When he eventually asked her out for drinks in Dublin's Temple Bar, a musician friend, Ian, decided to embarrass them with a song dedicated "to the newlyweds, Grace and Karl." Little did Ian know he'd be asked to play at their actual wedding ceremony four years later!
"I muttered 'Jesus Christ' when I saw Grace first for the date because she was so unbelievably stunning. She also took 45 seconds to devour a cheese fries from the chipper. I knew then she was the one for me!" laughs Karl.
He eventually popped the question at sunset atop a sand dune on a Wexford beach, before digging out the champagne he'd buried there earlier.
The pair had a humanist ceremony with handfasting and compromised on a rustic theme with a superhero twist at their ideal venue of Tulfarris Hotel in Blessington, Co Wicklow.
Karl made the centrepieces and direction signs while Grace made handouts for the church. The bride found her dress at Tamen Michael, in Dublin, and the groom bought his suit on asos.com.
After their big day, Karl and Grace went to Disneyland Paris on a family holiday for a few days but in August they plan to enjoy their honeymoon on a Royal Caribbean cruise around the Greek islands.
* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by Ros and Anna from Couple Photography, visit couple.ie
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