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Luttrellstown Ireland Castle Wedding

Bride and Groom and their bridal party on the steps of Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland

A Stunning Ireland Castle Wedding

After trying on nearly 30 dresses, Nicola decided the only way she would get the perfect dress, was for it to be custom made. We had the pleasure of photographing Nicola and Allan’s Ireland Castle wedding.

In addition to Nicola being the Bride, she is also a wedding planner, so as you can imagine, every detail was planned to perfection. From bridesmaid pj’s to night time fireworks, she had thought of everything. She kindly agreed to share her wedding details and photographs for their Luttrellstown Castle wedding.

The Proposal…..

We often have date nights planned as surprises for the other. All I knew was hat I had to meet him afterwork at Leicester Square Station. 

I am a big Michael Jackson fan. Allan managed to get us golden tickets (literally gold tickets!). It was the preview night of the Michael Jackson On The Wall exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London. Whilst walking around the rooms I kept mentioning that I really wanted to see the Andy Warhol piece.

As we entered the room showing this piece, it was completely empty, except for us. I was chatting away about how incredible it was and getting frustrated that Allan wasn’t reacting. As I turned around to tell him off, I found him on one knee! I firstly checked that he had asked for my dad’s permission and after that and of course, I said yes!

We walked from Trafalgar Square to Embankment Station. He mentioned we could go for a drink somewhere to celebrate.

Brides diamond engagement ring

As we were walking past one of my favourite venues in London – Gordons Wine Bar I suggested to go in there (he clearly knows me too well!).

As I walked down the stairs I saw my parents and my brother. My dad was the only person who knew that we had gotten engaged! I got to tell my mum and my brother myself (cue lots of tears and hugs!).  

Gordons bar is incredibly busy and you are unable to book tables. Allan found some tables at the back. As I walked to our table, I could see my two best friends waiting to congratulate us!

It was honestly perfect!

Brides wedding dress hanging up beside the white bridesmaids dresses
Bride getting her makeup applied for her Ireland Castle wedding
Bride and her bridesmaids in their wedding pjs
Brides details for her wedding
The single drop pearl necklace I wore was given to me by my parents for my first Holy Communion, my dad told my mum he hoped I would wear it on my wedding day
Brides shoes for her Ireland Castle wedding
Grooms wedding socks with funny writing on them
Groom getting dressed for his Ireland Castle wedding
Bride and Grooms wedding bands in a ring box

What resources helped you plan your wedding?

Having recommendations from friends and other suppliers was amazing. However, because we were not based in Dublin, Instagram was also a great source!

Groom putting on his bow tie for his wedding
Groom sitting in his wedding suit
Groom and his groomsmen in the library of Luttrellstown Castle
Groom and groomsmen standing on the steps of Luttrellstown Castle
Wedding flowers for the ceremony at the Luttrellstown wedding
The Ceremony Room at Luttrellstown Ireland castle wedding
The stairs at Luttrellstown Castle with flowers running down the stairs
The flowers on the stairs at Luttrellstown Castle

The Dress….

After trying on nearly 30 dresses and not finding the one I ended up having my dress made. Caroline based in Hitchin England custom made it for me.

The Brides lace wedding dress
Mother of the Bride buttoning up the Brides wedding dress
Bride putting on her perfume
Mother of the Bride seeing the Bride for the first time in her wedding dress
Mother of the Bride and the Bride linking arms
Bridesmaids seeing the Bride for the first time in her wedding dress

The Bridesmaids dresses….

The bridesmaids dresses were white. Nicola also had their dresses made by the same lady that made her wedding dress

Bride and her bridesmaids in white dresses
Bride and her bridesmaids holding their flower bouquets
Brides brother seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress for her Ireland Castle wedding
Wedding Flowers on the stairs at Luttrellstown Castle
The Bride at the window in her wedding dress for her Ireland castle wedding
Bride in her wedding dress on the morning of her wedding

What was important to you about your Ireland castle wedding – what were your priorities from the very beginning?

The most important thing to both of us is our family and friends. On the lead up to the wedding we hosted parties, as a result, everyone knew everyone come the big day. This meant the entire weekend was full of the party spirit as people felt comfortable with everyone else attending! It was almost like one big reunion of people whose connection was us!

Having everyone in the same place was amazing. We wanted to make sure everyone felt part of the day. To do this, at the ceremony we handed around of our wedding bands for everyone to make a wish or to say a prayer on them.

The Bride on the morning of her wedding
Bride and her dad walking down the stairs at Luttrellstown Castle
The wedding ceremony room at Luttrellstown Castle
The bridesmaids going into Luttrellstown Castle for the wedding ceremony

Allan’s three children were all central to the wedding, James was Allan’s best man and Anna and Ella were bridesmaids.

On our first Christmas together, we were watching Love Actually. Allan mentioned he liked the song ‘Songbird’ by Eva Cassidy which features in the film. That night, I wrote a love note to Allan.

I told him in the note that I had decided that ‘Songbird’ would be the song I would walk down the aisle to, to marry him!

Ella, Allans daughter, passed this note to Allan at the top of the aisle. It was very special for Ella to be the one to give this to Allan years after I had written it.

Bride and her dad laughing together
Bride and her dad entering into Luttrellstown Castle to walk up the aisle
Bride and her dad walking up the aisle at Luttrellstown Castle
Bride and her dad walking up the aisle at Luttrellstown Castle
Groom seeing the Bride walking up the aisle at their Ireland Castle wedding
Bride and Groom holding hands during their wedding ceremony

What made you choose Luttrellstown Castle for your wedding?

We came over to view venues on weekend with Allan’s youngest daughter Ella. It was a packed out trip as we had a lot of venues to see.

Searching for a wedding venue is a bit like looking for a new house. As soon as you step in you’ll just know its the one for you.

I can’t explain how we felt when we all walked into Luttrellstown castle. Myself and Allan kept catching each others eyes as we had our tour of the venue. We were bursting with giant smiles.I even got a bit emotional at one point which caught me off guard. 

As we drove out of the long driveway, Ella told us if we didn’t get married at Luttrellstown she wouldn’t come to the wedding! That pretty much sealed the deal!

Bride and Groom holding hands at their wedding ceremony at Luttrellstown castle
The wedding ceremony at Luttrellstown Ireland Castle wedding
The Mother of the Groom during the ceremony at Luttrellstown Castle
The Father of the Bride at the Luttrellstown Caste wedding ceremony

What made the day really special and personal to you?

Our ceremony was performed by Humanist Celebrant Philip Byers. Philip really helped us to create a personal ceremony that reflected us. Still to this day, people comment on what a great ceremony it was.

As our family and friends are the centre of everything we do. We wanted to include as many people as possible. Philip was brilliant at giving us ideas of how to do this. We passed around our wedding bands to every guest, our mothers lit the candles and we had a hand fasting ceremony.

Bride and Groom walking up the aisle after being just married
Bride and Groom standing in the doorway at Luttrellstown Castle
The Bride and Groom at the entrance of Luttrellstown Castle
Bride and Groom walking on the grounds of Luttrellstown Castle
Brides orchid wedding bouquet
Bride and Groom embracing for their wedding photos
Bride and Groom standing on the steps of Luttrellstown Castle
Bride and Groom and their bridal party on the steps of Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland

What made you choose your photographer and videographer? 

We really wanted someone with a relaxed style. We didn’t want someone that would just do the formal line up shots of people. Neither myself or Allan are particularly comfortable at having our photographs taken.

What was important to us was having someone who was approachable and who would put us at ease and most importantly, Mark and Fiona made us feel completely relaxed and we enjoyed the experience! The Fennells were great fun too, so they had us all laughing throughout! 

They perfectly captured every moment from the really sentimental parts of the day to the party shots at night. They managed to do all of this whilst almost blending into the background too which is an incredible skill!

Bride and her bridesmaids laughing together
Bride and her bridesmaids
Guests at the Luttrellstwon Castle wedding
Guests at the Luttrellstwon Castle wedding
Guests at the Ireland Castle wedding

James Stewart and Sarah Roberts walking and surrounded by trees holding hands on the grounds of Luttrellstown Castle

We also have the pleasure of photographing the Home and Away stars wedding at Luttrellstown Castle


Groom smiling at camera with Bride in the background
Bride and Groom walking on the grounds of Luttrellstown Castle
Bride and Groom standing in the library at Luttrellstwon Castle
Bride and Groom smiling at each other in the library of Luttrellstown Castle

What advice would you give to other couples planning their day?

Take moments throughout the day to step back just the two of you and take it all in. It’s amazing to watch all your hard work and planning coming together. To see what a spectacular time everyone is having to celebrate you!

Bride and Groom in the library in Luttrellstown Caslte
Wedding table plan for the Ireland castle wedding
The reception room at Lutrellstown Ireland castle wedding
Bride and Groom in the wedding reception room at Luttrellstown Castle
The Menu at the Ireland Castle wedding
The table place name for the Groom
The table place name for the Bride
Bride and Groom smiling together in the Reception room at Luttrellstown Castle
The Menu at the Ireland Castle wedding
Flower centre piece at the Ireland castle wedding
Wedding flowers on the table at the Ireland castle wedding
Bride and Groom walking down the staircase at Lutrellstown Castle

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We wanted a holiday of activity and exploring and of course relaxation. So we decided on South Africa for our honeymoon (Cape Town – Franschhoek – Krugar – Johanesburg) and then Mauritius. We could not recommend them more!

Guests taking selfies at the wedding
Guests entering the dinner reception room for the Ireland Castle wedding
Bride and Groom standing at the front door of Luttrellstown Castle
Bride and Groom cutting the cake at their wedding
White and gold wedding cake
Bride and Groom embracing at their castle wedding
Bride and Groom entering into their dinner reception
The wedding band
Bride and Father of the Bride dancing together
Bride and grooms first dance
Bride and Groom laughing together at their first dance

Could you sum up your wedding in a couple of sentences?

It was everything we had dreamt of!

Being a wedding planner myself, I had a very clear idea of what we wanted the day to be. Thats exactly what we achieved!  

Bride and Groom kissing during the fireworks at their Ireland castle wedding photo by The Fennells

What a way to end their wedding day with these epic fireworks. Thank you to Nicola and Allan for choosing us as their Luttrellstown wedding photographers.

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