Jayzus, I’ll tell ya we’ve done well to knock out 2 weddings in the space of 7 months !!! Not many people can say they’ve done that wha?!
On the 25th March we had the best wedding ever – of course we are gonna say that but loads of our guests said it so who am I to argue!?
In fact, about 6 couples said to us after our ceremony that they wanted to re-marry so they could do what we did!!
So what did we do?!
Well it’s fair to say we did a few things slightly different compared to a traditional wedding!
WELL we had 2 weddings for starters!
‘Part 1 – August 2016‘ – we took care of the legal buzz at a registry office in Dublin. It was a brilliant day that seriously wetted our appetite for the bigger day. It was all part of the bigger picture which allowed us to do ‘Part 2 – March 2017‘ the way we really wanted.
But holy fuck did it confuse the hell of of some people (cough cough – family)!! We knew from day one why there was two parts to what we wanted to do but we couldn’t let on as it would have blown the plan sky high. So we played down Part 1 in order to (eventually) play up Part 2!!
1 – Our wedding invitations were slightly different. We called it the ‘Love Fest‘ and went with a festival feel (which matched the venue). As far as we know, everyone thought they were the business – or at least that’s what they told us anyway!!
2 – Now hold onto your shit here but there was no religious aspect to our wedding – to either of them. There was no Church service, no person of the cloth. Feckin Heathens Ya Ha!!?!.
Well chill the beans yeah – this was our day and we wanted a personal alternative wedding which was all about us – a couple, how we met & how we live. We wanted it to represent & more to the point, reflect our personalities and how we roll.
3 – There was no hotel.
‘Ha? Agghhhh FFS, you sure this was a real wedding ye hippy fucks!?‘
From day 1 we knew we didn’t want traditional – we wanted an alternative wedding venue. So we searched and were delighted when we found Mount Druid – ‘Ohh Yeeeaaahhhhhh‘ 🙂
Folks – trust me – this place is the dogs bollox. It’s a ‘glamping’ (*) venue set in the countryside on 1,000 acres. It’s full of Yurts / Shepherds Huts / Fr. Ted Caravans / Cottages & sheep! It’s just unreal.
We were genuinely very relaxed about our wedding from the get go but the owners & staff are thee most chilled out & laid back people we’ve met. This set the tone for everything. It was all about us from the start. They were chilled but 100% professional about everything they advised & put in place and it was an absolute joy to deal with them from day one so please take a bow Eleanor (our co-ordinator) & Margaret plus Deirdre & Adrian (the owners) – you beauties you.
One of the many aspects we loved about Mount Druid was that we could do the lot on the same grounds – Ceremony in the ‘Tin Chapel‘, then the drinks reception in the ‘Boathouse‘ (below) followed by the Meal/Speeches/Band/DJ in the ‘Barn‘.
So when guests arrived they just parked up, had a drink and got stuck into the day. We also lucked out on the weather – it was the hottest day of the year 🙂
The highlight of the whole day.
1 – Immediately we turned half of the pews around so everybody faced a ‘diamond gap’ in the centre.
2 – We had a 3 piece Ukulele band called the Kooky Ukes all ready and the songs they played were a que for our entry to the ceremony. (They also played at the boathouse for everybody and rocked).
3 – We walked in at the same time from opposite ends of the chapel and met in the middle. This was to symbolise the coming together of two people & two families as opposed to one family ‘giving away’ a daughter. I entered from one end & The Mrs. from the other with our amazing little girls & it was just the business (just watch the faces on the everybody in the video below!).
4 – My cool Sister-In-Law got up and played a solo on the Ukulele & sang ‘Can’t help falling in love with you‘ and it was beautiful. Fair play to her cause that can’t have been easy. She also wrote and performed an amazing song – Relzers Song – and gave it to us as a gift the following day. If you haven’t heard it, you won’t be disappointed cause it’s amazing – click here.
5 – The ‘Priest‘. Holy fuck, the amount of questions we got over who was going to marry us was ba-na-nas. We just gave some shite bluff answer each time!
Truth was we had asked a buddy of ours – & take a serious bow Mr. Niall Brewster aka ‘Bru’ – would he be interested in the part and no messing, he literally broke his shite laughing for about 10 mins solid on the call cause he loved the idea so much. Jackpot!!
And ya know what? He stole the show. He rocked. The best thing about it was that nobody knew. I mean the Best Man / Groomsman / Bridesmaid only found out the night before during the rehearsal!
So on the day, Bru was sitting in the second row in his normal wedding suit. We entered and stood looking around as if to say ‘Where the hell is the priest?!‘ and that’s when Bru stood up, held his two arms out Jesus like and the lads stood up and put a ‘priest’ cloak on him and off he went.
The crowd broke up laughing. Brilliant move. Thank you buddy.
6 – ‘Ohh Yeeaaahhhhh‘ – For anyone who wasn’t there, please please watch this now – unreal fun!
We were humbled to have a number of our closest friends & family agree to read a few lines of what we called ‘Relzer’s Thankfulness‘ which replaced the normal prayers of the faithful.
At the end of each reading, they said ‘Give Thanks‘ to which everyone in the chapel replied ‘Ohh Yeeaaahhhh‘ and let me tell you it was a million miles better than we had practised or hoped it would be. Such a buzz and a laugh.
For those of you who don’t know……
1 – My Dad was a publican for 40 odd years, now retired.
3 – I’ve worked in numerous pubs in Dublin/Cork/Athlone/Bray/Longford.
4 – Mel ran an Irish pub in Cologne, Germany from 21-24 (told ya she was bloody impressive!).
So in the tradition of serving drinks, we thought it would be a great move to serve everybody a glass or bubbly or two!! So as an alternative take on communion – the four of us stood up at the alter and did exactly that. We basically turned a chapel into a bar for 15 mins and it rocked!!!
None of your beef or salmon here yeah – keeping in the tradition of our wedding being anything but – we went for a big oul ass kicking Hog on a Spit. Now believe me, it was far from a Hog on a Spit that I was reared on but I have to question that now cause it was unreal. As a side kick, there was roast chicken with a choice of 3 ass kicking salads & sauces. We also had veg & vegan options too 🙂
Speeches / Music / Dancing
1 – It’s fair to say the speeches probably went on a bit longer than we’d expected! We’ll chalk that down to the wine I think!! Unfortunately during my speech, the microphone kept on turning itself off so I had to make do without it for a bit. I have to say this was the only slight issue – & I do mean slight – blip to the whole day.
2 – The band were called Brass Tacks and they were dynamite. The floor was full, end of. Thinking back now, it was like they only played for about 10 mins and they were done! I’ll blame the wine again here!
3 – At the end of the night, those who were still left standing for the DJ set all ended up dancing on the stage facing the dance floor – with no body on it!! It was absolutely vintage – and for those of our Longford buddies, you’ll know what I mean 🙂
All I’ll say is that poor rocking horse hadn’t a feckin clue what happened to it. Cribo & Lynchie – I’m looking at you yeah !!!!
‘James Arthur – Say you won’t let go‘. We’ve loved him since he was on the X-Factor. (Yes fuck off, we watch the X-Factor. We’ve kids FFS, of course we watch it pigging out on pizza & wine. Have kids before you judge us!!!).
It’s a relatively new song granted but the lyrics were just perfect for us, our history and we got to dance the full song by ourselves with everyone looking on. Perfect.
(What wasn’t so perfect was how many times I stood on The Mrs. dress !!!! Ouch).
And our very special thanks goes to
To the amazing Jenny McCarthy, our photographer for the day who was practically invisible all day. Now I’m no genius when it comes to photography but I’m gonna stick me neck out here and say if / when you barely notice anyone snapping all the time, to me that’s bloody impressive! Quality performance.
And to Raphael who was our videographer on the day with his sister – who is gonna kill me I’m gonna be completely honest here and tell you I cannot remember her name (which yet again, I’m gonna blame on the wine! As soon as I find out, I’ll amend this of course!). But their video is below folks, draw your own conclusions but to us, it’s absolutely first class. Thank you guys.
Eat, Drink & Be Married:
We Em, I mean Melzer created our own app for the wedding called ‘Relzers Wedding‘ on both IOS & Android.
Among many features, it allowed everyone to upload their photos to it and as a result we’ve an amazing photo album created by everyone at the wedding – thank you so much guys. Genuinely.
BTW – If you haven’t uploaded your photos yet (or are having trouble doing so) please let us know and we’ll help you.
7 mins of bliss. Watch with wine and a massive dollop of our humble, sincere & loving thanks.
You guys ‘Rock-the-shit-out-of-our-world‘.
Relzer’s Out 🙂
BTW – I had to add this is (*)
‘Glamping‘ in the dictionary is defined as ….
‘a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping: glamping is likely to satisfy any ‘city slicker’ seeking a little refuge in nature—without foregoing any of life’s luxuries’.
‘City Slickers‘ !!!!!!!!!!
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