During their college days in Dublin, Lisa and Davidâ€™s paths crossed many times. But it wasnâ€™t until years later that they really hit it off. From there, the rest was history, and on October 5, 2012, they made it official with a destination wedding in Cork, Ireland. One hundred and sixty guests gathered from all over the world to attend the celebration, which was a relaxed yet formal soiree with classic charm. An Irish expression fit the fete quite wellâ€”it was a great craicâ€”which means fun.
Lisa accessorized her Dawn FitzGerald gown with a matching bolero. The finishing touches were a tulle topper by Beatrice Couture Designs, her motherâ€™s diamond tennis bracelet, her mother-in-lawâ€™s sapphire-and-diamond earrings, and a bouquet of white roses, eucalyptus, olive branches, and rosemary made by Mark Grehan of The Garden.
The already emotional day was made even more poignant because Lisaâ€™s father had recently been diagnosed with brain cancer, thus compromising his health. Thankfully he remained well enough to be thereâ€”holding his daughterâ€™s hand during their car ride to the church, walking her up the aisle, and giving an incredible speech during the reception.
Prior to the ceremony, Lisa and David saw each other for the first time in the magnificent garden of the Ballyvolane House, where their reception would later take place. Of the private time together, Lisa recalls how it helped her not be clouded by nerves for the ceremony and use it as an opportunity to absorb the emotion of the day.
The traditional Catholic service was performed by a Jesuit priest and incorporated specific readings and prayers selected by the couple. Contemporary music performed by the bride and groomâ€™s friends added a special touch. â€śThe reflection at the end of the mass was composed and read by one of my best friends,â€ť Lisa said. â€śThe only point that I cried!â€ť
From the moment the pair first encountered Ballyvolane House they were captivated by it. With itâ€™s old grandeur and magical and relaxed sensibility, there was no doubt the wedding would take place here. Plus, itâ€™s a foodieâ€™s dreamâ€”an important detail for the couple.
A converted pig shed with a vintage tent might not sound like the best setting for a reception, but it was a beautiful backdrop for the feast of local fare and merriment. Tables were dressed with casual groupings of lavender, cabbage flowers, rosemary, eucalyptus, and roses, loads of candles, and signs labeling themâ€”each was a significant place to the couple, like the name of their family homes and streets theyâ€™d lived on.
â€śWe didnâ€™t want a traditional wedding guest book that gets put away and gathers dust,â€ť Lisa said. â€śWe wanted a memento of the day that we could look upon and laugh at and remember the good times.â€ť Lisaâ€™s brother painted a canvas black and gold pens were set out for guests to use to write their well wishes with. The board now hangs in the lounge of the coupleâ€™s home.
Photography: Katie Stoops
Ceremony Location: Castlelyons Parish
Reception Location and Catering: Ballyvolane House
Event Planning: Jemma Cassidy of Hip Hip
Flowers: The Garden
Videography: Geoff Boothby
Hair: Ethan McClane
Makeup: Kate Synnott
Guestsâ€™ Accommodation: Castlemartyr Resort
Get inspired by DIY details these real couples created for their big day.See the Latest