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REAL WEDDINGS

Francesca & Brian's Wedding

In the run up to our big day, we had the pleasure of visiting Fitzpatrick Castle a few times over the past year and each time it was a great experience.

We spent almost an entire week here before our wedding day and our families and friends stayed at the Castle too…we always felt at home.

We are a big Italian/American/Irish family and we had people coming from all over the World. The team at the Castle were extremely patient, helpful and smiling. Every single staff member we met, we talked to or we requested something to, had the time to smile, to give us the best answer or to make sure everything was looked after!!

The attention to details from everyone was impeccable from the food to the rooms, we loved everything every single bit of our experience...

We would do it all over again….best day of our lives!

THE COUPLE
Tell us a little about how you met

Brian and I met in 2002 in Madrid when we were both working at the Hard Rock Cafe...at that time we only conversed in Spanish, as I didn't speak English yet...We actually switched to English only a few years ago... (when my English started to be much better than his Spanish ;)
I moved to London in 2007 and Brian was traveling a lot there for his job, so we always kept in touch, first emails, then social media and we saw each other pretty much every year, we were good friends, and we were both in different relationships.
In July 2015 he came to London for a long weekend we were both free and single...we had more time to spend together and we realized we were just perfect for each other...and we have been together since that weekend!! Next time we met after that weekend just after a couple of months, it was in Dublin...for another amazing weekend when Brian sang for me " Dirty Old Town"! This song was the first dance at our wedding...Lots of traveling after that, I was still living in London and Brian in Chicago. We had the amazing opportunity to travel a lot together, that is our favorite hobby!!
Chicago is where our home is, and where our young family will grow soon, with the addition of our son Sean who will arrive in June.

The funniest part was probably to try to organize everything from another Country...and to meet all the wonderful people we met on our way.

From Bev that made the beautiful and delicious wedding cake, to Eva who organized the flowers, our fantastic band...it was an incredible week.

Our families from 2 different countries that met for the first time and somehow managed to understand each other and to create an amazing atmosphere.

Our friends also came from all over the world to make our wedding day just perfect.

THE SETTING
Ceremony

We had our Ceremony at St. Annes Church in Shankhill. Father John was just great, he made us feel comfortable, and he guided us through every single step...We felt right at home!

The Church is itself already stunning, but the flowers and the atmosphere made it perfect.

A very emotional moment was when the singer sang a song in a Sardinian dialect that she only learnt just for us, Catherine Byrne, she was truly amazing.

THE DREAM TEAM
Fitzpatrick Castle Wedding Planner
GLITZ & GLAM
Wedding Dresses & Accessories

I bought my Dress in Italy, it's from Pronovias, the shop is called Zaccheddu Alta Moda Sposa, Lorella is the owner and she helped me with the dress.

The Bridesmaids dresses are from Italy too, a cute shop named Viacrispi Boutique and my accessories were from Swarovski, a present from my mother!

BEAUTY PREP
Hair & Makeup

My Hairdresser and makeup artist was my best friend Alice from Italy, she came all the way with me...we studied ballet together for many years!