Kim and Barry met in his native Glasgow, just as Kim was finishing up her degree in Primary Education. “It was actually two days before I was due to leave,” Kim recalls. “We quickly became inseparable – I had a feeling, even in those early days, that my plans were about to change.”

It was Christmas morning in 2014 when Barry popped the question. The couple were in The Curragh for Christmas, taking a walk with their three-year-old son Max, keen to take his new tricycle for a ride. “On the way back to the car I turned back to take in the view and saw Barry, on bended knee, asking me to marry him.” To say Kim was shocked would be an understatement. “I said yes when I managed to find the words,” she laughs. “I don’t think I spoke for the next hour.”

Martinstown House, says Kim, “ticked every box for us.” The private country residence in The Curragh has its own miniature park and offers breakfast on the day – which gave Kim, Barry and their families and friends. “Everyone was so relaxed,” Kim remembers. “The atmosphere in the room was one of merriment and celebration, and it really set the tone for the day.”

After breakfast, the couple said their goodbyes and prepared for the lunchtime ceremony. It was officiated by Siobhan Walls, a humanist celebrant who, says Kim, “managed to grab the attention of the guests right from the opening moments and made Barry and I feel relaxed throughout.”

Back at Martinstown House, the couple continued their celebrations with a “relaxed garden party”. In fact, they were so relaxed that, Kim laughs, “we forgot to cut our beautiful wedding cake!”

Kim says the couple wouldn’t do anything differently. “From the very beginning, we made a list of the things that were of greatest importance to us,” she states. “We wanted to allocate the greatest proportion of our budget to the location of the venue, the food and the music. With regards to décor, I used Pinterest for inspiration and sourced a lot of items myself.”

Ultimately she says, the best advice she could give any couple preparing to tie the knot would be, “do it your way! And don’t sweat the small stuff, because nobody will notice. Most importantly, enjoy the day!”

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