The wedding ceremony took place in Ireland, with a small traditional catholic service, live singers and Celtic music, for family and close friends. Then there was time for a quick pitstop for photo opportunities against the amazing backdrop of Crawfordsburn County Park, before heading on to the lively Guiness reception at the Old Inn hotel, where live music, Irish dancing and revelry continued until the small hours. Even the groom’s father performed a morris dance for the couple.
The second leg of the wedding took place in Dubai, with several different functions being put on for their local friends and glamorous international guests alike.
As a DJ, Richard has done a residency at the popular outdoor bar on the sea, 360, so it was only fitting that some of the celebrations take place there. Guests were treated to a complimentary bar, music and dancing, under the fabulous backdrop of the burj Al Arab.
The blessing and grand reception
Having fallen in love with the Madinat Jumeirah on their very first visit to the place five and a half years ago, the couple knew that one of their events had to take place there. A beach side blessing took place at the Shimmers beach area, as classical musician Elena played her electric violin, and the crashing waves played their own tune. Guests were then taken by abra to the magical setting of Fort Island, where a wedding wonderland awaited them with a live saxophonist and champagne. The party really got into full swing when DJ Tim Derry took over, managing to get absolutely everyone on their feet.
The next day guests enjoyed a relaxed evening at Nassimi beach at the Atlantis hotel, where Richard set the tone spinning tunes, after which there were shisha’s and cocktails for everyone, and an evening of post event analysis.
Lisa Marie wanted to keep the theme chic and romantic, and settled on white and cream roses, with pearl detail for her bouquet, and a smaller version for the bridesmaid. The theme continued to the décor and the table decorations, with hints of colour added here and there to brighten things up a little.
The ladies were treated to personalised vanilla candles, and the gentlemen, to beautifully individually packaged cigars.
The invitations were designed by a friend, Nicola Tatum, which made them all the more special.
Lisa Marie knew when she first saw her honey and ivory dress by Ian Stewart, that it was the one she wanted to wear. Ian Stewart has won wedding designer of the year 5 times, and her taffeta, tulle and French corded lace dress with bead, crystal and sequin detail did not disappoint.
Both rings were designed by the couple themselves.
The hair make-up
Lisa Marie chose to wear her hair down for the romantic Irish wedding, and elegantly pulled up for the Dubai wedding, so that the detailing of her dress could be seen. Local make-up artist Tonee Roberio, made sure that that the bride looked like an enhanced version of herself just as she had asked.
Four tiered vanilla sponge! The couple got so carried away with the party, that they forgot to cut the cake.