Claire and Herman's wedding. Photos by Katie Farrell

The Vow

Real Irish Weddings: Herman and Claire's love story went from Dicey's to the altar

Claire, from Dublin and Herman, originally from Belgium via Tipperary, met on a night out in Dicey's Garden Bar in Dublin.

"Herman being the gentleman asked did I want to dance, although having two left feet I suggested we head straight for the bar. We hit it off straight away," says Claire.

The pair got engaged on an Easter Monday when Herman returned with a giant chocolate bunny from a weekend in Belgium. After much persuasion, when Claire cracked it open she found a ring sitting inside.


The couple opted for a traditional church ceremony in the seaside village of Ardmore, Co Waterford, and for their reception they chose Barnabrow House which overlooks Ballycotton Bay in Cork.

"The venue is rustic and intimate. We wanted a family-friendly venue with a relaxed vibe and we got just that," says Claire. They also tried to include plenty of personal touches, doing as much as possible themselves, from the invitations and place settings to the bunting.

"Their generous friends and family also helped to decorate the venue on the morning of the wedding. The pair found that having their daughter Lana as flower girl was one of the most special parts of the day for them, with Claire saying that she "stole the show!"

The day after the wedding Claire's parents held a garden party for the couple in Ardmore before Claire and Herman enjoyed a relaxing honeymoon break in Portugal.

* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by Katie Farrell, visit

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