This Roundwood House Wedding Will Have You Ready To Go Across The Pond For Your Big Day

April 24, 2023 | justine

Karly and Ian wanted their special day to be like a fabulous dinner party, exuding a cozy and old-worldly ambiance. And with the help of their trusted vendor team, their celebration in Ireland was exactly how they envisioned it to be. Set in an early Georgian country house in the middle of a vast estate, they brought to life a dreamy Roundwood House wedding using a rich color palette, spectacular floral arrangements, and personal touches.   

The firewood storage shed became a one-of-a-kind location for their ceremony, as they transformed the rustic stone structure into a romantic and enchanting setting for their private vows. With ethereal cloud-like pillars of blooming flowers and delicate dried foliage, the scene was straight out of a fairytale. For the reception that followed at the main house, they indulged in a wine-and-dine experience at a long table adorned with flickering candles, creating a warm and intimate ambiance. 

If you’ve always dreamt of a magical and intimate wedding with your loved ones, you’re in for a treat! Just scroll down to check out this incredible Roundwood House wedding captured by the talented Pawel Bebenca. You’ll be amazed by all the beautiful details and special moments that unfolded on this special day. 

The Couple:

Karly and Ian

The Wedding:

Roundwood House, Mountrath Co. Laois, Ireland

How The Bride Landed On Her Dream Dress

As a bride, I consider myself incredibly lucky. My best friend owns Lady Sycamore Bridal, a boutique in Rhode Island. I had the privilege of trying on dresses there multiple times. I tried on almost all of her dresses, kept coming back to one. While my friend carries many beautiful gowns, the decision was easy. I knew it was the one from the very first time I tried it on with my mom, mother-in-law, sister, and friend Molly. I wanted something classic yet edgy, and the accessories fell into place after that.

How Their Roundwood House Wedding Came To Be

When we first started talking with our planner, we told her we were looking for something that felt like a fabulous dinner party but happened to be where we got married. The venue was a priority for us, as most of our guests (including ourselves) had never been to Ireland before. We wanted a place that was old-worldly yet casual and cozy. With a lot of character that wouldn’t require excessive decor, just flowers and candles. Ideally, we also wanted a place where we could stay for the weekend. Roundwood House was the perfect fit. We had our ceremony in the most beautiful barn, cocktail hour in the main house, and dinner in the library.

Roundwood House Felt Like Home Away From Home

As a creative myself, our planner understood that our wedding couldn’t be just another photo shoot. She kept me grounded but also knew when to push the boundaries. Roundwood House was perfect—the furniture, architecture, and grounds felt like a cozy, everyday home. The hospitality from Hannah, Paddy, and their staff was exceptional. The Whileaways, our band, provided the perfect acoustic concert for our small wedding. It was a special and memorable experience for our 13 guests and us.

Exchanging Private Vows After Their Roundwood House Wedding Ceremony

One moment that was particularly special was when we exchanged vows, just the two of us, after the ceremony. There was no first look, as we had already legally married in the states. Our friend performed the ceremony, celebrated with our guests, and then Ian and I sat under our floral arch, surrounded by candles, and read our vows. The nerves were gone, and it was just us. So happy to be where we were, experiencing the day we had been dreaming about. Our photographer captured the moment, resulting in some of our favorite pictures.

Advice From The Newlyweds: You Won’t Regret Hiring A Wedding Planner

Consider hiring a wedding planner for both peace of mind and budget benefits (honestly, a planner likely saved us money in the long run). We were fortunate to find Love and Gatherings, who understood our style, kept us organized, and made planning a wedding from another country feasible.

Creating An Incredible Experience For Their Guests

We take immense pride in the fact that every single guest had an amazing time at our wedding. Our friends and family are still talking about it! They’re raving about the hospitality at Roundwood House, the delicious Smoked Trout Timbale with avocado and grapefruit, our incredibly talented band, The Whileaways, who learned .38 Special’s “Caught Up in You” for my aisle walk, the hot spiked cider and blankets for the ceremony, and the stunning florals. For many, it was their first time in Ireland. And they were able to make it a real adventure, exploring the country for the entire week.

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Putting Together Local Welcome Bags With The Help Of Their Planner

Our planner was instrumental in coordinating the wedding favors. We provided custom tote bags filled with gifts from the Irish Design Shop in Dublin, including wooly socks, lip balm, scented candles, and soap—all made by local Irish makers and designers. After the wedding, we even stopped by the shop and stocked up on more candles because they smelled so good!

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Pawel Bebenca
Event Planning – Love and Gatherings
Venue + Catering  – Roundwood House
Floral Design – The Wild Bunch
Cake – Camerino Bakery
Live Music – The Whileaways
Invitation Design – Keady Row
Makeup Artist – Aoife Callaghan
Hair Styling – Michelle Grimes
Wedding Dress – Lady Sycamore Bridal
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Rings – M. Flynn Jewelry
Favors – Irish Design Shop

Congratulations to Kalry and Ian on their Roundwood House wedding. And a big thank you to  Pawel Bebenca for capturing all the cherished memories the couples will want to relive for the rest of their lives. 

Despite choosing a location they had never been to, Karly and Ian’s unwavering trust in their planner and vendor team brought their vision to life. To embark on your own journey to forever, browse our directory of the world’s best wedding vendors for top-notch pros who can make your wedding dreams a reality.

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