We’re thrilled to feature the elegant and magical “Great Irish Wedding” of Madi and Tom!
The couple met in 2017 in Land O’ Lakes Wisconsin. Madi was spending the summer with her grandparents at her childhood cabin working at a local establishment. While Tom lived in town and is the owner of The Bear Trap Inn, a local supper club.
According to the bride, “We had instant chemistry and spent our days on the lake together with his dog Layla. What was supposed to be a summer fling turned into six years of love. Even being apart for the first two years, we managed to see each other often.”
Tom proposed to Madi on the Cisco Chain in Land O’ Lakes Wisconsin. He surprised her with a float plane ride with friends and he was waiting on a raft with their two dogs, Layla and Ghost, surrounded by beautiful flowers and candles. The engagement was celebrated with an amazing meal with family and friends at their Supper Club, The Bear Trap Inn.
The couple decided upon a destination wedding in Ireland at the Ballyseede Castle, Tralee, Ireland. The overall vibe of their dream day was romantic, magical and elegant. The theme was brought to life with the use of dark jewel tones, the moody weather, the carefree landscape and the intimate castle setting.
Originally Madi wanted the ceremony outside and it was her number one priority. However, it hailed in the morning on their wedding day, and finally cleared up by noon. “Ultimately, Tom decided to have the wedding indoors as he felt it made the wedding more moody and intimate – he was right,” smiles Madi.
A trio of Irish musicians played “I can’t help falling in love with you” as Madi entered the castle with her dad. The light seeped through the windows for a dreamlike setting in the castle, flocked with candles and greenery. A total of 46 guests traveled from all over the US, Sweden and Belgium to witness their union as husband and wife. There was not a dry eye when they read each other their handwritten vows. With the exchange of rings, the Irish handfasting ceremony, and the signing of the documents- it was time for a grand kiss and the introduction of the new Mr. & Mrs.
“We were desperate to have our dogs there, unfortunately traveling with your dogs across the pond for such a short amount of time is unrealistic. We decided against it, ultimately we wanted them in spirit,” said the bride. So Madi’s mom pinned charms with pictures of their dogs on her bouquet and created Fatheads of Layla and Ghost to surprise Tom and Madi, which was one of the highlights of the day.
It was a day dreams are made of!
Date of wedding: April 7th, 2022
Photographer: Emily Doran
Ceremony & Reception: Ballyseede Castle, Tralee, Ireland
Wedding dress designer: Badgley Mischka for Kathryn’s Bridal
Bridal boutique: Kathryn’s Bridal in McHenry, Illinois
Bridal shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bouquets and Boutonnieres: Mauras Cottage Flowers
Cake: Gabi Bakes Cakes
Transport: Pristine Car Classics Vintage Hire
Wedding Favours: Vintage bells collected throughout USA
Makeup: Marilyn McSweeney
Hair: Tricia O’ Sullivan
Wedding Rings: The Diamond Center, Madison Wisconsin USA
Ceremony/Reception Music: Reidun Lynch Trio “Inish”
DJ: Alan Farmer Atlantic DJ
Planning/Styling: Ballyseede and Mauras Cottage Flowers
Celebrant: Aine Brosnan
Adventure Shoot Hair and Make Up: Sandra Flynn
Stay tuned for Part 2!