The One You’ve All Been Waiting For.

It’s here! It’s here! It’s heeerrrrreeeee! We have got a treat for you this fine January morning, readers. No more ‘humbug, it’s not Christmas anymore, do I HAVE to take my tree down?!’ around here, no Siree. (By the way, YES. You do have to take your tree down. Come on, now.)

Anyway, where was I? OH YES. It’s here! Bella’s Wedding! Here! On AOW! (My exclamation key is going to break in a minute. Must.calm.down.)

There’s very little I can tell you about the fantasmogorical day that was Bella and Fiachra’s wedding that would make sense, it would mostly just be squealing, waving my arms around, talking about the AMAZING CUCUMBER YOGHURT for an hour or so and then some super-emotional crying. Which does not a successful wedding report make.

So without further ado, over to Bella. Our Real Bride, now Mrs. Moloney. We love you.

 The morning of our wedding feels like a dream. I remember thinking beforehand that I would have time to write thank you cards, call my grandma, pee – all of which just didn’t happen. Between the 8am breakfast (where my bridesmaid L took a salmon bagel to keep as a snack, forgetting about it until a week after the wedding) to the manicurist, hairdresser and photographer arriving, I don’t remember having a moment to myself, or even breathing properly.

I’d never been waited on, but that day I was, hand and foot – quite literally. My bridesmaids, mum and mother-in-law buzzed around, doing everything. My amazing friend Corie did a Starbucks run, my wonderful Orla made me feel like a beauty queen and bridesmaid L of the bagel fame safety pinned my spanx bodysuit and Wonderbra together, because the ridiculously expensive fastenings just didn’t work.

 I can’t put the day into words properly, so decided not to. (Ed: See?! Not just me!)

 My highlights were: 

  • Severin, from The Hepburn Collection, keeping me calm in a separate room and working wonders with my hair
  • A beautiful handmade blanket from my best friends
  • My new aunt-in-law lending me a stunning bracelet to wear, then giving it to me for my birthday the next day
  • Katharine Peachey from Peachey Photography running back from our reception to the coach drop off point, because she just knew we would want photos there – the woman is psychic I swear
  • Running 40 minutes late because the guest transport didn’t turn up… and still being at the church before the guests
  • Turning to my new husband after the ceremony and saying “so the caterer was ok with us being an hour behind?” to a look of utter terror and a “… I didn’t call her…”
  • The incredible feeling of bringing our family and friends – from so many countries – together.
  • A song, performed by my new aunts and uncles, about the two of us to the tune of ‘Ireland’s Call’
  • A gift of Penguin onesies, which we then danced in. My dress was IN my onesie…

I hope you enjoy this little video. In so many ways I felt you all there, you’ve made my journey over the past 18 months so incredible – thank you for all the advice, wise words, bottles of wine, virtual hugs and tweets of love.

Here’s to love – and a very wonderful 2013.


Mrs M x


Categories: Any Other Wedding, Real Bride, Wedding Reports
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  1. Mahj
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

    Honestly the best breakfast I’ve ever had! I am in raptures over here, raptures I tell you!

    Oh Belmo, you glamourpuss, you and F look so delerious happy, your entire day did. I’m going to watch that video over and over again on a loop today.

    Lots of squeally love,

  2. Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    AMAZING. Bella you look a hundred shades of WOWZERS (the hair! the lips! the foxtastic grin!) and I’m so delighted your day went so brilliantly well. You and F just look divine together and all the family and friends *sob* and ruddy bloody BAYWATCH….it’s too much to bear before 7:30am…. Thankyou so much for sharing every step of the way. I feel like we’ve really lived it with you. And I even got to try on some veils. There are no more words.

    Love you B!


  3. Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Oh what a wonderful way to start the day. You look gorgeous, even the sky is beautiful for you. Favourite photo is right at the beginning arriving at the church the bright green of the trees, flash of red from the bus & a happy bride in her dress about to be married. Much married love to you both x

  4. Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    It’s all beautiful. So beautiful.
    I’ve loved all your blog posts so much. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

    ‘Keep on loving’ is the best marriage advice there is.


  5. Katielase
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I have no words… it’s just, oh it’s perfect. So perfect. Wishing you and F a lifetime of joy and happiness together, beautiful Bella.

    K x

  6. Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Watching that was almost like being there. I’m a bloody emotional wreck now and running late for work.
    Every. Single. Photo was amazing – so full of life and joy and love.
    Damnit now I want to watch it all again but I really must get dressed!
    Congratulations again beautiful Bella!

  7. Roz
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Bella, Bella, Bella!!!! What can I say, AMAZING! You look so beautiful and so happy in all of the photos. I absolutely adore the ones of you and F up the back of the bus. Wishing you both a lifetime of days as happy as your wedding day xx

  8. Becca
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Oh golly. There are tears at the gym. I also feel like I was there. I love EVERYTHING about it. All AOW brides should have a soundtrack video (love the first song btw). It’s absolutely perfect. Perfectly perfect in every single way.

    Many lifetimes of happiness.


  9. Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Don’t worry, Amy, you won’t be the only one late for work this morning! Oh Bella, that was absolutely beautiful. Your day was full of love, and fun, and silliness. You look so incredibly happy and absolutely stunning.

    Wishing you and F all the best.

  10. Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    I wasn’t prepared for that – what a tearful time!

    Bella you are so very beautiful & it looks kind such a wonderful day. I’m secretly hoping the Baywatch theme tune was your first dance!

    Congrats! Xxx

  11. Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Wow, so much joy and so much fun. I wish you both all the love and happiness in the world.

  12. Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Gosh that’s insanely gorgeous! You look phenomenal, and more importantly really really happy! It looks like such a beautiful day, and sounds like you had a great time…. Now to head home and watch it all over again with the music on!

  13. Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Also? Those dressing gowns!!!!! They are amazing and I want one! I shall walk around the house in matching pink lipstick and feel amazing about myself whenever I do so!

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

      Thank you!!! They are the gowns you would have been modelling this weekend! Will let you know when the biz launches :) xxx

  14. Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Also? Those dressing gowns!!!!! They are amazing and I want one! I shall walk around the house in matching pink lipstick and feel amazing about myself whenever I do so!

  15. Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    I had to stop running my bath in case it overflowed.

    Amazing! This wedding had it ALL. The end x

  16. Posted January 10, 2013 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    Thank you all so much!! I have a ridiculous day at work so can’t reply individually, but wanted to say you’ve all made my morning!!!! It was an awesome day, and I wish you could have all been there – you were definitely in my heart!! xxx

  17. Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    Goodness me – I just had a little tear on the train on the way to work. How blooming delightful.
    Congrats to you – what a beautiful couple you make. Wishing you all the very very best for the future.

  18. Zan
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Oh lovely! Although I only got to watch 4mins of the vid before having to start work… will have to put aside time to watch the rest later :)

    What I did see was fabulous though! Yay Belmo xx

  19. Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Bloody gorgeous! Looks like a totally perfect day – and I ADORE the pics in the photobooth with you two in your penguin onesies! Huge congrats xxx

  20. Vivienne
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Sob. Just stunning.

  21. Yanthé
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. That is just amazing. AMAZING!

    If I ever get married I want a video like THAT.

    Seriously, it’s so lovely Bella, massive congratulations to you and Mr M and long may the happiness that shines through on the video continue.

  22. Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    You look stunning and so happy!

  23. Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness, so so beautiful. It looks like it was one of those weddings that has more than a sprinkling of magic…

    I don’t think I have ever seen a sexier bride!

    Love to you and F.


  24. Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Oh my goodness Bella… you look like an old school Hollywood siren – seriously you are STUNNING! Adore the lipstick – makes your beautiful big grin look all the more gorgeous. Your wedding day looks so full of fun, and above all love, which is everything it should be about. Huge congratulations lovely.

    I’ve loved all your blog posts and am hoping you’ll be taking up another AOW ‘title’ now that you’re married.


    p.s. what was the first song? I love it!

    • Zan
      Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

      I believe it’s Lucky by Jason Mraz :)

      • Lara Blue
        Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

        Yes, it is. Was on my Blogmanay mix!! :)

  25. Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Ahh, I love this! The colours, the emotions, the sheer happy gorgeousness of you both (that’s a thing. Honest). I think my favourite is the one where you’re looking up while your husband is doing his speech, it looks like a heartshaped thought bubble! Just all very lovely :-D

  26. Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Oh I love love LOVE this so very much! So much smiling and laughter – I adore. This is everything, and more, of what a wedding is and means. I can literally feel the love radiating from the page!

    Also – realised from comments you are going into business with those robes? Dude, hit me up! Seriously, I’d love some of them for me and my girls.

    L xxx

    • Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      Thank you gorgeous! Yes indeed, should launch in early March – with a special offer for AOW readers too :) Will email you xx

      • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

        Oooh just in time! Very excited – look forwards to the email :D x

        • Becca
          Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

          ANNOYING. I just bought pretty plum sugar ones! #willbuyoneformeanyway

        • Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

          Likewise please!

      • Peridot
        Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:33 am | Permalink

        Me too please!

  27. Lara Blue
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I saw that this was coming late last night on Twitter after a super busy day and was RIDICULOUSLY excited. As desperate as I was to look them up first thing, I waited and made a proper occasion of it with snacks and posh water (lime ice-cubes)….

    Oh my. Oh my. Oh my. So much beauty and joy and magic and laughter and fun and gorgeous smiles and prettiness and frankly gorgeous guests and and and just wow…I am incoherent even in text from the “muchness” of it all (Anna K, feel free to pretend I used an appropriate Oxford English Dictionary word there instead).

    Bella, I think I’m going to have to call you “Bellissimo” now :) Thank you for this xx

  28. Steff
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh Bella this is just beautiful!!! The smiles, the sunshine, the colours and those flower girls… My heart melted! Thank you for sharing your journey with us, every wedding should have matching onesies! Xx

  29. Posted January 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    This wedding was a blast! I loved every minute of shooting. Thank you for having me on board, Bella! Love that little film too! x

  30. Posted January 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Your words make me cry.
    Beautiful Bella :)

  31. Alex
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Awww wow this was such a joy to watch! You really do look like an old school Hollywood glamour puss come Jessica Rabbit! So beautiful and your dresses (and penguin suit) looked stunning!

    I can’t believe they are your dressing gowns they are amazing! I would definately be buying one of those bad boys!!!

    Love the music and also hoping Baywatch theme figured somewhere in my wedding day now…if only!

    Congratulations on a fabulous day and wishing you lots of luck and happiness in married life! xx

  32. Sharon
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

    wow wow wow – your day looked amazing, and Bella, you looked so stunningly gorgeous. Wishing you bucket loads of happiness in your marriage, and thanks for your posts, they have been simply brilliant


  33. Amy
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Bella!! You look absolutely beautiful, and your day looks so filled with love and fun xx

  34. Christie
    Posted January 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful, all of it. Just wow! x

  35. Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    Ahhhh! Congratulations bella. Photos are amazing- love the piggy back one!

  36. Posted January 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    Ps I like the Friends-esque blog post title. You should do this more!

  37. Kate G
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 4:13 am | Permalink


  38. Peridot
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    Okay, I’m WAY late on this. I also made myself late for work yesterday by watching it but didn’t have time to comment. Even though I’m late though, I just HAD to say how beautiful it was. Bella – you certainly lived up to your name, you were scorching old-school glamour there. And it looked like you had so much fun. Many congratulations.

  39. Posted January 11, 2013 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    I am so overwhelmed by all of you – each comment made me smile, tear up a little and just thank my little cottons for AOW.

    I can honestly say I wouldn’t have gotten to the big day in the semi-sane state I did without all of you – I love that you enjoyed the video and the songs! I wish I could reply to every comment (I might try this weekend!) but please do know that you made an insecure, lonely bride-to-be really, really happy in the months leading up to our wedding. The move away from our family and ‘non-virtual’ friends was really tough and without you all I honestly don’t know what I would have done.

    Never doubt the power of a comment, a tweet, a wee text or email: you are all incredible and I hope I can be there for you all, when you need me, too. I have found myself in the last year thanks to this blog – and all of you.

    Bella xxx

    • Carly
      Posted January 12, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

      Oh Bella, that comment made me tear up too. Bless you, you deserved to have the most fantastic day and it definitely looks like you did!


  40. Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Can;t believe I’ve only just seen this!

    A. M. A. Z. I. N. G.

    I can’t say anymore or I will go on and on and on and…

  41. Rach M
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I am so so late with this, I am so sorry. I just watched it and it gave me goosebumps. What a glorious day in every way. It looked like a laughter-filled, glamorous, literary, musical, romantic extravaganza. And what luck with the weather! I had always thought it would be fab but that video just-outfabbed my wildest dreams. It has been great to be on this journey with you. Congrats to the both of you for a wonderful future, wishing you all the love and luck in the world, Rach xx

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