Enchantment. Timelessness. Opulence. Romance. These words just begin to describe a wedding day in an Irish Castle. Imagine waking up in your perfectly appointed room, stretching in a comfortable four-poster bed with fluffy pillows and warm comforter. You peek outside the window to the vast, manicured grounds sprawling before you. The birds begin to chirp their morning song, the sun starting to peek out from the fluffy white clouds giving a peek to the brilliant blue sky awaiting your wedding day. The hair and makeup team arrive straight to your room, and you enjoy a delicious breakfast of poached eggs and house-cured smoked salmon, a glass of champagne or freshly brewed coffee to wash it down. The castle below you is quietly a bustle, preparations for your wedding well underway and in excellent hands. You slip into your wedding gown or your suit, then make your way down the grand staircase like lords and ladies have done for centuries before you. A bespoke ceremony awaits you, your guests comfortably seated and awaiting your arrival. You exchange your vows in a spectacular ceremony, unique and tailored specifically to your tastes and beliefs, and then everyone returns to the castle reception area for canapes and cocktails. A multi-course award-winning meal is expertly prepared for you and your guests, and you dance the night away.
From the sweet melodic plucks of the Irish harp to a full traditional band, a ceremony outdoors in Ireland’s unparalleled natural beauty or a more intimate romantic candle-lit ceremony in a grand hall of the castle, from craft cocktails to cutting your expertly prepared cake with a 100-year-old sword, your castle wedding will surely be a fairy tale wedding dream come true.
Waterlily Weddings has had the pleasure of working with the best of Ireland’s castles: Dromoland Castle dates back to the 5th century and boasts a large garden complete with follies. 16th century Waterford Castle sits on its own island, offering complete privacy and the quintessential castle experience. Clontarf Castle, built on the site where Irish legend Brian Boru fought and died, is located in the heart of Dublin and is finished in a traditional medieval style. Luttrellstown Castle boasts vast grounds and a comfortable castle setting, conveniently located in a suburb outside of Dublin. Ashford Castle sits impressively on 350 acres of private estate land in the heart of Ireland’s country for the epitome of the Irish country experience. And so many more.
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Photos by Purple Tree Photography, Shane O’Neill Aspect Photography, Peter Gordon, In Love Photography