An Irish Blessing
Fiona Downes and Robert “Rob” Huston were introduced at a New Year’s Eve party five years ago, where they became instant friends before their relationship took a more serious turn a year later. “We started off as friends and after about a year of building that friendship, turned into something much stronger,” Fiona said, adding that Rob has been a part of her best friend and maid of honor’s extended family for many years. “We started a relationship and have been inseparable for almost four years.”
Fiona was born in London, U.K., to Irish parents before moving to Arkansas at the age of 12. She obtained a degree in Psychology and currently works with her father as owner/operator of Village Movers, a moving company in Hot Springs Village that her father started 20 years ago.
Fiona said that Rob had planned to propose to her at her favorite restaurant, Bravo! Cucina Italiana at the Promenade at Chenal in Little Rock, but was unable to follow through due to a seating mix-up. Instead, after having dinner, the couple strolled over to the giant LOVE sign at the center of the Promenade and Rob convinced Fiona to sit on the “O” to pose for a photo, where he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
“Our best friends, my maid of honor and her husband, one of his groomsmen, were there capturing the moment on camera/video,” Fiona said.
The couple purchased a house together in Hot Springs Village in July 2013 where they currently live.
Best Man and Maid of Honor: Maid of Honor was the bride’s best friend, Jennifer Hill, and the Best Man was Dean Huston, the groom’s brother.
The location: The ceremony was held at St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church in Hot Springs.
The reception: The reception was held at Embassy Suites in Hot Springs. The wedding was a traditional Irish wedding with a long reception, so guests were first served Irish soda bread/scones, fruit and cheese with tea, coffee and other drinks. Dinner consisted of herb crusted chicken with seasonal vegetables and toward the end of the night, guests were served finger sandwiches. The evening was filled with a slew of speeches and lots of food, drinks and dancing. Entertainment was provided by a DJ and a photo booth was also set up to entertain guests.
The look: The colors were light pink (petal) and light gray (mercury). The bouquets, church and reception centerpieces were decorated with light pink roses.
The dress: The dress, from David’s Bridal, was ballgown style, strapless with a long train and a sequin belt sewed in. The dress also had a large bustle to make it easier to dance at the reception.
Most unforgettable moment: “The most unforgettable moment was seeing all of our friends and family enjoying themselves, having fun and sharing this magical day with us,” Fiona said. “It meant so much to me to have a traditional Irish style wedding, and the fact that several of my family members from overseas were able to attend meant the world to me. It was also very special to be able to ride to the church in my dad’s 1981 DeLorean car.”
Honeymoon: The couple visited an all-inclusive beach resort outside of Montego Bay, Jamaica.