Real Weddings with Sara
Real Weddings with Sara
About Real Weddings with Sara
Hosted by Sara Kennedy of Irish Wedding Blog, Sara delves in to the wedding memories and wedding plans of her guests. Her guests include a fantastic bunch of celebrities from both home and abroad who have been either an inspiration creatively in weddings, have some great insight in to married life or are right in the whirlwind of planning their own wedding. Real Weddings with Sara focuses on the human side of weddings such as it’s the romantic story, the stresses in the lead up, tips on how to plan or how couples are navigating married life. During the last few months of Covid Wedding doom and gloom, this Podcast is guaranteed to lift the spirits for couples on their wedding planning journey. It’s not just for those getting married, those day dreaming about getting married and for those married and interested in how others are getting through married life will love this too. Sit back, relax and tune in to…. Episode One: Chupi Sweetman Episode Two: Monte Durham (Say Yes To Dress Atlanta) Episode Three: Blathnaid Tracey Episode Four: Keith Walsh Episode Five: Suzanne Kane Episode Six: The Saccone Joly’s Episode Seven: Grace Mongey (Faces by Grace) Episode Eight: Lisa Cannon Episode Nine: Don O’ Neill Episode Ten: Kat Williams (Rock n Roll Bride) Episode Eleven: Mario Rosenstock
On this week`s episode Sara chats to Honeymoon and Travel Specialist Susan Ryan. Travel has always been Susan`s passion so consider her as your personal Travel Counsellor! She strives to create the perfect bespoke travel experience for you. Whether you’re interested in spotting wildlife in South Africa, dining under the stars in the Maldives, diving in Sri Lanka or sailing a yacht through the Great Barrier Reef… she can help you plan your next adventure! Planning a honeymoon is one of the most enjoyable and exciting times in a couple`s wedding journey, it can also be a little stressful! It`s safe to say if you book with Susan - she takes every ounce of that away, she is on hand at every step, flight information , delays , pre booking hotels/taxis and any detail you have not thought of - Susan will have it covered. This is such a good listen for any couple who are in the midst of honeymoon planning and need a helping hand! Sit back and enjoy, pina colada included! I specialise in bespoke long-haul holidays and honeymoons. On a trip to Iceland a few years ago my now husband surprised me by proposing in the Blue Lagoon. Needless to say, that is a trip I will never forget! We got married in Rome and went to New York on our Honeymoon. Since then I specialise in planning the perfect Honeymoon experience for my customers and after being a finalist in the Brides of Limerick Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2019, I went on to win Honeymoon Planner of the Year 2020 at the Irish Wedding Awards in Dublin earlier this year.
On this weeks episode Sara talks to award winning wedding celebrant Enda Harte. Enda performs legal wedding ceremonies in Ireland and Northern Ireland 7 days a week! This is the episode that answers all your Wedding Ceremony questions! This episode covers so much of the questions that have come through to Sara on Wedding ceremonies - what are the differences between humanist, spiritual , interfaith, civil or church and what do I need to do to register and tick all the legal boxes! How do I know what prayers, songs and readings I might be able to include? How long does the ceremony have to be? Who do I really need to invite? Enda is the upmost professional and has many years of experience in this area! He is registered as a solemniser with the General Registrars Office in the Republic of Ireland and also registered with the General Registrars office in Northern Ireland. Many answers are in here for questioning couples! Have a listen and if you are feeling generous please review and rate this episode!
Welcome to this week`s episode where Sara talks all things health and well being with a wonderful group of women who make this their business! They are Catherine, Mary and Nicola from Turning Point Wellness. Their story started with their own personal weight loss journey many years ago with group support and help, they achieved their weight loss goals. They each decided to become Weight Watchers Coaches and this is where their story begins.On 15th June 2006, they met for the first time and they just clicked . They trained together, having the same passion they became colleagues, very soon after that they became great friends in both their professional and personal lives. They help each member who book in with them to learn from using tools to make healthy food choices, achieve their healthy weight and sustain a healthy happy lifestyle. This is easy to say but can be so hard to make that first step - these ladies know very well how to manage that and are happy to chat to you one on one to get you started in the right frame of mind. They meet brides, grooms, families, groups preparing for big days and events and are all about making you feel the best for what ever goal it is health oriented or event oriented - they can help you get there. This episode is for anyone planning a healthier lifestyle and may be a little nervous about what that might look like - it can be overwhelming , sometimes it takes a little helping hand! Take a listen , this might be the solution!
Welcome to episode 3 of Series 5 of Real Weddings with Sara. This week Sara talks to blogger, teacher, model and influencer Sarah McDermott aka Sarah`s Secrets as she navigates the journey of being a Bride to Be! Sarah can be found showcasing boutiques and brands from all over Ireland, the UK and more and is now documenting the planning of her upcoming 2024 wedding and sharing all her fashion, venue and suppliers advice along the way! This episode takes you through the many thought processes that take place after an engagement and why it is key to take your time to do what suits you and your partner. Sarah talks about how she worked out her non negotiables when it came to planning the day which helped in each step of the planning. A tip she learned here on the Real Weddings With Sara podcast! Sit back and take in some great advice and top tips from Sara and Sarah!
Welcome to Episode 2 of Series 5 where Sara talks all things wedding invitations with the wonderful Corrine Smith from An Siopa Páipéar or The Paper Shop if looking for her on social. Corrine has been designing since 1995 when she started up an award winning graphic design company in Co. Louth which specialised in menu design. It was during this time that she discovered a passion for handmade papers, stationery, cards and crafts and began designing wedding invitations. In 2005 she sold her business and moved to the US where she continued to work with happy couples to create one-of-a-kind designs. While in the US she began embellishing my designs with various techniques to achieve a uniqueness that is displayed in her work. Happily, she has returned to Ireland with her family and has realised her dream of sharing her passion for design with happy couples on a full time basis. Corrine`s studio is in her home in Belturbet, Co. Cavan. She is open by appointment only, but says she is fairly flexible with her hours. Give her a shout +353 (0)86 067 7737 or email: email@example.com. This is a great listen if you are looking for options of bespoke, DIY, templates or something completely different plantable invitations! Yes you heard that right - these ideas are something you won`t find everywhere! Corrine sets the record straight on the do`s and don`ts of wedding invites, the common mistakes and tips to make the whole process really enjoyable!
Welcome back to Real Weddings With Sara! We are back and ready for 2023, another busy year ahead we can feel it in the waters! This first episode of 2023 in Series 5 of Real Weddings With Sara sees Sara talking to four incredible make up artists, Pamela Matthews, Keira Smyth, Hayley Coleman and Patrycja Rusiecka who have huge experience in the wedding industry. They have invaluable advice for upcoming brides on how to research, what to expect and how to approach your make up artist chat and decision making. These are the people who live and breathe the business so if you are looking for some great advice on booking that make up consultation for the big day - this is a great listen for you!
This week Sara chats to the CEO of Laser Skin and Hair Clinics, Anne Gunning. This episode is a fascinating listen for brides and non brides alike who want to get a closer insight into the ever increasing and expanding world of cosmetic procedures, enhancements and just general face and body maintenance. Many brides to be may often put the facials and maintenance to the back of their minds until weeks before the big day , which is of course totally individual to every bride - however Anne lets us know that if you are planning on doing anything more , planning needs to be a bit further out than that! Anne talks through the many various treatments that are now available on the market, Laser Skin and Hair Clinics pride themselves on using the very best product out there with qualified clinicians taking care of your journey with them. The world of treatments are vast, from fillers to injectables, facials, tighteners, bum enhancements and much more , there are options galore - which can be daunting if this is something that you have ever considered and is very much a personal choice. Anne and Sara get to demystify in this must listen epside!
This week Sara chats to Carole the owner of the well known Pearls and Lace Bridal and Accessory Boutique in Donegal town. It was Carole`s dream to not only open her own bridal boutique but to create something different in the bridal industry. To make shopping for a wedding dress an experience, a memory to treasure. Carole`s advice for wedding dress shopping is invaluable and gives some much calming and practical advice for any bride starting out on the journey of making the most emotional purchase of all! The dress! It`s something that most brides take much pride and time in selecting so Carole wants to make sure it is stress free and full of enjoyment from day one! Step into this podcast and maybe her boutique to find out more!
This week Sara chats to Ian Dolan of the synonymous Carolyn`s Sweets, a well known and trusted supplier in the wedding industry! Ian is the man to go to if you are looking for that extra bit of sparkle and fun to sprinkle on the wedding day, from Chocolate Fountains , Candy Ferris Wheels, Ice Cream Bikes to Sparkle Dance Floors ,4ft Letters & more, they have something for everyone. Ian`s business idea all started from when he was getting married and wanted a Ferraro Rocher pyramid! While the Pyramid was not purchased - he did get a Ferraro Rocher heart built and went on to test the market with the idea - and the rest as they say is history ( of the sugary kind). If you are wondering how all those little magic pieces you spot get sorted and shipped/ set up and how to go about it - this is the episode for you! Ian takes you through the A to Z of novelty items that will create a talking point and most importantly enjoyable memories!
This week Sara chats to the incredibly talented soprano wedding singer Yvonne O`Toole who has over 15 years performance experience in the wedding industry in Ireland and abroad. She has performed in some of the most beautiful venues accompanied by strings, piano, harp and more! Not only has Yvonne extensive wedding singing experience and performed with The Celtic tenors, she was offered a position to study at London's prestigious West End Academy! Yvonne has great advice for upcoming brides and grooms on how to navigate the music choices for any type of ceremony you choose. She insists that asking a dozen questions is the way to get the ball rolling and not to be afraid to ask for what you want, even if that means additional singers or something you think may not work - ask Yvonne anyway! This episode is gold for anyone daunted by the thought of picking a wedding singer for their ceremony and what they can/can`t do and what rules to follow! Sit back and enjoy!
In this week`s episode Sara chats to David O`Connor Group General Manager of Louis Copeland and Sons, also known as Styledoc on Instagram. When it comes to wedding attire - we probably all automatically think about the bride , but don't forget the groom! The style is just as crucial for him and his entourage! David gives us the top tips on what styles, trends and factors matter on distinguished dressing for the men on their wedding day. This is a brilliant listen for top style advice from the best in the business!
In this week`s epsiode Sara chats to Cathal Molly founder of the Wedding Band Association and member of The Pink Champagne Wedding Band, Nicola Maguire from The Cosmonauts and Steve from Flog The Dog. The Wedding Bands Association is home to the finest Wedding Bands Ireland. It was set up to help protect couples in their search of finding a professional, quality and trustworthy wedding band to play at their wedding. The website is your one stop shop to check out the best bands in the business today - sample the music and check out the vibe of the band and what might suit you. From trad to jazz to 50s to 90s and everything in between! This one is for the couples who are wondering how it all comes together when choosing the music, first dance, and the most popular songs they are seeing right now for weddings including a Beyonce number "Love on Top" that The Cosmonauts have mastered! This is a super listen if you have no clue on where to start in picking your wedding band and giving you some top tips on how to get it right for you!
In this week`s episode Sara chats to Des of Bokeh Photography and Film. One of the big decisions for couples on their wedding day is how it is going to be captured and the latest photographic memories - on a Wedding day, they are countless! There are many different styles and themes that exist within photography, picking who you want to capture your big day might be a dazzling thought! Sara breaks it down with Des and delve into what a wedding photographed by Bokeh would be like. Bokeh Photography & Film is a tiny collective, with an enormous passion for weddings. They deliver images and film unique to their couples, focusing on their personalities, and the fire that makes you who you are as a couple. They understand that picking a wedding photographer and videographer is one of the most important decisions you have to make right now. They have developed a deep sense of what it takes to give you an experience to remember. This one is a great listen for anyone bamboozled by whats involved in picking a photographer and what goes into the day. Sit back and enjoy!
In this episode Sara chats to Laura from Wow Weddings about all things Wedding decor. What started at home in an attic as a flower and chair cover business and have now expanded and grown into what is, Ireland's widest range of wedding and event products. Laura is probably what could be described as a dream creator as she will go out of her way to make your wedding idea come to life! Their showroom is located at Centenary Business Park, Dundalk to see for yourself ! They have thousands of décor options, from custom built fairy light backdrops of the highest quality material, full room draping, tables, chairs, silk floral arrangements, lanterns, table centre pieces, giant light up letters, photobooths, floral moon gates and more there is something for everyone. Have you dreamt up an idea for your wedding and dont think its possible? If you listen to this episode you may change your mind!
This week Sara gives us a little mid week helping hand as Wedding Fair season is here! Sara is no stranger to these events and if you pop along to the The Wedding And Honeymoon Show at the RDS on the 3rd or 4th of September you could meet Sara there too! She will be hosting the "I Do! School" . If you are daunted by the idea of heading to a Wedding fair and how to even take it all in in one or two days , this is the podcast for you! Its the ultimate Wedding Fair Survival Podcast Toolkit!
This week Sara chats all things weddings abroad with the seriously talented destination planner Sue Egan from Dublin. Sue`s passion is to help couples create a beautiful, elegant, individual, stress free wedding day. Her motto is “your day, your way” and has helped countless couples plan their Weddings aboard with her company "Special Days By Sue". In this episode Sue goes through the top things to consider and manage when planning a wedding abroad and why it can be one of the most magical ways to celebrate with close friends and family. If you and your other half are thinking of a wedding in the sunshine and want to know how to get started then this is essential listening!
Welcome to episode 4 in Series 4! This week Sara chats to three wedding coordinators/planners from three beautiful hotels in the The Windward Group in Ireland. This Irish group operates fifteen hotels in Ireland and the Continent. In this episode Sara chats to Andrea in Ballymacscanlon House in Co. Louth, Danielle in Farnham Estate in Cavan and Samantha in Harvey’s Point in Donegal. All three wedding planners give the inside take on the steps couples take when booking their venue and deciding on what is right for them and the day. Each hotel boasts individual beauty, charm and the signature hospitality that is synonymous with this group, so choosing what is right for the couple is carefully guided by the all important role of the wedding coordinator in the hotel. If you have been wondering what questions to ask, what to look out for and what to expect when booking your big day at a hotel , then this is the episode for you! Some great tips are packed inside!
Welcome to episode 3 of series 4! This week`s podcast is brought to you by one of the best in the business , celebrating over forty years in the jewellery industry, Fields the Jeweller is a wholly Irish-owned company which has been a market leader since 1979. They pride themselves on their people and their dedication to quality and service. Whether you are preparing to buy a show-stopping diamond engagement ring or simply looking for a special gift for a loved one, they are there to help! Sara chats to Kathy De Stafford, one of Ireland`s leading bridal designers and has just teamed up with Fields showcasing a stunning collection of diamond engagement and wedding rings, along with diamond pendants and earrings. Kathy tells us what is important when choosing your ring, and ultimately it really is going with your heart! In part two Sara chats to Rachel who is a key buyer in Fields and has the unique position of sourcing the jewellery that you see in Fields windows! She has an mountain of knowledge to share, if you have questions on what cut, carat, budget or metal you want for a ring, then this is a must listen! Top quality advice included!
Welcome to Episode 2 of series 4 where Sara chats to a man some of you may recognise as your local parish priest and most recently as a very popular guest on the Tommy Tiernan Show. Fr. David Vard is the youngest priest in Ireland today, he was ordained at the age of 25 in his hometown of Newbridge. Fr. Vard is now 30 and had some really lovely insights on marriage and his vocation when he appeared on TV so Sara had to have the chats as she often gets many DMs on the admin and protocol of Catholic Weddings. In this episode Fr. David Vard goes through it all and answers all those questions for you! This is a must listen for anyone who is planning a Church wedding!
Welcome to Series 4 of Real Weddings With Sara! It`s been a whirlwind couple of seasons navigating lockdowns, restrictions, rules, cancellations but engagement and wedding planning is back in full force. You probably have been to a number of weddings already this Summer and could be planning your own for later in year or next year! Fear not! Award winning Wedding Blog Author and all round Wedding aficionado Sara Kennedy is here to guide you through each step of planning the wedding you want without going through too many headaches! Sara will be breaking down the steps of wedding planning and bringing you some industry experts on finance, make-up, venues, accessories, music and more in this new season of Real Weddings With Sara. Weddings are back and Sara is here to hold your hand! In this episode, she will be easing you into the planning process and making it enjoyable too! Top advice only guaranteed right here.
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