A creative proposal from Thomas to Emma brought their Woodlands wedding day

A creative proposal from Thomas to Emma brought their Woodlands wedding day

Emma Moore & Thomas Fox 

August 3, 2018 – St. Patrick’s Church & Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel  

Photos courtesy of McMahon Studios 


Primary school teacher Emma Moore, and carpenter Thomas Fox had gone to primary school and secondary school together, but it wasn’t until after when Emma was working in Poc Fada Bar in Ballylanders that they started falling for each other. Tom was a regular customer and was always making Emma laugh. They had their first kiss after a couple of lemonades almost 10 years ago and the pair were inseparable ever since. This romance managed to blossom into a beautiful proposal. 

Tom came in from work one evening with an envelope of photos with pictures of Emma’s two cats and two dogs with messages on a whiteboard beside them, with the last message being “Say yes”. He then got down on one knee, and gave Emma a ring box which he had made from a cut of a branch on his on his dad’s farm, with “Will you marry me?” etched onto the top of it. “Of course, I was delighted to say yes and was blown away by how much thought and effort he had put into it”, remembered Emma. With a wedding under way the date was set for August 3, 2018 with the ceremony held in St. Patrick’s Church Glenbrohane and the reception venue at The Woodlands House Hotel.  


Special Touches 

Emma’s uncle Canon Edmund Gubbins celebrated the couple’s wedding which made it extra special for them. For the drinks reception, Emma’s two cousins Jason and Edmond Gubbins and two friends Niall and Gill play some traditional music for the guests to enjoy while they sat out in the sun. The couple were very handy and did a lot of DIY work for their wedding which made it personal and memorable. They made their own mass booklets, a floral arch, painted messages on ballets, painted a ladder and had some pictures on it, decorated the church and even used Tom’s carpentry skills to make a LOVE sign from ballets. They made their won centre pieces from trunks of trees and table name holders from slate and timber and made a unique seating plan using the names of different flowers. Such a special touch was added to their beautiful day when Emma used a bouquet charm with a picture of her Dad in it to have with her for the day. 


The Brides of Limerick Team 

Venue The Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel  

Rings Tadgh O’Flynn Jewellers 

Hair & Makeup Catherine Hickey 

Bridesmaid dresses Chantilly Lace Limerick  


How was your experience with the Fitzgeralds Woodlands Hotel? 

“The Woodlands House Hotel Adare was such a pleasure to deal with. Elaina was so accommodating, easy to talk to and so competent at her job. She always made us feel so special like we were the only couple they had getting married even though they had five weddings in a row that bank holiday weekend. She accommodated us having our drinks reception outside providing us with some hay bales, cocktails, ice cream and plenty of finger food. It was a real party atmosphere! We had 299 guests at our wedding and the Woodlands were so efficient at dealing with this big number. Everyone raved about the standard of their meal and how generous they were with seconds. You cannot beat the Woodlands for quality and value. You know you will be treated exceptionally well when it is their family business and reputation. Thanks, so much Elaina, Conor, David and the Woodlands team you made our day so amazing!” 

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