Michelle and Allan’s Wedding in Fota House & Arboretum

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From the start Michelle and Alan wanted something different for their special day.  Initially they toyed with Doctor Who and Superheroes.   Their special day was always going to be fun and light-hearted, and potentially a little bit mad. You could say getting married is the beginning of a new adventure together, or even a trip down the rabbit hole!  They hit upon the Mad Hatter Party and the rest, as they say, is history.

The theme also allowed their daughter Eimear to get involved and enjoy the day.
Alan & Michelle 2

Alan's hat belonged to Michelle's Granddad who passed away April before the wedding, he was a hat sales man.

The hat was was very fitting for the chosen theme.

Alan 3

Time Piece
Tome Pieces

Those shoes


Michelle's earrings belonged to her Grandmother.

Hats 1
Hats 2

The Bride, Bridesmaids and Flowergirl all wore hats from Little Miss Hattitude.


Fota Entry
The Hall

The ring cushion was made by Alan's Mum Agnes.

Wedding 1
Wedding 2
The Vows
Fingers and rings
After Signing
Reception in the hall
Group On Steps
Black & White
Eimear Crying
Eimear Happy
The Woods
Against the Pillar

"Fota House was a fantastic backdrop for us as it has a real magical feel to it.  Roaming such and incredible

house in our wedding attire was so much fun".

Amazing roof

Beautiful pictures from the Fota House, Gardens and Arboretum.

In the kitchen


The reception was held at the Cork International Hotel, where the theme continued.

This Way
Down the Rabbit Hole

Mad Hatter

ChattyBoo Productions provided the actors for the evening, Queen of Hearts, Alice and the Mad Hatter.

Drink me

The Cake

The Wedding Suppliers

All the profits made in Irish Heritage Trust properties are reinvested into care and conservation, ensuring these beautiful properties will be here for future generations to enjoy.

The Barrys Come to Ireland

Mavricivs FitzGerald from the National Library of Ireland's copy of Giraldus Cambrensis Expugnatio Hibernica., Ms 700 f.71r, Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland. Maurice was Philip de Barri's uncle

Mavricivs FitzGerald from the National Library of Ireland’s copy of Giraldus Cambrensis Expugnatio Hibernica., Ms 700 f.71r, Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.

Anagreth de Barri was related to many of the men who set out to conquer Ireland in 1169, among them were Robert Fitzstephen and Maurice Fitzgerald (pictured above), the progenitor of both the earls of Desmond and the earls of Kildare …


The Early History of the Barry Family

Beautiful Manorbier Castle. You can visit!

Beautiful Manorbier Castle. You can visit!

The Norman family of de Barri took part in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and as a result were granted territories in South Wales (from here they take their name). Their family seat was Manorbier Castle near Tenby. William de Barri was born here in 1110. He married Anagreth who was granddaughter of Rese Gruffydth, Prince of South Wales. Anagreth’s grandmother was Nest, who was mistress of King Henry I of England. Nest’s children founded the Fitzstephen, Fitzgerald and Fitzhenry families.

William and Anagreth had four sons: Philip, Edmund, Robert and Gerald. Gerald later wrote very fondly of his birthplace, Manorbier Castle, which he called ‘the pleasantest spot in Wales’ …