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An Ireland Love Story: Lisa & Ronan

An Ireland Love Story: Lisa & Ronan

Theirs is a modern day fairy tale. A digital match sparks a timeless love story rooted in tradition.

The binding of two hearts, the merging of two families, the melding of two cultures, and the beautiful juxtaposition of modern and traditional in Lisa and Ronan’s love story remind us that love is timeless and unifying.

First matched on Tinder, the couple had their first date at a midtown Manhattan bar while Ronan was living and working in the city on a temporary work contract.    Lisa recalls that upon first meeting Ronan, “my first impression of [him] was that he was very nice and very cute, but I had a pretty hard time understanding his accent.”

Evidently, Ronan’s lilting Irish brogue was not a deal-breaker! Love bloomed, and the Irish-bred groom and the New York-based bride tied the knot in an historic Irish castle five years later.

The photographer, Claire Brown, writes of the couple: “…it was their dream to get married in a castle in Ireland.  The historic Luttrellstown castle with it’s timeless romance provided the opulent setting, with many of their guests making the journey across the pond to Ireland for the wedding.”

Not only was this unique wedding a blending of lives, families, and traditions, but Lisa was able to incorporate her artistic strengths into the day.

Brown notes that, “with a background in design, Lisa created the stunning paper goods herself, and her impeccable taste was evident throughout the details, from blush velvet napkins to her garden rose & anemone bouquet.”

Clearly, for this couple, family and tradition played a key role in making the day so special. The bride remembers: “We decided to display photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day in frames. It showed our families’ history and also served as a beautiful reminder of the grandparents who weren’t able to be there, but we know they were there in spirit. I also loved this tradition because my sister did this at her wedding the year before we got married, and it was very special for me to be able to do it too!”

The bride continues, “the most important part of our day for both of us was exchanging our vows. We aren’t the most religious couple but to be able to go through the process of getting married in the church was really a wonderful experience and brought us closer together throughout our engagement. Being up in front of all our most important family and friends really meant a lot to us. Both of us were so proud to start our marriage this way.”

from the happy couple:

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?

We actually met on Tinder! Ronan was living in New York for 18 months on a temporary contract with work, and we met about 6 months into that. On our first date, we decided to meet at a bar in midtown that was close to both of our offices at the time. My first impression of Ronan was that he was very nice and very cute, but I had a pretty hard time understanding his accent. That was 5 years ago and we have been together ever since.

Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day?

We decided to display photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding day in frames. It showed our families history and also served as a beautiful reminder of the grandparents who weren’t able to be there, but we know they were there in spirit. I also loved this tradition because my sister did this at her wedding the year before we got married, and it was very special for me to be able to do it too!

What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you?

The most important part of our day for both of us was exchanging our vows. We aren’t the most religious couple but be able to go through the process of getting married in the church was really a wonderful experience and brought us closer together throughout our engagement. Being up in front of all our most important family and friends really meant a lot to us. Both of us were so proud to start our marriage this way.

What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?

I think working together as a team to plan a day that was reflective of our personalities and who we are as a couple was a wonderful challenge. We were so lucky to have our planner, Waterlily Weddings by our side guiding us and suggesting wonderful touches and details that could achieve this. We actually split up a lot of the responsibility of getting everything done and it was so much fun to be in it together.

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?

If the advice is for couples in general, I would say make sure to support one another in any venture. Ronan and I have so many different interests and activities that we like to partake in and it is very enjoyable when we can support one another.

If the advice is for couples who are getting ready for their wedding, don’t leave everything for the last minute! Everything will get done but anything you can get out of the way early, DO! It will make your life so much easier leading up to the day. We had to travel for our wedding so we were forced to be done by the time we got on the plane 4 days before, and our time in Ireland before the big day was relaxing and so much fun.

Photographer: Studio Brown   / venue: Luttrellstown Castle / stylist, planner, designer: Waterlily Weddings  / floral designer: Bella Botanica / dress boutique: Castle Couture  / dress designer: Matthew Christopher / cake designer: Once Upon A Time Cakes Ireland / makeup artist: Fiona Harrison  / hair stylist: Denise Bray  / men\’s formalwear: Collar & Cuff / rentals: Frog Prince  / accessories / decor: Frog Prince  / film lab: Carmencita Lab /  videographer – B&G Films  / second shooter – Niamh Smith  / car – Cassidy Chauffeurs

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