Real LGBT Weddings

A custom made wedding for Paul and Patrick

Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
September 17, 2016 - West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen

Paul Delaney, from Skibbereen Co. Cork, met the love of his life Patrick Reynolds from, Ballinhassig, on a night out in Cork City in 2009. It took a while before their friendship developed into a loving relationship but these guys were meant to be together. The pair relocated to Glandore, West Cork, after a decade of living in both Cork and Dublin.

THE PROPOSAL

Paul and Patrick got engaged in 2015 on a romantic break at Inchydoney Hotel and spa, Clonakilty. Patrick planned a carefully thought out proposal down to the last detail and had the whole hotel in on it. “He is such a romantic at heart and he made sure that everything was perfect”, Paul remembers fondly.  

THE WEDDING DETAILS


Shortly after, the date was set for September 17, 2016 And the couple began planning an elaborate affair inviting over 260 guests. Paul and Patrick wed at The West Cork Hotel. They effortlessly converted an old warehouse beside the venue into a bright and colourful ceremony location. “It worked out perfectly, as we had two different venues that were positioned right beside one another,” shares Paul.  

THE WEDDING TEAM

On the day, both gentlemen wore matching three piece suits by Racing Green which were supplied by Debenhams in Cork. The suits were accessorised with matching red and orange bow ties beautifully handcrafted by their friend Claire Hallinan. The floral arrangements for the venue were created by Hanna of Hanako Floral Studio. The wedding cake was created with tender loving care by Paul’s brother’s partner, Evangeline Kingston. It was a beautiful three-tiered creamed sponge cake. Paul designed and created the invitations along with all the other graphics himself. The couple’s close friend Gillian Brady was the “amazing” celebrant delivering a ceremony that was heartfelt and personable. Music was plentiful throughout the day. Ceremony music was provided by the spellbinding Carrie McKeown, Sinéad McCarthy and Mary Jo Ryan.

At the cocktail reception, the four-piece gypsy/folk band B Calvinists from Bantry had everybody in a celebratory mood with their acoustic set. Finally, everyone danced the night away to Route 66.

FAVOURITE MEMORIES


“There were so many individual highlights throughout the day but I think what is most memorable about the occasion as a whole is the incredible amount of love and support we felt from all our friends and family. It served as an important reminder to myself and Pa of just how lucky we are to have such amazing friends and family, and how lucky we are to live in this amazing little country,” said Paul warmly.  

SPECIAL TOUCHES


Hiring chiavari chairs helped to add visual impact to both the ceremony and the room. They also worked closely with their florist to utilise flowers that were in season and at their brightest. Some personal touches included doing up the warehouse to hold the ceremony which showed great results on the day. They also had their mothers make speeches that would usually be made by fathers. “My mam, Mary and Pa’s mam, Geraldine, spoke beautifully and I think they enjoyed being given the opportunity to speak. Our dads loved it too as it meant they were ‘off the hook’ on having to give a speech,” Paul recalled.    

“It meant the world to us that we could have a day like that with our families. My mother and father, Mary and Jim Delaney, and Pa’s parents Ger and Geraldine Reynolds were very proud on the day. My only sibling James and his partner Evangeline were delighted to be there, as well as Pa’s two younger sisters Jennifer and Maria. We both had grandparents there, which was very special for us, and they loved every minute of it. We also had all our extended families - aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews present, along with all the amazing friends that we have the pleasure of knowing and loving.”  

The newlyweds jetted off to America for their honeymoon, spending six nights in Miami, five nights in San Francisco and two nights in Las Vegas.    

Tell us about your experience at the
West Cork Hotel?  

“Everyone at The West Cork Hotel went above and beyond for us, not just on the day, but on the entire lead up to the wedding and I cannot commend them enough for all their hard work and enthusiasm. Christian Pozimski, the hotel’s head chef, is a truly gifted chef, and delivered such delicious food to an incredible standard to every single guest at the wedding. All the staff pf The West Cork Hotel are amazing. They made everyone feel looked-after, relaxed and comfortable and they work tirelessly to make sure that everything runs smoothly and timely on the day. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they all helped make our day very special and very memorable. We cannot thank them enough for all they did for us.”  

www.westcorkhotel.com


Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds
Paul Delaney & Patrick Reynolds

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