Newly wed Gwen Quin Butler gave us an exclusive interview after her big day.
We worked closely with Gwen to make sure she got the perfect jewellery and hair piece for her big day to compliment her amazing dress. Gwen looked so stunning on her special day that we wanted to share her wedding with our customers to provide some inspiration for your wedding looks.
Check out our interview below with Gwen:
Where did you buy your dress and how long before the wedding?
I bought my dress in Say I Do in Midleton in February for my September wedding. I had got engaged Christmas Eve. I had seen 3 dresses online and had rang them and they stocked one of them. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew instantly. I just took my mum with me. It was a Pronovias lace dress with sleeves and a high neck.I knew I wanted sleeves and a dress that would be timeless.
Who did your hair?
Aisling Kelleher did my hair. She was recommended by a friend and she said brides plan their date around her availability so that was good enough for me. I wanted nothing Boho. I wanted a classic high undo especially as my dress was so covered up. Aisling did exactly what I asked and was such a pleasure and so much fun to have around on the wedding morning.
Who did your makeup?
Jennifer Keating did my make up. She is a friend and had done my make up for other events including my engagement party. A dark eye is my signature look and I stayed true to that on my wedding day even though some say it’s a no no. I loved my make up so much and Jennifer is so amazing at her job and really upbeat and fun. Having a positive crew around on the morning makes all the difference.
Where did you buy your accessories?
I knew I’d get my accessories in Azure and we tried lots of different styles on in the shop and I took a few hair pieces away to my trial as well. I chose the beautiful Esme hairpiece which complimented my dress and veil perfectly and as I was changing my belt in the evening I chose 2 different pairs of earrings. I also got a beautiful delicate tennis bracelet which was my gift from Graeme on the day. Audrey and the girls make you feel like you are the only bride in the world and so special. It was such a lovely experience.
Where did you get married and did you look at many venues before deciding on that particular one?
I got married in St Finbarre’s Cathedral in Cork which was a dream come true. It is breathtaking and I still can’t believe I got married there. Our venue was the only one we looked at. Muckross Park in Killarney which was recommended by a friend who has been to a million weddings and loved the venue. We didn’t spend too much time on decisions. If it felt right we just went with it.
How many bridesmaids did you have and where did you buy their dresses and accessories?
I had 3 bridesmaids and they got their dresses in Debenhams. They were a very pale green and were by Jenny Peckham for Debenhams. The build up was quite relaxed. I knew what I wanted and everything ran smoothly. Probably choosing the bridesmaid dresses was the hardest as 2 of my bridesmaids don’t live in Cork.
Brides always mention how difficult it into find shoes where did you get yours?
Again my shoes were easy. I wanted something not ridiculously high and a strap so they wouldn’t slip off when dancing . I wear a lot of Kurt Geiger. I find them comfortable and I loved the ones I got. I actually bought them before the dress.
Was there any individual touches that you added that you particularly loved about your day?
My table names were all Frank Sinatra songs. My father reared us on his music and we both love him so it was apt. I had a bagpiper organised to play outside the church and to lead us in to the reception room. Graeme is Scottish and I wanted his heritage to play a part in our big day. The Irish Sopranos sang for our ceremony. My sister-in-law Wendy is one of them and they were so magical… It had always been my dream for them to sing at my wedding even before I found the man.
We honeymooned in Mykonos and Santorini. We had been there before and there was nowhere else I would have chosen. Santorini is so romantic and the sunsets are truly amazing. It should be on everyone’s bucket list.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride on her wedding day?
Advice…I had 151 guests. I did stress that I wasn’t getting around to speak to everyone on the day. If I could go back I wouldn’t worry. People don’t expect this and they can always come to you…You’ll be the one in the white dress and easy to find. Don’t sweat the small stuff. I know it’s easy to say. Somethings are out of your control and as long as you marry the man of your dreams everything will have worked out as it should.
Photos by Adrian O’Neill.