Kasandra and Phil always said they would never get married, but after twenty years together, she asked him to marry her – and he said yes! Despite really wanting to run off to Mexico to get married, they couldn’t afford it so decided to bring some of the passion and colour of their favourite country into their Dublin celebration. They had a big family wedding on Kasandra’s 50th birthday!
Both Kasandra and Phil are visual people – Kasandra is the head of the Irish Film Archive and Phil works for the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland – so they wanted a quirky, colourful and retro vibe for the occasion that reflected their style. Kasandra wore a dress from the Pretty Dress Company that she had admired for ages. She made herself a wrap from a piece of fabric that she’d bought in a fabric shop in Dublin, and her headpiece was a last minute creation by her maid of honour after deciding she looked a little too twee in the dress alone and needed something to make her look more ferocious! Frida Kahlo would be proud.
Bren and Cha’s spring wedding in Dublin was all about the fun. They moved between two venues in the city: The country pub, Anglers Rest, for the ceremony and then on to the reception at their favourite nightclub. The Grand Social. The bride paid €50 for her dress in a charity shop and got it customised to suit her style. Chucky and the Bride of Chucky made multiple appearances, and their friends played a huge part in the day from making the bouquet, decorating the reception venue, DJing, to making the wedding cake.
The pair met at college, studying film. “We are both big film nerds, so I’d say if there was any theme to our day, it was that. Each table was named after our favourite romantic films, from The Apartment to Bride of Chucky, with a corresponding framed still with an appropriate quote. We just wanted to ensure that we reflected ourselves and our tastes completely. We wanted to feel comfortable, relaxed, happy and joyful, and to give all of our beloved friends and family a cracking day out.”
When a bride says she has a thing for skulls, you know she means it when they’re right there in the design of her wedding dress! And when you hear the couple married in a jail, you imagine it to be a dark and moody setting. Not a bit of it! This is one beautifully light and airy wedding with just the right amount of edge.
Sam and Leo met through a roller derby. “Leo was a referee and I was a skater for Cork City Firebirds. Leo had joined the club about a year before I had. Even though we had never met before then, we quickly realised that we had actually moved in the same circles for many years, going to gigs and hanging out in the same bars, but our paths never crossed until that point.”
As with all good weddings, the day, held in the West Wing of Cork City Gaol, with the reception following at Jacobs on the Mall, mixed together elements that represent the couple, both together and as individuals. “We both have a love for anything alternative. I have a thing for skulls; my engagement ring has skulls on it. Leo is a huge heavy metal fan, so we tied the two of those things together and had a lot of colour and skulls for décor. The table names came from popular gig venues both local and abroad.” And it also happened precisely the way they wanted it to, with a break from tradition, “We shied away from the typical Irish wedding of the church and hotel and did our own thing. We had a non-religious ceremony in an historical venue and held our reception in a restaurant, which we took over for the day. We had complete control from beginning to end.”