Robyn and Steve travelled all the way from the States to fulfil two dreams they’ve had for over a decade. The first was to visit Ireland for the first time together, a trip they’ve been planning for thirteen years. The second to get married in a castle. The castle they chose was Ballynahinch Castle, Connemara.
Robyn and Steve’s romance began as the modern kind. They met over the internet, talking for weeks online before their first date. It was a night of firsts and after Steve brought Robyn to a bar in her neighbourhood they went on a long walk, chatting non-stop the whole time, and had their first kiss. By their third date Robyn deemed Steve worthy enough to bring to her local and favourite bar ‘The Cornerstone Tavern’ for none other than a Connemara Whiskey!
Steve first realised Robyn was the one for him on a trip they took down to Florida together to visit his parents and Disney World. They were driving for hours and rather than getting on each other’s nerves the whole journey was an enjoyable adventure. This is the moment he first chose to say ‘I love you’.
On a snowy New York’s day, Robyn planned to bake cookies and go into Central Park to see the snow on her lunch break. When she came home Steve had not gone into work and was babbling awkwardly. He reached behind the couch and handed Robyn an upside down box and asked her to be his wife. She said yes of course! They planned a traditional Jewish wedding and married in Roslyn, New York on the 24th June. They then came to Ireland a couple of weeks later to marry for a second time in a more intimate romantic setting and to add an Irish blessing to their original vows.
On the 6th July, Robyn and Steve said ‘I do’ for the second time in front of Robyn’s sister Jaclyn and her partner Tom. Our wonderful Galway celebrant David Keane performed the ceremony. They felt this quote from ‘As You Like It’ just about summarises their courtship to date and had it read before they exchanged vows.
“No sooner met but they looked,
no sooner looked but they loved,
no sooner loved but they sighed,
no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason,
no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy;
and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.”
The happy couple finished off their wedding with a handfasting ceremony. This is one of Ireland’s oldest forms of marriage. The couple’s hands are bound together with various colour ribbons, all symbolising something different. This is where the phrase ‘tying the knot’ comes from.
All the team at Marry Me Ireland wish Steve and Robyn a very happy and fortunate future together. We hope your Irish wedding was what you always wished for and more.
Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams- traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!