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A Wonderful Castle Durrow Wedding by Paul Duane Photography

“We loved his creativity and ability to capture natural shots.”

Bride and Groom: Emer Lolait and Cian O’Carroll-Lolait

Length of engagement: 22 months | Wedding Date: 5th April 2018

Wedding location:  Castle Durrow, County Laois

Photographer: Paul Duane Photography

We met… While Cian was doing a 6-month rotation working in the hospital in Kilkenny in October 2014.

Our proposal… 2ND June 2016 in Wineport Lodge, the day before Emer’s 29th birthday.

Our wedding theme/colours… No particular theme.

My dress… Justin Alexander.

My hair and makeup… Vow2Wow, Glamour by Dawn.

His suit… Louis Copeland.

What our bridal party wore… Carrie’s Closet stone grey multi-way dresses, Racing Green suits from Debenham’s.

Our ceremony… St Canice’s Church in Kilkenny.

We chose our photographer, Paul Duane, because… We loved his creativity and ability to capture natural shots. He acted like a wedding co-coordinator on the day, always on hand to help guide us and kept the day running smoothly.

We chose our venue because… Castle Durrow has beautiful style and décor, wonderful food, and the most helpful and flexible staff.

Our menu…

Starters – Parma Ham and roasted red peppers or Seared Scallop and Clonakilty Black Pudding

Mains – Black Angus Sirloin or Confit Leg of Barbary Duck

Desert – Apple Bakewell Tart

Our honeymoon… New York for 5 nights followed by 8 nights in The Amalfi Coast; Sorrento (5 nights) and then Positano (3 nights).

My favourite part of the wedding day… Walking into the church for the first time, seeing all our family and friends waiting there, walking up the aisle to ‘The One’ sang by Simon Casey and meeting Cian at the top. It was all so surreal.

My piece of advice for other couples… Enjoy every minute as the day just flies by! Take some time together as a couple to reflect on the day and embrace it all. Castle Durrow gave us half an hour alone while our guests were ordering their dinner choices, it was lovely to get that time to ourselves to have a drink and chat about our day so far.


PhotographerPaul Duane Photography | VenueCastle Durrow | Videographer: White Fox Videos | Florist: Mary Codd The Flower Pot, Wexford | Cake: Maria’s Cakes Kilkenny | Ceremony Music: Simon Casey | Band: Pink Champagne | Head Piece: Butterfly by Matthew Williamson, Debenhams | Emer’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Cian’s Shoes: Ted Baker | Hair and Makeup: Vow2Wow, Glamour by Dawn | Bridesmaids dresses: Carrie’s Closet | Ceremony: St Canice’s Church | Groom’s suit: Louis Copeland

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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.

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