It’s been a few days now since our Dublin Wedding Journal Show, and we’re still on Cloud Nine after such an incredible experience!
A highlight that was watched by thousands in the Citywest and over 4K on our Facebook was our fabulous Win a €35,000 Wedding. 98fm’s breakfast hosts Cooper and Luke welcomed 13 nervous couples to the stage, all hoping to win this once-in-a-lifetime prize, but there could only be one. It’s time to meet our lucky winners – Amy & Séan! We sat down with our winning couple a few days after it the weekend’s bombshell started to sink in a little…
Congrats once again guys, I hope it all feels a little bit more real! So why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourselves, where did you first meet, and how did love start to blossom?
‘So Séan and I first met on 5th April 2014, I was at a college ball that night and a few of us had headed out after. Séan had just finished college and was working in finance at the time and was on a night out with his friends. The place we met was one where all great fairytale romances start…on the coppers dance-floor!! A girl had fallen in front of us and we both reached to help her up, Séan used this as the perfect excuse to ask if she was my friend (clearly knowing she wasn’t with me). We were chatting for ages and didn’t realise the time going by until the lights turned on at 4am. He took my number and sent me a text the next day.’
‘We were chatting for a few days and then he asked if I’d go on a date with him that Thursday for dinner to Alfie’s on South William Street. I remember being so nervous that evening because we arranged to meet at the bottom of Grafton street but Séan was a few minutes late (nearly 6 years on I’ve learned he has many great qualities but time keeping is certainly not his strong point!!). When we arrived at the restaurant we were literally chatting the whole way through and we just completely clicked and felt liked we’d known each other for years. The waiters had to ask us to leave because we were chatting so much didn’t realise they were closing up. It was so awkward because I was having my 21st birthday party that weekend and I didn’t know whether to ask Séan as we had just met! In the end my cousin convinced me to causally ask him to come (which he did) and it all took off from there.’
That’s adorable – so the big proposal, tell us everything!
‘I had absolutely no idea it was going to happen. I just finished a two year masters at the end of September there and Séan had just left his job to open his own business called Impasto48, so we were both working really long hours and it was all a bit hectic! Séan said he was bringing me away for a night (20th October 2019) to celebrate my masters but wouldn’t tell me where we were going. My mam and dad and everyone knew where I was going but no one would tell me (I was clearly very naive looking back!). He told me to pack a bag, bring wellies and warm clothes and to be ready for 10am to hit the road. I thought I was going camping! Thank God my mam had warned me to bring a dress and heels! So that morning we headed off and the whole way I had him driven mad asking where we were going. We arrived in Adare and I saw his indicator going on to turn into Adare Manor. I couldn’t believe it I was completely shocked but still didn’t expect a proposal!!’
‘We checked in and then went for lunch, Séan kept checking his watch which is unusual because as I mentioned earlier he’s not the best with time! He told me he had another surprise planned and took me outside. When we walked through the front doors there was a horse and carriage ride waiting for us, it was amazing and such a beautiful day. The lady, Sarah, who was bringing us around asked if we wanted to get out for a photo at one point at the back of the manor and it was then that Séan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was was absolutely delighted!! We were so lucky that Sarah had recorded it all and had taken photos. The staff in Adare Manor were absolutely fantastic and couldn’t have made our day and night any more special. It was literally like a fairytale for me. One of the guys, Daryl, even brought us around the whole manor that night and showed us all the places we hadn’t gotten to see and then put on a film for us in the cinema there. I had dreamt of going to Adare Manor since I’ve been a child as my family go to Kerry every year on holidays and we always pass by. I had been saying to Séan that I was going to save really hard and hopefully go after I had finished my masters. It really was the most perfect day!’
Séan definitely knows you well Amy! So you got the ring, what made you enter our competition?
‘I’m a massive fan of 98fm and listen to the big breakfast with Cooper and Luke every morning going to work. We had literally just started looking at venues and were starting to save when I heard the competition on the radio, so thought what’s the harm in texting in. I was just about to head into work one morning when I got a call. They had myself and another guy playing against each other in a general knowledge quiz. I have to say it’s very nerve wrecking being on the radio, the lads are true professionals. I was absolutely delighted when I got through as a finalist and rang Séan and my mam straight away. We had all our fingers and toes crossed from that day!
Were you nervous before the big final, did you prep before hand?
We were very nervous! We were going to look at a venue last Monday and were playing Mr and Mrs in the car on the way! Séan kept forgetting my favourite colour, so I didn’t have high expectations! I was also terrified we were going to have to sing or dance on stage! My mam was saying she thought it might be more like a winning streak style but we didn’t know what to expect at all. My grandad had been lighting candles and everything! We became even more nervous when we saw all the other finalists, the size of the stage and all the people watching. We loved the show, there was so much choice and entertainment throughout the day. We were literally about to put a deposit on a cake when Sean jokingly said we should wait to see the result of the competition (luckily we did!).’
That’s so funny, great-thinking Séan! So you make it down to the final two couples, how did it feel when you opened the 98fm suitcase and you realise you’d just won?
‘We were in complete shock- I’d say you could see from my reaction in the video. I was absolutely speechless!! It just felt so surreal, we never expected to win anything like that in our lives. We were just saying today it was like an outer-body experience! It’s starting to sink in now and we can’t believe it. It’s such a life changing prize and we honestly cannot express how over the moon and grateful we are to have won.’
With all your wedding suppliers selected for, all that’s left to do is pick a venue and set a date now?
‘We had absolutely nothing booked before Sunday, so this was prize was a dream come true! We had just started looking at venues for 2022 or even 2023. We were originally hoping to get married in 2021 but realised we were going to need time to save so had decided to push it out as we’re also trying to save for a house. We are so so grateful to be able to now move our wedding forward to 2021 which wouldn’t have been possible without this amazing prize. We hadn’t thought of a honeymoon at all, we were going to postpone until a good while after the wedding just to give us time to save again! We can’t believe we’re going to Zanzibar-what an amazing opportunity! The honeymoon we would have picked definitely wouldn’t have been near as fancy as that and to fly business class too-absolutely amazing!’
It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime competition – have you any final thoughts?
‘We just want to say a massive thank you to the wedding journal, 98FM and all the sponsors who are absolutely lovely and we are so excited to have them on board for our wedding. We are so lucky to have the best of the best of everything for our wedding and it wouldn’t have been possible without you all. You’ve taken so much pressure off our wedding planning, thank you to you all from the bottom of our hearts.’
Everything Amy & Séan Have Won…
Business class flights with Ethiopian from Dublin to Zanzibar staying at the Zawadi Hotel & Spa, Zanzibar
Bridalwear from Fiona Todhunter Bridals
Groomswear from Best Menswear
Photography, Videography, Hair & Make-up from Stephen Mac Productions
Wedding flowers by Josephine
Wedding Stationery from Occasions by Sacha
Wedding Cake from GBC Cakes
Entertainment from Bentley Boys Bands
If you wish to attend our Belfast Wedding Journal Show and enter our Win a £35,000 Wedding competition, you can purchase discounted tickets HERE!