Collette & Sean’s Belleek Castle Wedding

Beautiful Belleek Castle Wedding

After being friends for many years it became apparent that Sean and Collette couldn’t bear to be apart and it turned into something much more! They had been together for three years when Sean popped the question. Sean had planned to propose over a romantic meal, and then over a special lunch but their plans kept getting changed. After nervously carrying the ring around for a week in his pocket, he finally got down on one knee by the fridge in the kitchen! This didn’t put Collette off though and she accepted straight away.

the 1820’s neo gothic Castle is unpretentious, cosy, warm and friendly,

Sean and Collette live in Manchester, England but due to Sean’s Irish descent and both of their love of County Mayo they made the decision to get married there. The month after they got engaged they embarked on a ‘road trip’ of County Mayo wedding venues. The first three were lovely and Belleek Castle was number four on the list to see. From driving up through the breathtaking grounds, then going through the big impressive doors they were met by impeccable staff, roaring open fires and the stunning Gothic castle, their minds were made up instantly. The road trip ended there and the other venues on the list didn’t even get a viewing!

Belleek, although dating from mediaeval times, the 1820’s neo gothic Castle is unpretentious, cosy, warm and friendly, rich in decor and antiquities, with open log fires to light your steps back through this cultural adventure.

Belleck Caste Wedding

The planning of their wedding day was very exciting. They wanted it to be a real family affair and as they already had three children, they wanted them to be thoroughly involved. They also wanted to include many personal and unique touches.

Sean asked Charles, aged 8, to be his ‘little’ best man along with Sean’s best friend Josh. Ellie, aged 11, was to be bridesmaid along with thre adult bridesmaids. Ellie has a a passion for baking so they decided that Collette and Ellie would also bake the wedding cake. They decided on pink and grey cupcakes with one large cake for cutting. Belleek Castle told them that they had the perfect thing to display them on, it was a tree trunk with thick branches coming off, a most unusual but spectacular cake stand!

The wedding day was perfect from start to finish. There were so many happy and emotional moments.

They weren’t sure how to involve their little daughter Darcy who was going to be 10 months old and not walking yet on the wedding day. They thought it was a shame that she would be at her Mummy and Daddy’s wedding without being able to be a flowergirl. They looked into ways of including her and after finding none they decided to make their own! They sourced a wooden cart and turned it into a ‘baby wedding carriage’ by adding safety straps and adorning it with soft silk furnishings, ribbons, flowers and a sign on the back saying ‘Daddy here comes Mummy’. On the day, Ellie pulled her little sister down the aisle and it created such a stir. They got so much interest in their wedding carriage that they realised that there was a gap in the market and found out that many more brides were in the same situation looking for ways of including babies. Due to demand they made a couple more carriages and decided to hire them out. Little did they know that their own wedding inspiration would lead to them starting their very own new wedding business across the UK and Ireland!

Belleck Caste Wedding

Another special touch they had was that when Collette and Sean got engaged, Collette’s mum offered to join a wedding flower course and learn how to do bridal flowers. She did a beautiful job of the bouquets, corsages and a memory display. The colour theme of the wedding was baby pink and grey so the flowers they picked were pink roses and baby’s breath and they were beautiful.

The food in the castle was just spectacular and so many of the guests commented about on it

The wedding day was perfect from start to finish. There were so many happy and emotional moments. From the vows, to the children all being included and Charles’s very own little best man speech, it was certainly a day to remember amongst our close friends and family – with many travelling over from England and across Ireland, others travelled from further afield such as Milan and New York!

The food in the castle was just spectacular and so many of the guests commented about how it was the best food they have eaten at a wedding. A special touch at Belleek Castle was that the bride and groom are served a unique dish called the ‘Drunken Bullock’ a fillet steak cooked on the griddle and spectacularly flambéed on a sword at the table. Again it was another breathtaking moment and made the day one to remember.

The wedding band Carouse from Kilkenny played magnificently. They played acoustically during the reception in the background before a barnstorming set in the evening with that an eclectic range of songs catering to every taste. They left a distinct impression on a lot of their guests who said they were the best wedding band they have seen! After the first dance, Collette changed into a surprise second wedding dress which was knee length. This meant she and Sean could dance the night away along with all their guests.

Collette and Sean have so many fantastic photographs, courtesy of photographer David Mclean, based in Meath, the castle is spectacular with suits of arms, beautiful chandeliers and a grand staircase he really caught the sense of occasion. Not to mention the great photographs of their very own baby carriage! They were also glad that at the last minute before the wedding they decided on having the day filmed by a videographer, Max from Maxone Studios, Castlebar. They have loved watching their perfect day back in amazing quality and seeing many things that they missed on the day.

They were also glad that at the last minute before the wedding they decided on having the day filmed by a videographer. They have loved lquality and seeing many things that they missed on the day.

Belleck Caste WeddingDue to them having children, they decided to have two ‘minimoons’ instead of a long honeymoon. They went directly to Cong, Co. Mayo for two nights and then a couple of months later went to Venice for four nights. The ‘minimoons’ enabled them to have some really romantic special time for just the two of them, and the children are happy that they have been promised to go on a ‘familymoon’ to France all together in the summer!

Beautiful Belleek Castle Wedding

After being friends for many years it became apparent that Sean and Collette couldn’t bear to be apart and it turned into something much more! They had been together for three years when Sean popped the question. Sean had planned to propose over a romantic meal, and then over a special lunch but their plans kept getting changed. After nervously carrying the ring around for a week in his pocket, he finally got down on one knee by the fridge in the kitchen! This didn’t put Collette off though and she accepted straight away.

the 1820’s neo gothic Castle is unpretentious, cosy, warm and friendly,

Sean and Collette live in Manchester, England but due to Sean’s Irish descent and both of their love of County Mayo they made the decision to get married there. The month after they got engaged they embarked on a ‘road trip’ of County Mayo wedding venues. The first three were lovely and Belleek Castle was number four on the list to see. From driving up through the breathtaking grounds, then going through the big impressive doors they were met by impeccable staff, roaring open fires and the stunning Gothic castle, their minds were made up instantly. The road trip ended there and the other venues on the list didn’t even get a viewing!

Belleek, although dating from mediaeval times, the 1820’s neo gothic Castle is unpretentious, cosy, warm and friendly, rich in decor and antiquities, with open log fires to light your steps back through this cultural adventure.

Belleck Caste Wedding

The planning of their wedding day was very exciting. They wanted it to be a real family affair and as they already had three children, they wanted them to be thoroughly involved. They also wanted to include many personal and unique touches.

Sean asked Charles, aged 8, to be his ‘little’ best man along with Sean’s best friend Josh. Ellie, aged 11, was to be bridesmaid along with thre adult bridesmaids. Ellie has a a passion for baking so they decided that Collette and Ellie would also bake the wedding cake. They decided on pink and grey cupcakes with one large cake for cutting. Belleek Castle told them that they had the perfect thing to display them on, it was a tree trunk with thick branches coming off, a most unusual but spectacular cake stand!

The wedding day was perfect from start to finish. There were so many happy and emotional moments.

They weren’t sure how to involve their little daughter Darcy who was going to be 10 months old and not walking yet on the wedding day. They thought it was a shame that she would be at her Mummy and Daddy’s wedding without being able to be a flowergirl. They looked into ways of including her and after finding none they decided to make their own! They sourced a wooden cart and turned it into a ‘baby wedding carriage’ by adding safety straps and adorning it with soft silk furnishings, ribbons, flowers and a sign on the back saying ‘Daddy here comes Mummy’. On the day, Ellie pulled her little sister down the aisle and it created such a stir. They got so much interest in their wedding carriage that they realised that there was a gap in the market and found out that many more brides were in the same situation looking for ways of including babies. Due to demand they made a couple more carriages and decided to hire them out. Little did they know that their own wedding inspiration would lead to them starting their very own new wedding business across the UK and Ireland!

Belleck Caste Wedding

Another special touch they had was that when Collette and Sean got engaged, Collette’s mum offered to join a wedding flower course and learn how to do bridal flowers. She did a beautiful job of the bouquets, corsages and a memory display. The colour theme of the wedding was baby pink and grey so the flowers they picked were pink roses and baby’s breath and they were beautiful.

The food in the castle was just spectacular and so many of the guests commented about on it

The wedding day was perfect from start to finish. There were so many happy and emotional moments. From the vows, to the children all being included and Charles’s very own little best man speech, it was certainly a day to remember amongst our close friends and family – with many travelling over from England and across Ireland, others travelled from further afield such as Milan and New York!

The food in the castle was just spectacular and so many of the guests commented about how it was the best food they have eaten at a wedding. A special touch at Belleek Castle was that the bride and groom are served a unique dish called the ‘Drunken Bullock’ a fillet steak cooked on the griddle and spectacularly flambéed on a sword at the table. Again it was another breathtaking moment and made the day one to remember.

The wedding band Carouse from Kilkenny played magnificently. They played acoustically during the reception in the background before a barnstorming set in the evening with that an eclectic range of songs catering to every taste. They left a distinct impression on a lot of their guests who said they were the best wedding band they have seen! After the first dance, Collette changed into a surprise second wedding dress which was knee length. This meant she and Sean could dance the night away along with all their guests.

Collette and Sean have so many fantastic photographs, courtesy of photographer David Mclean, based in Meath, the castle is spectacular with suits of arms, beautiful chandeliers and a grand staircase he really caught the sense of occasion. Not to mention the great photographs of their very own baby carriage! They were also glad that at the last minute before the wedding they decided on having the day filmed by a videographer, Max from Maxone Studios, Castlebar. They have loved watching their perfect day back in amazing quality and seeing many things that they missed on the day.

They were also glad that at the last minute before the wedding they decided on having the day filmed by a videographer. They have loved lquality and seeing many things that they missed on the day.

Belleck Caste WeddingDue to them having children, they decided to have two ‘minimoons’ instead of a long honeymoon. They went directly to Cong, Co. Mayo for two nights and then a couple of months later went to Venice for four nights. The ‘minimoons’ enabled them to have some really romantic special time for just the two of them, and the children are happy that they have been promised to go on a ‘familymoon’ to France all together in the summer!

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