The Wedding of Jodi & Jade Who were married at the Arklow Bay Hotel on 5th June 2019
Photography by: Fox and Quil Photography
Jade and I share the same religion. We were both born and raised in Jehovah’s Witness families. Jade and her family moved to Ireland from Idaho in 2015. I first saw her at one of our annual assemblies in May 2015, just a few months after her arrival in Ireland. I nervously approached her to say hello. She muttered something and ran away (she was quite shy). ‘Well, that’s that’, I thought.
Fast forward two years, and at another annual assembly I saw Jade talking to a friend of mine. I wandered over to say hello to my friend who then introduced me to Jade. We hit it off! We exchanged numbers and spoke every day after. A few weeks later, I invited her to come and watch an outdoor film with a few others. It wasn’t exactly a date, but yeah it was.
After meeting a few more times, I ‘officially’ asked Jade out in Farmleigh’s sunken garden in the Phoenix Park.
I proposed in the exact same spot 364 days later in front of our families and friends. She was completely unaware of my plan, and the surprise went off without a hitch; even the weather was good!
After surprising Jade with a trip to Paris, we started looking up venues online. We weren’t wasting any time! The Arklow Bay Hotel was one of the first venues Jade found, and one of the first to respond to us to arrange a viewing. We visited and loved it.
None of the other venues we visited matched up to the Arklow Bay Hotel in terms of location, price and service.
Honestly, the staff and wedding coordinator were fantastic, and we knew we wanted to have our wedding there.
We quickly got to planning, which Jade did most of, naturally. I did, however, insist on picking the suits for myself and the groomsmen! Jade went wedding dress shopping with her mother and sister, but, in the end, found the dress she loved online.
After nine months spent counting down the days, working like mad things and planning everything, along with our amazing wedding coordinator, Eimear, the big day finally came. The week prior to it was one of the busiest; both Jade and I had family arrive from abroad for the wedding, so the celebrations started early! The week flew by, and we were so excited. The day before the wedding was a bit different, more stressful. Jade was busy packing and preparing for the wedding. She made the bouquets, altered her own dress and made the seating chart. It was no easy task, but she did everything beautifully. For myself, the day before was one of the longest days of my life, filled with excited anticipation, along with irrational, anxious worries of accidentally crashing my car on the way to Arklow and having to cancel the wedding! I could feel the stress leave my body as I took the exit for Arklow, replaced with nothing but excitement. I arrived at the hotel to my equally excited fiancé, and we spent our last engaged evening with family and friends, playing music, laughing, crying and having a drink or two of course.
We can’t say anything bad about the wedding day. Everything was perfect, even the weather! The staff at the Arklow Bay Hotel were so accommodating; they prepared a fantastic fully vegan menu for us. We’ve been told by many of the guests, both vegan and non-vegan, that the food was amazing. As two vegans with a love for cooking, we really loved the food and were surprised with the creative ideas the chef came up with for us.
We can’t thank the hotel enough, not only for the food, but for their amazing staff who really looked after all our guests.
They truly went above and beyond, even dropping some guests home in the early hours of the morning when there were no taxis available. The whole day went by so fast, too fast. We wanted it to last forever!
After the wedding, we went on a mini honeymoon to Lisbon, Portugal, an amazing city for vegan food! We enjoyed a week of sun, food, drink and unwinding after all the planning, excitement and emotion. We say ‘mini honeymoon’ because our initial idea was to go to Japan for our honeymoon, but, in the end, our funds didn’t allow for it. It’s still very much on the to-do list, regardless. One day! In the meantime, we’re just enjoying married life. I feel privileged to have met Jade and look forward to spending forever with her.