Treasa and Padraig's beautiful Dingle Skellig Hotel wedding wouldn’t have happened if they hadn’t met by chance while both volunteering with Cork Simon at their emergency shelter.

“Our first proper date involved a trip to West Cork including a visit to Dunworley beach. We sat and talked for hours there and watched the sun set, we were so lost in conversation that the tide had begun coming in so we ended up having to walk through the water to get back out. It was an amazing day and date followed by a meal at the Pink Elephant in Kilbritain,” remembers Padraig.

The beach is a recurring theme in their story, as that’s where Padraig chose to propose. He surprised Treasa on her birthday in Spanish Point in Clare, and after a walk on the beach near their hotel, Padraig brought her towards an old ruin on the grounds of the hotel. “When we got there, there was champagne, strawberries and then I got down on one knee. The skies opened and a heavy shower of hailstone fell as I asked and Treasa said yes,” he says.

When it came to planning, a south or west coast wedding was the plan from the beginning. They were drawn to a Dingle Skellig Hotel wedding because of the stunning views on the grounds, both outside and from the function room, the friendliness of the staff and the hotel’s foodie reputation. “The additional second day option of using their sister hotel Benners in Dingle town for the after party was great. Aisling looked after us and exceeded all our expectations for the after party,” says Padraig.

While the views originally drew them in, it was the staff that made their wedding for them. “Looking back today it was the friendliness and helpfulness of the hotel staff and their genuine concern throughout the day that it went well for us. Specifically here we need to acknowledge Rosarii Galvin and her support in the weeks leading up to the wedding, we are certain that many things would have slipped by us only for her.”

They chose to have a humanist ceremony in the grounds of the hotel. They had everything crossed in the days leading up to the wedding as the wet weather had meant they were likely going to have to relocate their ceremony indoors. “Thankfully, the afternoon before the wedding, things cleared up and it remained fine throughout the wedding day,” he says.

One of the difficult parts of planning for the couple came when Treasa’s mum became ill in the month’s leading up to the wedding and had to undergo major surgery. “Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to attend the ceremony or the wedding but made it to the hotel for the duration of the wedding. Treasa had breakfast with mom on the morning of the wedding which was lovely and we had some great moments with her throughout the day and weekend. Thanks to my nephew Callum, we managed to facetime her the ceremony! Mom’s illness put the wedding into perspective and in the weeks leading up, we weren’t worried about small things and in the end we were just happy all our family were there to celebrate with us,” says Padraig.

The best memories of the day in the end for the pair? “The beautiful weather and being able to have the ceremony outside were the two outstanding memories along with Treasa looking absolutely amazing,” says Padraig.

One of their planning ‘mistakes’ was not booking their suppliers early enough, as some they wanted were booked up early. Padraig says it was good luck rather than good planning that they had excellent vendors in the end, but the couple’s advice for other’s planning their weddings might be why their wedding played out perfectly when the day came.

“Build up a relationship with your service suppliers. You’ll get a sense of them, and they will know what will work for you. Trust them also as they have the experience but also don’t be afraid to put your own mark on the day.” Solid advice, Padraig!

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