A Ballymaloe Wedding from Aislinn Events

Where to start?...That was the question I had to ask myself for today's wedding. When Kelly & Chris traveled from New York to get married in Ballymaloe House last summer they incorporated so many beautiful details and even managed to organise amazing weather for an outdoor ceremony! Thanks to Annie from Aislinn Events and Koh Photography for sharing these stunning images that give us glimpse at a wedding party Youghal is still talking about!

From the bride: Very soon after we met Chris was nicknamed Pepé Le Pew, because just like the cartoon character, he unashamedly fell head over heels and proposed after just 5 months together! In the same way we both knew very quickly we would become Mr & Mrs, I always knew I would be married in Youghal, Co Cork, even though I am a proud New Yorker and my husband is Canadian.

My grandparents are from Youghal and before getting engaged I had visited 4 or 5 times and found the local people so welcoming. It is a completely different experience to New York City and it was what I wanted for my wedding.

As we began to plan the wedding my dad and brothers were convinced there may have been just 30 guests there on the day as we were inviting people from Holland, California, Texas, New York, Florida, Canada and France, with very few actually from Youghal! In the end our wedding party was over 100 people and everyone was so excited about the trip to Ireland.

To get everything organized from New York we enlisted the help of the lovely Annie and it was through her we learned of Ballymaloe and decided it would be our ceremony and reception venue

In preparation for the wedding Chris, my maid of honour and myself visited Ireland a few months before hand, which was Chris’ first time in Ireland. It was a whirlwind visit to say the least but we got all the standard parts organized, like visiting Ballymaloe, confirming cake and organizing hair trials. What we had not expected was the genuine hospitality of the locals and their input into our celebration! Gentlemen we met in The Nook owned by Michael Treacy, suggested a local lady Sheila Lelaine would take our guests on a walking tour of the area and a local gent, Ed, organized a golf outing.

When May finally rolled around, the wedding style was natural but classy. We had chosen blue colours to complement the natural greens of the surroundings. I wanted my dress to also fit in with the special place we had chosen and the beauty of the area. Our guests enjoyed a pub-crawl in Youghal when they arrived on the Thursday and rehearsal dinner in Ahearne’s on the Friday to prepare for our ceremony on the Saturday. ! It never occurred to us about the uncertainty of the Irish weather and we always planned an outdoor ceremony at which the sun shone and showed off Ireland at its best.

We had so much fun on the day, which is so evident in our photos. The only unforeseen issue was the fact none of the groomsmen could tie a bow-tie and so against tradition we ended up waiting on them for the ceremony!

Getting married in Youghal was the best decision we made about the wedding. Ireland is really important to me and a very special place. We were made to feel so welcome by everyone we met and by the end even Chris was shedding tears saying his goodbyes!

We have recently celebrated our 1st year wedding anniversary and have such amazing memories of our trip that we shared with all the people that matter most to us. The icing on the cake was the arrival of my Irish citizenship!

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