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,
Collette’s hen party was a weekend long adventure in sunny
Barcelona and Alan celebrated his stag party with his close friends in Galway
THE WEDDING PARTY
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.
THE WEDDING TEAM
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
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