THE most Irish wedding the world has ever seen took place yesterday, on St Patrick’s Day, at the Crown Clayton Hotel in North West London’s Irish stronghold of Cricklewood.
Five years ago Bridget Taylor met her partner Padraig Curley in the same hotel, and together they decided to plan a truly Irish wedding on Thursday, March 17.
They embraced the Irish theme 100 per cent Taylor said, laughing over the phone the night before the wedding. “We met on St.Patrick’s Day in Cricklewood five years ago so we thought, let’s get married in Cricklewood on St.Patrick’s Day”, she told The Irish Post.
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Ms Taylor, whose parents come from Co. Kerry, grew up in a “big Irish family”. Her partner Padraig Curley hails from Belmullet, Co. Mayo and the London-based couple’s wedding was a truly green, white and gold occasion.
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There was something of the luck of the Irish when it came to booking the venue too. St Patrick’s Day at the Crown Clayton (formerly the Crown Moran) hotel was already booked by another couple, but when they cancelled, the pair seized the day and put a deposit down on the spot.
The wedding ceremony (half in Irish and half in English as a nod to Curley’s gaeilgeoir family) took place in the Scared Heart on Quex Road and then guests got the full Irish experience.
The bridesmaids wore emerald green, the bride wore ivory with gold shoes and accessories, the cake was green white and gold, the venue was decorated in green, white and gold, an Irish dancing troupe and band (flown over from Ireland) entertained guests, along with a celili band…even the wedding favours were distinctly Irish.
“My nan in Ireland is a baker so we’ve got poitín-infused fruit cakes as wedding favours. We kept it as Irish as we can without a leprechaun leaping up the aisle!”
As for the honeymoon, you guessed it, the couple is going to Ireland for two weeks over Easter.