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The Real Wedding of Joanne & Frank at The Abbey

This creative couple put together a super sophisticated celebration at The Abbey wedding venue, that was full of personality and style.

The Abbey in Co. Kildare is one of the newest exclusive wedding venues in Ireland. Opening midway through 2021, this stunning space was immediately inundated with bookings from all over the country, and abroad. Many of the couples booking The Abbey initially were doing so because their destination wedding plans had been cancelled due to Covid-19. And so, they couldn’t believe their luck when they stumbled across this charming new celebration space on Instagram. One such booking came from Joanne and Frank, a sweet couple who had dreamed of tying the knot in Portugal. But were subsequently forced to think much closer to home. Joanne and Frank fell in love with The Abbey almost straight away, and were soon planning a very different dream wedding than originally thought, within this elegant venue. They are a couple with stylish taste, and the rich, luxurious vibe of the many receptions rooms and outside spaces appealed immensely to them. To bring their chic wedding ideas to life, they enlisted the help of Maria Reidy Events. A unique, and personalised event planning service based in Dublin. They are experts in creating luxurious celebrations of all kinds, and are adept at giving any kind of space the ambiance that is required. Hiring Maria Reidy Events also allowed Joanne and Frank to plan their wedding within a very short timeframe, something they may not have been able to do as successfully on their own. The soon-to-be newly-weds chose to host their entire celebration at The Abbey wedding venue, utilising the ancient and newly renovated chapel on-site, as well as the refined reception spaces. The pair also got ready for their big day in two of the 38 charming bedrooms at The Abbey, surrounded by their excited family and friends. Walking down the aisle, Joanne looked ultrasophisticated and fuss-free in a sleek Justin Alexander gown that matched the overall aesthetic entirely. Following their romantic exchange of vows, the now newly-weds explored the handsome grounds of The Abbey with their wedding photographer, Peter Carvill. Together with Peter, the happy couple created some breathtaking, yet intimate portraits. All backdropped by the immaculate gardens of The Abbey. The guys at Maria Reidy Events really outdid themselves when it came to the reception dinner. As Joanne and Frank’s guests were treated to a glamorous, and sumptuous scene upon entering The Abbey’s ballroom. This already stately room had been given the planners’ signature touch, while also highlighting The Abbey’s fabulous existing features. Such as the suspended cut-glass chandeliers that hang gracefully above the grand reception space. Every detail was immaculate, and much adored by the couple, and their loved ones. Joanne and Frank finished their wedding day by dancing the night away. In what was the final surprise of the night for their friends and family, witnessing the transformation of the chapel at The Abbey. A normally serene, and calm space during the day, but come nighttime becomes a stage for live music and entertainment. Joanne and Frank’s guests immediately hit the dance floor upon entering the space, and were thrilled to discover the cool hidden bar within the chapel.

Plan Your Dream Wedding at The Abbey in Co. Kildare by Booking a Tour

The best way to truly experience The Abbey wedding venue, is with a tour. And their experienced wedding coordinators will be only too happy to guide you around their picture-perfect grounds, iconic period buildings and luxe event spaces. You can contact their team directly to book a tour in-person, or virtually, via email. And for any more information, please visit their website theabbey.ie, where you’ll also find a handy enquiry form.

The Abbey: a Hidden Gem of a Wedding Venue in Co. Kildare

A renovated 18th century chapel & modern celebration space awaits you at The Abbey, a new exclusive-use wedding venue only an hour from Dublin

If you’re currently on the hunt for a breathtaking wedding venue that oozes charm, and provides a unique experience, look no further than The Abbey in Co. Kildare. This renovated chapel and reception space only recently opened. But it has already been wowing couples up and down the country with its magnificent 18th century chapel, grand ballroom and first-class guest accommodation – all decorated in a cosy-yet-luxurious style. The perfect destination to plan a relaxed weekend wedding with loved ones, away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin, but only a mile away from the capital.

Embrace the Laid-back Luxury Vibe at The Abbey Wedding Venue

If you haven’t experienced the unique charms of The Abbey yet, you need to book yourself a tour! Because this elegant, exclusive use wedding venue, set against a dreamy countryside setting, is like no other. From the moment you step out of the car, and take in the private landscaped gardens, and renovated period buildings – you know you’re somewhere special. And this feeling only grows stronger as you stroll along the handsome stone paths that connect the elegantly designed reception rooms to the ancient chapel. A spot that instantly took our breath away, and will surely impress your travelling guests.

Host Your Wedding Ceremony On-site in the Renovated Chapel

One of the major loves we have for The Abbey is its renovated 18th century chapel. A ceremony space that is truly a rare-find in Ireland. Respectfully mixing original detailing with modern decor, this grand and graceful union room, with a capacity of up to 200, creates the dream nuptials backdrop. The space is flooded with natural light, beaming through the original stained-glass windows that line the walls. While elegant chandeliers hang overhead, gifting the space with a warm, romantic glow. We would love this chapel as a ceremony spot in its own right. But the fact that, post vows, you and your guests are mere steps away from luxurious reception rooms, and pretty outdoor courtyards is a dream! And another reason why this venue is such a rarity.

Toast Your Marriage on the Courtyard

Following your exchange of vows, it’s time to celebrate! And The Abbey has so many eclectically elegant spaces for you to do that in. And if the weather is fine, you have to begin your evening with drinks outside on the courtyard. This lovingly landscaped space is the ideal spot to toast your nuptials, and catch up with friends and family while enjoying the clean, country air. Plus, it also offers the ideal backdrop for your portraits, with so many pretty green scenery, and period properties for you to explore. And if you’re not so lucky with the weather, you and your guests can enjoy the modern refinement to be found inside The Abbey.

Entertain Your Guests in the Chapel Bar or Relax in the Garden Parlour and Courtyard go together for the Reception

Walking into any of the reception spaces at The Abbey instantly makes you feel at ease. Its thoughtful blend of period architecture, with modern, ‘Instagrammable’ design, is all elegance and comfort. In the Chapel Bar, your guests will delight at propping themselves up against the vintage style bar, and taking their pick from a wide range of expertly crafted drinks, or the perfect pint of Guinness! A luxurious yet inviting room with a decor inspired by endless travels, and a love for stylish eccentricity. There are bountiful spots for you and your loved ones to hang out in, all the while enjoying the picturesque views out onto the courtyard.

Chic Celebrations in the Grand Ballroom

The culmination of your wedding event at The Abbey will take place in the grand ballroom. A beautifully appointed, open-plan space that offers the most decadent of settings’ and plenty of room to celebrate in! With a capacity of up to 250 guests, there’s no need to filter out your guest list, or narrow down the numbers when booking this capacious entertaining space. The ballrooms’ decor is in keeping with the relaxed luxury present throughout this Co. Kildare wedding venue, but with added touches of grandeur that set this room apart. Like the suspended crystal chandeliers hanging gracefully above the reception space, and the elegant, sweeping bar that commands the room. Despite all the modern features this room provides, you will also still find a treasure trove of period detailing. And if the antique flooring is not enough of a vintage touch for you, you have the option of hosting a more intimate celebration in the aforementioned chapel itself. A wholly individual place to dine and dance, with the added excitement of having its own hidden bar!

A Home Away from Home During a Wedding Weekend

After a big night of celebrating your nuptials, you and 90 of your guests will be able to retire to the luxury accommodation provided on-site by The Abbey. Their 38 contemporary bedrooms have all been designed with comfort, and style in mind, with plenty of well-lit space for your guests to get ready in before the ceremony. All of these refined en-suite rooms have been recently renovated with the aim of offering relaxation, and respite during a celebratory wedding weekend. And what better place to retire to on day one of celebrations, before getting ready to revel again on night two! For the bride and groom there are two spectacular suites for the couple to stay in ahead of, during and after the big day. The bridal suite has a dedicated lounge space, four makeup stations, a floor to ceiling threefold mirror and plenty of natural light. While the Honeymoon suite is fitted with a spacious super king-size bed, and a stunning bathroom.

Have You Fallen for the Charm of The Abbey in Co. Kildare?

The best way to truly experience The Abbey wedding venue, is with a tour. And their experienced wedding coordinators will be only too happy to guide you around their picture-perfect grounds, iconic period buildings and luxe event spaces. You can contact their team directly to book a tour in-person, or virtually, via email. And for any more information, please visit their website theabbey.ie, where you’ll also find a handy enquiry form.