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Real wedding: A pretty sweet day at Dublin's Chocolate Factory

Siobhan and Oscar first met in The Vaults, under the IFSC, where neither had been before, nor have been since.

She nearly gave him the wrong phone number at the end of the night but luckily didn't, and not long after they were dating. The night before a trip to Berlin Oscar popped the question in their apartment, just before bed. "Quiet and private and perfect," says Siobhan.

They got hitched in one of Dublin's newest wedding venues, The Chocolate Factory off Parnell Street, bringing their own personal style to the industrial setting and making it truly unique.

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Siobhan, from Ballsbridge, and Oscar, from Portmarnock, now living together in Howth, embraced the DIY spirit with gusto - the talented bride even made her own bouquet that morning while getting her hair done!

The self-declared romantics pulled off an incredible day, equally emotional and serious as it was fun and relaxed. They served an all vegan wedding meal, catered by in-house café Blas, which they say they are still receiving compliments on from guests.

Their wedding photos are by Katie Farrell Photography.

How they Met

The couple met at a night out in The Vaults in the IFSC, when Siobhan spotted the handsome Oscar across the bar and tried to catch his eye. "Neither of us had been there before or since," says Siobhan. "I spotted Oscar at the bar and thought he was gorgeous. I asked him to dance later in the night. I almost gave him a wrong number at the end of the night but thankfully didn’t. He text me the next day and so it began."

The Venue

Siobhan and Oscar heard about The Chocolate Factory through a friend who had attended a wedding there and on their first viewing the couple say they fell in love with the building straight away.

"We wanted something that suited us and we just loved Blas and the Chocolate Factory as soon as we walked in. The guys there were so lovely and really friendly and helpful which made it even better."

The Style

Bride Siobhan flew the flag for the multi-taskers on the day, putting together the flowers she bought from Smithfield the day before the wedding and making her own bouquet and the buttonholes as she got her hair done.

When it came to the venue styling the couple were eager to create something beautiful and eco friendly and much of the decor used on the day now sits in their home.

"We wanted to be able to use our decorations after the wedding so we bought potted plants and used our china collection to pot them for table decorations. I made pompoms with friends to add colour, and we used paper lanterns which are now are lampshades at home. The wonderful girls at Hunt & Gather used some of their props to bulk out the decorations.

"I knitted our ‘love rug’ where we stood for the ceremony which is now destined for our baby room!"

The Ceremony

The couple had a Humanist ceremony at The Chocolate Factory. Their ceremony music was provided by Síol, a band comprised of close friends of the couple - Dave, Madeline and Darragh Fadden. Band member Dave composed a tune especially for the day called "Love in the Chocolate Factory", which they played as bride Siobhan walked down the aisle.

The Memories

For groom Oscar, seeing Siobhan so happy to be getting married and everyone turning up to celebrate was his happiest memory of the day. Bride Siobhan enjoyed their "first look" on the cliffs in Sutton.

"I loved our first look," said Siobhan, "it really put me at ease and the location and weather were just perfect."

Both say that seeing their family and friends smiling as they walked down the aisle was a true 'moment' and that they will especially treasure Oscar's granddad - who is in his 90’s - making it all the way over from Stockholm for the wedding.

The Food

The couple had a fully vegan menu. "Blas did the catering and it was fab. We had an open bar and served prosecco after the ceremony and we had vegan canapes later in the night."

The Dress

Siobhan wore a gown by Rembo Styling which she bought it at Sharon Hoey.

"I absolutely loved it. The bird design in the lace and the polka dot on the skirt? Dreamy... I went to one other shop, but I was glad to have found my dress in the first shop."

The Honeymoon

"We went on a three month trip… Christmas and New Years in New York, two months in Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nicaragua and Costa Rica) and a week in California… amazing memories."

The Vendors

Venue - Blás Café The Chocolate Factory, Dublin | Bride's dress - Rembo Styling, Sharon Hoey | Shoes - Vivienne Westwood Melissa | Hair - Leah at Queen Beauty Emporium, Aungier Street | Make Up - Helen Maloney | Photographer: Katie Farrell Photography | Groom's suit - Louis CopelandShoes - Clarks | Flower girls skirts - Billie Blush, tops - Mothercare, cardigans Dunnes Stores | Page boy shirt - TKMaxx, trousers - H&M | First look location - Martello Tower Sutton | Late night venue - The Church Venue, Dublin | Bridesmaid's dress - Arnott's | Venue dressing - H& G Creations A Solemniser - Susie Kennedy A Ceremony music - Dave, Madeline and Darragh Fadden (Síol) | DJ - Steve Reddy, We are Redhead

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