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The Vow

Real Irish Weddings: Exotic elegance at a spritualist ceremony in Kilkenny

While Avril, from Waterford, was studying at Coventry University, she never expected to meet the love of her life on a night out.

Avril requested a song at the DJ box of the nightclub Rakesh managed and, because of her Irish accent, he didn't have a clue what she had said. Avril and Rakesh, from Warwickshire, soon had their first date and their romance grew. After several years together, Rakesh plucked up the courage to propose to his love and found the perfect opportunity in the back of a tuk-tuk while they visited Thailand.

Avril and Rakesh decided to celebrate their wedding in Ireland with a spiritualist ceremony which infused both of their cultural backgrounds and included lighting a unity candle as well as the Indian wedding tradition of exchanging garlands - the couple made their own flower garlands.


Wanting a classic black-tie wedding but with an Indian twist, the pair discovered Lyrath Estate, in Kilkenny, was the perfect venue for them."Lyrath Estate is an exquisite venue set on beautiful grounds and surroundings," says Avril, adding, "they also accommodated some of Rakesh's family who are vegans by making bespoke Indian vegetarian cuisine, which was a lovely touch."

The bride's dress was an Alfred Angelo design and the bridesmaids wore champagne dresses from Coast.

Avril and Rakesh jetted off to honeymoon in Vietnam, Singapore and Bali, Indonesia for three weeks after their big day.

Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by Tanya at Bronté Photography, visit If you would like your wedding featured here, email