Real Kerry Weddings


A picture perfect day for Collette and Alan

Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
It starts like the opening scene in a movie. Collette, a native of Glanmire Co. Cork, took a trip down to Valentia Island to work on her tan. She knew she might risk some sun burn but little did she know that she would light a fire in her Cork heart that sunny afternoon. Enter Alan Lyne, the man of Collette’s dreams!

They hit it off right away and have been inseparable ever since. The happy couple now live together in London.

Alan set the scene for the most romantic proposal on a trip to Paris for Collette’s birthday. He popped the question at the Trocadero with the lights of the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background, of course Collette said yes and the two set about planning their big day.

They chose to celebrate their wedding on September 10, 2016 with their ceremony and reception both held at the Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney.

Collette’s hen party was a weekend long adventure in sunny Barcelona and Alan celebrated his stag party with his close friends in Galway City.

Fiona Rochford and Aideen Lambe were Collette’s gorgeous bridesmaids and the handsome groomsmen were Raymond Lyne and Colm Casey. Caoimhe Long was adorable as flowergirl.

Collette wore a beautiful Martina Liana bridal gown from Angelica Bridal, London and Alan wore a suit from Tom Murphy Menswear. They decided to DIY the wedding invitations with the help of their graphic designer friend and they looked great.

The talented Lucy O’Connor did the bride’s makeup and Kerry McDonagh of Final Dimensions Salon completed her look with a fabulous hair style. Tie The Knot Weddings in Abbeyfeale provided all floral arrangements for the wedding day and they looked superb.

Fiona Kennedy performed at the ceremony and continued with an acoustic set throughout the drinks reception. The band Sway Social performed after the meal and into the night keeping everybody on the dancefloor for hours and hours. The newlyweds shared their first dance to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Tenerife Sea’, Collette walked up the aisle to Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’ and the happy couple left the ceremony to George Harrison’s upbeat tune ‘Got my Mind Set on You’.

“Probably when we were walking back down the aisle having just tied the knot. I remember beaming from ear to ear with all our friends and family cheering us on. It was a great feeling having all our friends and family there for that moment,” Collette remembers.

Collette and Alan literally ‘tied the knot’ by including the old celtic tradition of binding their hands together with a ribbon and tying a knot in it. A poem was read out as this went on and the ribbon was preserved in an engraved box as a keepsake from that special moment.

The bride and groom had M&Ms in their respective county colours available at the drinks reception as well as a wishing well in lieu of a guest book. Guests wrote their well wishes on a card and dropped it into the mini wishing well. Each guest’s name was handwritten onto a piece of Valentia slate that the guests could take home with them. They also had a life size cut-out of a Volkswagen Camper Van as a photobooth and photo props at the reception.

Alan was very involved in the planning of their wedding day, “We did a lot of the finishing touches by hand ourselves. In the week leading up to the wedding Alan even made some lawn games to keep the guests entertained during the drinks reception.”

Collette has some wisdom to impart on all you brides-to-be, “If you’re making any creative touches yourself, like decorations or favours, make sure you get these out of the way early. Try to make the week leading up to the wedding as relaxing and stress-free as possible. The last thing you want to be doing is scrambling around trying to get things finished in time.”

The wedding day was blissfully sunny for Collette and Alan, but this caused a bit of a problem during the ceremony, “unfortunately, when it came to exchanging rings, the heat meant that Alan’s ring was a struggle to squeeze on. Ciara captured this moment brilliantly in the photos and makes us laugh every time we see it,” Collette recalls.

Tell us about your experience with Ciara O’Donnell photography
“Ciara was great to work with. she made everyone feel so comfortable on the day. this came across in the photos as everyone looked natural and at ease. Many of the guests complimented her friendly manner and easy going approach. she had some great ideas for pictures and also welcomed any suggestions we had ourselves.”

Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne
Collette Long & Alan Lyne

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