Love Stories: All You Need is Love – A Vow Renewal Story

Catherine and Gerard’s Vow renewal was at Woodenbridge Hotel, Avoca in County Wicklow. The couple had been married for an incredible 50 years and to celebrate it planned a vow renewal ceremony with one of Marry Me Ireland celebrants. About Catherine and Gerard: The couple first met in 1965 they worked in the Apex factory. They were married a year later on 19th of March 1966,  in a small parish church in Kilmacud in Stillorgan. They had seven children;  Joseph, Colin, Mark, Robert, Lisa Maria, Karl & Andrea. 

Anim Photography

Adorably the couple call each other petal and Gerard used to change it to penguin when Catherine was expecting! Even though sometimes they won’t admit it they are perfect extensions of each other. Together they may disagree at times but if apart they fret and pine for the other.  When they dance together they have a look of pure love for each other and it’s truly special to see. Together with their friends and family, they marked their anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony to honour the loving marriage they had enjoyed. Their ceremony was performed by Evelyn Clonan.

Their daughter Lisa remembers the ceremony: “ It was so beautifully put together and Marry Me Ireland worked with us every step of the way to make it such a perfect and personalised, intimate ceremony as it was a surprise renewal for my parents as they had planned on renewing their vows but due to illness and other problems never had the chance to. I can’t thank Evelyn and Lorraine enough for their attention to detail and professionalism and making our ideas come to life. A perfect and stunning start to what was a beautiful day and night.

Catherine and Gerard’s Top Tips to couples thinking of renewing their vows: “Take as much time as possible to find the right venue. Make the day about the couple and personalise it. Take as many photos as possible. Discuss ideas with suppliers and be open to ideas. Don’t be afraid to go for an alternative venue. Relax and enjoy every second as it goes by so fast.”

Anim Photography

They entered and exited to songs by Elvis Presley and husband Gerard read out the lyric of The Wonder of You’ to Catherine. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Woodenbridge Hotel

They wanted to thank their suppliers for all their hard work and for making the day so seamless and memorable, “I can’t recommend the above suppliers enough for their professionalism and attention to detail.” Thanks so much to photographer Amim Photography and to today’s couple for sharing the precious moment with us today. 


The Woodenbridge Hotel, Wicklow
Anim Photography Dublin
Smart Brides Portlaoise
Deirdre Corbally Morris (cake)
Pat Fallon Magic
Dealz Ireland (confectionery and table decorations)

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