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If you’ve ever hosted a sizable gathering, you know that it’s practically impossible to spend quality time with everyone. That’s the reality. So Sarah from Dublin & Andy from Brisbane, decided to turn the traditional wedding rules on their head.

SA KISS

Photo By – Tomasz Kornas

They both live in Perth, Australia and wanted to have their wedding in Ireland but they didn’t want a traditional Irish wedding. Instead, they envisaged a more relaxed-chic part atmosphere – more like a ‘festival of love’ surrounded by all of the people who are special to us present to celebrate our special occasion.

Close up lawn

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If you are having guests from abroad, its always a good idea to have a pre-wedding get together or rehearsal evening. This allows plenty of time for getting over the jet lag but also really helps the guests to get to know each other. This will result in a more relaxed and enjoyable wedding day because guests already know each other.

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It also means that you will have the entire place to yourself on the wedding morning. So instead of it being a stressful morning it can actually be a lovely part of the celebrations, where some great memories are made with your loved ones. (The last you will get to make, before saying I Do!)

Couple Salsa

Photo by Jakub Walutek

The guests arrived at the property on Friday afternoon, where they were welcomed by staff and shown to their rooms before congregating down in the main bar area for drinks. At 7pm guests were ushered into garden room for an informal rehearsal dinner.

Room salsa

Photo by Jakub Walutek

Stuart Immelan of Rococco Designs and the staff had transformed the space into a “Havana Nights” themed Cuban fiesta complete with Cuban flags, bunting, coloured pompoms, tropical floral arrangements and cigars. Guests were served burritos, which were delicious and fresh, and drank amazing cocktails from the Cuban Cocktail Lounge, which is a permanent fixture at Ballinacurra.

Cuban Bar

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Guests were invited to participate in a salsa lesson provided by a Caribbean dance troupe, which was a great way to get everyone mingling and warmed up for the weekend’s festivities. It was great fun! This was followed by a local traditional Irish duo  (another Ballinacurra recommendation) back in the bar. They got all our guests singing and dancing. This was the perfect start to their festival of love.

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Saturday, was the “Big Day”. It couldn’t have gone better. The day began with a yoga class in the ballroom with Cork-based yoga teacher Lisa Fahy. The class helped calm some of the nerves and left the bride feeling relaxed and ready for the day ahead.

Terrace Brunch

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The groom and his friends were entertained by the Ireland v Australia rugby match in the bar complete with Bloody Mary breakfast cocktails after a breakfast on the terrace (so that he wouldn’t run into the bride before the ceremony!).

Grou lawn SA

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Both bridal parties had their own spaces to get ready which made for special backdrops for the photos and a lovely relaxed morning for both bride and groom.

After an intimate ceremeny in the local church, guests returned from the wedding ceremony to find Stuart had transformed the outdoor terrace and front garden into a vintage country picnic complete with straw bails, makeshift wood-palate tables, picnic blankets and hundreds of yards of colorful ribbons in the trees.

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Photo by Rococco Dreams

This was accompanied by prosecco and antipasto for all guests and they were entertained by a fabulous jazz trio through the wedding band.

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Photo by Rococco Dreams

After a few hours of drinking and mingling in the rare Irish sunshine, guests were guided into the garden room, which Stuart had converted into a glitzy New Orleans style garden party. The speeches were completed first and a roving style cocktail dinner menu then followed. The monkfish, pork belly and lamb were all highlights of the superb menu which were created especially for the couple by our head chef David Rice.

Food Shot

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Guests were then further entertained by a local mentalist, performed a variety of tricks that had everyone astounded and perplexed. He was the talk of the evening! The highlight for the bride was when he got her to blow on a 50 euro note causing the sudden appearance of a goldfish in her glass!

Band SA

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As the food service ended guests took to the dance floor with the 6-piece lounge band. Later in the evening guests were invited to a Moroccan inspired sisha lounge that provided a chill-out space for guests to relax and mingle with the variety of flavoured e-shisha and providing a great talking point. At midnight the staff served wood-fired pizzas and a DJ took over from the band until the wee hours of the morning.

First Dance

Photo By – Tomasz Kornas

Photo By – Tomasz Kornas

Private Weddings

WHAT WE DO: “Stylish Intimate Weddings with a Difference – and all in the Privacy of your Own Country Estate”

WHAT WE DON’T DO: “If you are looking for a traditional wedding in a large hotel ballroom, then we are not for you”

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Make your dreams come true and enter a world of elegance by holding your wedding of a lifetime at our unique wedding venue. With our creative hands-on approach and event management background, we will make your romantic luxury destination wedding an unforgettable experience.  And the added benefit is that we are only a few minutes drive from one of Ireland’s premier tourist towns Kinsale and 20 minutes from Cork International Airport.  We also have Testimonials, Sample Budgets and Frequently Asked Question documents available on request.

But don’t just take our word for it.  We recently won the Best Exclusive Hire Wedding Venue in Ireland which was judged by a panel of international judges by Weddings Online.

Contact Us for a copy of our current Private Wedding brochure.

If you are looking to share this special time with close family and friends in beautiful surroundings over an extended time, then that is what we do — Good food, magical ambiance, memorable music and all the trimmings as you’ve always dreamt it – and all planned to perfection. We can do:

  • Bespoke Private Weddings with a Difference
  • Onsite Civil Ceremonies
  • Gay Marriage Ceremonies and Blessings – see our section on Gay Ceremonies for more information
  • Multi-denominational Blessings
  • Engagement Parties
  • Renewal of Vows
  • Theme Weddings
  • Garden Weddings

 

We are ideally suited for small luxury weddings of up to 60 people in our Ballroom, up to 120 people in our Garden Room or up to 180 people in a combination of both rooms which are inter-connected. Or we can organise multiple events for your wedding group. For example, you may wish to have an intimate family dinner on the first night, then up to 120 people for the actual wedding dinner in our Garden Room and then additional numbers the following day for a relaxed barbecue or buffet party. The choice is yours to decide.

There are many aspects to a wedding and we can work with you on the various elements which may include:

  • Masseurs, makeup artists, hairstylists and manicurists
  • Music recommendations from a 2-piece cocktail ‘Nora Jones’ style music, traditional bands, string quartet, 4 piece dance bands, 6 piece soul bands, rat-pack, salsa, gypsy music and many more
  • DJs who can do a cool groove set or a late night dance or soul/reggae set
  • Cake designers
  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Milliners
  • Church and legal requirements including Cork & Kinsale priests, ministers, humanists, registrar or solemniser
  • Transfers and limousine hire

Our minimum requirement is 1 night if mid-week (Monday to Thursday) or 2 nights if you want to have either a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.  We find that most people want to enjoy the house and grounds to their full and have a rehearsal dinner before the wedding day, or a recovery party the day after.  However, if you want a 1 night wedding on either a Friday or Saturday and are flexible on your dates, we may have some select dates available.  Please contact us for further explanation and possible dates.

We also have a lawn perfectly suited to marquee weddings.  Obviously there will be additional costs with regards to the marquee hire and equipment, but we can talk you through that.  And then after your dinner in the marquee, you can move into the house for the ultimate wedding House Party.

If you would like to receive our Wedding Brochure then please let us know. Contact Us

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