A Laid-Back Wedding in Beautiful Galway City

Today, on our blog, we are sharing the wonderful wedding story of Celia & Billy. A lovely couple who came all the way from the USA to share this meaningful day with their family & friends in gorgeous Ireland. Keep on reading, because we are going to tell you all about their Laid-Back Wedding in Beautiful Galway City.

Couple wakling on the streets of Galway City
Couple dancing on the streets of Galway City

Why Ireland?

The bride & groom had visited Ireland for a holiday a year earlier and it was their only choice when deciding on a wedding location!

They loved the culture, heritage, fun & informality of Ireland and wanted to share it on their vey special day with their nearest & dearest and thus settled on an intimate destination wedding in fabulous Galway city.

Bride under pink blossom with Groom looking on
Couple in the Church

The Couple’s Vision

“We envisioned a stress-free day absent of traditional formalities, spent with out closest friends & families. One objective of the day is that our guests were able to share in some of our favourite passion points (Ireland, travel, food, drinks & dancing) and that the series of the events felt like ‘us’. We spent the morning getting ready with our wedding parties, followed by our First Look.

[We wanted the day to have an] obvious structure and it was seamlessly executed by our wonderful wedding planner Michelle, Dream Irish Wedding. It felt laid back but thoughtful, and very fun.

Couple during the speeches
Bride & Groom during the Photoshoot on the streets of Galway City
Bride reading her vows to Groom
Wedding Party at the Altar during the Ceremony

The Wedding Party

They each had 5 attendees made up of their long-time best friends & siblings.

The girls wore different stylish on-trend velvet jewel-coloured dresses of blue, red & Kelly burgundy.

The Bridesmaids' Processional during the Ceremony
Couple on tha altar with witnesses

The Guests

Celia & Billy and all of their guests including close friends & family travelled from all over the USA for the wedding, with most guests making the wedding part of a holiday in Ireland.

Couple greeting their guests on arrival at Loam Restaurant
Bride taking a shot with her Bridesmaids
Bridal Processional with her Parents
Groom putting on his dad's boutonniere

The Day Before

A Welcome Party was hosted by Billy’s family in fabulous John Keogh’s Gastro Pub in the heart of the Claddagh, Galway city. It gave all the guests a chance to meet & mingle before the big day.

Couple waving on the streets of Galway City
Couple during First Dance

The Format of the Day

The Bride & Groom decided on a very romantic First Look in a Galway pub. Then, the ceremony took place in the majestic Cathedral of Our Lady assumed into Heaven & St Nicholas in the historic Galway city. After the ceremony, the bride & groom were led down the aisle by a bagpiper and did a fun photoshoot with their photographer throughout Galway city. The rest of the day went as tradition: Cocktail reception, First Dances, Dinner followed by speeches and then, the post-dinner party continued in King’s Head pub.

Bride & Groom during the First Look
The Bagpiper leading the couple down the aisle
Bride taking a shot with her Bridesmaids at the pub
Speeches during the Reception at Loam Restaurant

The Reception

Celia & Billy, being two foodies, decided to host their reception in one of Galway’s Michelin star restaurants: the almost perfect Loam, where fresh local ingredients are King & the style of restaurant and food very unique.

The Cocktail Reception took place in the wine bar, followed by dinner in the main restaurant area at Loam: an ideal space for their intimate wedding.

Keep with the Irish theme of the wedding, a traditional Irish band performed during the reception & played for the bride & groom first dance.

After dinner, the group continued the party in the King’s Head pub where they danced the night away into the early hours.

Bride & Groom
Couple during the First Dance

The Menu

Their 5-course tasting menu included an appetizer of smoked eel, second course of sirloin bone marrow & main of melt in your mouth pork loin, even for a non-pork eater!

The Maitre d’ paired the delicious menu with complimentary wines including a beautiful montepulciano d’Abruzzo with the main course & a Riesling Auslese with dessert.

The Menu

We wish Celia & Billy a wonderful marriage, full of happiness and laughter.

Our Dream Team of Vendors

Planners – Dream Irish Wedding

Photographer – Bruno Rosso

Videographer – D.art Wedding Stories

Hair/Make-up – The Hair Fairy

Ceremony Music – Serenade Duo

Reception Music – High Reels

Transport – Claddagh Coach Hire

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