Real Bride: It was Epic, My favourite memory of our day was our ceremony.
We met lovely Una at a designer day in Cork at our Irish stockist, Bella Bleu. She was so nice that we ended up designing a bespoke piece for her.
Una fell in love with a dress that was based on our pearl encrusted Lily Raindrop dress, which had pearls carefully hand embellished on a georgette silk base, worn over a fitted bias cut, V-neck plunging back dress and soft A-line skirt. We couldn't wait to catch up with Una and find out more about her iddylic Mediterranean lakeside wedding.
Do you have any other special memories from the day? Can you share with us some special things that happened?
Márton and I got married in a vineyard next to Lake Balaton in Hungary.
I decided to spend the morning alone to gather myself for the rest of the day. The lovely staff in the vineyard brought me breakfast, and I spent a few hours by myself thinking about what was coming and keeping myself calm. Then later on, as the hairdresser and make-up person arrived my mother, bridesmaids and friends came to spend the few hours before the ceremony together.
The ceremony was in a garden, conveniently located down a flight of about 30 steep steps, so I asked two of my other girlfriends to walk with me down the steps. Then I walked down the aisle, alone, to Elgar's Nimrod. Walking towards Marci was one of the most profound moments of my life. I have never felt more like I was exactly where I was supposed to be.
My favourite memory of our day was our ceremony.
We really wanted it to be very personal and special, and most importantly we wanted to involve our friends.
The local registrar attended and she did all of the necessary legal bits very quickly. One of our groomsmen translated for us and our guests. We asked our funniest friend Adam to be our officiant, and he wrote a short ceremony. He is Jewish and as part of our ceremony he had Marci smash a glass! We wrote our own vows, and I found saying them and hearing Marci's very emotional.
Did you have bridesmaids?
My bridesmaids were my oldest friend Maeve and my sister Róisín. They wore beautiful cornflower blue cotton dresses from Ted Baker. keeping cool in the heat was a very important factor when choosing their dresses.
What was the speech like?
Oh I forgot to add, aside from the bestman and Marton, all of our speeches were given by women. Myself, My mother, Marci's mother and grandmother, and my 3 girlfriends. A friend commented after the speeches that perhaps the reason that speeches were traditionally not given by the ladies is because everyone's make up is ruined after because of the tears!
It was Epic!
We had the Hungarian language speeches translated into English and vice versa, and we left booklets under the tables so people could follow along the ones they did not understand
Why did you get married in Hungary?
Marton (or Marci) my husband, is Hungarian. He spent many of his summers holiday beside Lake Balaton and it is very special to him. It was one of the first places he brought me when I first visited Hungary with him and it is a truly beautiful place. The other advantages to a Hungarian wedding were the vineyard location and the weather!
Did you have any unforeseen surprises on the day or in the lead-up?
We had a little mishap on the day of the wedding itself. When I was laying everything out for getting ready, I realised that I had left the belt in the house in Budapest. With only two hrs to go before our ceremony, and a five-hour round trip between us and the belt, we had to improvise. My father-in-law drove like Jenson Button to a nearby bridal boutique 30mins away. The shop was due to close but she stayed open until he arrived with my best friend Sarah. They bought metres of ivory silk ribbon and brought it back to me. In the meantime, my Mum sewed the silk offcuts you had given me for pocket squares ( the groomsmen's waistcoats had no pockets, thankfully!!!) into a replica sash, and when the ribbon arrived joined it all together for length! It is funny in retrospect, but I was distraught at the time!! Thankfully my dress was still the magical creation we planned.
We also found out a few days before the wedding that I was pregnant! So in the photos I am sending you, we were keeping a very exciting secret! Needless to say, I had to skip the offerings of the vineyard, and the Irish gin bar we had set up for our guests! Auróra Deli was born on February 1st, 8 months to the day after our June 1st wedding. She is a delight! And I am very glad to be on maternity leave at the moment, and not in the ICU.
In recent weeks I have been watching your efforts for the NHS with admiration. I trained as a doctor at Warwick University and worked for the NHS for five years before returning home to Cork. I am truly touched by what you have been doing for my colleagues in this unusual time, and wanted to thank you.
What you are the things you’re most looking forward to after lockdown?
We had a baby girl three months ago, and she has not been to meet a lot of her family in Budapest. We are really looking forward to bringing her to Hungary to meet everyone.
And I'm really, really looking forward to hugs!!
As a bride who has got married, do you have any helpful advice and tips for other brides in a similar position and are planning for weddings next year?
The best advice I have for brides is to just stay cool and relaxed.
Easier said than done I know, and I managed to avoid any major meltdowns until the day before!! They are inevitable, they will happen, but as long as you remember WHY you are getting married in the first place then it's easy to move past any stress.
Your wedding day, distilled down to the essentials, is not about the flowers or the table plan or the odd relatives creating havoc.
It is about You, Your Love and commiting yourselves to a life together. Nothing else matters. Except "The Dress" of course!!
Photographer: Katalin Kustany - http://emlekalmodo.hu
Venue: Villa Patzay - https://www.villapatzay.hu
Bridesmaid - Ted Baker