Friends and family reunite for Shauna and Barry’s modern romantic wedding

Wedding: 16/06/2018

Posted by lucy | 19 March, 2019

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After living in California, London and Dublin, Shauna and Barry’s modern romantic wedding was a happy reunion of all the friends they had made along the way.

Californian bride Shauna, 30, met Irishman Barry, 32, at university in Galway.

“It was the Monday of Freshers week, and we were in the College Bar, so needless to say it was all a bit of a blur,” Shauna says.

“We spent the next few years in a long distance relationship. Barry eventually came over to LA where we spent a year before moving to London and eventually back to Ireland.”

Shauna says the modern romantic wedding, on June 16, 2018, was all about bringing their communities together.

“Being from California, I don’t get to see my family as often, and most hadn’t had a chance to meet Barry’s side of the family before the wedding weekend. Also, being able to bring our friends that we had accumulated from living in California, London and Dublin together was amazing. It just felt like the most amazing reunion,” she says.

More than 170 friends and family watched on as the couple wed at St Mary’s Church,
Headford, County Galway.

The reception was held at The Lodge at Ashford, where Shauna’s creative vision came to life.

“For the design of the wedding we wanted it to be crisp and clean, while also youthful and bright,” she says.

“It was an intimate venue with an amazing landscape and lots of activities for friends and family.”

Photos courtesy of Craig and Eva Sanders Photography.

“I loved my wedding dress! It was elegant but fun, playful but feminine. I took off the cape and let down my hair for the reception which made it feel like a whole new look,” Shauna says.

“Our proposal was straight out of movie,” Shauna says. Barry was waiting in arrivals to welcome his future bride back to Ireland, down on one knee with a sign in hand. “It took me few seconds to realise what was going on but we got there in end with a round of applause by my now crowd of supporters.”

Shauna advises future brides to make sure they leave plenty of time to get ready on the morning of the big day. “Everything the day of your wedding will take more time then you think!” she says.

The team at Gotcha Covered helped to bring Shauna’s creative vision to life.

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Photos courtesy of Craig and Eva Sanders Photography.