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REAL WEDDINGS

Ruth & Conors Wedding

From the moment we met the team in Fitzpatricks Castle, we knew it was the right place for us! Every member of staff greets you with a smile and warm welcome - its a one of a kind place.  The team know their roles and what the hotel offers, inside out, and everything is presented to such a high standard, in hugely charming, old world surroundings

Conor and I, and our families, had enjoyed many meals, functions, balls and drinks in Fitzpatricks over the years, and we have always been treated royally.

Our wedding was quite large - 200 people - with friends and family joining us from all over the world and many of them staying in the Castle.  Every need was accommodated, and everyone enjoyed the day and their stay immensely!

THE COUPLE
Tell us a little about how you met

We met in 2006 in the Palace nightclub on Camden Street.  Conor had played in a band with friends of mine, so I knew him to see.  He claims I stole his drink in an effort to get chatting to him, but I did think it was mine…

THE SETTING
Ceremony

We had our Ceremony at The Church of the Assumption Dalkey. Conor’s cousin Colm (Father Colly) was our priest - he is a fantastic priest, great company and a lovely singer.  We were so lucky to have him!

I was confirmed in Dalkey Church, and grew up in Dalkey so being married in that church was very special.

Both Conor and I play music, and have some very musical friends – a group of eight of them played music in the church including some of our favourite songs by Talking Heads and Arcade Fire – They were incredible!

Following the Ceremony, our guests joined us for drinks in both the Kings Inn and Finnegans pub – the staff in both places couldn’t have been better in catering for our huge crowd!  The weather on the day was beautiful, and the walk through the village was so memorable! When we arrived at the Castle we were greeted with a drinks reception in the Dungeon with music provided by Conor’s cousins Robert and Shane and his Uncle Sean.  Following the outstanding dinner in the Prince Regent Suite, the dancefloor was full all night thanks to The Goods Wedding Band.  Following a late night snack, we retired back to the Dungeon for dancing til late with DJ Dave Byrne.

THE DREAM TEAM
Fitzpatrick Castle Wedding Planner

Planning the wedding was made so straightforward by the team in the Castle, led by Jill.  Every meeting we had was so calm and organised - every request and query was welcomed, and any worries were quickly allayed.  The evening  of our tasting was a particular treat - the food and wine were obviously incredible, and the service we had from all the staff was second to none!  We couldn’t wait to go back!

Every measure was taken by the team at the Castle to help make October 6th 2017 the best day of our lives!

GLITZ & GLAM
Wedding Dresses & Accessories

My dress was an original from deStafford bridal on Wicklow Street.  My jewellery and hair jewels were from Jules Bridal in Blackrock.  The bridesmaids were all online purchases, with their dresses from ASOS, and their jewellery from AliExpress. Our bouquets were from Bloomingdales florist in Dalkey. 

BEAUTY PREP
Hair & Makeup

My hair stylist was Joanne Kelly, and Tara O’Farrell my make up artist – both gorgeous people and amazing at what they do – they totally worked their magic, and put us all at ease throughout the morning.