While they share an Irish heritage and a passion for horse riding, Claire and Scott’s love for one another is the most important thing they have in common. Family and friends from overseas made the journey to northern Victoria to help celebrate this special union.
Claire Groome and Scott Barclay
November 20, 2015
LOVE CONTEST: “Scott was living and working in Ireland as a show jumping rider. I competed on the same show circuit so we became friends at first. Scottie eventually plucked up the courage to ask me out and the rest is history,” Claire said.
RUSTIC REMNANTS: A laidback and country feel was integral to the wedding. The table centrepieces were made by Scott out of slabs of wood, from a fallen tree on their farm. “I loved the idea of an outdoor wedding — an impossible concept to achieve in Ireland due to the weather — and wanted the day to have a relaxed feel to it,” Claire said.
PARTY HARD: The hen’s night is a tradition many women follow before their big day, and Claire certainly made hers a night to remember. “An impromptu dance-off in an Irish bar, in the wee hours of the morning, ended with me in a taxi with my bridesmaids — on the way to the emergency department. The end result — torn ligaments in my ankle and on crutches.” Claire said the story was a great one to tell nonetheless.
FAMILY AFFAIR: Claire and Scott had many family members and friends from overseas who made a special trip to share their wedding day. The best man, Mark, and maid of honour, Alison, travelled from Ireland to be present. Claire’s aunts came from Italy and read an Irish blessing to honour Claire’s Irish heritage. “Having my close family and friends travel from Europe to spend time with us was very special,” Claire said.
FRIENDLY TOUCH: Claire and Scott’s entrance song and first dance were performed by their close friend Micka Harrington. “Micka is also a close friend of the majority of our wedding guests, which gave it a really personal and special feel,” Claire said.
Bride’s parents: Fiona and Michael Groome
Groom’s parents: Belinda and John Barclay (both deceased)
Service and reception: Tahbilk Winery, Nagambie
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Bariano, Melbourne
Flowers: Bonnie Weidenbach Floristry, Murchison
Cake: Nagambie Bakery
Hair: TKS Hair and Beauty, Kialla
Make-up: Make-up by Dee, Shepparton