Hometown Love: Roisín & Russell’s Downsized Wedding

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Hometown Love: Roisín & Russell’s Downsized Wedding

May 17, 2021 GROOVYBOOVE PHOTO BOOTH 0
Hometown Love: Roisín & Russell’s Downsized Wedding

Being proud Dubs, there was never a doubt as to where today’s real wedding couple Roisín and Russell would say ‘I do’. To channel that hometown love, the duo tied the knot at Dublin City Hall, celebrated with a small group of guests (their guest list was downsized due to the pandemic) at Charlotte Quay restaurant, and enjoyed a fun stroll through their neighbourhood (along with their cute doggo, Lily!) stopping at some of their favourite spots along the way. Their wedding is filled with the kind of happy, laid-back vibes that will leave you smiling all day. Julie Cummins documented the vows, the pints, the party, and all the fun, so let’s take a look, shall we?!

So first things first, how did Roisín and Russell meet? Roisín shares their story, “Russell and I met on 24th May 2015, the very day the Yes to marriage equality vote was announced. I had been in Dublin Castle for the announcement and myself and a group of friends went to Grogan’s Pub to continue the celebrations with a pint of Guinness. Russell introduced himself to me and we hit it off immediately and just had the LOLs and banter. Russel asked me for my phone number and then that was it, there was no going back, the dating began.”

The couple got engaged while on a romantic holiday in Lagos, Portugal. Roisín shares the details, “it was probably a week into our holiday, we had been lounging on the beach all day, the evening was quiet, and we were sipping on a glass of wine. I turned to look out at the sea and out of nowhere Russell produced a ring and proposed to me. I was so emotional and shocked, he had done it all by himself, literally told nobody not even my family. This was one of the happiest moments of my life, it was a big Yes!”

As soon as the pair became engaged, they knew they wanted a wedding in the city. “Russell and I are both from Dublin, we are complete city heads and we socialise and work in the city. Having our wedding in City Hall on a street we absolutely love and pass by nearly every day was just perfect for us. City Hall is such a beautiful and historic building it ticked all the boxes and a church wedding for either of us was never on the agenda.”

The couple was in the midst of finalising their big-day preparations when the pandemic hit. Their original guest list was for 80 and their day was set for May, but the pandemic caused them to change their plans, reschedule their date to August, and downsize their invite list to 50 guests. “We were disappointed but also realistic, our wedding cancellation was nothing compared to everything else that was going on in the pandemic. With the possibility of restrictions lifting a little in August, Emma from City Hall offered us a cancellation they had received for August 14th. We had to reduce the wedding guest list from 80 to 50 due to restrictions, but we decided to go with it. The most important thing was for us was to get married, we had gone from nothing to now 50 people, and that was good enough for us, we were so excited.”

The couple had to rearrange and rebook everything in a short amount of time, including their marriage license, but they tell us it all worked out perfectly in the end. “We reached out to people we knew and trusted to support us. Getting married during the pandemic produces different challenges but we overcame them all. It was lovely that we had the opportunity to gather our family and friends for a day full of love and absolute laughter. It’s probably the last time we all got to glam up and all be together in 2020.”

Roisín and Russell broke tradition and spent the night together before the wedding at The Clarence Hotel. On the wedding morning, they went for a romantic walk in the Phoenix Park to calm any nerves and Roisín tells us, “I will cherish that morning forever.”

After the morning prep, it was time to head to the ceremony. “The weather was fab, so Julie, our photographer, suggested that my bridesmaids, flower girls and I walk down parliament street with my dog, Lily, to get to City Hall. It was a great move and amoment I remember forever every time I walk down this street. There were so many laughs and we had a couple of cars beeping on the way”, Roisín remembers fondly.

The couple established several safety precautions on the big day, including seating immediate families together for both the ceremony and the reception. “Emma from City Hall supported us with the seating arrangements. We created pods and people were informed before the wedding ceremony who they would be sitting close to. For the wedding reception, we had 50 people at Charlotte quay restaurant for dinner, the restaurant usually seats 100 people. With restrictions in place, the restaurant could only allow 50, so we had the restaurant exclusively for the evening.”

After the wedding ceremony, the couple stole some time to head to Chapelizod Village (their neighbourhood) with their do,g Lily, to get some memorable shots in their favourite hangout spots. They took a short stroll the Phoenix Park, said hello to their friends in Baba Café and their local, The Villager, had a pint of Guinness waiting for them. Roisín reminices, “it was so beautiful to have that special time that time out together before we joined our guests again, we would highly recommend it.”

When it came to wedding dress shopping, Roisín never planned on purchasing a traditional wedding dress; she found the idea of going into a wedding shop “a bit overwhelming” so she enlisted the help of her fashionista pal Amie. “I contacted my friend Amie Hayes (personal Shopper in Brown Thomas) and said, ‘If a white dress comes in to Brown Thomas that you think would suit me, please give me a shout’. I had been looking online for a couple of weeks, but nothing caught my eye. Literally two weeks before the first lockdown I got a call from Amie. I went into Brown Thomas and took one look and said yes, it’s the one!”

Roisín stunned in a white Paula Ka evening dress with a simple, yet oh-so-chic design featuring a cape detail. To complete her bridal look, she added white Prada T-Bar shoes, drop earrings and a ruby red nail colour. Russell rocked a navy three-piece Paul Smith suit from Brown Thomas and Clarks Wallaby shoes.

Her ethereal daisy bouquet was designed by her good friend Mark Grehan from The Garden. “Mark made my daisy bouquet and did the flowers at the reception in Charlotte Quay restaurant. Russell and I spend half our lives in the Phoenix Park walking our dog, Lily, so the theme of the flower arrangements was ‘wild Irish summer flowers’, as my favourite flowers are daisies.”

And just like that, it was time to celebrate! The couple joined up with family and friends for their Charlotte Quay restaurant reception. “If you want a city wedding, Charlotte Quay is perfect, the food is superb. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. It has a massive outdoor area which overlooks the water across the canal dock, and stunning views of the city skyline. We were blessed with the weather, so our champagne reception was outside. I would not change a thing, we loved absolutely every moment.”

The bridesmaids dresses were a clever H&M find, and the sweet flower girls dresses came from Laura Ashley. Due to the restrictions, Roisín and her bridal party were unable to have makeup or hair trials before the wedding. Well, the risk certainly paid off! Don’t they look incredible?

Although this was not the celebration they had initially planned, the couple says it helped them realise the true meaning of a wedding. “For anyone having a wedding during these times, we would say just go with it! As long as the day is about you and the love of your life getting married, the rest will fall into place. Don’t fuss about the silly things, that’s not what you will remember. Make memories about your very special wedding day, your family, friends and the craic you had on the day. It’s one day of absolute love that you will remember and cherish forever.”

Thanks so much to Roisín & Russell for sharing the story behind their city wedding with us, and of course to Julie Cummins for sending the beautiful images our way!