When Yorkshire-born Beth met Chris in London from County Clare, their two worlds collided. As soon as Beth heard his Irish accent and established his faith, she knew there was a hope for them. “It was really important to her to find someone that shared faith and she definitely didn’t expect to meet someone on a night out and discover this!” said Beth. They had a whirl-wind romance which led them to Chris’ proposal one Sunny Sunday afternoon last year in a private garden in Pimlico, London. Followed by their wedding day in June this year in Doonbeg, West Clare, Ireland.
It was a wedding that broke many traditions, the first being it was the Groom’s home County they chose. Chris took Beth to the Trump International Golf Links Hotel and beach at Doonbeg and she fall in love with the place – the beautiful coastline, the breath-taking cliffs. The pair dated for dated for two and a half years and in this time their joint love of adventure grew together which resulted in their wedding day offering surfing, golfing, horse riding and long-walks on the beach. They wanted to make the experience memorable for everyone, especially guests travelling from England and the US and so planned three days of events surrounding their special day.
On the morning of the wedding day, Beth and her seven Bridesmaids and Flower Girl got ready in a Courtyard suite with a sea-view, a moment’s walk to the entrance steps.
Beth managed to find her dream Pronovias dress in a sample sale in London and did some DIY to make it even more personalised to her.
The champagne-pink Bridesmaid dresses were sourced from the sustainable brand, Reformation.
Bridesmaid and beauty business owner, Miabella Ristorp of SMUK London did the Bride’s hair and makeup. Beth choose to have natural curls, some up, some down. Her makeup was by the organic makeup brand Kjaer Weis and was simple and natural.
As the wedding was in Ireland, Beth chose a local Florist, the Flower Den to curate the natural flower collection using mainly eucalyptus, white and dusty pink roses, peonies, hydrangeas and other foliage. Beth’s sister Jo, business owner and stationery designer of Fly by Free designed all the wedding stationary and decorations.
The Bride and Groom married on site, in the venue’s members lounge, officiated by Beth’s brother Jonny, under a stunning flower arch. The couple designed every part of the service, including a selection of live worship songs and a beautifully spoken wedding message all performed by their friends. It was a heart-felt and moving service experienced by everyone in the room, even the Reception staff commented that they were moved by the event.
Afterward, the couple danced off the aisle and into their confetti moment. As guests enjoyed champagne and canapes, the couple were able to escape for some private photos on the beachfront. The Bride even enjoyed a moment riding a horse in her wedding dress, really revealing her adventurous side. “something she always wanted to do“
The evening commenced with a 5* local food menu of the highest culinary experience. Dinner was followed by speeches from both fathers, the Groom, the Maids of Honour, The Best Man and the Bride herself, breaking another wedding tradition.
The couple enjoyed a ballroom dance, as guests looked on, with live music from the Celtic Factor’s harpist and Beth’s brother-in-law, a professional singer. The Groom and guests then enjoyed a surprise Irish dance by the Bride and her Maid of Honour, “a moment that will go down in history, for the Irish clan,” says the Groom and his second favourite moment of the day, after saying “I do” of course.
Wedding venue: Trump International Doonbeg || Bride: Beth O’Neill|| Groom: Chris O’Neill|| Bride’s Wedding Dress: Pronovias || Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo|| Bride’s Hair and Makeup: SMUK London|| Groom’s Suit: Tom James || Wedding Bands: Untold Jewellery || Flowers: The Flower Den || Stationary: Fly Free by Jo || Cake: Trace of Cakes|| Photography: Maleen Johannsen||