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Castle Dargan Hotel Wedding

Castle Dargan Hotel Wedding co.Sligo | C&A

Castle Dargan Hotel Wedding by DKPHOTO

Castle Dargan Hotel Wedding

“From day one Daniel was extremely responsive and professional which is very important especially when you have other suppliers you feel like you have to chase all the time. This wasn’t the case with Daniel as I would always get a response within the same day.

We didn’t meet Daniel until the day of the wedding but he was like a ninja and only for the odd click of the camera you could barely tell he was around. All our guests said how amazing he just blended in and was not intrusive in any way which led to amaxing candid shots of ourselves and our guests.

Unlike stories iv heard of people spending hours taking photos, our photos after the ceremony felt like they flew by with ease and daniel managed to capture some absolutely stunning photos. We got our photos back 8 weeks after the wedding . They are everything we could have hoped for and we can’t wait to get our album. Thank you so much Daniel”

Christina and Adrian Belardo

Castle Dargan Hotel Wedding photos by DKPHOTO

“…the minute we walked into the function hall, we got excited and just knew this was the right place for our reception. I just loved the view from the function hall and how bright it was when you entered it.”


Bride and groom full names: Christina and Adrian Belardo
Wedding location: Church of our Lady Assumed into Heaven, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.
Reception: Castle Dargan Hotel & Spa, Ballygawley, Co. Sligo


We met…

in Queenstown, New Zealand while we were both travelling. We met in a bar that Adrian was working in and initially I didn’t give him much of a chance (when he asked for my number and slid me a piece of paper. I handed him back drawings of flowers and smiley faces

). But as chance would have it, we met again randomly soon after and through his persistence we ended up eventually going for a drink. The rest is history!

Our proposal…

It was a complete shock to me. It was coming up to us being five years together since we first starting seeing each other and we decided to mark the occasion by going for lunch on a canal cruise in Dublin. Little did I know he had months earlier asked my dad for my hand. He bought a ring in Argentina while he was there visiting his family. He asked if I wanted to go up on the canal boat roof to take photos and when we got up there.

“We’ve been together a long time”

“We’ve been together a long time” he said and walked to the end of the boat in silence. I thought he was acting very strange when he suddenly turned around and got down on one knee with a ring box in hand. I might have said an expletive before saying yes and then arriving down to champagne and strawberries that he had told the waiter to arrange. Good thing I said yes or it would have been a long hour stuck on the canal boat!

Our wedding theme…

was a travel theme. Given that we met in New Zealand and with us both being from opposite sides of the world. Adrian from Argentina and me being from Ireland .We thought it might be a fun idea to have a subtle travel theme incorporated through the wedding décor. Many of our family and friends kindly made the long journey over to Ireland from all parts of the world. Including, Argentina, Australia, Dubai and the United States and so it just seemed apt. We incorporated little ceremony wedding passports. Our rsvp’s were luggage tags, our cake was three tiers of suitcases. Our table plan was named after cities we’ve been to together with pictures of us with the table name on each table. Wedding at Castle Dargan Hotel

My dress…

I fell in love with it online and had to go try it on in Smart Brides in Portlaoise. It was literally the first dress I tried on and nothing I tried on afterwards compared to it. I had asked the designer to made a little alteration to the back of it. When the time came to get it altered there was quite a bit of work to be done but when I tried it on for the final fitting, the amazing Ella and her mother in the Alteration Centre. Sligo did a fantastic job and I loved it all over again!

My hair and make up…

were done by the super fabulous ladies from Bella Beauty, Ballina. They arrived out to the house nice and early to start on my 3 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, Mum and I and made the atmosphere in our house so relaxed and stress-free that the morning flew by with ease. They even helped out with things such as fixing my little Pageboy’s cows lick and confirming what sides the corsages and buttonholes should go on. I cannot credit them enough for making the whole morning so enjoyable and making my whole bridal party look amazing, even at 6am the next morning!

His suit…

was bought in EJ’s in Sligo and looked amazing on him!

What our bridal party wore…

The girls wore mint multiwrap dresses in three different styles from Cari’s Closet and they looked stunning. There were so many colours to choose from but we eventually settled on mint and I think it looked lovely on the day. I loved the idea of the multiwrap dresses as they suit all different shapes, sizes and heights and can be styled so many beautiful ways.
As the Groomsmen were coming from Argentina, there were a lot of different plans and itineraries, the boys finally got their suits from Dorian Black in the GPO Arcade, Dublin and they did a brilliant job in the short timeframe they had. They were so professional and even after a little hiccup with some short trousers (my wonderful neighbour to the rescue) the shop actually arranged for another suit pants to be couriered down to Sligo in time.

Our ceremony…

was held in my local church in Enniscrone, Sligo. When I was little I was always a little petrified of the thought of maybe one day walking down that very long isle and sorry to say it was no less scarier on the day (:-)), however, it was made all the easier by my wonderful father helping me make the long walk and knowing my best friend was waiting at the top for me.

Our Priest…

Our priest Fr. Eddie deserves all the praise in the world for such a fantastic ceremony.He welcomed Adrian’s family in Spanish and spoke parts of the mass in Spanish throughout the ceremony. It was so nice of him to go out of his way and comfort zone to be able to include everyone in the mass and I am so thankful to him for putting such an effort in to make our family and friends feel so welcome and included in our ceremony.

We chose our wedding photographer because…

from the moment I saw Daniel’s photos I knew we had found our wedding photographer. His photos are so natural and beautiful and he can just spot something so creative that somebody else might not even see. I am not a fan of very posey photos and knew from Daniel’s portfolio that the pictures would reflect a nice, relaxed, beautiful and natural documentary vision of our wedding day. He was so pleasant, responsive and professional to deal with that it just made us feel we were in good hands with our wedding photography. Wedding at Castle Dargan Hotel looks amazing !

We chose our venue because…

the minute we walked into the function hall, we got excited and just knew this was the right place for our reception. I just loved the view from the function hall and how bright it was when you entered it – each Wedding at Castle Dargan Hotel looks amazing !

Our menu…

was Goats Cheese Tartlet (which I added at the last minute and was delighted I did) or Smoked Bacon and Chicken vol au vent in a mushroom sauce for starter. Vegetable Soup, Sirloin of Beef or Salmon for Dinner. A medley of amazing deserts including toberone cheesecake and Belgium Chocolate Brownie. Everyone raved about the food and the hotel Wedding at Castle Dargan Hotel made little touches of including our bridal parties name on each desert place with chocolate sauce to the delight of my new mother in law.

Our honeymoon…

was in South Africa and Mauritius. It has been a dream of mine to go on safari and once. I kept showing Adrian pictures of cute little lion cubs, he eventually warmed to the idea. We picked Mauritius as the last part of our trip in order to include a relaxing beach holiday as we figured we would need some R&R after all the celebrations and planning were over. We couldn’t have been happier with our choice. From breakfast on the beach to sundowners a stone’s throw away from a hippo, it was surreal and magnificent from start to finish!

My favourite part of the wedding day…

This is so hard to choose, I loved every minute of it but I think one of my most favourite memories is my uncle Matt Cunningham along with my cousins Ita and Mark, kindly agreeing to play some tradition Irish music during the band interval. I loved dancing to the Siege of Ennis and it really got everyone up and going. I have huge respect for the Argentine contingent for giving it a go and joining in the madness despite not having the faintest clue what this strange dance was!

My piece of advice for other brides…

Try to enjoy every minute of it as the day really does fly by. Enjoy some moments alone as new man and wife. We had a 45 min journey to the hotel and it was nice to sit back and just chat about the day so far while we were on our way to the reception. There will be a time closer the wedding day where you will both say to yourselves “I wish we just eloped”. But will pass and just keeping remembering that it is going to be the best day of your lives. Start of a whole new chapter together!

Hair and Make up: Bella Beauty
Wedding Photographer:
Wedding Cars: U2R1 wedding cars
Flowers: Rosellens Flowers
Dress: Smart Brides
Bridesmaids: Cari’s Closet
Suits: Groom, page boy and father of bride; EJ’s Formalwear and
groomsmen; Dorian Black, GPO Arcade, Dublin
Ceremony music and reception music: Michele Feeney
Wedding Band & DJ: Pink Champagne
Cake: The Cake Lady Sligo
Dress Alterations: The Alteration Centre, Sligo
Honeymoon: Trailfinders

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