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Finalist - Wedding Co-ordinator of the Year (Lorraine Cunningham)
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Niamh & Francois - 19th July 2013
The thing that really struck me about Bellinter House is how they work together as a team. The Staff went above and beyond in a few different ways. Their head chef, Francoise, was absolutely open to customizing our menu for our French guests; she was interested in us as a couple and wanted to make sure our guests had the best dining experience possible. We had a BBQ the night before the Wedding and another BBQ the day after the wedding, and Francoise came out to meet our guests and explain the food, which added such an extra touch that she got a standing ovation from the guests at dinner time (Apparently its a French tradition !) Another area where Bellinter went above and beyond, was the venue set up for our Wedding. My Family members were the band and DJ so we had loads of instruments and amplifiers, but it didnt seem to fluster the staff at all. They were happy to help move things and set up swiftly. They were more than willing to get hands on and help with all the practicalities of setting up. Another example was the gardening crew who raked the huge lawns on the morning of our Wedding at our request - all with a smile. Our experience with Bellinter House was fantastic. Lorraine Cunningham was efficient, flexible and open to all our ideas. When discussing our initial plans, she gave us some new creative ideas to think about, and was always encouraging when we had some colourful ideas of our own. We were planning our wedding from California, but it was so seamless and stress free that we could have been planning it from across the road. Lorraine was highly responsive over email and we organised almost everything online. On the day itself, Lorraine ensured everything ran according to schedule and our guests were trilled. Overall it was Bellinter's unique atmosphere that really won us over. There is such an air of funkiness, style and laid back relaxation mixed with top-class service, divine food and country house charm. Our guests were amazed at the different character of each room; and were oohing and ahhing as they visited each others rooms. There is something really special about Bellinter and all our guests commented on it. It's got history and yet its right on the pulse of all things trendy and fun today.
Elaine & Sean McCann - Sunday 3rd November 2013
Just back from Honeymoon! Just wanted to thank you Lorraine and all the staff for making our day so special. Everything was beyond our expectations. The Guests have not stopped complimenting the venue, the friendliness of the staff and the excellent food. We really appreciate your hard work, dedication and attention to detail. Thank you
Lorraine & Roy Kinsella - Wednesday 3rd July 2013
Lorraine, we just wanted to say a huge thank you for making our recent wedding on 3rd July the most amazing time of our lives. From our initial visit to Bellinter House for a previous Birthday, we knew we wanted to be married there. The Opulent, comtempory surroundings coupled with outstanding food and service ensured our wedding exceeded all of our expectations. We felt completely at ease from our first meeting. Your knowledge, advice and professionalism allowed us to enjoy every step of the planning. Your sense of calm and vibrant presence on the day allowed everyone around you to relax and enjoy every moment. Kevin ensured our menu tasting was an extremely memorable occasion and his service and style were impeccable on the day. He also makes the best fruit punch ! Rachel's good humour was infectious and she put me completely as ease on the morning of the Wedding while preparing all of the final touches. All of the staff made us feel so at home and welcome during our stay and we wanted for nothing. Our Guests are still raving about Bellinter House from the rooms to the food and the staff - everyone thought it was the best day and we completely agree. We would highly recommend Bellinter House for a Wedding.
Clare and Gavin Crossan - Sunday 11th April 2013
Lorraine, I cannot begin to tell you how perfect our Wedding was at Bellinter House. I always imagined it'd be great but everything surpassed my expectations - everything was perfect ! The Service throughout our stay, across all areas of the house was outstanding. We were originally going to go to Italy for the Wedding but I am so glad that we picked Bellinter House. It really was a dream wedding. Thank you so much for all your help with organised everything ! We will definitely be returning to Bellinter on our 1year anniversary or before then ! Thanks so much again.
Lisa and Declan Doherty - Monday 18th March 2013
To Lorraine, Declan and I wanted to say a huge thank you to you for all your help and preparations that you gave us for our Wedding. We had a fabulous day, it was really brilliant ! and we wanted to say thank you also to all the staff including David and Leanor and thank you to all the people behind the scenes that we didnt see especially in the Kitchen ! All our Guests loved Bellinter and had a super time. They were all raving about the food ! I actually tried my first bit of Wedding Cake today, the black forest gateaux made in your Bakery and it was delicious !!
Emily & Paul - 13th June 2013
I cant imagine doing this without her ! Lorraine was so lovely, so polite, so helpful, always prompt in getting back to me and she always had an answer or idea for everything.
I remember driving up the Bellinter House driveway together with my parents and Paul - we were all seeing the property in person for the first tome and it felt like we were driving into a dream. We had such unrealistically high expectations built up in our imaginations, but now that it was all happening for real, we were delighted that the reality of Bellinter was beyond even our biggest and best imaginings. We have so many favourite memories of our Wedding day... we had so much fun trooping around Bellinter taking photos - each location was more beautiful than the next that it was impossible to get a bad shot. Our ceremony was to start at 4pm and it had rained steadily all morning, so I was resigned and content with having the ceremony inside but at 3.40pm the clouds parted, I saw a patch of blue sky and couldnt help myself but to call down and ask about the possibility of an outdoor ceremony after all. I will always remember being up in the Bridal Suite looking out the huge windows with my bridesmaids and feeling completely paralyzed with indecision as Lorraine sat on the bench telling me the options of what could, and will happen to the ceremony with the rain factor. Finally I had to have Paul make the decision and I'll always remember him saying "we came here to get married under the tree so thats what we're going to do - if we get rained on we get rained on" Lorraine popped up and scurried off, having her team disassemble the chapel and setup outside in a flash. I was floating down the lawn holding my dads arm a few minutes later. Our ceremony was our very favourite part of the day... with the wind blowing my veil in every dramatic direction. It was beyond my most perfect daydreams and will forever be a most treasured memory of my life. Just like out of a movie a light mist started falling as we were pronounced Husband and Wife in the cathedral of the tree and after a round of applause we floated up the aisle and the lawn back towards the house to sign the papers inside. What made our hearts swell even bigger was looking backwards and seeing our geusts scurrying across the lawn carrying their antique upholstered chairs in order to save them from the big rain drops that were now falling. We have the best family and friends ! Have the Bellinter House occupied with our 50 nearest and dearest for the heart-full events of the day, the gourmet dinner, the evening full of music and dancing, was immeasurably special for us. The greatest gift was having our guests enjoy this wonderful day at Bellinter House with us. I think this is the ultimate compliment of success for a bride planning a destination Wedding !
Anne & Angela - September 2013
We had our civil partnership in Bellinter House in September 2013. Our Wedding Coordinator, Lorraine, was a fantastic help to us during the months of planning and on the day itself. She made everything very straightforward and nothing was too much trouble. In fact, all of the staff at Bellinter House were friendly and welcoming at all times.
We fell in love with Bellinter House on our first visit. It has a grand exterior and a lovely, warm atmosphere. The staff at the venue were comfortable with having a civil partnership - more so than other venues we had previously considered. We are glad that we chose Lorraine, this team and this venue for your Special Day !