They say third time's the charm, but for Eamon Bradley, it was actually four. After chatting with Suzanne Denihan on an online dating site, it took him four attempts to persuade her to meet him for drinks. "He said, this is the last time I'm asking you out, and I listened," she recalls. And she's sure glad she did. "We both knew right away that this was it and were inseparable after our first date," she says."We spent every day together after that."
In fact, Eamon popped the question just seven months later, while vacationing at Suzanne's parent's home in the Hamptons. To do so, he asked Suzanne to go on an early-morning walk (still in their pajamas!)—and by the time they had reached the beach, he was down on one knee. After a proposal by the water, the couple traveled to the other side of the Atlantic—specifically, to Adare Manor in Limerick, Ireland to say "I do" on June 16, 2018. "We knew we wanted to do Ireland as it holds a special place in our hearts," Suzanne explains.
"Eamon's parents are from Donegal and my great-grandparents are from Co Mayo." The actual venue came at the suggestion of a friend and fellow bride-to-be who was marrying there a few months prior. "She suggested we check it out, and we booked it without seeing it," she adds. (The couple's planner, Alise Taggart, admittedly did visit during the property's 18-month renovation process to get a feel for the space and create the layout.)
Keep reading to see how Suzanne and Eamon tied the knot at a historic manor in the heart of Ireland. And trust us: After scrolling through these stunning photos by Taylor and Porter, you might be willing to book the venue sight unseen, too!
In terms of the day's decor, the couple very much looked to their venue for inspiration. In fact, they even asked Color Box Letterpress to include an illustration of the property on their elegant invitation suite.
On the day itself, photos around Adare Manor's 840 acres—featuring luxury interiors, manicured grounds, and historic architecture—were a must. "The venue is already so picturesque that it didn't take much work to make it look even more incredible for our wedding," says the bride.
Suzanne selected an ornate Pronovias gown that featured lace appliqués and a train, which she wore in lieu of a veil. "It was so beautiful but also so comfortable," she says. "I wanted something I could dance in!"
The bride paired her royal-worthy gown with earrings from BHLDN and shoes by Badgley Mischka. Her lush bouquet consisted of peonies, garden roses, roses, sweet pea, hydrangea, blushing bride protea, and soft foliage.
The groom wore a custom suit by Nicholas Joseph in Chicago—and we'd say they both looked worthy of their castle-like venue.
For the ceremony, the couple felt limited by Ireland's ever-changing weather and their large guest count, so they had a tent constructed in the walled gardens. "It had a clear roof and open sides as we still wanted our guests to be able to see the beautiful walled garden and have the space as open to nature as possible," says the bride.
The couple had their nieces and nephews acts as flower girls and ring bearers. The little ladies dressed in moss green-accented dresses, while the boys wore coordinating ties in the same hue. "They were all bribed with candy waiting for at the altar," Suzanne adds. "The youngest, our niece Edie, accessorized with a snack cup she carried down with her!"
The bride's father walked her down the aisle—"He was more nervous than I was," she says with a laugh. Once at the altar, Suzanne and Eamon exchanged traditional vows and had their officiant read an excerpt from The Alchemist.
Talk about a grand exit!
Of course, no Irish wedding is complete without a signature cocktail of Guinness.
The reception took place in the chandelier-filled Adare Ballroom, where the wedding party was seated at one long head table, while the rest of the couple's (400!) guests sat at rounds. Each was topped with arrangements of blush and white florals in both tall trumpet vases and lower compotes, calligraphed menus and table numbers, and gold-rimmed china.
After a four-course meal and plenty of visits to the signature vodka bar, guests hit the dance floor as The Bentley Boys Band played. The couple danced to "I Waited for You" by Daniel Norgren for their first dance (Eamon picked the song!) before the groom's cousins surprised the crowd with a traditional Irish dance. After all, what's an Irish wedding without that?!
Wedding Venue & Catering: Adare Manor || Wedding Planning, Design, and Styling: Alise Taggart Events and Design || Officiant: Father James Kennan and Anthony Refalo || Bride's Dress: Pronovias || Jewelry: BHLDN || Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Hair: Glen Cullen || Makeup: Sarah Keary || Bridesmaids Dresses: Monique Lhullier || Groom's Attire: Nicholas Joseph || Flower Girl & Ring Bearer Attire: Custom || Wedding Bands: Trabert & Hoeffer || Floral Design: The Informal Florist || Paper Products: Color Box LetterPress || Calligraphy: Tara Jones Calligraphy || Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Bohemian Springs || Reception Music: The Bentley Boys Band || Cake: Cove Cake Design || Tenting, Draping & Rentals: Pavilion Marquees || Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental || Transportation: Carrig Carriages ||Videography: Story of Eve || Photography: Taylor and Porter ||Photo Booth: Smile Photo Booth