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Laid-Back ‘I Do’ Day in the County Arms, Birr by Inspired By Love

Bride and Groom: Katie, a process analyst and Colm Martyn, who works in sales

Length of engagement: Two years | Wedding date: October 22, 2011

Ceremony: Carrig Church, Ballycommon, Nenagh | Reception: County Arms Hotel, Birr

Wedding photographer: Sona Sedlicka, Inspired by Love

Two years after a very romantic New Year’s Eve engagement, Katie and Colm were married in a relaxed and fun wedding day that matched the couple’s laid-back personalities down to a ‘T’. Katie’s beautiful Greek style, one-shouldered gown with a sheer overlay meant that she could enjoy one her favourite parts of the wedding – dancing all night long to the sounds of The Bentley Boys!


We met… On a night out with mutual friends.

First impressions of Colm… Funny, tall and good looking.

Colm’s first impressions of you… Chatty, bubbly and cute.


Our proposal… It was on New Year’s Eve in 2008. At the stroke of midnight, Colm proposed.


Our ceremony… It was just a very traditional but beautiful ceremony.


Our wedding theme/ colours… We wanted the day to be relaxed, fun and cheerful to match our personalities as we’re very laid back.


My dress… A Greek style, simple, one-shoulder dress that gathered at the bust line with a sheer overlay on the skirt. I also wore a veil to top it all of.


Our first dance song… Lighthouse Family – High.


Our venue… We chose the Birr County Arms because of their attention to detail and quality of service is very high. Connor and Barry were very helpful with any queries we had.


My advice for other brides… Just relax, because everything falls into place.



Dress: Aibheil of Adare

Shoes: Schuh

Suit: Black Tie

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Flowers: Elizabeth Rose, Nenagh

Music: The Bentley Boys

Cake: Cakes by Brenda

Make-up: Carmel’s at 25, Nenagh

Hair: Tina Hickeys, Nenagh



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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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