Suzie & Gary

W e ' r e   g e t t i n g   m a r r i e d

Save the date

Sept 22, 2018

The groom

Huge fan of Nandos. Lover of science. Muse / Metallica fan. Played golf most of my life (never made a hole-in-one). Avid video game player. Will eat anything that has buffalo sauce. Won a burrito eating contest in college. Didn't loose a tooth until the 2nd grade. Never drank a cup of coffee.

Gary

The Bride

Justin Timberlake fanatic. Only child yet grew up with many loving cousins who were like siblings. 2nd grade limbo champion. Lover of nachos and Non-Fantasy football games. Always manage to get food in my hair. At one point, could do a single axel on ice skates. After marrying Gary Sperka, my dream is to be on the Family Feud – “Good answer, good answer!”

Suzie

Counting down the days... until we say I do!

Our love story

First Date

Aug 26 2015

It was their first time actually meeting in person. Gary was a bit apprehensive and Suzie was a bit sweaty (it was really hot that day and she walked from work). It all began at Maude's in the West Loop. Gary decided to order oysters to appear "adventurous" even though he hated them. Suzie never suspected a thing. Three hours later, they both left knowing they wanted to see each other again.

First Trip

July 28 2016

They say you really don't know someone until you travel with them. Well, their trip to Montreal was the real test. Suzie decided to use a shady route on Google Maps and travel through the Montreal ghetto for 45 minutes all for the sake of poutine. Gary made Suzie roam the botanical gardens for three hours only to find out the exhibit he wanted to see closed three years ago. By the trips end, their love for each other and dipped ice cream cones grew stronger.

Proposal

Oct 17 2017

Suzie was unaware that the whole time during their Italy trip, Gary was hiding a ring in various hotel safes. On their first night in Florence, they were exhausted from all the travels so they decided to have a low-key night. Gary suggested going to the Piazzale Michelangelo to watch the sunset the first night because he thought it was quiet and secluded. Little did he know that there were 300+ people also doing the same thing that night. They managed to find a quiet spot on a bench right before Gary reached into his sock and pulled out a ring.

Wedding events

Welcome Dinner - Drury Buildings

  • 55 Drury St, Dublin 2, Ireland
  • Sept 21 2018 - 6:00pm

A mish mash of Berlin exterior, New York interior, fine wines, classic cocktails, craft beers and some really cracking food. Take a six story, derelict, old rag trade building in Dublin city centre. Mix a container load of reclaimed bars, floors, doors, church benches, glass, timber and steel from New York. Shake with 2 years of hard graft. Finally garnish with the extraordinary culinary skills of Warren Massey.

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The venue - Killruddery House & Gardens

  • Southern Cross, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.
  • Sept 22 2018 - 3:00pm

Killruddery, located 40 minutes South of Dublin, has been home to sixteen generations of the Brabazon family. One of the most eye-catching elements is the Orangery – the glass dome – where we will have our ceremony. Legend has it that the family tiara was sold to finance this work and that the moulding around the roof is taken from that tiara. Standing on an 800- acre estate, it’s a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.

The requested attire is semi formal / cocktail.

A bus will be departing from City Hall (2 Dame St, Dublin, Ireland) at 1:30pm to head off to Killruddery.

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Groomsmen & Bridesmaid

Nick Nottoli

Best Man & Trombone Enthusiast

Johnny Gomolka

Musician / Rockstar Extraordinaire

Steve Korbus

Pilot / Ex-Marine Badass

Jacob Larson

Culinary Captain

Kevin Earnest

Master Triviaologist

Sam Gagni

Maid of honor & World Explorer

Gigi Gagni

Pickleback Connoisseur

Jamie Gagni

Nurse Extraordinaire

Becky Vranicar

World-class Baker

Deanna Ginther

Wine Enthusiast

Jenny Earnest

Namaste Master

Jack Smith

Fantasy Football Legend

Chad Hamer

Alabama Superfan

Jason Gagni

Bicep Warrior

Join our party

Please RSVP before August 15st, 2018.
*Respectfully, we have chosen to make our special day adults only.

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Getting there

Transportation

On the day of the wedding, transportation will be provided. A private bus will pick up friends and family from downtown Dublin (exact location to be determined), make one stop at the Fitzpatrick Hotel, and will drop off at Killruddery House and Gardens. After the reception, a few departure times will be provided to allow guests to head back to Dublin whenever they're ready to call it a night.

A bus will be departing from City Hall (2 Dame St, Dublin, Ireland) at 1:30pm to head off to Killruddery.

Please note that Ireland does not have Uber!

Get your passports ready!

If you do not have a passport (or your current passport is about to expire), we highly encourage starting this process as early as possible. It usually takes 8-10 weeks to process. Please visit passportusa.org for more information.

Accommodations

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel - Fitzpatrick Hotel – Located 15 min from Killruddery. A block of rooms are on hold for Sep 21 st and 22 nd (€180-200 per night). Please contact the hotel reservations directly via phone or email at reservations@fitzpatricks.com and reference ‘Suzie Ilgin’. Rooms need to be booked by April 30th.

Downtown Hotels - Unfortunately, given the smaller sizes of downtown hotels, we were unable to reserve a block of rooms. Please check www.booking.com for the best rates. We highly recommend finding accommodations asap and checking the cancellation policy. See some options in and around Temple Bar area (liveliest part of town!)

Kildare Street Hotel - $173 per night

Blooms Hotel - $226 per night

Paramount Hotel - $245 per night

Dawson Hotel and Spa - $259 per night

AirBnB - We've used this in past trips and had great success as well.

Gift registration

Your presence is our gift! As we are having a destination wedding, we want to emphasize that gifts are not expected.

However, some have inquired about what we would like. We're lucky to already have a home full of everything we need, so for that reason we have set up a gift registry for our honeymoon! We are currently setting up a HoneyFund. Please come back to visit when it's complete!

Activities

(shout out to Lacey and Graham for the recommendations)

Things to see

Phoenix Park - an urban park in Dublin, Ireland

Grafton Street - go-to spot for shopping

Howth - a small fishing village with great seafood

Kilmainham Gaol - a former prison in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland

Glasnevin Cemetery - a famous cemetery museum tour

Botantical Gardens - National Botanic Gardens are located in Glasnevin

Howth Summit - hike the cliffs of Howth for a beautiful view

Jameson Distillery - Enjoy a tour and whiskey tasting at the birthplace of Irish whiskey in Dublin

Guinness Storehouse - home of the Black Stuff, the heart of Dublin and an unforgettable start to your Irish adventure

Game of Thrones Tour - Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? Explore Winterfell at it's best

Pubs

Temple Bar - most famous pub in Ireland

The Underdog Pub - serves only craft beers

Brazen Head - oldest pub in Ireland, dating back to 1198

O'donaghue's - enjoy a brew while listening to local musicians

The Dawson Lounge - Ireland's smallest pub

The Long Hall - Victorian era pub with dark wood and antique clocks

The Ha'penny Bridge Inn - standard pub with live music

Restaurants

The Bank - Elegant bar with live piano music located in an old church

The Winding Stair - Wholesome Irish restaurant in airy room overlooking the River Liffey with downstairs book shop

Rustic Stone - steakhouse that uses seasonal local produce

Chapter One - known for it's famous Irish coffee