Vintage Vibes: Orla+ John At The Radisson Blu Limerick

We love a vintage wedding…

Having met nearly 12 years before, you could say this special day was a long time coming, and although Orla and John picked out the engagement ring together, the proposal came as a complete surprise!

After ticking all the boxes, the couple chose to tie the knot at the chic Radisson Blu Limerick. With her bridesmaids wearing hot pink tea length dresses and the men in navy blue, the group was pure style on the day.  See the laughs, heartfelt smiles, and all the love from their vintage-inspired wedding day. 

The Beginning

“We met at the Limerick Racecourse nearly 12 years ago. We were both watching a drifting show with our friends at the time that was on as we both like fast cars! One of the many things we have in common. John had asked my friend for my number and got talking and the rest is history…”

The Proposal

“We had discussed getting engaged, we picked out the ring together as I wasn’t sure what I liked! John still wanted to it to be a surprise so he kept the ring and said he would ask me soon….two months later!! He had booked a night away on the 2nd January 2015 in Killarney. I thought nothing of it as we would always go away for a night a couple of times a year! At the time I was happy sitting by the fire in the hotel and watching a wedding party arrive and I was looking at the style as they walked in the door. John went missing as he said he left something in the room and to be honest I didn’t take any notice of how long he was gone! When he came down, he got a drink from the bar, and once he was finished he said that we should go up to the room and get ready for dinner. As we came to the room, John told me to close my eyes and he led me into the room by the hand, which is lucky as I tripped walking in!! When I opened my eyes he had roses petals on the bed and on the ground with the box on the bed! I went over to get the box and I opened it and there was no ring in the box! When I turned around he was on one knee and with the ring in his hand and asked me to marry him and of course, I said yes!!! Once we had our families rang, we headed down for dinner and celebrated with a glass of champagne…it was just perfect!”

The Wedding Attire

“As our theme was vintage, I put my bridesmaids in tea-length dresses, which we bought from Shefton House in Limerick. I had the boys in a dark navy and had John standing out in a light grey which was fab when everyone was together. We went to Billy Higgins, Limerick for their suits which was the best idea for us! So professional and Liam, who is a real gent! We got the Dad’s suits there also, Liam was so accommodating with my Dad and didn’t make a fuss when he came in and understood that he wouldn’t be able for a proper fitting and because of this I will always be grateful to Liam.”

The Photographer

“Our photographer was Diane Curran of Angles Photography. She was just amazing!! There was no fuss with her and she was so professional! Whatever we wanted to do or certain pictures that we wanted to have taken, she had her list and ensured that all the pictures that I wanted to be taken were taken. She just blended into the background and she wasn’t in your face..I forgot she was there sometimes! The photos she took are just beautiful, so natural and unexpected. She took photos that I wasn’t aware that she was in that particular area at the time! I would recommend her 100 times over!”

The Venue

“We decided on The Radisson Blu Hotel Limerick for a number of reasons. The hotel itself is just stunning from the ballroom to the bedrooms. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing. A few of my family members were married there, which made the hotel even more special. Finally, Stacey, the Wedding Co-ordinator was just superb! From start to finish she was so professional and made the whole experience so easy! There was never any issue with any query that I had for the day. My Dad was sick and anything that I needed to make the day as easy as possible was never an issue. They even went as far as getting him a bedroom a few steps from the lift and a walk in shower.”

The Venue Wow Factor

“The Hotel itself and staff were the wow factor! The set up of the room and drinks reception had so much detail and thought put into it. The professionalism was second to none from the minute we booked the hotel to the minute we checked out the day after the wedding. I had nothing but compliments from our guests of how lovely the food was and the rooms. When we arrived back from getting our photos taken and walked into the ballroom, it was just wow and how it all came together.”

Trends & Themes

“We went with a vintage theme. My dress was lace, ivory over pearl so I wanted to keep with a vintage style!”

Special Moments

“The whole day was brilliant and is something that both of us will treasure forever! We have to say the funniest part of the day was when we went to Bunratty Castle for our photos, all we did was laugh and joke the whole time while we were there!”

Special Thanks

“We had a videographer on the day, The Singing Videographer Mark Brady. He was brilliant! We got our wedding video recently and we have laughed and cried watching it! We were hesitant about getting a videographer at the start but asking Mark to be part of our day and to catch all of the precious moments, it was the best decision that we ever made.”



Supplier Information

  • Venue:

    Radisson Blu Limerick
  • Photographer:

    Diane Curran of Angles Photography
  • Band:

  • Bridal Shop:

    Cinderella’s Closet, Cork
  • Florist:

    Cherry Blossoms, Claire Aherne, Limeric
  • Hair Stylist:

    Sarah, Ravens Hair Salon, Radission Blu Limerick
  • Makeup Artist:

    Ania, MAC Make up
  • Wedding Cake:

    Bluebell Cakes, Ballina, Tipperary
  • DJ:

    Munster DJ Hire
  • Videographer:

    The Singing Videographer, Mark Brady
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