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Ashley and Lee's Wedding by Aspect Photography

A winter wonderland wedding in Waterford Castle.

Ashley and Lee were married on December 3, 2021 in Waterford Castle. Their day was truly a winter wonderland extravaganza complete with snow, open fires, fur, frolicking (rein) deers and magical lights!

There is so much to love and admire about this wedding - Ashley's ivory fascinator and fur stole, Lee's first reaction to his bride-to-be, chic black bridesmaid dresses, a tower of cupcakes - we could go and on!

Shane O’Neill from Aspect Photography was there to capture all of these beautiful details and the intimate moments between the bride and groom and all of their guests.

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Ashley and Lee’s Love Story:

Length of engagement:  Just under 2 years.

Wedding date: December 3, 2010.

Wedding location: Waterford Castle.

Wedding photographer: Shane O’Neill - Aspect Photography.

How we met: We actually grew up around the corner from each other but hadn’t met.  We were introduced years later by mutual friends.

What were your first impressions of Lee? He had (has!) a cracking sense of humour.

The proposal: Lee popped the question at home, just the two of us, on Christmas Eve morning.  It was simple and sweet, the perfect proposal!

Wedding/ theme colours: Our overall colour scheme was black and ivory with a hint of red.  Our bridesmaids work black dresses and our groomsmen wore black suits.  We had ivory flowers with black feathers. 

Our wedding invitations and ceremony scrolls were black and ivory with a red and ivory patterned belly band.  For our wedding favours we used handmade black Christmas crackers with the red and ivory belly band to match our invitations and scrolls.

The venue: We knew we wanted a winter wedding and Waterford Castle is the perfect setting for this.  December was always a good month for us -we bought our house and moved in in December, and got engaged in December two years later.  It made sense to tie the knot and honeymoon in December too!  We wanted a private venue that felt secluded but wasn’t too far to travel to.  The fact that Waterford Castle is on its own private island was perfect for us.

The dress: My dress was an ivory fishtail style dress from Spanish designer Fara Sposa.

The ceremony: Our ceremony was everything we could have hoped for, and more! We had a civil ceremony in the fabulous foyer of Waterford Castle in front of the open fire.  Our registrar was extremely warm and made everything personal to us.  We hired our wedding band for the entire day so they were there right from the ceremony.  The music during the ceremony was beautiful and brought a tear to many an eye, my own included!

Your favourite part of the wedding: The blanket of snow covering the island certainly added to the magical winter wonderland feel on the day but for both of us the stand out part of the day was our ceremony.  To have a room full of our family and friends in such an intimate setting is something we will never forget.  Your wedding day can pass by so quickly and it can be hard to remember every detail afterwards but I can remember every second of the ceremony.  It was beautiful.

Advice for other brides: Please yourselves!  Have the wedding day you want to have, not the wedding day someone else wants you to have.


Dress: Fara Sposa bought from Amore Bridalwear

Suit: Ben Sherman from Debenhams

Bridesmaid Dresses: Monsoon

Flowers: Pat Burns

Music: Carouse

Cake: Cupcake Heaven

Make-up: Cosmo Beauty

Hair: Lisa Hall, Zen Hair

Stationary: Cards and Pockets


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