunting theme. These sign posts started at the nearest town and continued at every turn to the venue to direct guests to their special day.

The happy couple are expecting their first child in October of this year and they will be returning to Ireland for a family Christmas and the baby Tadgh’s naming ceremony. Both Lorna and Carrie hope someday that they can be legally married in both countries. “As we live in Australia we do not plan on getting a marriage ‘up grade’ from Irish Civil Partnership as we feel we will only be truly equal when we are legally recognised in both countries. We look forward to the day when our future little one can join us in a small ceremony marking our legal marriage in Perth.”  

A Mutual Interest in Theatre Eventually Leads to Two Marriage Proposals
A Mutual Interest in Theatre Eventually Leads to Two Marriage Proposals
A Mutual Interest in Theatre Eventually Leads to Two Marriage Proposals

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