Jennifer and Trevor's wedding at Innishannon House Hotel came about after almost a decade together. They first met in 2007 when Jennifer's friend moved into an apartment next to Trevor's in Cork City. "We instantly clicked, got on very well and the years have just flown by," says Jennifer.
They got engaged in September 2015 in the Plitvice National Park in Croatia. It's one of the most spectacular places ever, a forest filled with waterfalls and emerald coloured lakes. We were hiking, and Trevor had the ring hidden in the back pocket of his shorts and I kept slapping his bum (unknowingly) for the craic while hiking! Trevor said he was on edge. We then stopped to eat a banana and when I turned around Trevor was down on one knee with a ring. It was completely unexpected as we had agreed to look at buying a house and to not get hitched! He had thrown me off the scent, such a wonderful surprise," she says.
The couple decided at the beginning of the wedding planning process that they weren't going to let the stress take over. "It served us in the end. We had a relaxed and natural day," says Jennifer. "I loved every minute of it. We met some amazingly talented people and made some really great new friends! It is quite intense and overwhelming at times especially if your tying to stick to a budget."
They had the ceremony at Gougane Barra Church, so they stayed the night before in Gougane Barra Hotel. Around 40 people from the wedding were staying the night, and there was a full blown storm all night. "I spent the night in the bridal suite with my parents and could hear the rain and wind all night, it felt like the hotel was shaking!" says Jennifer.
They woke up the next morning not to the view of the lake they expected, but to a total flood. The lake had flooded for the first time in 23 years. "There was no path left to get to the church. The church decorations needed to go up and the priest couldn’t get over to the church. At 11.30am it began to clear, and by 12.30 (the time of our wedding) it had cleared and we were able to reach the church via car," she remembers.
Before it cleared however, Jennifer's sister and maid of honour Amy was the unsung hero of the day, getting the church ready despite the flood. "
"At 10am, with no hair or make up done yet, she kitted herself out in wellies and carried the other bridesmaids and some friends over and back to the church, on her back, through the flood with the wedding decorations to do the church! I was watching all of this via the window and snapchat from the bridal suite and the craic was mighty. It added a lot of laughter and fun to the wedding morning," Jennifer laughs.
The couple and their 96 guests went back to Innishannon House Hotel after the ceremony. "We had our reception at the Innishannon House Hotel. It was an amazing location with beautiful gardens next to the water. It has such a homely feeling and the food was delish," says Jennifer.
When they first saw each other at the church, it was a wedding highlight for the couple. "Seeing each other at the church was a special moment, there’s such a build up to the day and when it finally arrives it definitely feels magical," says Jennifer.
Jennifer says their wedding was a perfect reflection of the pair as a couple so they wouldn't change a thing. Their one piece of advice for couples getting married stems from just that. "Stay true to yourself and to make the most of every moment. It goes by so quickly," she says.
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