Amanda Fitzgerald & James Keyes
June 15, 2019 – St. Oliver Plunket’s Church & Hotel Woodstock
Photos courtesy of Tony Clancy Photography
Limerick native Amanda Fitzgerald and Clare man James Keyes first laid eyes on each other while out with a group of mutual friends at Smyths in Limerick. There was instant chemistry and the rest is history. The groom recalls the night he proposed to Amanda in a restaurant in Holland on her birthday. “After the main course I asked her to go outside for some fresh air, where I then gave her a small card with ten reasons why I loved her on it, which she still has to date. An audience had gathered outside the restaurant which made it more difficult but I built up the courage and popped the question, and she said yes to my delight,” James recalls. He remembers that the rest of the night involved fireworks, chocolate swans and strawberry champagne, setting the tone for this new chapter in the couple’s life. The wedding was set to June 15, 2019 with a ceremony in St. Oliver Plunket’s church, Mungret followed by a reception in Hotel Woodstock in Ennis.
The couple’s special day is made up of memorable moments and special touches. Amanda recalls hearing her friend sing as she walked up the aisle as a particularly special moment. James says seeing Amanda for the first time was his highlight. “I turned around at the alter and saw how stunning the love of my life looked and I was awe struck,” he recalls. James’ stepfather Gerrit’s emotional speech was also a moment which the pair cherish, as it recalled James’ late mother. The pair also look back fondly at their pageboy Cody and flower girl Amy’s unexpected additions to the ceremony.
James and Amanda share what they have learned as advice for couple’s planning their own special day. “We have been together for 13 years and getting married is just another stepping stone in our lives. Our parents led by example and I think we received all the advice we could possibly need by watching them just love each other a little more each day. Surely that is the secret to a successful marriage,” James reveals. The groom also advises couples to enjoy their honeymoon.
Hotel Woodstock was chosen as the venue for the couple’s dazzling reception. Tony Clancy Photography and Claddagh Video both captured the day forever through pictures and footage. Amanda’s dress was selected from Thistles Bridal Shop, Galway while suits were rented from The Wedding and Suit Hire Centre. Bridesmaid dresses were from Stevie Coleman’s Clothing in Galway as well as the groom’s shoes, while other shoes were sourced on ASOS. James’ ring was found in Fields, Galway while the brides was custom made and crafted by Michael Horan Jewellery. Musical additions were made to the day by church singer Jennifer Stratton, harpist Aine Enright, vocalist Jennifer Stratton and band the Jive Buddies. Hair was attended to by Jennifer Stratton while FMN Makeup and Hair took care of makeup on the day. Tan was undertaken by Shelly’s Health and Beauty Clinic while invitations were created by Wedding Stationary by Sarah. Flowers were by Ring O’Roses and the cake was created by Limerick supplier Deirdre’s Cakes.
BRIDES OF LIMERICK SUPPLIERS
Venue Woodstock Hotel
Photography Tony Clancy Photography
How was your experience with Tony Clancy Photography?
“I have known Tony since we were teenagers. He’s the nicest guy you could ever meet. Tony went out of his way for us. He climbed mountains and ran through forests to get those perfect shots while all smiling and keeping us laughing too. His great nature and good humour kept everyone laughing all day. From the shots we have seen we were stunned by his skills and professionalism which certainly show, through his work. I could not recommend Tony highly enough. From start to finish Tony worked tirelessly to get those once in a lifetime shots for us.”
How was your experience with the Hotel Woodstock?
“Elaine Lally of Hotel Woodstock and her staff were amazing and they made planning our big day effortless. The reception area was amazing, the function room spectacular and the food was divine. They went above and beyond to ensure the day was as magical as we had dreamed it would be.”