Our wedding story: an Irish wedding arranged from Sydney
Wexford man Patrick Callery met Sydney-born Johanna Miechels on a two-year working holiday in Australia
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Patrick, a Wexford man, was on a two-year working holiday in Australia met he met Sydney-born Johanna Miechels, in February 2011.
Straightaway they knew they were on to a good thing.
Two years later, on the waterfront at Sydney Harbour Bridge, Patrick proposed. “I nearly didn’t make it as I was late from work and my phone had died so he wasn’t sure where I was and if I’d get there, but after a late dinner we drove down to the water for a walk and then he surprised me by getting down on one knee,” says Johanna.
The couple decided on an Irish wedding and booked everything online from their home in Sydney.
Patrick and Johanna landed in Ireland, wedding dress and veil in tow, a few weeks early to finalise plans, and on February 21st, 2015, they were married at St Martin’s Church, Culmullen, in Co Meath.
The groom’s family played traditional music throughout the ceremony.
Afterwards, the newlyweds and their guests from Australia, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland and Wales went on to the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim. Wave Acoustic Duo played during dinner and Moonlight Wedding Band came on afterwards.
The theme was “classic white. White ribbon, pompoms and lanterns, grey bouquets and baby’s breath, twinkling candlelight for a magical winter’s day.”
The bride was “amazed at how smoothly everything came together” and described the day as “incredible, particularly for my family who had not only travelled so far, but also experienced an Irish wedding for the first time”.
After “the best weekend of our lives”, the happy couple spent three weeks in Thailand on the way back to Austrailia.
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Photographs: Brian Hutchinson brianhutchinsonphotography.com