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A Fairy Tale Wedding at Markree Castle

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Lisa and Will tied the knot 15th April 2017 with a ceremony and reception at Markree Castle after winning their €35,000 wedding at the Wedding Journal Show

Photography by Paul Keeling Photography

The Couple

Bride and groom outside

Childhood sweethearts, Will and Lisa were delighted to win a €35,000 wedding at the Wedding Journal Show, Dublin in January 2017. The couple, who have been together 14 years, met as teenagers and have four children together.

The Proposal

bride and groom in archway at Markress Castle

Will popped the question in October 2015, after speaking to the children and asking their permission. “My daughter Amy brought the ring to me,” recalls Lisa fondly. “It was such a happy time for us as a family to have a wedding to plan.”

Winning their Wedding

bride and groom walking down aisle Markree Castle

Before Christmas, a Tarot card reader had told Lisa she would win something big, but Lisa didn’t pay much attention to the prediction and was gobsmacked to make it through to the live on-stage final at The Wedding Journal Show Dublin. Battling it out with nine other finalists, Lisa and Will found themselves in the last stage of the competition answering three mystery questions.

“I didn’t know the answer to one of the questions and it was at the very last moment I just took a guess and wrote it down,” remembers Will. “It was the right answer! I couldn’t believe it, I was in shock.”


Markree Castle wedding

Included in the amazing prize was a wedding reception at the romantic Markree Castle. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, Lisa and Will couldn’t have hoped for a more picturesque setting to get married in. “Markree castle is amazing, Lisa gushes. “It was so private, with beautiful surroundings. It truly is a fairytale venue.”


bridesmaid doing up dress of bride

The couple also won a fantastic photography package with Paul Keeling photography. “After looking through some of his work we knew Paul would be the perfect photographer for us. Our wedding photographs are amazing,” Lisa says.

Wedding Dress

bride with veil in the wind at Markree Castle

Lisa looked radiant in a white, fit and flare gown with illusion neckline and stunning back detail from Wedding & Bridal by Nikki Kavanagh. “The designer of my dress was Dando,” says Lisa. “It was light and easy to wear, with beautiful lace detail, and a detachable train. I just loved everything about the dress and I couldn’t wait to wear it.” Lisa completed her wedding day look with an elegant cathedral length veil.


flower girl wearing white dress and flower crown

The bridesmaid’s dusty pink multi-way dress was from Debenhams and Lisa and Will’s daughters looked adorable in ivory and lace dresses accessorised with pink flower crowns.


Groomsmen at Markree Castle

The groomsmen wore navy blue suits from Protocol for Men and Will opted for a slight checked pattern to differentiate from the rest of bridal party.


Flowers and shoes arranged on sofa

The flowers were provided by Teacups and Sweetpeas. Lisa chose pink and white blooms to compliment the bridesmaid and flower girl dresses.

Wedding Cake

wedding cake with sword at markree castle

Choosing a more traditional wedding cake, Lisa and Will had a simple, one tier cake made by family friends Christine and Joan.

Favourite Moment

bride and groom at markree castle

Will’s favourite memory from the day was, “seeing Lisa walk up the aisle.” Lisa’s favourite moment was also the ceremony. “The chapel at Markree Castle is so intimate, making it that little bit more special. The vocalist, Eileen Mcdevit was fabulous, and having all of our friends, family and children there to hear us say ‘I do’ was magical. Everything was just perfect.”


After the wedding Lisa and Will jetted off on business class flights to Dubai provided by Emirates. They enjoyed a week long honeymoon in United Arab Emirates staying in the luxurious Mӧvenpick Hotel Jumeriah Beach. Winning the prize was especially meaningful to the couple as they were able to visit Lisa’s sister Amanda who lives in Dubai for the first time.

Top Tip

Markree Castle

The couple’s top tip to other couples planning a wedding is to, “relax and try not to worry in the run up to the wedding day. Everything will fall into place, so just concentrate on enjoying the day as it is over far too quickly!”


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