Kate Buckley, owner of Paint & Prosecco and The Kate Buckley School of Dance, married Gary Nolan, Business Development Manager for Leinster Rugby in an intimate ceremony at Dublin City Hall followed by a fun-filled reception at Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill.

Photography: Aron Cahill 

The Meeting 

The couple met back in 2009, they were both working for an events company when they immediately sparked a romance. Despite the instant connection, Kate and Gary had to put things on pause as she was heading away to Marbella for the summer with the girls. While Kate was away, the couple kept in touch with texts and calls, Gary was making sure she remembered who he was in between the cocktails and sun. Gary convinced his friends to fly out for the end of the holiday and the rest was history!

I remember telling everyone that would listen that I had found my future husband!

The Proposal

I have been so lucky that from the very beginning Gary has brought me on so many exciting adventures travelling the world.

When Gary booked a trip for the couple to spend Christmas in Abu Dhabi and Dubai Kate honestly did not expect him to get down on one knee. On 27th December 2017, he had organised a private Cabana for the two to have dinner in on the beach at Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi.

 

There were rose petals scattered on the table, so it felt special, but I was still doubting anything other than a special dinner.

After the starter, Gary asked Kate to walk over to another beautifully candle-lit cabana beside theirs where he pulled out a little book of memories he had made. The last photo was their dog Pixie asking, “Will you marry my daddy?” She said yes of course!

The Dress 

Kate was a little untraditional with the dress. Instead of bringing the iconic “say yes to the dress” gang of girls to find the dress, she went to a few different bridal boutiques with her dad. They are very close, and she really values his opinion. He was an architect, so he has a very good eye for design. It is was clear early on that the bride didn’t like the typical white wedding dresses, to be honest, it wasn’t her.

I didn’t think I would have that hyped “I have found the dress” moment but did get very overwhelmed when we found “THE” perfect one – it was a boho, modern dress with a hint of colour.

With mum’s approval, the dress was ticked off the list. Kate got her dress in Alice May Bridal in Kilternan which she would highly recommend.

The Venue 

The couple had always dreamt of a destination wedding. When they got engaged, the two decided on Portugal and spent nine months planning their dream wedding in the Algarve. Sadly, due to a family bereavement and with a heavy heart, with the family, they decided it would be best that they have an Irish wedding instead.

We loved the idea of bringing our wedding guests on an adventure which is what we had planned for the guests and venues in Portugal.

So, the bride and groom chose three venues: Dublin City Hall for the civil ceremony and reception, lunch in Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill in Donnybrook, followed by a BBQ and party until late in The Radisson St Helens Stillorgan.

I have to give credit to Gary, I was a very lucky bride - he planned and organised the majority of the wedding and everyone agreed he did an incredible job. The venues were amazing and absolutely perfect for what we wanted for the day. 

The Entertainment 

Entertainment was so important to the couple. They had a string quartet filling the historic room that is Dublin City Hall, playing a combination of modern, classical and sentimental pieces throughout the ceremony.

As a ballet teacher, classical instruments were important for this part of the wedding for me and were so special on the day.

During lunch in Marco Pierre White’s, Kate and Gary had Andrew Boylan playing the grande piano for background music. She fell in love with his skills a few weeks earlier when she heard his repertoire during afternoon tea in the Shelbourne. Riff Shop then really got things going for the evening and got all of the guests up and dancing.

 

Having Riff Shop who play Electric picnic and other well-known festivals were a highlight of the day and myself and Gary did not leave the dance floor thanks to their amazing saxophone player, percussion set and confetti canon.

 

The Beauty Prep 

Kate had facials and a daily skin routine for the months before the wedding from The Clinic Ebano. Her lashes were Olivia Fitzsimons Beauty Dundrum. The second the date was in the calendar her fabulous hairdresser Rachel Burke from Ebano Ballinteer was booked.

I love getting a weekly blow dry or two and the hair was super important to me. We got the perfect hair colour and style in the months coming up to the big day and it surpassed my expectations as always.

Make-up was by the fabulous Sue Brophy, who is well-known for her dewy editorial-style beauty. The couple flew to Portugal the week before the wedding so Kate topped up her natural tan with a light layer of he-shi.

My bridal scent was Flowerbomb, by Victor & Rolf has been my scent for years. Gary loves that perfume and so many of my pals associate it with me, so it was the perfect choice.

The Bridesmaids

Kate chose four of her closest friends Caoimhe, Andrea, Laura and Wendy. She doesn’t have sisters so they are the closest thing.

The girls were amazing, they planned an incredible champagne-filled trip to Paris for me.

They were a lovely support on the wedding day and they had great fun! Kate can’t wait to share many more special moments with all her friends and family! 

The Best Decision 

Changing our wedding to Dublin, we both adore Dublin City and the guests appreciated the local location of the wedding. It was also much easier for planning and organising the day. Our photographer got some great photos of us at the Guinness Brewery Gate, along the canal and other special Dublin locations which we will always cherish. It’s so lovely to drive past our wedding locations and reminisce on the best day of our lives!

 

The Worst Decision 

All my friends did warn me to go dress shopping months in advance. Although I found the dress I loved, I was under pressure time-wise to get the dress ordered and specially-made. Any bride-to-be don’t put it off, get looking in the early stages of your planning. Also, during the hype of the wedding, everyone offers opinions and whilst you’re trying to please everyone, you should do what is right for you and your partner. Enjoy the process and don’t get stressed as it’s such a special time!