Amy and CP's wedding day. Picture: Couple Photography, visit Couple.ie

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Real Irish Weddings: Childhood sweethearts Amy and CP tie the knot at Tankardstown

CP, from South Africa, moved to Dublin with family when he was 12 years old.

Just a few years later, he met Dubliner Amy when their separate youth groups happened to be staying at the same B&B on a trip away. Soon after the pair had their first date along Bray seafront, and it wasn't long before they fell for each other.

In December 2014, Amy arrived at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin, thinking that CP had booked them a double room as a Christmas surprise - but instead she arrived at the executive suite, where she was greeted with prosecco, chocolates and rose petals. CP's perfect proposal was answered with a yes!

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The couple opted for a church ceremony in Rathmichael Parish Church in South Dublin and afterwards held their reception at Tankardstown House, Meath.

"Besides its obvious beauty and breathtaking rooms, Tankardstown House just ticked all the boxes. I knew that it would capture the magic of a winter wedding, with real fires and candles everywhere," says Amy, who found her dream dress at Embrace Bridal, Wexford.

Amy and CP added several personal touches on the day, including bringing their own chairs for the ceremony - which had been embroidered by Amy's great-grandmother. Amy also tied a small locket to her bouquet which contained a picture of her grandmother and great uncle, with whom she was very close.

After their big day, Amy and CP stayed at Fota Island Resort, Cork for three nights, and the pair have a big honeymoon planned for summer 2017.

n Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by Couple Photography, visit couple.ie

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