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Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding

Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, Ireland.

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – The couple

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The couple

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Roberta, a PA, and Derek, an electrician, married in September 2007 after 10 and a half years together. They met on New Year’s Eve 1997 while out with some friends to celebrate New Year, and Derek proposed exactly six years later while the couple were on holiday, watching the New Year fireworks in Sydney. “I was completely taken by surprise, but I was extremely thrilled and said yes immediately,” says Roberta.”

Photography: Tom Grace

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – The ceremony

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The ceremony

The couple held the ceremony in a little country church called St Anne’s in the parish of Fews, Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, Ireland. “We had a Catholic ceremony presided over by Fr. John Delaney,” says Roberta. “We really loved the fact that it was in a little village and very private, and it’s where Derek’s grandparents used to live many years ago. It’s also where one of Derek’s aunts had got married so it had a special connection to us.”

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – The car

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The car

Roberta arrived at the church in style in a Black & Silver 1947 Silver Wraith Rolls Royce from Falconers Car Hire in Waterford City. And the luxury car came in useful after the ceremony, when the couple grabbed a moment to themselves. “Having some time together on the drive from the church to the reception and being able to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst taking in every bit of the day so far was a favourite moment,” admits Roberta.

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – And the bride wore

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And the bride wore…

Roberta wore an ivory, vintage-style, strapless A-line satin gown, with a full lace overlay encrusted with seed pearls and a small sweep train, from The Wedding Service, Stafford Road, Wallington, Surrey (02086 699145).

She also bought her Rainbow shoes and Richard Veil at the same shop. “The veil had pearls and diamonds on it to tie in with my dress and tiara,” she explains. “I had a beautiful diamond and pearl tiara that I sourced from Princess Bride Tiara’s in the USA, but I already had the rest of my pearl jewellery.”

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – The bridesmaids

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The bridesmaids

For her three bridesmaids, Roberta chose cocktail length, claret-coloured asymmetric dresses which she customised with a diamond brooch on the side. “They looking stunning on the day and everyone commented on how well all the colours complemented each other,” says Roberta. “I sourced the dresses from Phil’s Frocks in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, as all my bridesmaids lived in Ireland so it was much easier to buy their dresses locally.”

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – The flowers

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The flowers

Every Blooming Thing in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary arranged all the flowers for the big day. “They did a wonderful job and we were really pleased,” says Roberta. “My bouquet was round and hand-tied, made of deep red roses with diamantes in the middle of each one for added sparkle. Derek had a red rose buttonhole and the rest of the men in the bridal party had cream roses to complement the bridesmaids’ flowers.”

The bridesmaids had hand-tied bouquets of mini cream gerberas, and the church was decorated with elegant cream and green displays.  Mini gerberas with ivy and tulle were tied on to the end of each pew.

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – The reception

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The reception

The couple wanted a hotel with a good reputation and private rooms,  surrounded by grounds for the photographs. They chose Brandon House Hotel, which could also cater for guests who were travelling to Ireland for the wedding and who required accommodation. Roberta and Derek invited 150 guests to their sit-down meal, and another 120 to the evening reception.

“We didn’t have a theme as such, as we just wanted to have an elegant, timeless wedding,” says Roberta. “We did have a cream and claret colour scheme which we carried throughout the day, from the flowers to the bridesmaids’ dresses and table decorations. We didn’t have a dress code but every one of our guests looked amazing on the day.”

Once seated, guests dined on chicken and mushroom vol au vents, melon with mango coulis, soup, roast beef with all the trimmings and a delicious medley of desserts including meringue nests, cheesecake and apple pie. Each guest received two heart-shaped chocolates wrapped in gold foil in a gold box, with a ‘thank you’ poem embossed on the front, as well as a parchment scroll with a little message from us, inscribed with our names and wedding date. “The hotel had enquired beforehand what colour scheme we had, so they arranged all the floral displays in the hotel that day for us, to complement our colours,” says Roberta

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – The cake

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The cake

The couple’s cake was a beautiful four-tier, square stacked fruit cake, iced in cream with their initials encrusted on the front in diamantes. Both this and an extra ‘novelty’ cake were made by a friend of the family. “We also thought it would be a unique idea to have a novelty cake in the shape of a suitcase,” laughs Roberta. “Derek and I love to travel, so we thought this would be fun. It had some of the places we’ve visited on icing luggage tags, with one tag left blank for our next adventure. It was a talking point for our guests.”

Roberta and Derek’s classically styled wedding – And finally…

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And finally…

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Looking back, Roberta recalls: “It really was the best day of my life and exactly as I’d imagined it would be. I really enjoyed the ceremony and wasn’t at all nervous. I wouldn’t change a thing if I were to do it again. I’d hope that they’d look back and think it really was a brilliant day, that they thoroughly enjoyed.”