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Real Irish Wedding – Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

This couple got married on the idyllic Valentia island, off the Kerry coast


This couple married on the idyllic Valentia island off the Kerry coast

29th August 2015. Ceremony at The Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry, followed by The Royal Hotel, Valentia Island

Photography by Claire Wilson from Gingerpixel

The couple

Dubliners Laura and Niall both grew up in Portmarnock and even attended the same school. “Niall was a year ahead of me,” Laura begins, “many years after finishing school Niall saw me walking on the beach in Portmarnock with my Mam. Through a bit of detective work he got my email address, sent an email asking me out and the rest is history!”

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

The proposal

Niall popped the question during a moonlit walk on Ballinskelligs beach, Kerry in 2014. “I was not expecting it, so it was a very pleasant surprise!” Laura says.

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

Venue

“The Royal Hotel on Valentia Island is located on the Skellig Ring and in one of the picturesque parts of the world,” Laura explains. “Both my parents are from the surrounding area, as was Niall’s paternal grandmother, so the venue was one that held a lot of sentimental value for us.”

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

Theme

The couple opted for a ‘relaxed vintage’ theme. “The setting and hotel itself fit perfectly with our theme,” Laura says, “to that we added some wild flowers, vintage tea cups, lanterns, bunting, old suitcases, vintage table plan and place names…oh and lots of candles.”

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

Wedding Dress

The bride’s stunning wedding dress was by Margaret Moreland from The Bridal Outlet, Baldoyle Industrial Estate. “It was a long silk dress with a lace jacket,” Laura explains. “The dress was not too plain and not too fussy, it was perfect for me and felt just right from the first moment I tried it on. How did I feel wearing it? Pretty good!”

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

Groomswear

The groom wore a navy suit with waistcoat from Massimo on Dawson Street, Dublin.

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

Bridesmaids

The bridesmaids’ dresses were bought in House of Fraser. “They wore long navy, cowl neck dresses by Ghost, shimmering Kurt Geiger sandals, rose gold/diamante jewellery and a fabulous wild flower bouquet,” Laura says, “they looked stunning!”

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

Wedding flowers

The bride’s mother created the church wedding flower displays and the bridal party bouquets. “Mam has a great eye for all things botanical and used a combination of wild flowers from the locality to create really fabulous bouquets and church décor,” Laura enthuses.

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

Wedding cake

For Heaven’s Cake, Balbriggan, designed the two-tier wedding cake in flavours chocolate biscuit and lemon sponge.

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien

Favourite moment

Niall: “Holding the floor with the speech and creating many a laugh throughout!”

Laura: “Walking up the aisle of the church with my Dad and seeing all our families and friends there ready to celebrate with us.”

Real Irish Wedding - Laura Fitzgerald & Niall O’Brien