Janet and Richie's big day at Clonabreany House, Co Meath
Janet and Richie from Co Meath got married at Clonabreany House last year and feature in Confetti's 25 Real Irish Weddings. Their day was captured by We are the Mastersons.
The couple met by total chance in a nightclub back in 2005. After being forced to go on a night out by her friend Michelle, Janet was introduced to Richie by a stranger who was talking to the group. “Richie seemed to pop up every now and again during the rest of the night! We bumped into each other again outside and swapped numbers. Even though I made a mistake when storing his number, we still somehow managed to arrange a date for two nights later.”
“It was Christmas Eve 2010 and it was snowing heavily. We’d been doing some last-minute shopping and he seemed to be in a bit of a mood – I just put it down to the fact that he was shopping! When we got home we decided to go for a walk. I asked if anyone was likely to see us and he said no, so I put on my wellies, an old jumper and one of his old hats. We drove up to the Hill of Tara in Meath and after about ten minutes Richie asked me to hold the torch and he started shuffling around in his coat with his back to me. When he turned around he got down on one knee in the snow and proposed to me. It’s a totally surreal memory; a moment that happened when I least expected it!”
It took Janet and Richie just over 15 months to plan their wedding. “We were originally planning to get married within a year but we were enjoying the engagement so much that we didn’t want to let it pass in a whirlwind of planning. It was more or less just the two of us planning the wedding but Pearl and Godiva recommended suppliers and styled a lot of our wedding. The most stressful part of the wedding was finding the time to do it. I decided mid-engagement to start my own business, Little White Dress. Richie also runs his own business and every other moment is spent with our very energetic two-year-old, Patrick.”
“As we were leaving the house we noticed there was a tear at the top of my veil - no doubt from me rushing, so my sister Ann had to fix it up for me. Then we met roadworks on the way that held us up even more so I eventually arrived at the church very late. I wasn’t superstitious about getting married on Friday the 13th but it was convenient to blame the date for my late arrival!”
“The singular moment of the evening was when I was standing on stage singing my heart out, seeing Patrick with my parents and Richie dancing madly in the middle of the crowd. I knew I was the luckiest girl in the world.” says Janet.
Dress: Claire Pettibone/ Reception Dress: Tobi Hannah/ Bridesmaids: Coast/ Menswear: Hackett London/ Groomsmens’ suits: Moss/ Flowers: Wild Floral Couture/ Hair: Ben Garry, Navan, Co Meath/ Make-up: Aoife Ryan, MAC/ Stationery: Rachel O’Reilly/ Printing: Dot Print/ Wedding Signage: Finer Details/ Transport: Absolute Wedding Cars/ Rings: Donovan and Matson/ Music: Craddog and Ray O’Hare/ Reception Music: Caitriona Mongey and Spring Break/ Service: Church of the Assumption, Kentstown, Co Meath/ Reception: Clonabreany House/ Photography: We are the Mastersons/ Videography: We are Catch/ Honeymoon: Dubai