Your Big Day

A fairytale wedding at Cabra Castle for Glenda and Stephen

In 2012, with the magic of Christmas in the air, Glenda, from Manaus in Brazil, met Stephen, from Dublin, on a night out.

Stephen won Glenda over with his cooking skills, particularly wowing her with his authentic Irish stew.

Stephen's proposal didn't quite go to plan - while on holiday in Malta, he had to convince an exhausted Glenda to take a walk along the harbour instead of returning to the hotel after dinner. She was soon wide awake, however, when Stephen surprised her by getting down on one knee.


Glenda had her heart set on an Irish castle wedding so the pair decided to have a traditional Catholic ceremony before holding their reception in beautiful Cabra Castle in Kingscourt, Co Cavan.

The couple themed their day with the colour ivory as they wanted a bright, white day. They named their tables after all of the different cities they've visited, and they made small favour boxes for guests containing personalised Yankee candles, flower seeds and a traditional Brazilian mini cake.

The crafty couple also made their own Mass booklets, table name signs and personalised cocktail menus.

Glenda found her dream gown in The Bridal Corner, Glasnevin, Dublin, and her bridesmaids wore light grey dresses by Jenny Packham. The groom was suited at Diffney for Men, Mary Street, Dublin.

Glenda and Stephen enjoyed their honeymoon in Dubai for four nights, followed by two weeks kicking back in the stunning Maldives.

* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by Couple Photography, visit

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