A Rustic Wedding in Ireland

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Louise and Kieran held their Ireland I do at Kilshane House, 13 years after they met.  Kieran describes his love of his new wife back then.  “When we started seeing each other we really hit it off. No one else ever came close.”  The couple spent a year of very detailed planning working on the wedding.  “Hit the ground running, looking for venues, a few weeks after engagement; that took a long time because we knew it was going to be a civil ceremony and we weren’t particularly tied to a location. We ended up seeing 18 venues, some twice!!”  According to Louise.

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 As for how the big day went?  Louise said:  “Great; really chilled and relaxed in the morning; then it totally flew by from the minute I stepped into the conservatory for the civil ceremony. Complete blur but in a very good way.”  And Kieran?  “The day was fantastic. We stayed in Kilshane with our wedding party the night before for meal etc. We all found this really relaxing and nice preparation for the day ahead. I got up early on the day of the wedding and had breakfast followed by a walk around Kilshane with my brothers Seamus & Rory. The day seemed to fly by and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There were no disasters that I’m aware of, even the rain stopped and the sun came out for our photos. Rory my brother presented a Clare hurling jersey signed by the 1997 All Ireland winning team that beat Tipperary in the final during the speeches. The Clare crowd obviously found this hilarious. Louise wears it around the house now!”

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 Advice for future couples?  “Do your own thing; make sure it is your day and not what others want you to do or accommodate to. I know, easily said and not easily done, but you’ll enjoy your day more if it is really for you. Get lots of sleep the nights coming up to the day; you’ll need it for the partying, people seem to store energy to attend these occasions! Dance like no one is watching.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Poppies & Me

Wedding Vendors:  Wedding Dress + Veil: Cymbelline purchased at Cathy de Staffords, Bridesmaids: Dessy, Menswear: Hired suits from Patrick Burkes Menswear, Hair: Marie Hickey, Makeup: Yvonne Maher, Flowers: Cashel Flowers, Cake: Erma Barlow, Invitations:  Our good friend Joanne O’Connor and her husband Niall gave us a wedding gift of our invitations and rsvp’s.  Joanne is a graphic designer, Music:  Band – Tightrope, DJ – Mickey Fitz & Son, Reception Location: Kilshane House


Wicklow, Ireland Destination Wedding

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Ilana and Paul’s Ireland destination wedding was a worldwide affair.  It all began when Ilana was living in Ireland but visiting her twin sister in Canada and met an Aussie named Paul on that fateful trip.  Fast forward to happily ever after and Ilana and Paul now live in Australia but returned to her home country for the big day.

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The two chose to say “I do” at the historic Tulfarris House in the beautiful Wicklow County.   What a great backdrop for photos!

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The bride’s side bun with a broach is stunning!  Truly a blushing bride :)

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But the fabulous hair for the day didn’t stop there; bridesmaids also donned up dos, with the popular braid trend incorporated into them.

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Wedding planning for this couple was a family affair.  The bride’s twin sister, Natalie, made both the wedding invitations and the custom seating chart.  While the shawls worn by the bridesmaids were knitted by the bride’s grandmother.  How sweet!

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Before the wedding, the groom and groomsmen enjoyed a round of golf at Tulfarris while the rest of the group enjoyed cocktails outside.

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Then it was time for the joyous ceremony inside.

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We love the red carpet grand entrance idea!

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When we asked the bride what one of her most memorable moments were, she shared their time together.  “That’s so hard as I just think back on the whole day as I loved every part of it. One that stands out though is the first time Paul and I had a moment to ourselves after the ceremony when you realize you are now husband and wife, that was very special.”

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For the reception, guests went inside at this picturesque property for some fun, food and a night full of dancing.

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Such a fun seating chart designed by the bride’s sister!

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Many guests wore oh-so fabulous hats to the event!

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Table numbers gave this couple an opportunity to play with their guests a little.  Ilana told us, “The table numbers were customized, I’m Irish and my husband is Australian, I thought it would be fun instead of table numbers to have the Irish guests on tables named after very poisonous Australian species and the Australians on tables with very dangerous Irish species like the leprechaun. The dog we used, which was for our top table, was the Irish wolf hound.”

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Then when the end of the night came, a beautiful calla lily adorned cake was served up for something sweet.

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Congratulations to Paul and Ilana!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Lisa O’Dwyer Photography

Wedding Vendors: Location: Tulfarris House, Florist: Mary O’Gara The Wedding Florist, Wedding Dress: DeStafford Bridal,  Cake: Simply Elegant Cakes, Makeup Artist: The Powder Room Girls, Tuxedo: Aston Formal


Honeymoon in Ireland

honeymoons in irelandCourt and Joe were married in Hagerstown, Maryland a few years back but we’re unable to take the dream honeymoon they envisioned at the time.  A quick road trip for a mini-moon to Savannah, Georgia was on their schedule, while they waited and saved up to the take the trip of a lifetime a bit later.  Court is Irish, so Ireland was where they planned their two week honeymoon to come.  And since she’s also a wedding photographer, the photos will be a lifelong reminder of their good times on the road.

honeymoon in irelandThe couple planned their own itinerary, renting a car and hitting the open road.  We rented a car in Dublin and drove south stopping at bed and breakfasts in towns like Kilkenny, Kenmare, Doolin and a few other quaint towns. I would HIGHLY recommend making your own itinerary and driving across the country.  We stayed at bed and breakfasts which was wonderful! Each morning we would have Irish breakfasts and sit with other couples from all around the world, it was a wonderful experience.”

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Congratulations Joe + Court!  We hope you get to go back to the country again very soon!

Photographer: Courtney Reese

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Destination Wedding in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

Ireland wedding photographyKieran and Sinead wed on Oct. 1st in the Dingle Peninsula in beautiful Ireland.  This breathtaking location was home to not only their wedding day, but a weekend getaway before they said “I do.”  The bride shared with us how a very specific chain of events led them to their wedding locale.  “We both visit Co. Kerry in the southwest of Ireland regularly to escape some of the chaos of everyday life – loving the coastline, unspoilt scenery, relaxed atmosphere and friendly locals. We received a gift of a weekend break to Dingle had not been there for years. After weeks of deliberations over where to get married and not reaching any conclusion we decided to use this break away to sit down and think about what we wanted for our big day. Strolling around Dingle town we initially stumbled upon the beautiful St. Mary’s church and the thought of getting married there, then a discovery lead to the reception venue (Ballintaggart House) at the entrance to Dingle town run by a school friend, John. The following day we drove up the laneway to this beautiful 300 year old Georgian manner and were greeted by Rory the house dog an Irish red setter, John, roaring open fires, coffee and homemade brownies. John gave us a tour around and we immediately fell in love with it…there was no question about it dingle was to be the wedding location and this would be our wedding reception venue.”  ireland weddingIt’s Irish tradition to place the Child of Prague statue outside the night before the wedding to bring good weather on the wedding day.  And so they did.  With just a little rain on the big day, the weather actually made for some incredible photographs outside of St. Mary’s Church.church wedding in ireland“After the wedding ceremony, we drove down a little laneway opposite the Ballingtaggart House to a secluded beach where we took pictures with our amazing wedding photographers and bridal party.  Initially both of us were quite anxious about this being very camera shy but it was handled so brilliantly it became a real highlight of the day. And even when the wind and rain started it did not take from the laughter and the beautiful landscape.” Dingle Ireland wedding location

Ireland wedding ideasOne little prop sure does make a big impact in a photo like this!  Lovely!  Oh…and it protected the bride and groom from the elements too, of course.destination wedding in IrelandFor the reception décor, the couple opted to let their surroundings inspire them.  “Our wedding was inspired by the beautiful countryside surroundings and Ballintaggart house. We wanted to make sure everything was in keeping with the area – simple and elegant, in a relaxed and comfortable manner. We both wanted a very homely and personal feel to our wedding day, just like what we experienced that first time we stepped foot in Ballintaggart House.”wedding details IrelandHydrangeas and roses were carried throughout as a way to remember their grandparents who loved those flowers but were no longer with the couple to celebrate.  China tea cups were a symbol of the bride’s love of tea and water was served in old lemonade bottles, while a chalkboard represented the seating chart.  The cake was a mixture of the couple’s favorite things, “homemade biscuit cake with marshmallows, meringue and hazelnuts, carrot cake with a frosted cream topping and gluten free chocolate.”  An eclectic grouping of all the that they love, just as it should be!destination Ireland weddingAnd of course, as nightfall came, under the stars and tent, dancing and even some champagne spraying fun was had by all!Ireland wedding location ideasAnd when the big day was done, the couple opted for an extra special and a bit more casual shoot on location.  A great idea!  Take advantage of the area and time at a destination wedding and schedule an extra shoot with your photographer.  These photos came out just as wonderfully as the wedding images, but the couple will have a completely different set of photos to hang on their walls.engagement photos, Ireland

Congratulations Kieran and Sinead!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Solas Wedding and Portrait Photography

Wedding Vendors:  Wedding Dress: Pronovias, Wedding Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Church, Wedding Reception Location: Ballintaggart House, Bridesmaid Dresses: The White Room, Wedding Cake: Cloudberry Bakery, Groom’s Attire: Sextons Menswear