Newlywed Rory McIlroy is back to work. The professional golfer, who married publicist Erica Stoll in late April, finally confirmed details about his star-studded Irish castle wedding during his return to the golf course this week.
“It was obviously the best weekend of my life,” McIlroy, 27, told the Golf Channel. “And hopefully the best weekend of Erica’s as well. It was between our friends and families, and we didn’t really want anything else.”
Few details have been reported from the nuptials, but the groom confirmed that the festivities spanned three days, including a welcome party, the wedding itself, and a farewell brunch for guests. Celebs to witness the intimate ceremony at Ashford Castle included Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, and 50 Shades of Grey hunk Jamie Dornan, who like the groom is also Irish. One Direction’s Niall Horan was also supposedly a guest.
Among the sea of musically-inclined guests, one particularly stood out. Attendees were, in fact, treated to a live performance by the legendary Stevie Wonder. “Well, we thought, we have people at the wedding who are 80 and people who are 20,” he mused. “So we wanted something that everyone knew. We were like, ‘Stevie Wonder? Perfect.’ That was really cool.”
Following the ceremony, the couple immediately jetted off to the Caribbean. “[I] got back on Thursday and have been trying to lose a bit of weight since then,” McIlroy cracked. “Trying to shed a few pounds before coming here.”
The couple met in Palm Beach while Stoll was working for the PGA, and were engaged less than one year later.
“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 realized that there was something more there,” McIlroy previously told the Irish Sunday Independent. “I love that she knows everything about me, and there was no judgment there. There was no judgment from Day one, which is huge, because that’s very hard to find for someone in my position.”