19th April 2018
A Waterfall Wedding – Danny and Jay
Danny and Jay’s destination wedding in Malta turned out perfectly, with a touch of magic from I DO Knot and Limestone Heritage.
Danny and Jay met on a night out in Dublin in 2004. “We were introduced by mutual friends. I managed to get Danny’s phone number the next day from one of our friends and within a couple of days we had our first date,” Jay says. The couple dated for 10 years before Danny popped the question.
“Initially, neither of us thought we would get married, it wasn’t something that we ever thought we would do. Then, Danny surprised me with a week in Lanzarote for my 30th birthday. On the first night of the holiday, as we walked home along the beach, we stopped, sat down, started talking and Danny proposed.” Naturally, the answer was yes.
“We didn’t want the traditional Irish wedding, and we wanted to get married abroad,” Danny says. “We had family and friends who got married in Portugal, Italy and Spain so we wanted somewhere a little bit different but still easily accessible from Ireland. We had never been to Malta so decided we would take a trip out to meet a wedding planner – I DO Knot, whom we had contacted online.”
Before the couple arrived, Petra from I DO Knot asked them some questions to get an idea of the type of venues they would be interested in seeing. “She put together an itinerary and brought us to see a number of stunning venues across Malta. As Petra got to know us more that day, she suggested we go see the Waterfall Garden at Limestone Heritage as she thought we would love it. From the moment we arrived, we both fell in love with the venue. The waterfall as the backdrop was absolutely incredible! We knew straight away that it was the venue for us.”
The pair kept all the wedding details a secret from family and friends. “We didn’t tell them very much about the day, just that they would be picked up at a certain time and that the wedding was outdoors! We wanted them to arrive at the venue and see it for the first time on the day,” says Jay. “They all reacted the same way to the venue – they thought it was simply breath-taking when they arrived!”
Guests started to arrive at around 4.30pm and the party kept going until 3am. There were 60 guests at the wedding, all of whom had travelled from Ireland and the UK. One friend had come all the way from San Francisco! Their first wedding song was The One by Irish band Kodaline. “The Mics band, who we had performing at the venue, learned the song and played it as we were cutting the cake and as the fireworks started,” says Danny.
“We were surrounded by family and friends who were just as excited as we were. We knew we were in safe hands with the team at the venue and the team at I DO Knot who were looking after all of the logistics. Everything was planned to be outdoors, with a back-up plan of moving everything inside if needed – but thankfully we didn’t need plan B! We really wanted to make sure that the guests had a great time at the wedding, after travelling to be there – and it did. It all went off so well, it really was a memorable day.”