Ireland boasts numerous magical, fairytale castle venues which have proved popular with many famous faces and are perfect for your dream wedding too.
Golfer Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica married last weekend amongst the stunning backdrop of Ashford Castle. Set within 365-acres on the Mayo-Gaway border, and surrounded by stunning countryside, Ashford Castle, was refurbished in 2013, and some modern comforts were added to the five-star property, including a spa, swimming pool, a 32-seat cinema, a billiards room and cigar terrace. You can arrange for guests to enjoy clay pigeon shooting on the grounds or take a private boat trip to nearby Inchagoill Island, which boasts spectacular views of the lake and 800-year-old castle.
Rory and Erica aren’t the first celebrities to have married at Ashford Castle, indeed, when Irish-born actor Pierce Brosnan married Keely Shaye Smith in 2001, Ashford Castle provided the perfect backdrop for their Midsummer Night’s Dream meets the Secret Garden themed celebrity wedding reception. Like Rory and Erica reportedly did, they too had a fireworks display – a must to light up the skies and round off a magical, fairytale celebrity wedding!
Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll wed actress Amy Huberman in Lough Rynn Castle in County Leitrim back in 2010. Located on the shores of Lough Rynn, this historic Irish Castle is surrounded by over 350 acres of breathtaking scenery, lush green pastures, ancient forests and historical points of interest. The magnificent Victorian Walled Gardens offer incredible wedding photo opportunities.
Def Leppard frontman, Joe Elliott married his second wife Kristine at Kinnitty Castle in County Offaly in 2004. You will feel like royalty on your wedding day as you make your way up the winding avenue, towards this medieval castle seated on 650 acres of parkland, inclusive of 60 acres of rolling lawns. Once inside this castle is full of original character and regal charm.
Paul McCartney tied the knot with his second wife Heather Mills in Castle Leslie in 2002. Located in Gaslough, Co. Monaghan, this Irish castle is an incredible venue for a fairytale wedding, surrounded by 1,000 acres of Irish countryside complete with woodlands and lakes. Following extensive restoration over the past decade, the Estate has been all but transformed to its original glory.
Victoria and David Beckham chose an Irish castle for their nuptials in 1999. Their wedding took place in the gothic surrounds of Luttrellstown Castle located just outside of Dublin. A privately owned estate, its historic Castle and walled gardens are offered for hire on an exclusive basis. With twelve beautifully appointed bedrooms, awe inspiring library, magnificent ballrooms and manicured lawns, Luttrellstown Castle has it all.
Set Image Credit: Lough Rynn Castle