Romantic wedding inspiration - Real Wedding Shop couple Aoidín & Christopher share their story

Aoidín & Christopher planned the most romantic wedding in Ireland. The whole day oozed romance and undone glamour. Read on to find out how they made their dreams a reality. And learn why building their gift list was the most fun element of planning their wedding.

Tell us what made your romantic wedding unique?

Planning a romantic wedding is all about the details! Building an amazing team to work with is key to creating the day you dream of, making your ideas a reality. The styling of our day was of course all about romance and an undone glamour.  From stationery to the venue, florals to photographs. Every aesthetic element should flow. And add to a day that reflects you as a couple. With our amazing suppliers, we created the romantic wedding we had dreamed of.

Most of our guests were coming from the UK and abroad to Ireland for our wedding day and so we wanted it to feel magical. An Irish castle was the perfect backdrop for our fairytale romantic wedding!

Romantic wedding in an Irish Castle

Top wedding planning tip

The key to successful wedding planning is to start early and never compromise on your vision. There are endless decisions made throughout the process. But The Wedding Shop made for the most fun element of our wedding planning. 

Confetti moment at Irish romantic wedding with peach petals

What is your favourite wedding day memory? 

Walking down the aisle with my pops was incredibly special. And to see Chris waiting at the altar, with tears in his eyes and all our friends and families smiling as we walked up was absolutely magical. A fairytale moment you dream of all your life! 

Our other favourite memory from the day was walking out to the drinks reception. The sax was playing, the sun was shining and everyone with champagne in hand was cheering as we bounced out from the castle to meet them all!

Peach rose wedding bouquet for romantic wedding

What does love mean to you? 

...truly, madly, deeply.

Newly-wed couple kissing

How did you get engaged? 

We were in the Maldives celebrating my 30th Birthday. Chris surprised me with a birthday dinner on a private island. It was there where he popped the question under the most stunning sunset I have ever witnessed. The perfect proposal for our romantic wedding plans. 

black and white wedding day photography for romantic wedding in Ireland

What did you love about The Wedding Shop and what was your experience like?

We loved the Wedding shop Townhouse, having a chance to walk around getting inspiration for our list was so exciting. We also loved that we could select items from any brand to add to our list! It was such an exciting part of our wedding planning and the staff were incredible, helping is to choose the romantic wedding gifts to celebrate our marriage. 

bride getting ready for Irish castle wedding

Why did you have a wedding gift list?

Our guests were travelling from around the world to celebrate with us. So, a gift list provided such a convenient way for everyone to send us something special they knew we would love. Our gift list had a huge range of pieces suiting every budget and personal choices.

couple on their wedding day walking down the stairs

What was your favourite wedding gift and why?

Our KitchenAid was a highlight. A bucket list item of my husbands forever! ...I’m not fully sure it wasn’t an incentive for getting married!

couple kissing on wedding day at romantic Irish wedding

How did having a gift list help you to create or upgrade your newly-wed home?

We bought our first home six months after our wedding. This meant the world to us that The Wedding Shop could store our gifts until our home was ready to move into! Once we moved in we had all our gifts delivered and it was something to look forward to all over again!

Stunning bridal dress and black tie wedding suit

Were your guests pleased you had a gift list and why? 

We found a lot of our friends and family wanted to give us things we needed and to avoid doubling up on the same gifts. The Wedding Shop allowed us to select everything we needed for our new home but still have an element of surprise in what we would receive.

Wedding photography for romantic wedding in ireland

Why is building a gift list a key part of wedding planning?   

Building a gift list was one of the most fun elements of our wedding planning. Who doesn’t want to make a list of dream pieces for their new home?

Couple celebrating romantic wedding

Why did you choose The Wedding Shop?

The Wedding Shop offers a one-stop shop for everything or anything you could dream of. We found it so useful to have access to our list available through the website and app which makes it the most seamless experience.

Newly wed couple celebrating at Irish castle wedding


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Photography: Benjamin Wheeler