Lucy and James at Wilton Castle. Photography by Christopher Dolinny, visit

Your Big Day

One & only: A unique wedding day for this crafty couple

Lucy, originally from Yorkshire in England, and James, from Wexford, met 13 years ago while working in the same pub in Phibsborough, Dublin. In 2013, just before they bought their home, James asked Lucy's father for his blessing to propose. However, it was nearly two years later that James produced a handmade wooden engagement ring which he had secretly been working on in the couple's shed.

Lucy and James had a Catholic ceremony in Bellevue Church, Ballyhogue, Co Wexford, before continuing their day at nearby Wilton Castle. The pair wanted a relaxed day with a garden-party feel, and chose Wilton Castle so that they could have a unique venue where they could add their own personal touches.

The couple designed their own menu which included their favourite foods with Red Pepper Catering, and also had a four-tier cheese stack with a pork pie tower in lieu of a cake. Lucy and James made everything from the direction signs, centrepieces and table plan, to booklets, and a family tree of photos. Lucy's dad made the pork pie stand while her mother made cutlery pouches from hessian and lace. James crafted a special box for the rings to also hold the wooden engagement ring.


When she couldn't find her ideal dress in the shops, Lucy decided to have one custom made online, while her bridesmaids wore Grecian-style maxi-dresses in mink.

Lucy and James celebrated their honeymoon exploring Vietnam and Cambodia on a three-week adventure.

* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by Christopher Dolinny, visit

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