February 19, 2016 - Dublin City Hall and Trinity City Hotel
Mark White, a hairdresser, met Kerwin Villalobos, a
Venezuelan dancer, on a night out in Dublin in May 2013. The pair, who now
reside in Cabra, quickly hit it off and a whirlwind romance led Mark to propose
the same year. They went on a romantic getaway to Paris and Kerwin was taken by
surprise when Mark got down on one knee at the ever so romantic Eiffel Tower.
Planning was in full swing and these two lovebirds wed on
Feb 19, 2016. The ceremony took place at Dublin City Hall and they joined 50 of
their closest friends and family at Trinity City Hotel for celebrations.
THE WEDDING DETAILS
The couple chose to wear 1916 attire to commemorate the 1916
rising and to recognise how far Ireland has come since then. The flowers were
orange roses and white crests to complement their army green suits. The cake
was a 1916 proclamation which was designed by NuMu bespoke cakes. The music for
the celebration was a mixture of karaoke and classic Venezuelan music.
Photographer David Stephenson captured the day perfectly and the couple are
delighted with their wedding album.
Mark and Kerwin’s wedding was chosen to feature on RTE’s ‘Don’t
Tell The Bride.’ Their wedding and the lead up to it played out in front of
hundreds of thousands of people and the guys were a big hit with viewers.
Because they only had three weeks to plan the wedding there was no invites,
just messages through Facebook and phone calls. The couple chose the 1916
rising as a theme so that they could recognise how far Ireland has come in the
last century, especially since the marriage referendum, “I think initially
people’s reaction was that our theme didn’t make much sense but after
explaining why I chose this avenue people could really see what we were going
for. So, I suppose thank you to all the good citizens of Ireland for letting us
have this opportunity.”
THE WEDDING TEAM
Giulianna Vozza and Mark White did hair and makeup on the
day and Philip Byers officiated the ceremony. Their wedding car was a 1940’s
convertible army jeep from the 1916 museum. The boys had pictures printed out
from the time they have spent together and used them as table decorations to
add a personal touch. They also put out scrolls with a poem on them to thank
their guests for attending and supporting them on their special day.
Mark’s favourite memory of the day was finally getting to
see Kerwin after three weeks apart. Mark invited Kerwin’s mother to be a
surprise guest at the wedding, “Kerwin had not seen his mother in nearly three
years, so I arranged for her to be a surprise guest at the wedding.”
What was your experience like at Trinity City Hotel?
“Absolutely fantastic, all of the staff at The Trinity City
Hotel were so accommodating especially the manager Adam, who bent over
backwards to make sure our day was perfect from start to finish. The venue
itself is quite opulent vintage and fit perfectly with our theme.”