The Old Hall Ely | Eilish & Brendan
Eilish & Brendan
The Old Hall Ely
In their own words
Where did you first meet?
Bedford on a night out
Who popped the question and how?
Brendan popped the question on 3rd June 2018. We were on holiday and had just finished our 12 days in South Africa and had arrived in Mauritius for our final 5 days. The first night in Mauritius Brendan asked me to leave the bar & go and have a look at the beach with him. I was very resistant to this idea as I’d be leaving my drink and getting sand in my shoes after a shower! Eventually, he persuaded me by offering to clean my feet after and get me another drink. Fair deal! We were looking over the bay and he got down on one knee but unfortunately, I thought he was tying his shoelace so looked away. He tapped me and I looked back and couldn’t believe it when he asked! He had carried the ring in our hand luggage the entire holiday and I had no idea! I was impressed & over the moon
Wedding planning, the good, bad and fabulous
Loved wedding planning, I love a spreadsheet as it’s all I use at work as Quantity Surveyor crunching numbers and reporting on our cost and value. So I was in my element! It was great booking things and making the day personal to us. Track your spend and drive cost down where you can. The bad parts were the week before the wedding… nobody tells you how hard that is and how much time you will actually need to get everything where it needs to be!! 3 days was just about enough time off before and we were rushed off our feet, getting suits and dresses etc all where they needed to be, dropping things to the venue, dropping things to the church, sorting Buttonholes and corsages, order of service, the plan for ushers, timings, photograph lists, cleaning house, packing bags! But it was all worth it in the end ❤️
How was day through your eyes?
Our day for me was just perfect. From the minute I woke up, everything went to plan, I was actually early and I am always late for everything so it was a miracle. The getting ready was so relaxed and calm and I was worried as I’m a bit of a clean freak with my house so getting 7 people ready there plus hair and makeup was playing on my mind a bit. But my worries were unnecessary and it was great. We got to the church on time, the service was funny and uplifting and I was so pleased it wasn’t delivered too stern. Jess our lab behaved perfectly bringing the rings down the aisle and the wind made for a couple of great photos! Despite the constant vertical veil. The drive to the church in the rolls Royce was relaxed and lovely to hear how each other mornings went. Upon arrival at the venue, we had some great pictures and our little people posed fabulously! The magician was working his magic, especially with page boy Taylor. The speeches came and well, my mum singing to me left us speechless. It was so touching and she had actually been having singing lessons leading up to the wedding! And nobody knew she was planning on doing that! Dad was Dad, witty and off the cuff! Brendan’s was just so lovely he captured everything. Best man Ben… typical best man speech with all the laughs. The singing waiters made our day. We could see our guests totally baffled by the strange man making a random speech in the middle of the wedding and just as frowns started to appear on faces they broke into Queen! It was fab the guests really embraced it and it was just brilliant. Broke the ice and the atmosphere was buzzing for when the evening guests arrived. We then had the cake cut and first dance. To have my sister (MOH) sing our first dance song made our day. She sang so beautifully everyone was mesmerised, including Brendan & I! Stunning. Then just as people thought it was over, in skipped the Irish dancers! I had danced myself for 8 years when I was younger and competed too so this really brought back memories plus being half Irish it went down well keeping me attached to my roots and I think the guests loved it too. The night brought rain and wow I’ve never been so grateful for rain! Because those raindrop photos are out of this bloody world! And it was lovely to just muck about for a few minutes with just us and our amazing photographers and hear the sound Of the rain on our umbrella! Eventually, we said goodnight and fell into bed reminiscing on a perfect day with huge smiles on our faces.
What was your favourite part of the day
Too many! Walking out of the church after our vows as husband & wife knowing we had married our soulmates. Speeches and singing waiters. To hear all the lovely things from the people that mean the most to us and to then see our guests having a ball was so satisfying and heartwarming for us to be able to make everyone enjoy themselves. And Sorcha singing our first dance, it was emotive, personal and perfect.
Any tips you learnt along the way which may be useful for other brides or what would you change?
Have minimal People with you to get ready, and plan in additional time so you have some leeway if things take slightly longer than planned. Then you won’t get stressed as you need to stay calm, it’s so important to be able to enjoy your day. I’m so pleased I listened to that advice as I felt so relaxed on the day, and considering I am a stress head it was an achievement. Draw the line somewhere on getting too hung up in planning logistics and hotels etc for your guests. All it does is stress you out and they are more than capable so leave it to them or don’t be afraid to ask your bridal party to help… leading up to the wedding I should have done this! My control-freak ways couldn’t let go but, you trust your bridesmaids so ask for help if you need it. Lastly…. Absorb it and enjoy it!!
Who were your suppliers.
Florist: Susan Lee Dress: Shades of White, designer Allure Suits: Marc Darcy Bridesmaids dresses: Vinibelle Flower girl dresses: JJS house Hair & Make up: Lipstick & Hairpins Car: lady B cars Wedding cake: sponges by Toms Cakes, Fruit cake and sugarcraft flower by mother of bride Band: the distractions Magician: Matthew Garrett Singing waiters: secret singers Videographer; Graham Crane Venue: Old Hall Love signs: optimum Irish dancers: Cambridge school of Irish dancers
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