Kate & Stephen’s The K Club Wedding

Another Beautiful K Club Wedding

Stephen and I actually met on holiday in Donegal. I don’t think Stephen was expecting to meet a girl from California in Rathmullan, but I was living in London at the time and went to visit my Aunt for Easter. She’s had a holiday house beside Stephen’s family holiday house for years. At the beginning there were many jokes about building an extension between the two houses – now they just might have to!  After a long session in the local pub and a walk on the beach (very early) the next morning, I was smitten. Of course, I couldn’t let him know that for awhile, so long story short, Stephen kept Ryanair in business flying back and forth to London to visit me. After several years of long distance, I finally convinced him to move to London until we got engaged at Mount Juliet, where I spent some time living when I was a child so it meant a lot to me.

The Proposal

I certainly didn’t expect the proposal, but should have known when he insisted on bringing a backpack for his book and looked terrified as it went through security at the airport. He sent me off horse-riding on the first day we arrived. We met for lunch afterwards and went for a walk in the walled garden where he very nervously dropped to one knee. I didn’t expect to be proposed to while still in my jodhpurs, but it was perfect in every way. We spent the rest of the day drinking champagne and phoning our families to share the excitement!

as soon as we arrived at the K Club, we knew it was the perfect venue for us

From then on we were so excited to plan our wedding. Stephen is from Belfast and most of my family live in Ireland, so much to the best man’s disappointment, we decided the wedding would be in Ireland and not in California. We knew we’d have guests flying in from all over the world, so the location was really important.  We wanted to have somewhere where our guests could relax for the whole weekend and could make a holiday out of it. For many of our guests, it would be their first visit to Ireland, so we wanted to make it really special. We set off on a venue hunt with my parents around Ireland searching for somewhere classic, elegant and relaxed and as soon as we arrived at the K Club, we knew it was the perfect venue for us. The setting, ambience and stunning guest rooms at the hotel made it a very easy choice. Also, Stephen loves his golf !!

From the moment we arrived, the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. Cassandra was an absolute dream to work with and there was literally nothing she didn’t do for us. As I was planning the wedding from London, she went to so much effort to ensure that everything was perfect, even sending me photos of the church that we booked as I didn’t have time to see it before we booked it.  Cassandra’s professionalism, attention to detail and organisation was incredible. Every time we visited to plan for the wedding (which we made any excuse to do!) the hotel treated us as though we were part of the family. In the days leading up to the wedding, it felt as if the whole staff were anticipating the big day in the same way I was.

Wedding Dress Stress

I can only say the most stressful part was the search for my wedding dress. I looked  in London and in California, but really wasn’t having much luck. A friend of mine suggested that I try Petticoat Lane in Belfast. I was starting to cut it close for time, so my mum, in a bid to get me to hurry up and choose something, booked flights from California. She came on a mission for 72 hours to help me find a dress and then flew back home! Our flight from London was delayed due to snow, but the girls at Petticoat Lane insisted that we still came along. They kept the shop open for us and I’m so glad they did. With my Godmother in tow, we eventually made it to the shop and after trying on several dresses I was close to giving up.  My mum then pointed to a dress on the rail and said ‘That’s your dress!’ I wasn’t convinced until I put it on, but as soon as I did I knew it was perfect.

My mum then pointed to a dress on the rail and said ‘That’s your dress!’ 

For Stephen and I the most important element of the wedding was the ceremony and we chose to get married in St. Patrick’s Church in Celbridge. Father Paul was incredibly kind and welcoming to us. He made us feel part of the community and made every effort to make our ceremony beautiful and personal. I had four bridesmaids, my sister, Clare, my cousin, Jessica, and my two best friends, Yasmin and Katie. They are all gorgeous, so it was pretty easy to find dresses in London that worked for all of them. We wanted to go with a colour that was a little bit different, but still in keeping with a classic style. Stephen and his groomsmen got their suits at Red in Belfast and my Dad searched all of California to find the perfect ties to match the girl’s dresses.

The run up to the wedding was brilliant. We arrived at the K Club a week early, so had plenty of time to relax and play a bit of golf. Our guests started to arrive from the Thursday before the wedding so it all started to get very exciting.  As the wedding was over a bank holiday, we had planned three days of celebrations. One of the most special parts of the weekend was seeing all of our friends and family from all over the world gathered in one place. On Friday evening we all gathered at The Vintage Crop for a few drinks and to watch the fireworks!

Morning of the Wedding

On the morning of the wedding, Stephen played golf with his groomsmen and friends to calm his nerves. I had a relaxed morning with the girls getting our hair and make up done. Rebecca O’Sullivan was wonderful and made us all look and feel beautiful. We had afternoon tea served in the gorgeous bridal suite and were all feeling very relaxed (except for my normally very calm Mum!).  Stephen’s uncle kindly drove my Dad and I to the church in his Bentley and even though we got lost, I still managed to get there on time!

After the ceremony, we headed back to the K Club for a champagne reception and were lucky enough that the sun came out

We had the most beautiful music from Sinead Stone in the church and Father Paul, along with our family priest, Father Bill made the ceremony so special and personal.  After the ceremony, we headed back to the K Club for a champagne reception and were lucky enough that the sun came out for our guests to spill out onto the lawn. Our photographers, Weddings by Kara, did a fantastic job of rounding up my huge family for group photos and took absolutely gorgeous photos on the day. We loved their natural style and they were wonderful to work with. The food at the K Club is fantastic and was one of the deciding factors for us when we chose it. Our guests raved about the food and the service. After a fantastic meal, we danced until dawn – with some of our guests even being spotted still up from the night before when others came down for breakfast the next day!

The day after the wedding we planned a mini Ryder Cup golf tournament and even with sore heads from the night before, everyone loved the course. Despite allegations of a fix, the groom won the tournament! We celebrated all over again with a BBQ at the Palmer Clubhouse. After a few extra days to recover in the K Club, we set off for a week in New York followed by ten days in St Lucia at Sugar Beach.

Another Beautiful K Club Wedding

Stephen and I actually met on holiday in Donegal. I don’t think Stephen was expecting to meet a girl from California in Rathmullan, but I was living in London at the time and went to visit my Aunt for Easter. She’s had a holiday house beside Stephen’s family holiday house for years. At the beginning there were many jokes about building an extension between the two houses – now they just might have to!  After a long session in the local pub and a walk on the beach (very early) the next morning, I was smitten. Of course, I couldn’t let him know that for awhile, so long story short, Stephen kept Ryanair in business flying back and forth to London to visit me. After several years of long distance, I finally convinced him to move to London until we got engaged at Mount Juliet, where I spent some time living when I was a child so it meant a lot to me.

The Proposal

I certainly didn’t expect the proposal, but should have known when he insisted on bringing a backpack for his book and looked terrified as it went through security at the airport. He sent me off horse-riding on the first day we arrived. We met for lunch afterwards and went for a walk in the walled garden where he very nervously dropped to one knee. I didn’t expect to be proposed to while still in my jodhpurs, but it was perfect in every way. We spent the rest of the day drinking champagne and phoning our families to share the excitement!

as soon as we arrived at the K Club, we knew it was the perfect venue for us

From then on we were so excited to plan our wedding. Stephen is from Belfast and most of my family live in Ireland, so much to the best man’s disappointment, we decided the wedding would be in Ireland and not in California. We knew we’d have guests flying in from all over the world, so the location was really important.  We wanted to have somewhere where our guests could relax for the whole weekend and could make a holiday out of it. For many of our guests, it would be their first visit to Ireland, so we wanted to make it really special. We set off on a venue hunt with my parents around Ireland searching for somewhere classic, elegant and relaxed and as soon as we arrived at the K Club, we knew it was the perfect venue for us. The setting, ambience and stunning guest rooms at the hotel made it a very easy choice. Also, Stephen loves his golf !!

From the moment we arrived, the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. Cassandra was an absolute dream to work with and there was literally nothing she didn’t do for us. As I was planning the wedding from London, she went to so much effort to ensure that everything was perfect, even sending me photos of the church that we booked as I didn’t have time to see it before we booked it.  Cassandra’s professionalism, attention to detail and organisation was incredible. Every time we visited to plan for the wedding (which we made any excuse to do!) the hotel treated us as though we were part of the family. In the days leading up to the wedding, it felt as if the whole staff were anticipating the big day in the same way I was.

Wedding Dress Stress

I can only say the most stressful part was the search for my wedding dress. I looked  in London and in California, but really wasn’t having much luck. A friend of mine suggested that I try Petticoat Lane in Belfast. I was starting to cut it close for time, so my mum, in a bid to get me to hurry up and choose something, booked flights from California. She came on a mission for 72 hours to help me find a dress and then flew back home! Our flight from London was delayed due to snow, but the girls at Petticoat Lane insisted that we still came along. They kept the shop open for us and I’m so glad they did. With my Godmother in tow, we eventually made it to the shop and after trying on several dresses I was close to giving up.  My mum then pointed to a dress on the rail and said ‘That’s your dress!’ I wasn’t convinced until I put it on, but as soon as I did I knew it was perfect.

My mum then pointed to a dress on the rail and said ‘That’s your dress!’ 

For Stephen and I the most important element of the wedding was the ceremony and we chose to get married in St. Patrick’s Church in Celbridge. Father Paul was incredibly kind and welcoming to us. He made us feel part of the community and made every effort to make our ceremony beautiful and personal. I had four bridesmaids, my sister, Clare, my cousin, Jessica, and my two best friends, Yasmin and Katie. They are all gorgeous, so it was pretty easy to find dresses in London that worked for all of them. We wanted to go with a colour that was a little bit different, but still in keeping with a classic style. Stephen and his groomsmen got their suits at Red in Belfast and my Dad searched all of California to find the perfect ties to match the girl’s dresses.

The run up to the wedding was brilliant. We arrived at the K Club a week early, so had plenty of time to relax and play a bit of golf. Our guests started to arrive from the Thursday before the wedding so it all started to get very exciting.  As the wedding was over a bank holiday, we had planned three days of celebrations. One of the most special parts of the weekend was seeing all of our friends and family from all over the world gathered in one place. On Friday evening we all gathered at The Vintage Crop for a few drinks and to watch the fireworks!

Morning of the Wedding

On the morning of the wedding, Stephen played golf with his groomsmen and friends to calm his nerves. I had a relaxed morning with the girls getting our hair and make up done. Rebecca O’Sullivan was wonderful and made us all look and feel beautiful. We had afternoon tea served in the gorgeous bridal suite and were all feeling very relaxed (except for my normally very calm Mum!).  Stephen’s uncle kindly drove my Dad and I to the church in his Bentley and even though we got lost, I still managed to get there on time!

After the ceremony, we headed back to the K Club for a champagne reception and were lucky enough that the sun came out

We had the most beautiful music from Sinead Stone in the church and Father Paul, along with our family priest, Father Bill made the ceremony so special and personal.  After the ceremony, we headed back to the K Club for a champagne reception and were lucky enough that the sun came out for our guests to spill out onto the lawn. Our photographers, Weddings by Kara, did a fantastic job of rounding up my huge family for group photos and took absolutely gorgeous photos on the day. We loved their natural style and they were wonderful to work with. The food at the K Club is fantastic and was one of the deciding factors for us when we chose it. Our guests raved about the food and the service. After a fantastic meal, we danced until dawn – with some of our guests even being spotted still up from the night before when others came down for breakfast the next day!

The day after the wedding we planned a mini Ryder Cup golf tournament and even with sore heads from the night before, everyone loved the course. Despite allegations of a fix, the groom won the tournament! We celebrated all over again with a BBQ at the Palmer Clubhouse. After a few extra days to recover in the K Club, we set off for a week in New York followed by ten days in St Lucia at Sugar Beach.

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