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Summer Love at Virginia Park Lodge


Summer Love at Virginia Park Lodge

Paula and Michael's Black Tie Wedding At Virginia Park Lodge

5th of May 2018

They met in DCU college while studying accounting. But they only got to know each other on the way home from a college trip to Tenerife, when they ended up sitting next to each other on the plane back.  "We chatted the whole way and instantly clicked - it turned out we grew up in the same area and Michael played rugby with my brother. I quickly gained a big interest in rugby. After standing on the sidelines & hanging around the rugby club a few weekends, Michael finally got the message and asked me out - the rest is history!"

Michael proposed on a beautifully sunny afternoon in May 2017 in the picturesque sunken garden of Farmleigh Park. "After surprising our families, we spent a night in The Heritage in Killenard where we tried to get our heads around what was to come."

Talking about their favourite part of the day, Paula explains, "my favourite part was the church. It was such a surreal & amazing moment walking up the aisle with my dad seeing everyone you love in one room there for us. It was a beautiful ceremony and I got to finally marry Michael! Michael - "my favourite part was also in the church. It was such a great moment on the altar with Paula, just the two of us; having just said our vows. Fr Brendan was great and really put us at ease, and allowed us to enjoy every minute of it! And of course then the dancing!!


Watch Michael and Paula's Wedding video Highlights below by Shane Prunty Films

Check out the wedding highlights video by Shane Prunty Films

Advise for couples getting married soon

"We would advise any couple getting married to RELAX. It is important not to lose focus on what the day is really about and the less you worry about the finer details the more you will enjoy it. For our part, we put full trust in our suppliers and venue, and didn't try to micromanage the day. This allowed us to enjoy each other and the whole day was stress-free. Appreciate the run up to the wedding - the days out dress and suit shopping, the excited conversations with family about the day, and the menu tasting. These were all some of our greatest memories of the whole occasion".

About the venue

"We both fell in love with Virginia Park Lodge from the second we walked in the door. It was the only place myself and Michael looked at. We booked it there and then. The house and the grounds are beautiful , the pavilion is gorgeous with the hanging flower centre piece, fairy lights & view over lake and the food is second to none. It ticked every box. Deirdre and the team are just brilliant. They couldn't do enough for us on the run up to the wedding and you couldn't fault the service on the day. It was the best day of our lives , everything was just perfect".

The dress - "My Dress was from the Spanish brand Pronovias. I fell in love with the dress on the Pronovias website but couldn't find it anywhere in Ireland. I went to The White Room in Mullingar and there it was - It had just arrived that morning as new stock - it was meant to be!! The White Room was such a lovely experience, the girls there are so friendly and helpful and they have a gorgeous selection of dresses."

Hair and make-up "My make up was done by Michelle from MRS Make up. Michelle is married to my brother, Mark and was one of my Bridesmaids so it made it extra special on the day. Michelle is an incredible make up artist, I absolutely loved my make up on the day - it didn't budge! Debbie from Makeup Masters did the make up for the bridesmaids. Debbie is brilliant, all the girls were stunning and she was great fun on the morning. April from Red Velvet Hair Salon styled everyone's hair. She is amazing at what she does, and really calm so creates a lovely atmosphere on the morning."

The Flowers - My Flowers were from Stephanie & The French Touch. Stephanie is so creative - I adored the flowers & the styling of the church & venue. I wanted loads of greenery & pops of colour on the day. Stephanie, Justin & their team delivered above and beyond what I imagined.

The Groom's Suit - Louis Copeland.

What bridesmaids and groomsmen wore - Groomsmen's suits were from Protocol, on Dawson St. The bridesmaid's dresses were from Covet in Powerscourt Shopping Centre - they custom make bridesmaid dresses.

Special Mention to suppliers:

Second Photographer - Aoife O'Sullivan Photography

Videographer - Shane Prunty

The Band - Soul Purpose

Music at reception - The Kooky Ukes

Fraser O'Reilly, Paula's aunt, for the incredible wedding cake. Which tasted as great as it looked!


From Dingle with Love


From Dingle with Love

Rachelle & Austin's Ballintaggart House Wedding, Dingle

1st of November 2017


Rachelle and Austin travelled from the US to have an intimate destination wedding in Ireland last November. They first met while they were both working at a wine store. Austin immediately noticed Rachelle when she took a job there after college. Austin is the kind of person who is initially reserved, but once you get to know him he is relaxed, competent, intelligent, and always hilarious to be around. Rachelle, on the other hand, is more bubbly and outgoing, so it's no surprise they became good friends. Austin tried to help "educate" Rachelle on popular culture ("apparently not recognizing bands like The Cure or knowing the lead singer of AC/DC is a crime" - Rachelle). After a year of being friends, one coworker in particular would always try to set them up; the phrase "why don't you date Austin, Rachelley?" became an everyday occurance. She eventually gave Rachelle's phone number to Austin, and the rest is history.


"In the fall of 2016, we'd been together for almost 7 years. For birthdays we take trips to explore different cities around the country. For Austin's October birthday, we took a trip to Portland, Maine. We really enjoyed the fresh, crisp air and the colorful leaves, along with the fantastic food (Maine has some phenomenal all-natural donuts at The Holy Donut!!). We had a great day exploring the famous Portland Head Lighthouse and picnicking on a hill overlooking the ocean. As we went to bed that night, Austin said "tomorrow will be even better." The next day, we tried to go apple-picking, but everything was already closed for the season. Disaster! However, Austin reassured me that his birthday was not ruined, and instead we found a fantastic antique warehouse where we spent hours exploring. Afterwards, we headed out to a different lighthouse and grabbed lobster rolls for dinner. We strolled along the rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, which was extremely cold and windy! When asked several times if he wanted to head inside, Austin insisted we should stay to watch the colors of the sunset. As the reds and golds faded, the full moon rose, and the sky turned to purple twilight, Austin plopped me up on a rock so we were the same height. He pulled out a beautiful ring and asked me if I would be happy going on adventures with him for the rest of my life. Filled with joy, I couldn't even say "Yes!" but could just nod and smile through happy tears. He spoke the truth; it was an even better day than the day before".

"As a little girl, I was never one to imagine what my wedding day would be like. However, when I studied abroad for a semester at University College Cork, our Irish class took a field trip out to the Dingle area. I absolutely fell in love with the rolling green hills, the sky that stretched for forever, and the wild and majestic coast. I recall that we even drove past Ballintaggart House on our tour bus, and the thought flitted across my mind that if I were to someday get married, here would be a magical spot to do so. When we started to consider what we wanted our wedding to be like, I immediately started to think "destination" and "Ireland." Having an intimate, low-key wedding with close family and friends to celebrate our love and future lives together was more "us" than a big to-do. Also, Austin has always wanted to visit Ireland. We chose Ballintaggart House for the area and for the food! One of my co-workers married there previously and couldn't rave enough about it. Clodagh and John of Ballintaggart did a fantastic job for us and helped make our wedding a dream come true. We had an outdoor ceremony surrounded by our friends and family. We included Celtic traditions like blessings and a handfasting, beautiful readings from our guests, and we wrote our own vows to one another".

Any advise for couples getting married soon?

Do what is right for you, and what makes *you* happy. It's your day. Treat your wedding as a representation of what best fits you as a couple and how you intend to live the rest of your lives together. Plans are great, but don't get caught up trying to make it too perfect. Small imperfections make the day real, and are opportunities to look back later and laugh at the memories (for instance, we forgot to pack one of the bridesmaids' shoes, and a copy of the wedding invitation for pictures!) The best advice that was given to us as we were planning our wedding is as follows: The day goes by quickly. When you are in the middle of all the chaos, spend a few minutes together or separately to take it all in, breathe, and appreciate the moment.

Suppliers List

The dress - Alesea by David Tutera (Amara Bridal)

Hair and make-up -Clodagh from Ballintaggart House & MUA Tricia O Sullivan of Mobile Munster Hair

Your flowers - Leona from Every Occasion Flowers

His suit - Jos A Bank

Videographer - D. Art Wedding Stories  

Dara Molloy - officiant

Sue from Crystal Avenues - handcrafted all the jewelry for me and for my sisters

Kennedy Coaches - transportation for our whole week


Spring Love at Kilshane House


Spring Love at Kilshane House

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Betsy & John

Kilshane House - 11th March 2017

Betsy and John met in Covent Garden in London 4 years ago. Their first date was in an Irish pub and Betsy was late. There was a definite spark and they decided to move in together a year or so later whilst on holiday in Thailand and it went from strength to strength after that. They got engaged on holiday in Mexico. John proposed on day 3 after chickening out on the first two nights!! He went down on one knee after a lovely meal on the balcony, under the stars. Betsy and John fell in love with Kilshane House on their first visit. "it felt like a home from home for the weekend and all our guests loved it". "We wanted a humanist ceremony that reflected our values and we liked the feel of a more traditional ceremony whilst still representing us. Geraldine O'Neill was our celebrant and she was absolutely wonderful. She got the balance of seriousness, fun and warmth. It was such an incredible part of the day".On their favourite part of the day; Betsy- "There were so many, but highlights include saying our vows, a bit of time on our own having our photos taken and dancing the night away with all our friends and family". John- "The build up and anticipation of Betsy walking down the aisle and being able to relax after the speeches and enjoy the night- a bit of grub and a few laughs". 

"Michelle and Shane were both fantastic, they were so easy to have around and we barely noticed they were there but they managed to capture everything! They were so relaxed yet professional. We love our wedding video ( and the photos are absolutely stunning- so natural and unposed which is exactly what we wanted".

The dress: Pronovias, "I loved how fitted it was and all the lace.

The veil: French lace couture from Mirror Mirror in London

The Shoes: Louboutin's (and later silver converse for dancing!).

Hair and Make-up: Tori Keane on hair and Anita from the Powder Room on make up. 

The Flowers: Stephanie and Justin at The French Touch.

The suit: Reiss 

The bridesmaids dresses: from Needle and Thread

The Cake- Caroline Goulding at the Wedding Cake Boutique

Band- Sway Social

String quartet- Dublin String Quartet