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Read what bride Aisling McCarthy had to say about her big day. Aisling got married in Portugal and planned her destination wedding from Ireland.
1.Where did you buy your dress and how long before the wedding?
I bought my dress in Sharon Hoey in Merrion Street in Dublin. It was a Suzanne Neville special! I bought it in February.
2.Who did your hair?
Hair was really important to me, so I worked with the wonderful Tracy in Peter Marks in Blackpool shopping centre. She was my shining light and helped me with the overall vision, the colour (in the months building up to the wedding) and extensions. The final styling was done in Lisbon with the lovely Olga from Slash.
3.Who did your make up?
Make up was with the girls from Slash in Lisbon.
- Where did you get your jewellery & accessories?
Jewellery and accessories all came from Azure and honestly my headpiece which Audrey designed made my outfit and truly defined my overall look. I loved it.
- Where did you get married and did you look at many venues before deciding on that particular one?
We got married in this beautiful old quinta & woods (in the city of Lisbon). Our heart was set on Lisbon so we only looked at 5-6 venues before we settled on that one.
- How many bridesmaids did you have and where did you buy their dresses and accessories? What did you find the most challenging aspect of organising your wedding?
I had four bridesmaids and we bought their outfits in & Other Stories (my favourite shop!). Accessories = Azure.
7.What did you find the most challenging aspect of organising your wedding?
Organising a wedding abroad can be quite challenging. We did not make it easy for ourselves though… we created our wedding from scratch, so we sourced gospel choirs, street performers, planners, caterers, celebrants etc. There can be issues with language barriers where small details can get lost in translation and managing budgets with so many vendors was tricky!
8.Brides always mention how difficult it is to find shoes; where did you get yours?
Nope not me. I bought mine the day before I flew to Lisbon – a gold pair of Kurt Geigers in BTs in Dublin. On sale too…
9.Were there any individual touches that you added and that you particularly loved about your day?
Lots of them!
The venue was incredible and very Lisbon. It was very special to us – it was rustic, fun, very Lisbon and rooted in nature!
The music was my biggest stand-out – we had an incredible gospel choir from Lisbon, an incredible Saxophone player from Brazil and soulful street performers…
Finally, arriving into the venue in Tuk Tuks with my bridesmaids, father & flower girls was pretty memorable.
- What advice would you give an upcoming bride.
Everybody loves a good wedding but it’s what is important to you as a couple that should determine how you will celebrate it… Spend time alone to decide on what will make you both super excited, relaxed and happy – whether it’s home or abroad, big or small, relaxed or formal etc. It’s a celebration of your love & marriage and you should both be happy on the big stuff. After that, bring in your squad – you will need all the help you can get and it’s brilliant to get your girls (and guys) involved in the organisation in the build up to the big day.