Real Irish Wedding – Brian Wiltgen and Cindy Gieseke

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This couple travelled all the way from America to a County Clare castle for their fairytale day

13th October 2015. Ceremony and reception at Dromoland Castle, Co. Clare followed by drinks at Dirty Nelly’s

Photography by Tommy Hannon from Molten Sky Media

The couple

Brian and Cindy met via online dating site “We both were older and looking for something more long term and found that being set up by friend and family wasn’t working for either of us,” Cindy begins.

Real Irish Wedding - Brian Wiltgen and Cindy Gieseke

The proposal

Brian popped the question during a holiday to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. “It was our last night in Mexico when Brian asked me to marry him,” Cindy says, “he picked a restaurant that overlooked the ocean where we were able to watch the sunset.  At the end of dinner Brian got down on one knee and asked me to marry him I was so shocked that I was speechless for a short time but said yes.”

Real Irish Wedding - Brian Wiltgen and Cindy Gieseke


The American couple both dreamed of travelling to Ireland and getting married in a castle. “We were fortunate enough to find Collette O’Leary from Elegant Events, Dublin who helped us every step of the way in planning our wedding,” Cindy says. “She was the one who suggested that we look at Dromoland and once we saw the pictures we knew that was the perfect place for our wedding.”

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Wedding planner

“Hiring Collette was the best decision that Brian and I made; we cannot say enough positive things about her and all of the work she put in to make our wedding day perfect,” Cindy enthuses.

Real Irish Wedding - Brian Wiltgen and Cindy Gieseke

Wedding dress

The bride wore a Robert Bullock gown from Che Bella in Minneapolis. “I loved the dress because it was different it wasn’t the typical white wedding dress,” Cindy explains. “The belt that we added to the dress really made it come together.  The first time I put on my dress I knew it was the one; I fell in love with it right away and knew that it was the dress I was going to wear at my wedding.”

Real Irish Wedding - Brian Wiltgen and Cindy Gieseke

Grooms wear

Brian wore a Calvin Klein suit. “We knew that we didn’t want the wedding to feel too formal so we opted for a three piece suit instead of a tuxedo,” Cindy says. “Brian knew he wanted to wear grey with purple accents, which worked out perfectly as the flowers we chose had purple in them.”

Real Irish Wedding - Brian Wiltgen and Cindy Gieseke

Wedding flowers

Dan from Lawless Flowers, Limerick created the flowers. “We chose to only have my bouquet and a boutonniere, my bouquet was amazing and turned out better then I imagined,” Cindy says.

Real Irish Wedding - Brian Wiltgen and Cindy Gieseke

Wedding cake

Confetti Cakes, Limerick made a chocolate biscuit cake and macaroons.

Real Irish Wedding - Brian Wiltgen and Cindy Gieseke

Favourite moment

Brian: “The hand tying part of the ceremony it was something different and made the ceremony memorable.”

Cindy: “It is so hard to pick just one favourite moment but seeing my husband for the first time that day was by far the best part. We were able to do the first look privately and Tommy our photographer captured some of my favourite photos of this moment.  When people talk about what the dream of for their wedding this is the moment that I think is the most special and this is the moment that I dreamed of when I thought about weddings.”

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