Featured Wedding 2018 — Lisa & Ronan: Stunning Dusty Rose Fall Wedding at Luttrellstown Castle

This modern day fairytale brings together a handsome Irish lad with a gorgeous American lass in one of Ireland’s most stunning of settings, incorporating lots of incredible thoughtful details and a bit of DIY from a super talented bride!  We had the pleasure of helping Lisa and Ronan design and plan their dream castle wedding day at one of our favorite venues, Luttrellstown Castle. Lisa’s fabulous New York taste was evident throughout the day: she custom designed the invitation suite and all of the stationary for the day herself, and we worked closely together conceptualizing the right personal touches and accent decor to match the vibe they wanted for their guests. The color palette was a dreamy mix of dusty rose and Irish greenery, exquisitely delicate that precisely drew on the tone of Ireland in early October that set perfectly against the castle and church. Gorgeous couple, lots of laughs and smiles, and a great time had by all as evidenced through the photos beautifully captured by the uber-talented Studio Brown .  Scroll down through to the slide show and fore more info on this incredible day!

Swiping Right To Find True Love

Lisa and Ronan – the ever so modern couple – met on Tinder! Irish native Ronan had been living in New York for 18 months on contract with work when his path crossed with Lisa’s. After getting to know each other the rest is history! They took a trip to Greece where Ronan found the perfect chance to propose. “We had been traveling in Italy and Greece around his birthday,” recalls Lisa.  “I had a little bit of a feeling but didn’t see any clues. When we got to Greece, we were planning on going to dinner to celebrate Ronan’s birthday. Before we left, we were on the balcony overlooking the caldera and that’s when he proposed!”

A Castle Wedding At “Home”

Having a destination wedding in Ireland was a bit of a homecoming for Ronan and Lisa. They had made the decision to stay in New York for work, so with Ronan being an Irish  native and them visiting so often, that made hosting a destination wedding for them all the more important. “We were so happy to share with our friends and family the amazing experiences in Ireland!” they said. Luttrellstown Castle with its proximity to Dublin and availability for private hire was the perfect choice for them.

Pink Tones for an Early Autumn Wedding

Lisa’s custom color palette was created around dusty rose — a beautiful hue that can tone towards warm or cool palettes and that managed to bring out the still-vibrant greenery of Ireland’s early autumnal season. Sylvia of Bella Botanica created the most incredible bouquets and floral decor for the event. A crowning detail was the sweet floral arch that greeted guests at the church! Everyone looked fantastic, including Lisa who shown in her Matthew Christopher gown and Ronan in his Collar & Cuff suit. The bridesmaids took on the dusty rose hue within their dresses, paired perfectly with soft blush and euclayptus tones in their bouquets.

A lot of this wedding was made spectacular with the thoughtful personal details. Lisa created all of the stationary for the event herself, including the invitation suite, table numbers, thank you tags, and more. They actually had two cakes for the event — a sweet 3 tier featuring different flavors on each layer (chocolate/coffee, lemon, chocolate praline) as well as a savory cheese cake — multiple cheese wheels towered into a cake served with accouterments. Lisa and Ronan wanted to honor their family and friends who couldn’t make it to the day, so they decorated with framed photos throughout the reception space. We love that touch. Guest favors included little bottles of Baileys and Jameson for their guests to enjoy later that night or next day.

Favorite parts of the day included their traditional Catholic ceremony and saying their vows to each other in front of their loved ones, and the little moments they snuck alone together: a little time in the room upstairs before making their grand entrance to the reception — they practiced their dance moves and just had a moment to laugh and be together, and the quiet time in the car together as they drove back to the castle from the church.

A Piece of Advice

“Get things done early!! We waited too long on a lot of things and even though of course it eventually got done, we could have done a few things just a little bit earlier!”

Great advice!


Lisa and Ronan, it was an absolute pleasure working with you. Your enthusiasm and generosity of spirit throughout the planning process and on the day were inspiring and as infectious as your bright smiles! Your love is so wonderful and your day was just so perfect in so many ways. We wish you both the brightest of future together, with many more adventures together and continued luck!

For more information on the talented vendors involved in Lisa and Ronan’s wedding and to get started on planning YOUR dream castle wedding, CONTACT US today!

Scott & Dawn: From Emerald City to the Emerald Isle, A Charming Intimate Wedding in Colorful Kinsale

So many fantastic places in Ireland to get married, and Kinsale is no exception! This charming seaport town boasts everything you want for a relaxed intimate wedding: some of the best food and wine on the island, lots of cute and quirky shops, a healthy dose of history and historical sites to visit, and some breathtaking natural scenery. Seattle couple Dawn and Scott knew instantly Kinsale was their perfect choice. “We were set on being outside in nature…and Ireland in October was stunning! Scott wanted a cobble stone street and good beer, and we wanted a place that expressed us, that wasn’t formal but that was thoughtful,” they said. “Ireland was the natural choice.” Planning a destination wedding can be intimidating, but Waterlily Weddings was there to help them plan their day, every step of the way. “It was a leap of faith for sure, having never visited Ireland, but Michelle made it easy.”

We love their casual style throughout the day. From a relaxing morning getting ready, Scott and Dawn did a fun First Look incorporating lots of the colorful buildings and doors in the village, then made their way to the coastline to enjoy some champagne and taking in the gorgeous scenery, beautifully captured by Shane O’Neil of Aspect Photography.  They walked the cobble stones hand in hand before making their entrance together at the historic ruin perched on the picturesque seaside, where a traditional Irish spiritual ceremony was performed. Then they celebrated with their loved ones in town, dining on delicious local fare and dancing to Irish music. Check out more of their day below!

From Emerald City to the Emerald Isle

Scott and Dawn met in the Pacific Northwest outside of Seatle on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains, over a glass of wine. They knew they wanted a destination wedding, so started thinking of options. Ireland quickly rose to the top of the list, a decision solidified by a friend’s recommendation. “We have friends that have friends in Kinsale and they said it would be a perfect fit for us, as we love food, wine, and authentic places.” Truly blessed, their October wedding day was filled with a warm sunshine that absolutely shown on the seaside village. The already-bright colors of the architecture just popped and the water became a gorgeous, glistening blue that as you can see, really made for some stunning photos.

The Details

Dawn and Scott opted to have a simple, spiritual ceremony heavily influenced by Celtic traditions. The backdrop was a gorgeous historical site overlooking the sea. We love how they chose to walk in together, hand in hand, into their ceremony space! After the ceremony and lots of heartfelt congratulations, they all made their way to a local pub for a pint.  As the sun began to set, they moved on to the Supper Club for their reception. A custom dinner menu was created just for them, using lots of fresh local ingredients including oysters, wild boar, local greens, venison welington, local fish and a cheese course featuring lots of incredible local Irish cheeses with Kinsale honey and local fruits and jams! Of course wine, beer, and champagne flowed throughout as a traditional Irish band created the perfect mood for this intimate celebration.

A Piece of Advice

“Be true to what you want. Listen to your chosen guides (planner, officiant, photographer, culinarians). And remember that this is about your love and a moment to allow all to see what you both live every day.”

Congratulations Dawn and Scott!!! We wish you a long life full of great food and wine and many more visits to Ireland!!!

Shannon & Darren: “Old Word Fairytale” Intimate Wedding at the Cliffs!

It’s the organic, effortless, little moments that will make your wedding day memorable.  Shannon and Darren never fancied a large traditional wedding.  Their hearts took them to Ireland, where they envisioned an intimate ceremony full of meaning with their dearest loved ones, exploring the gorgeous scenery and cliffs, then celebrating after in a low-key, super authentic style with local fare and lots of pure love.  We are completely blown away by Shannon’s look – we’ve never seen a cathedral length veil at the cliffs and boy did she not disappoint — her dress and that veil created the most incredible silhouette against the dramatic cliffs. By her side, her handsome groom Darren who looked smart in a tweed suit.  Gorgeous looks, model-level couple, fabulous scenery and venue and a sunny day on top of it is the perfect combination for this fairytale intimate wedding. Beautiful photos captured by Sean & Kate. Please enjoy.

Cosmic Coincidence and A Pub

Darren and Shannon met back in fall of 2013 in a pub called the Gingerman in Plano, Texas.  There was an instant attraction, and they dated for a few months when Darren announced he’d be moving back to his native Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada to pursue his career. They briefly split when Darren reached out to Shannon in 2015, sparking a long distance relationship.  “Darren eventually convinced me to come visit him in Canada for the first time,” recalls Shannon, “and I got to spend a week with him and met his entire family. From that point on we couldn’t deny our connection any longer.”  Later in winter Darren planned a whirlwind trip down to Panama to spend the holidays together.  Shannon had mentioned a while back she’d loved this particular bed and breakfast tucked away in a volcanic valley called El Vaje, and Darren surprised her with a stay at the very same place.  After a day of exploring waterfalls and rain forests, Darren asked Sharron to take a walk with him in the garden. “There were tropical flowers and trees and fireflies everywhere, and the brightest starts were coming out in the sky,” says Shannon. He got down on one knee and asked Shannon to marry him. Of course she said yes! And they rang in the new year as a newly engaged couple.

Dreaming of Cliffs

Shannon always envisioned eloping to a cliff in Ireland to get married. “I don’t have a good reason for why, other than I’ve always been drawn to Ireland,” she says. The idea of a huge traditional wedding never quite appealed to them, so eloping to Ireland felt like the immediate, right choice for them.  After some preliminary research, the Cliffs of Moher quickly jumped out to them as their dream location. “Even the village of Ballyvaughn had this ancient peaceful energy I can’t quite put into words,” she says. “That tiny corner of Ireland will always have a special place in our hearts.”

The Details

Shannon and Darren were blessed with a beautiful, soft sunny day the morning of their wedding.  The overall vision was an “old world fairytale,” and Newton Castle certainly fit the bill. We are blown away with her stunning Martina Liana gown and overall look that included a pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes and Tiffany jewelry. But the cathedral length veil completely stole the show — absolutely stunning against the breathtaking backdrop of the cliffs! Darren made the ever-handsome groom in a classic tweed suit made in his Candadian home town. The traditional ceremony was heavily influenced by Irish spiritual tones, including the hand-fast, and the Irish harp helped set the perfect mood.  After taking pictures with their photographers and exploring a bit of the area, Shannon and Darren met their guests at the local pub for some cake and a drink.  Later, they all gathered at Gregans for a lovely multi-course dinner, drinks, and lots of good time spent together with loved ones.

The Highlights

“Riding in the car together, hand in hand, sipping on champagne and taking in the Irish scenery, waving at all the locals as they saw us coming down the road!” recalls Shannon as some of the best moments. “The whole day was our ‘favorite part” — we wouldn’t change a single thing about it!”

A Piece of Advice

“Trust that everything will be perfect, and it will be. Have fun and don’t forget to breathe and soak up the moments as they happen. Relish in the bliss. Also — have a special scent for the day that you can go back to and smell any time to instantly bring you back tot he  memories of that day!” We love that idea Shannon! Such great advice!

Congratulations Darren and Shannon! You both looked stunning and we love your low-key, effortlessly romantic day. The love between you is as clear and bright as the sunny day of your wedding, and certainly a future just as bright awaits you! Continued blessings to you both and see you in Ireland again soon!

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