Jessica and Brandon had a beautiful Catholic ceremony inside a church for intimate weddings in County Clare. They brought 35 of their friends and family from the US all the way to Ireland to fulfill the wedding of their dreams. From the ceremony to the reception, it was all about family and their love for the couple. Here's a peek at that special day.
Planning their destination wedding in Ireland
Planning a destination wedding for almost 40 people traveling miles away from their home country is not easy. But with the help of trusted suppliers, excellent communication with the couple, and a robust experience planning hundreds of destination weddings, a complicated process can be stress-free and enjoyable for everyone involved.
Our wedding planner in Ireland, Ciara, started communicating with Jessica and Brandon almost a year before their wedding date. There was plenty of time to find a suitable venue and the right suppliers.
Their wedding involved three venues - first for the preparations, second for the ceremony, and third for the reception. That meant communicating with three separate venues and ensuring that the timeline for the rest of the day will be coordinated with clarity. Some of the guests had allergies and unique preferences, and that's part of the things that needed to be accounted for. They wanted a legally-binding Catholic wedding, so we also helped them with the legal paperwork.
Despite all the unique challenges of planning Jessica and Brandon's wedding, it was worth it seeing how beautiful every part of their wedding had been.
About the wedding venue
The ceremony venue was a church at the heart of Clare with a rich history. Built in the 12th century, it is made using medieval masonry techniques with ancient Christian markings. It's a simple and beautiful church that has been well-maintained even after centuries.
It's a perfect venue for intimate weddings of couples who love a Catholic ceremony that's legally binding. The religious ambiance of the church fits the ideal setting for couples who love solemn ceremonies for their big day.
The church is located amidst the green pastures of Ireland, with perfect scenery in every direction. The church also stands beside church ruins and other churches just a few minutes away from cliffs and nature spots in Clare.
The romantic wedding day that was
Jessica and Brandon rented a beautiful Irish residence just a few minutes away from their wedding church for the preparations. Jessica and her family stayed there, so the bride got all the help she needed to prepare for her big day.
It was a lovely summer day, and the sun shone so radiantly without any hint of drizzle or rain. Summer is always a great season to get married in Ireland because there's the slightest chance of rain on your big day, and the green fields, trees, and meadows are at their most vibrant! After getting ready, Jessica and her family proceeded to the church, where her groom, his family, and the rest of the guests were waiting. They had a short yet solemn and meaningful Catholic nuptial ceremony with their dearest family and friends. The ceremony ended with the traditional kiss, and the newlyweds marched from the aisle to the church doors while their guests cheered.
The after-ceremony photoshoot
Then came our favorite part of the wedding, which is the photoshoot. After snapping some group photos, their photographer took them back to the church to have their pictures taken inside the beautiful church interiors. They also posed in front of the medieval facade of the church before they finally proceeded to the Cliffs of Moher for an epic photoshoot!
The sun was just radiant as it shone softly on the meadows and the ocean. It was a perfect backdrop for Jessica and Brandon's photo shoot. It took a while before they left the cliff, taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their photos taken at a scenic Irish nature spot.
The wedding reception in an Irish pub
Finally, they joined their family and friends to an Irish pub for the wedding reception. The venue had a lovely room for wedding receptions, with wooden beams and brick walls, which are the main characteristics of a traditional pub in Ireland.
The program started with the maid of honor and best man's toast, followed by the guests' dinner. The couple had their traditional pint of Guinness drink in the bar while their guests enjoyed dinner. Jessica and Brandon proceeded outside to have some photos at the pub's storefront as they enjoyed their pint of beer.
Afterward, both of them went back to their guests for the cake-cutting ceremony. It was also their chance to eat before the party. After some chit-chat with friends and family, they all went to the dance floor to watch Jessica and Brandon's first dance. It was a beautiful area in the pub, with cozy decor, a stage for the musicians, and a spacious dance floor for intimate parties. Jessica and Brandon's first dance was just the beginning of the party. After that, all their guests danced and sang, celebrating with the newlyweds in the private dance floor reserved only for them.