February 26, 2016 - Ballyroe Heights Hotel
Ruairi Foley did not have to travel far to find the woman of
his dreams, in fact he found Elaine Flanagan, originally from Kanturk Co. Cork,
behind the bar at his local pub. “I spent some time in Caherciveen working in
my friend’s pub, and Ruairi used to come into the pub at weekends with his
friends. We were good friends for a long
time before anything happened, I always really enjoyed his company and looked
forward to seeing him more and more, then one thing led to another.”
A romantic proposal over dinner in Killarney surprised
Elaine so much she was lost for words. A date was set for February 26, 2016
with the civil ceremony and reception at Ballyroe Heights Hotel. The couple
shared their day with 75 guests.
THE WEDDING PARTY
The stunning Annette O’ Connor went down
the aisle ahead of Elaine along with the charming best man, Kevin Kelliher.
Elaine’s niece Katelyn O’ Connor was the gorgeous flowergirl and the couple’s
two sons Conor and Darren were handsome as pageboys. Conor also walked Elaine
up the aisle which was such a special moment between mother and son.
THE WEDDING DETAILS
Christy’s Home Bakery in Tralee made the
fabulous cake. It was red velvet and
chocolate biscuit, it went down a treat with everyone. Every Occasion Florist provided the beautiful
floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception. Custom Candle House
supplied candles for the wedding, they also provided a lovely charm with a
picture of the bride’s parents on it that she could tie to her bouquet.
Hilsers, Tralee supplied the gorgeous engagement ring and
the bride had her own reasons for going after the perfect wedding band, “For my
wedding ring, I really wanted to do something with my late mother’s wedding
band but after going to a few jewelers I had to give up on the idea, however I
ended up getting a beautiful wedding band in Ferini Jewelers in Caherciveen.”
Elaine was radiant on the big day with thanks to Endless
Beauty, Firies for pre-wedding beauty preparations. Marie Heasman beautified
the bride with her makeup talent and Expose Hair Studio, Tralee finished off
her look with a gorgeous hair style.
Skyboyz Band played at the start of the night and had
everybody in the mood for a great night. DJ Donal played for a bit before and
then again for the night after the band, he was a real crowd-pleaser and they
were all up dancing the night away.
Tara O’ Donoghue Photography captured the couple’s precious
memories and created a gorgeous wedding album for them to cherish for years to
come. JM Video Studio caught the day on film meaning the bride and groom missed
absolutely nothing that happened.
The bride’s family provided the ceremony music, “I’m very
lucky to have a very musical family, so my cousins were kind enough to do my
music for my ceremony, the music was just lovely, it was great to pick whatever
songs I wanted, and they learned whatever songs I asked.”
Suits Select, Tralee provided the suits for the groom and
The newlyweds chose to keep the day after the wedding a
quiet one, they had a family gathering the night before the wedding so by the
time the following day came around everyone was tired. The pair met a few of
their friends and family for dinner for a low key gathering.
Elaine’s favourite moment was having her
son Conor walk her down the aisle and having her family around for the day,
“Having my family around, especially my brother and his family coming over from
Australia for the wedding, it made the build up so exciting for it. It was so special for me to have my seven
year old son, Conor walk me up the aisle, my father has Alzheimer’s so was too
unwell to attend the wedding, so it was so special for me to have my right hand
man with me to help me out. My mother
also passed away over four years ago so it was hard for me not having either of
my parents there, but I was happy to have my boys and my siblings around to
keep me occupied and to keep my mind off things. There was just such an exciting, giddy
feeling the day before and the morning of the wedding, and we just had so much
fun on the day itself, there was no stress at all, we just laughed and danced
the night away,” Elaine remembers.
To entertain the kids the bride and
groom organised a DJ to do a little disco when they were finished their dinner
and while the adults were finishing up theirs, they had an absolute ball and it
allowed the adults to relax for a while and stopped the kids from getting
bored. There were 15 children at the wedding, so they had to think of something
that they would all have fun with.
Tell us about your experience with Ballyroe Heights Hotel?
“Because I work in the hotel industry, I know how important it is to have the
right venue for your wedding, and we felt it especially important that the
venue was right because of having the civil ceremony there also, where our
guests would all be in the same place for the entire day. It was very important
that we picked a hotel that were completely dedicated to doing weddings and had
a relaxed atmosphere and Ballyroe Heights Hotel kept coming up from people’s
www.ballyroe.com How was your experience working with Tara Donoghue Photography?
“Tara and Dave were fantastic, great fun to be with, Tara was amazing with me
the morning of the wedding, she was like the un-official bridesmaid, she made
sure that we were ready in time to have 10 minutes in the room before I had to
leave for the ceremony, just to sit back, and basically take it all in, and in
hindsight, that was really important. I couldn’t have been more grateful to her
keeping the vibe in the room relaxed and just having a laugh all morning. The pictures they took completely captured
everything that we wanted for the day, just a relaxed, fun day out, we really
couldn’t be happier with them, they were just great, I also think Dave was
great to keep Ruairi calm while waiting for the whole thing to start, and just
keeping him entertained basically.”