Colleen & Brian

Sept. 12, 2009 at a family property in Waupaca

Irish eyes were smiling on the nuptials of Brian O’Laughlin and Colleen Manion. The couple, who met while studying abroad in Galway, Ireland, in 2002, created an Irish-themed event that focused on family and friends. The day before the wedding Colleen coordinated a bouquet brunch, where her bridesmaids created unique floral bouquets for the ceremony. Later, the centerpieces were livened up even more with wheatgrass, freshly picked apples, hand-painted pots, and wood boxes, all arranged by family and friends. On the day of the wedding, Colleen surprised her father as they walked down the aisle to Wild Mountain Thyme, his favorite song. As the ceremony commenced, Brian and Colleen sat on a wooden bench made by Colleen’s godmother, which displayed a carving of the Claddagh, the Irish symbol of love, friendship, and loyalty. The couple was escorted out of the church by a bagpiper. At the reception, guests were greeted with 100 green and ivory lanterns hanging from the tent ceiling. To continue the theme, a traditional Irish band set the scene, small jars of soil with shamrock seeds from Ireland were given as favors, and guests enjoyed the Summer Hummer, a green signature drink.

Ceremony: St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Waupaca | Reception: Family property in Waupaca | Honeymoon: St. Lucia | Wedding gown: Pronovias, purchased in Omaha | Bridesmaid gowns: Alfred Sung | Groom’s tuxedo and groomsmen attire: Brooks Brothers | Rings: Borsheims, Omaha | Flowers: Petals and Plants, Waupaca | Catering: Rockman’s Catering, Plover | Cake: The Cake Box, Omaha | Décor and stationery: Created by the bride with family and friends

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