13 AUGUST 2001

The spotlights of Hollywood were far, far away. Instead, Pierce Brosnan and his bride Keely Shaye Smith danced by the light of the full moon with a dramatic 13th-century Irish castle as a backdrop to celebrate their marriage on August 4.

There was exceptional magic and extraordinary romance at the couple’s wedding reception, which was held at Ashford Castle Hotel in County Mayo. The newlyweds hosted 120 close friends and family for the weekend at the fairytale hotel, set on the spectacular island-dotted shore of Ireland’s largest lake.

Wedding planners worked with Pierce and Keely for weeks to design the event: a multitude of fragrant flowers, glittering candles, sparkling lights, delectable food and incredible entertainment. The concept, according to the bride, was A Midsummer Night's Dream meets The Secret Garden. The goal: an evening to remember spent among most of the people they know and love best.

For the exclusive story of Pierce and Keely’s glamorous wedding reception, with full coverage and exclusive photographs of the event, see this week's issue of HELLO! magazine, on sale now.

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The newlyweds exchange one of their many kisses of the night after Pierce sees Keely's surprise for him - an enormous ice sculpture of Rodin's The Kiss
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As the bride and groom cut their six-tiered wedding cake, they were showered with rose petals
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