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Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll lavish £200,000 wedding

 

A 13th-century castle, A-list guests and a special performance from Stevie Wonder: Inside the lavish £200,000 wedding of Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll

They’re preparing to tie the knot in front of family and friends this weekend, after more than two years together.

And no expense will be spared at Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll’s wedding, which will take place at Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo, Ireland, on Saturday.

The lavish ceremony and reception is expected to cost over £200,000, with celebrities including One Direction’s Niall Horan, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and actor Jamie Dornan expected to be on the 160-strong guest list.

The happy couple: Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll are set to get married at Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo, Ireland, on Saturday 

The happy couple: Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll are set to get married at Ashford Castle in Co. Mayo, Ireland, on Saturday

Meanwhile, Stevie Wonder is rumoured to be performing at the star-studded bash, accompanied by a band.

A source told The Irish Mail: ‘Wonder will perform with an 18-piece band, at vast expense. They are flying in on Thursday and separately a piano and a piano turner are arriving from London.’

Rory and Erica have booked out the 13th century castle from Wednesday to Sunday this week, including a private cottage on the grounds, according to Belfast Live.

Security has been stepped up at the luxurious five-star hotel, which is surrounded by 350 acres of ancient woodland, ahead of the lavish bash this weekend.

Venue: The duo have have booked out the 800-year-old castle from Wednesday to Sunday this week, including a private cottage on the grounds 

Venue: The duo have have booked out the 800-year-old castle from Wednesday to Sunday this week, including a private cottage on the grounds

Congratulations: Locals have already been sending Rory and Erica their best wishes ahead of Saturday's wedding 

Congratulations: Locals have already been sending Rory and Erica their best wishes ahead of Saturday’s wedding

The couple – who first met in 2012 when Erica worked for the PGA – got engaged in Paris in 2015 after a year-long romance.

Speaking about the engagement, Rory told the Daily Mail: ‘I wouldn’t say it was a traditional proposal in any sense.’

Their trip to Paris came shortly after the terror attacks in the French capital in November 2015, which claimed the lives of 130 people.

Loved up: The couple got engaged in 2015 after a year-long romanceGolfing connection: They met in 2012 when Erica worked for the PGA

Loved up: The couple got engaged in 2015 after a year-long romance. They met in 2012 when Erica worked for the PGA

'Low key': Speaking about his relationship with his American fiancée, the Northern Irish golfer says Erica has brought 'great balance' to his life

‘Low key’: Speaking about his relationship with his American fiancée, the Northern Irish golfer says Erica has brought ‘great balance’ to his life

Natural beauty: Erica was seen showing off her engagement ring at the Ryder Cup last year, with the sparkler estimated to be worth £500,000Stunner: She is often seen supporting Rory around the golf course

Natural beauty: Erica was seen showing off her engagement ring at the Ryder Cup last year, with the sparkler estimated to be worth £500,000. The blonde beauty is often seen supporting Rory around the golf course

The Northern Irish golfer said: ‘We had planned the trip in May but we were unsure whether to go after what happened. So we decided to go and if we didn’t like it, or the mood of the place, we were going to go somewhere else.

‘But when we got there, it just felt great. There were security checks as you went into the shops but people were just getting on with things. So we felt comfortable, and I thought if I proposed at the start of the trip it might make it even better. So we went out for dinner and that was that.’

Speaking about his relationship with his American fiancée, he added: ‘I know you’ve seen Erica around tournaments a lot but we really have tried to keep it low key.

Guest list: Rory's friend Niall Horan is expected to attend the wedding, as well as actor Jamie Dornan 

Guest list: Rory’s friend Niall Horan is expected to attend the wedding, as well as actor Jamie Dornan

Star performer: Stevie Wonder is rumoured to be performing at the star-studded bash, accompanied by a band 

Star performer: Stevie Wonder is rumoured to be performing at the star-studded bash, accompanied by a band

‘She is a low-key person but she brings a level of normality to everything. She has a calming presence and that’s not just on me, it is noticeable in any company.

‘She has been a great influence on me and has brought such a great balance to my life, between who I am when people see me out in the public eye and who I am at home.

‘So that side of my life is really good just now. We are excited, our parents are excited, so it is a really happy time.’

Five star: The lavish ceremony and reception at Ashford Castle in Cong is expected to cost over £200,000 

Five star: The lavish ceremony and reception at Ashford Castle in Cong is expected to cost over £200,000

Grand: The castle is surrounded by 350 acres of ancient woodland and includes a private cottage on its grounds 

Grand: The castle is surrounded by 350 acres of ancient woodland and includes a private cottage on its grounds

Private: Security has been stepped up at the luxurious five-star hotel ahead of the lavish bash this weekend 

Private: Security has been stepped up at the luxurious five-star hotel ahead of the lavish bash this weekend

Stunning venue: The five-star hotel offers 82 rooms, with Rory and Erica believed to have booked out the whole venue

Stunning venue: The five-star hotel offers 82 rooms, with Rory and Erica believed to have booked out the whole venue

Rory famously split with ex-fiancée Caroline Wozniacki in 2014, just days after sending out their wedding invitations.

Speaking about calling off their engagement, the golfer said he’d made the right decision, saying it had led him to ‘a good place’.

Reflecting on his romance with the Danish tennis player, he told the Irish Independent: ‘I thought at the time that being with someone that was in a similar position to you was the obvious answer.

‘But it isn’t, because you can never get away from it. You can never detach yourself and try to come back to the real world. And that’s why I feel in such a good place now.’

Split: Rory famously split with ex-fiancée Caroline Wozniacki in 2014, just days after sending out their wedding invitations'I feel in a good place': Speaking about calling off their engagement, the golfer said he'd made the right decision, saying it had led him to 'a good place'

Split: Rory famously split with ex-fiancée Caroline Wozniacki in 2014, just days after sending out their wedding invitations

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4432812/Rory-McIlroy-Erica-Stoll-lavish-200-000-wedding.html

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