Siobahn & Mark

August 28, 2020



Private Residence





We met while working together at an Irish pub in Toronto and started dating after Mark left the pub. We clicked right away, and it did not take long for us to move in together. We encouraged each other and were there for each other.

Mark popped the question when we were visiting his parents in Ireland. We were at Powerscourt House & Garden in County Wicklow.  We decided to sit and have lunch in the beautiful Japanese garden under the Cherry Blossom trees. Mark got down on one knee and proposed! I was SHOCKED to say the least. I remember the drive back to Mark's parents house (two hours) was the longest drive of my life! I just wanted to call our families and share the great news with them. Mark and I could not stop laughing!

We had a large wedding planned. Church, reception, vendors. everything was booked. In March when the lock down happened, we started to get a bit nervous that we would have to postpone. There was a lot of uncertainty and we just tried to hold out to see what would happen. Around June we decided to postpone our entire wedding to 2022. Then a few weeks later we thought we should still do something on the original date. First, we thought we would have a family dinner with just our bubble.  My mom has Huntington's disease, and her situation is precarious, so we wanted to have memories of our wedding with her. Once COVID-19 restrictions permitted an outdoor ceremony for 50 people we said, "why not!" and went for it. We had a civil union held outside at my cottage which is a converted one room schoolhouse.

We just wanted everyone to have an amazing day. Since COVID-19 threw a wrench in many people's plans, this was the only party people were going to, we wanted it to be a great one. When it came to the planning, we did everything together. We wanted to make sure that both of us loved everything about the day.

We loved every moment of our day! Mark’s favourite was when we were taking pictures. It really took the pressure off and gave us a chance to have some down time with just the two of us! I also really enjoyed the ceremony our justice of peace gave, and dancing at the end of the night!