Rory McIlroy has said "I do" to his fiancée Erica Stoll. The Northern Irish golfer and the American publicist exchanged vows on Saturday in front of celebrity guests including Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, 50 Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan and One Direction's Niall Horan, according to reports. Stevie Wonder is said to have performed at the nuptials with an 18-piece band, while 26-year-old Ed also serenaded the newlyweds.
The wedding took place at Ashford Castle in County Mayo, west Ireland. Guests were seen arriving at the 800-year-old castle over the weekend, including Rory's parents Gerry and Rosie McIlroy, and his Irish Ryder Cup teammate Padraig Harrington and wife Caroline. According to Belfast Live, Rory and Erica booked out the five-star resort from Wednesday to Sunday. Security was stepped up at the luxurious estate, which features a golf course and 350 acres of woodland.
The couple married at Ashford Castle in west Ireland
Rory, 27, started dating blonde beauty Erica in 2015, although the couple were friends before. Speaking to the Irish Sunday Independent, Rory said: "The thing I love about it is that we were friends before anything romantic happened. We met when she was working for the PGA of America and renting a condo in Palm Beach, and I found it refreshing being with someone who was living a normal life rather than, 'Oh! My jet is 30 minutes late!' I could speak to her about anything, we ended up spending a bit of time together and realised that there was something more there."
The couple tied the knot on Saturday
The couple got engaged after a year-long romance in 2015 during a trip to Paris. Rory popped the question at dinner, admitting that he was unsure of the timing as the November Paris terrorist attacks had just happened. Rory told the Daily Mail: "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."