An Epic “Musical Festival” Langtons Wedding

An Epic “Musical Festival” Langtons Wedding

US sweethearts Morgan and Paul celebrated their love in the stunning medieval city of Kilkenny. Hailing from different cities in Indiana, with Paul from South Bend and Morgan from Fort Wayne, every single moment of their summer wedding at Langtons Hotel was pure jubilation. The style was breathtaking from Morgan’s caped and bowed wedding dresses and her bridesmaids who wore a magical array of mix and match gowns, to the blooms in white, peach and hues and the vividly romantic candle-lit reception in the ballroom.

Music played an integral role in setting the unforgettable atmosphere, from a bagpipes procession after they exchanged vows to a late night sing song around a portable piano that lasted until 5am! Take it from their loved ones who celebrated with them, it was an “epic” and “once in a lifetime” celebration of love that felt like a “royal rockstar wedding”. The bride even crowd-surfed. Their fun-filled Langtons wedding was documented by photographic maestro Phil Voon of Give Us A Goo. So, strap in because this is one enchanting ride…

The couple fill us in on how their happily ever after began, “We met at a Notre Dame Fighting Irish football game in 2011. We dated throughout college then went our separate ways after graduation. Paul moved to Chicago, Morgan to New York City. During the pandemic, we both ended up back in Indiana, our home state, and caught wind of each other being nearby. We grabbed dinner in the fall of 2020 and the rest is history. We were engaged a year later and married in 2023.”

Paul picked a stunning location to pop the question, on the Paradise Coast. “He proposed at the beach in Naples, Florida, under a shaded natural walkway. We exited the walkway, stepping onto the beach where we were met by our families and some friends for a celebration. It was wonderful and easily, now, the second happiest day of our lives.”

210 of their nearest and dearest joined them for their August wedding and above all else they wanted their guests who travelled the long distance to be comfortable, happy and to have as much fun as possible. “Our priorities were having a steady stream of live music, introducing our guests to the magic of Ireland and ensuring everything felt unique and authentic to us as a couple.”

It was the soulful flair of the four-star Kilkenny venue that won their hearts. “The venue had a variety of unique locations within the hotel, such as a gorgeous theater that we used for post-dinner dancing, and a beautiful cocktail area with a black and white tile floor I immediately fell in love with. We love modern Irish design with its chic touches of regality. This hotel nailed that aesthetic and gave us a chance to really make this wedding our own.”

Her bridesmaids wore mix and match dresses based off a four-colour palette with a blend of solid hues and prints which married exquisitely together. Debonair groom Paul and his groomsmen all wore slick black tuxedos with crisp white shirts, black bow ties, patent black brogues and buttonholes with cream and light pink blooms.

Morgan was a vision of true elegance in her Sarah Seven strapless gown which included an ethereal sheer cape which cascaded to a train and flowed beautifully with every step she took. She wore classic cream pumps by Emmy London along with stunningly sentimental jewellery. Both her wedding band and her sparkling necklace were created using diamonds from her late grandmother’s engagement ring.

The ceremony soundtrack was of the spine-tingling kind. Morgan explains, “We were married in a Catholic church but chose more secular music. Our ceremony musician Sean and his friend Hazel were absolutely incredible and we received a surprising amount of compliments on our ceremony music. We couldn’t have been more pleased. I walked down the aisle to Married Life from the animated movie Up and Sean played All I Ask of You from The Phantom of the Opera following communion.”

A dear friend of theirs did the honours of officiating their ceremony, which made the experience all the more unforgettable. “Mark is a member of the Congregation of Holy Cross priests, professor at the University of Notre Dame. We flew him over for the wedding, despite it being on a Monday and his very first day of classes! It was overall a really beautiful mass and we’re forever grateful.”

From a bagpipes procession to hiring a magician and mentalist for cocktail hour, the couple had thrills planned at every turn for their loved ones! “Our guests said it felt like a music festival, moving from one location to another with an endless supply of entertainment.” Morgan’s sister summed up their celebrations as “elegant and bougie… like princess vibes.”

No doubt they had their guests feeling all kinds of emotional with their incredibly heartwarming (and creative) wedding favour idea which also doubled up as a sweet surprise for their reception in the ballroom which was a fairytale sight.

We wrote everyone a handwritten note and affixed them to an oversized two-fold, custom white board. One the back of each letter was a wax seal with a number on it… this was their table number and the board then served as our seating chart!”

The tablescape styling included taper candles in a flurry of pink shades, scalloped edge plates and mauve satin napkins. Floral arrangements boasting roses and carnations ran down the tables and clusters were dotted on tall antique candelabras. “We don’t love cake so we just went with the desserts offered by the venue’s catering team. We had tons of food and great cocktails and the party truly never ended.”

The couple had a golden rule for their big day. “We were told by several married couples to set aside a few moments where we could stop and take in everything that was happening. We took this advice very seriously and implemented our own special moments with each other amidst all of the excitement and love happening around us. Those moments were incredibly special and will live with us both forever.” 

As for their advice for brides and grooms planning their wedding, they say to go into the big day with an open mind and no expectations. “Prepare yourself mentally to take every moment in stride. There is so much out of your control at that point your only job is to cherish the love around you and be present.”

Bride in bow wedding dress during her Langtons wedding

How utterly incredible was Morgan’s reception dress? That bow! They didn’t need to wait for the dancefloor to open either as their dinner band had everyone dancing at their seats. “We were obsessed with this group! They were so much fun and we had everyone on their feet and dancing during dinner. It was incredible.”

“The band played Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Valli, a favourite of ours from version one of our relationship back in college. Instead of using a DJ at the end of the night, we hired a pianist (who supplied his own traveling grand piano!) and had a sing-along instead. The party didn’t end until 5am in the morning! He was a huge hit! We even had Paul, the groom, play the piano for a few songs.”

The couple headed off to Adare Manor for their mini-moon and it was “pure bliss”. Dublin was their next destination for an American football game between Notre Dame and Navy. “We are planning a delayed trip to Italy that will be part honeymoon part babymoon! Surprise!”

A massive congratulations to Morgan and Paul and thank you for sharing your wonderful Langtons wedding with One Fab Day. A special thanks also to Give Us a Goo for the fabulous (and very fun-filled) images. You can see even more in the gallery below.

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