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“Seamus recreated our first date by whisking me off to Spanish Banks beach for a picnic one beautiful summer’s evening. As the sun was setting we were looking back at the beautiful views of downtown Vancouver chatting about how happy we were that things had worked out for us here, Seamus asked me “How do you think we could make it any better?” and dropped to one knee.”
“What made it even more special was that my parents were visiting from Ireland at the time (where Shamus and I lived before moving to Vancouver) and my sister arranged some bridal shop appointments before our parents left so that our mother could see me in a wedding dress. We had assumed I’d start the dress hunt properly a few months later but we found the dress that very day! I knew it was the one when I noticed we were all crying – why look any further?? When you move abroad there are many moments that you miss out on – I’ll always be so grateful that this didn’t have to be one of them.“
Ciara and Shea’s plans for a destination wedding also happened Serendipitously. Whilst not even searching for a venue yet, Ciara came across the Penha Longa Estate in Sintra. It was love at first sight, and it was decided – Portugal was the perfect destination to bring their family and friends for a relaxed and fun holiday as they celebrate their wedding in this stunning landscape.
On the wedding day Ciara and Shea wanted to share their happiness with those who were not able to make it and so they Skyped in Shea’s grandmother from Ireland, with a perfectly positioned small lap top near the alter, she had the best seat in the house!
The party raged on that night with Daddy Jack Band playing the perfect funk soundtrack. “So much laughter and happiness – nobody wanted the party to end! Our Canadian lives and our Irish lives collided and it was incredible.”
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Ceremony and Reception Venue: Penha Longa, Sintra | Wedding planner: Portugal Wedding Planners | Band: Daddy Jack Band | Dress: Mori Lee |
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