A music filled wedding at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham Dublin.

Deirdre and Mark’s Music-Filled Wedding

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham is no average wedding venue. One of the finest 17th century buildings in Ireland, it’s steeped in Irish history. Its extraordinary nature meant the couple had to get a bit creative for their special day.

“It’s not a typical wedding venue so you need to be more hands on with organising, catering, decoration and lighting… but that made it so much more personal. To see the venue come to life on the day was amazing.” Deirdre said.

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The ceremony was a really important and special part of the day for the couple. Held in the beautiful chapel at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, they said their vows surrounded by 180 loved ones.

“Our celebrant made our ceremony so personal and special. He asked friends who were doing readings or prayers to introduce themselves and say something about us. It was really touching to hear their stories and good wishes in those moments. The musicians and the singer blew us away, we had picked all of the music ourselves but never imagined it would be so beautiful – they performed an amazing rendition of Mise Eire that literally moved us to tears.

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Deirdre and Mark decided early on that music would be an important part of their day. During the ceremony they had The Dublin String Quartet and Noreen Rabbette, reception drinks were punctuated by the uplifting tunes of soul musician Buck Taylor and after dinner the Bentley Boys kept the party going. Deirdre explains:

“We really wanted to just have fun on the day and picked our music around that. I think Buck Taylor had people dancing from 3pm!”

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“Ultimately,” Deirdre says, “It was our guests who made the day. Having all the friendship and love in the room directed at you as a couple is an amazing feeling.”

Do they have any advice for brides and grooms planning their special day?“Everyone tells you the day goes by so fast and it really does so make sure you take the time enjoy it and to step back to take it all in.”

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Vendors love for Deirdre and Mark’s wedding :

•Wedding Dress: The Suite, Drury Street (Tara was amazing)

•Shoes: LK Bennett

•Bridesmaids dress: The Suite, Drury Street

•Flowers: by Amy Carty @ The Petal Shed

•Stationery: Little Ivory – the created the gorgeous illustrations for us based on the actual venue – they also did the booklets and menus.

•Make Up: Danielle Mahon

•Hair: Carla Rose @ the Space

•Wedding Bands: David Blackman Jewellers

•Ceremony Music: The Dublin String Quartet and Noreen Rabbette

•Drinks Reception Music: Buck Taylor

•Wedding reception – after dinner – the Bentley Boys

•Caterers: Egan hospitality