When it’s time to plan a wedding, some couples have no idea where to start. That wasn’t the case for Laura and Henry! Newly engaged, the couple knew exactly where they wanted to say their vows: Westport House. Not only is the venue family-owned, but it is a historical country house in County Mayo on Ireland’s west coast. The Georgian-era estate is home to lush gardens, three romantic venues and rests prominently on the shores of Clew Bay. Laura and Henry knew they could have the perfect winter white wedding at Westport House.
Even though the couple grew up mere minutes away from each other, it wasn’t until a chance meeting at the local pub that they were introduced. They talked about their hobbies (Henry plays the saxophone) and their careers (Laura is a doctor). As their love story goes, they conversed for hours, eventually closing the pub down. There was something magic between them, so they arranged to meet again.
Fast forward to June 2022 when Henry asked Laura to marry him while visiting Giant’s Causeway in Antrim. Later, the two celebrated their engagement at the Observatory Bar in the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. Six months later, their winter wedding had finally arrived.
Laura was the picture of classic elegance in her designer Enzoani gown, standing out amongst her beautiful bridesmaids in shimmering silver Maya Deluxe dresses. Henry and his groomsmen wore Bond Brothers suits and black bow ties.
The ceremony at Ballintubber Abbey was filled with beautiful music. Brothers, sisters, best friends – all would lend their talents to serenade Henry and Laura throughout the ceremony. Green and white florals abounded, in the bouquets, archways and down the aisle. When all tied together, the ambiance was a perfect old-world charm meets winder wonderland – much to Laura and Henry’s delight.
Loved ones were thrilled to gather and celebrate with Laura and Henry on their wedding day. The couple truly cherishes their family and friends, so it was a priority to acknowledge how blessed they felt by each individual attending. It was also important to the couple that everyone had a great time! After the ceremony, a T2 Coffee Van kept everyone cozy and caffeinated. It was just what everyone needed before beginning the next celebration at Westport House!
The transition from ceremony to after party was breathtaking. Fireworks sparkled down the path as guests walked to the wedding banquet where they were met with a sparking silver venue, crushed velvet linens, a dancefloor with a candle lit backdrop and gleaming disco balls. Throughout dinner and into the after party, two bands entertained the wedding guests.
Laura changed into her very favourite second dress from Marchesa for Pronovias once it was time for the first dance and the after party was in full swing. (It was quite an undertaking to find this particular gown, but Laura had fallen head over heels for it when she spotted it in a wedding magazine.) Hundreds of candles cast an ethereal glow as the two shared their first dance. Highlighting a particularly special trip to the west coast of The United States, the couple chose Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s song “Shallow”.
After the ceremony wrapped up, the couple reflected on the day. Their advice? Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s best to relax, enjoy the ride, and try to remember every moment.
Slán go Fóill,
Design and Planning: Tara Fay Events | Ceremony: Ballintubber Abbey | Reception: Westport House | Photography: Wonder & Magic | Marquee: Eventus Marquee | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Bridal Boutique: Brummell & Co. | Second Wedding Dress: Marchesa for Pronovias | Bridal Boutique: Bellasposa Bridal | Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom’s Suit: Bond Brothers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Maya Deluxe | Groomsmen Suits: Bond Brothers | Flower Girl Dresses: Dunnes Stores | Boutique: Nigel Rayment Boutique London | Stationary: Till Dawn Dear | Calligraphy: Sarah O’Dea | Flowers: The Garden Powerscourt | Cake: Sugar Kick | Makeup: Ann-Marie Hughes | Hair: Erica and Angela at LS Hair | Wedding Rings: Appleby’s | Ceremony Music: Richard Hughes | Singers: Eilis Dexter and Adam Cahill | Dinner Music: Manila Strings | Band & DJ: Spring Break | Linens & Chairs: Total Event Rental | Staging & Lighting: Gorilla Design | Coffee Van: T2 Coffee Van | Fireworks & Pyrotechnics: Pains Fireworks | Videographer: White Phoenix Weddings