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Glamorous + Romantic Irish Manor House Wedding Inspiration

I’m convinced that Kilshane House is where the Irish “Downton Abbey” would take place. The stately architecture and expansive grounds evoke the classic glamour and elegance of the early 20th Century. And, these dreamy gowns, lovely cakes and romantic florals combined with the genius of Paula O’Hara‘s photography add even more beauty to this historic manor. See all the pretty here.

 

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From Paula O’HaraTrue old time glamour at Kilshane House. We wanted something simple, soft and elegant. Kilshane House has such beautiful locations and light inside and out. It truly is one of Ireland’s best wedding venues. It was easy for us to get swept up in the romance and warmth of this house. And we all fell in love with Matilda the deerhound who was such a quiet, gentle lady and a real star.


Photography: Paula O'Hara | Cinematography: Conor Stafford | Floral Design: Bella Botanica | Wedding Dress: Sharon Hoey | Wedding Dress: The White Gallery | Wedding Dress: Marian Gale | Wedding Dress: Anabel Rose | Wedding Dress: Myrtle Ivory | Wedding Dress: Verona Bridal | Cakes: Gift Cakes | Stationery: Four Hats Press | Rings: Rocks Jewellers | Makeup: Anita Conroy For The Powder Room Studio | Groom's Attire: Louis Copeland | Venue: Kilshane House | Creative Direction, Styling & Props: Alise Taggart | Earrings And Accessories: Myrtle Ivory | Film Scans: UK Film Lab | Hair Styling: Bridget Haren For Altamoda Hair & Beauty, Assisted By Nicole Mitchell | Magazine Commission: Ireland's Confetti Magazine | Models: Alex For Pulse Models | Models: Grace At 1st Option Models

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Romantic Destination Wedding in Provence

I know from experience that a wedding in France is insanely awesome. The breathtaking scenery, the super sweet locals and a darling duo like these two sweeties makes for one, well… seriously amazing combo. Add in a gallery of lovely captured by Miss Gen Photography and a film from Irene Piera Films and it’s a pin-worthy day if I ever saw one.  Head to The Vault for even more.

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From Miss Gen Photography… Provence is an area that is close to Moya and Jamie’s hearts, so it’s where they decided to celebrate their wedding with friends and family from all over the world. The South of France was the perfect setting for this wedding, an outdoor ceremony and reception full of sunshine, champagne and lavender. The colour scheme was inspired by the beautiful French countryside.

Moya and Jamie had a romantic ‘first look’ before the ceremony so they could share a few moments alone before all the guests arrived, this was also a lovely opportunity for some portraits in the beautiful gardens.

Moya’s uncle travelled over from Australia to officiate the outdoor ceremony in the gardens of Bastide St Mathieu. Followed by drinks by the pool and a delicious dinner created by Ben Spalding, the executive chef at Aqua Shard in London.

Moya wore a stunning gown by Australian designer Gwendolynne and Jamie wore a British designed suit by Ted Baker.

The olive grove, lavender and the beautiful old chateau provided the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous destination wedding and it was a pleasure to photograph!

From The Bride… There were a few reasons why Jamie and I choose to get married in the South of France. The idea of a destination wedding had always appealed to us, we love holidays with friends and as I am Australian and Jamie English it meant the world to have all our family and friends in one place for as long as possible. We went to the Cote d’Azur on our first holiday together and said at the time how wonderful it would be to bring loved ones back there if we ever got married – so just over two years later that’s exactly what we did!

We spent a lovely long weekend driving around visiting venues both on the Riviera and further inland in Provence, leaving Bastide St Mathieu until last as we had fallen in love with the pictures on the website and sure enough, paid our deposit immediately. The house and gardens were even more beautiful than the pictures, Soraya was a wonderful hostess and we could instantly imagine having our celebration there.

We did a lot of the initial research and planning ourselves, but as we lived abroad and neither of us spoke fluent French we got the help of a local planner, Natalie at Wedding Angels in Nice. Her knowledge of local suppliers and help on the day were priceless, and really took all the stress out of the planning.

The Bastide formulated our vision for the day. We wanted the flowers and decorations to complement the house and grounds so kept the colours fairly neutral with grey Watters bridesmaid dresses chosen with one of my maids in NYC and then made to measure as the other girls were in London and Brisbane. We went for herbs and lavender on the tables coupled with white flowers all potted in silver and grey pots with silver tea light candle holders. I had a white peony bouquet with lambs ear detail that I had originally seen on pinterest and was brought to life perfectly by Wayne Riley Flowers. Jamie had a ranunculus boutonnière with lambs ear, while the bridesmaids and ushers carried/wore fresh lavender and baby’s breath.

My maid of honour actually found my wedding dress! We got married within a month of each other and she had tried it on at Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon. She said she knew straight away that it wasn’t the dress for her, it was the one for me! She was right, and Gwendolynne in Melbourne did such a brilliant job! The dress is called Hope and I absolutely love it. Jamie got his suit, tie and shoes from Ted Baker here in London and looked so handsome.

As we weren’t able to be legally married in France we had the wonderful opportunity to really tailor our ceremony to be very personal. We asked my Uncle to be the celebrant and chose readings that really resonated with us for my sister and a good friend of ours to read. It was very special.

We both really love our food and asked a chef based here in London if he would consider catering the wedding for us. The result was a really sensational meal that people are still speaking to us about but also threw up a fair number of logistical challenges! I am so happy with how it worked out, but would recommend others think quite long and hard about the stress/reward ratio of doing something a bit out of the box! The added bonus of having our chef come from London is that we could get our cake made of rounds of cheese from La Fromagerie in Marylebone.. one of my favourite afternoons of wedding planning was going there to select our cheese – delicious! It also meant the “cake” provided midnight snacks for anyone peckish later!

We love our music also, having been to lots of gigs and festivals together, and one of the fun things about a relatively long engagement (15 months) was putting together playlists for the day – one for as guests were arriving, the cocktail hour, dinner, and suggestions for the DJ for after dinner. We really enjoyed this, and have some great playlists for dinner parties to come! For the more ceremonial moments we picked songs that were meaningful for us – they’ll be ones we listen to forever:

Processional: First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Recessional: You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine
First Dance: Islands – The XX

We spent a long time deliberating on what to enter the reception to, and in the end picked a song that we both just find really fun – Call Me Al by Paul Simon. It led to one of our favourite moments, a giant sing along with the entire marquee standing and dancing for almost the entire song!

We could not be happier with our choice of photographer and videographer. We knew as soon as we saw Miss Gen’s work that she was the kind of wedding photographer we wanted – she has an amazing eye for a beautiful shot and a way of capturing people and moments that have really brought our day to life afterwards. Irene Piera Film’s work is fabulous too, everyone we have shown our wedding video to says it really feels like you are back there, and we feel so lucky to have such a brilliant memento of the day – especially the speeches and ceremony which really flew by!!

Ultimately, what made the day so special was making promises to each other in front of our friends and family, and it’s definitely important to keep sight of that as you’re planning. It was so special for us to have guests from all over the world together for at least the day – some we were able to spend the whole week with – an experience that we are unlikely to ever have again and we truly cherish. Enjoy every second!

Photography: Miss Gen Photography | Videography: Irene Piera Films | Flowers: Wayne Riley Flowers | Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne | Brides Shoes: Pedro Garcia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | DJ: Riviera Organisation | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Ted Baker | Bride's Makeup: Sophie Kilian | Brides Hair: Jennyfer Hillyard | Cheese: La Fromergerie London | Chef: Ben Spalding | Hair Accessories: Richard Nylon Millinery | Planning: Wedding Angels | Private Villa: Bastide St Mathieu

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Elegant English Hindu Wedding

Awash in some of the most beautiful details you will ever see, this stunning affair is the definition of wedding perfection.  From the breathtaking ceremonies in honor of both the bride and groom’s heritage to the jaw-dropping locale, also known as the Ardington House.  Head to The Vault for even more cultural pretty captured by Peachey Photography and prepare to be wowed.

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From Peachey Photography… Danny’s family is Chinese, Anneka’s family is Indian, but they both grew up in England and wanted to celebrate all three cultures in their wedding celebration. In the morning a traditional Hindu ceremony was held, with all the beautiful colours and symbolism that it involves. Their outfits were both handmade by a tiny boutique in Surat, India, and fire, sweet treats and blessing ensued. Music and rose petal confetti led them out on to the lawns for drinks and some beautiful canapes, including hand-carved watermelon sculptures.

Following that, they changed from their Indian attire into a simple, sylish white bridal gown, designed by Augusta Jones, and a dapper dark Hugo Boss suit. Their guests took their seats on Temple Island, the small island nestled in the lake of Ardington House, and watched the English ceremony unfold, under an ancient stone temple adorned with flowers.

Once married a second time, they led their guests across the bridge for more music and food and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony took place for both families, where closest elder family members are served tea by the bride and groom. Dinner and lots of dancing followed and the day was the perfect fusion of ancient traditions from three very different cultures.

Photography: Peachey Photography | Wedding Planner: Table Attire | Floral Design: Flower Ardington | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Catering: More | Groom's Attire: Moss Bros | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Indian Outfit: Vivaah Sarees | Groom's Indian Outifit: Mool Chand India Emporium | Hair & Make-up : Tammi Nguyen | Photography - Assistance: Kate From Depict | Stately Home: Ardington House

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Elegant Vow Renewal in the Heart of Rome

My new Mr. doesn’t know it yet, but I’m already planning our future vow renewal. Can you blame me? I think not. Not when O’Malley Photographers and The Wedding Care send over a beauté like this one, set in the heart of Rome. Can you even handle that floral crown? And those shoes. More this way!

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From Cristina Ditta of The Wedding CareImagine wandering through an enchanted neighborhood in the heart of Rome, immersed in the scent of an orange grove and in the song of the sparrows. There’s a hidden little spot where it seems that time has never gone by, where the majestic beauty of the Eternal City, with its palaces and its art is the protagonist. The Wedding Care designed, planned and coordinated a romantic wedding vow renewal event that felt like being suspended in time. O’Malley Photographers captured every second of it.

Martina and Emiliano are one of the most gorgeous couples I have ever met. I have known them for some years now having also organized their wedding! When they came to me with the wish to renew their vows I was so excited because they were not only married, but were also head over heels in love with each other, something that is evident the moment you meet them. They are truly a lovely couple.

The bride wore a stunning ivory “Dress Ruota” 100% silk gown designed by Santarella, a gorgeous floral crown crafted with dark red English roses, nude and white carnations hybrid and blush rose branches realized by Nina E I Fiori.

The lovely couple enjoyed the magnificent beauty of the environment while sipping their authentic Italian espresso in beautiful porcelain by Seletti (courtesy of èstile concept store) and indulging in exquisite cakes and chocolates by Rosaria Garzone Cakes. When the last slice of cake was eaten and the sun went down, the special day designed by The Wedding Care and captured by O’Malley Photographers might have ended, but the fairy tale of a life together will never end.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Floral Design: Nina E I Fiori | Wedding Dress: Santarella | Cake: Rosaria Garzone | Invitations: Cecilia Boschi | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Hair And Makeup: Muccino Amatulli | Calligraphy: Cecilia Boschi | Groom's Shoes: Campanile | Venue: Giardino Degli Aranci | Planning & Styling: The Wedding Care | Tableware: Seletti Via èstile Conceptstore

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Ballerina Autumn Styled Inspiration Shoot

This is what happens when a group of ultra-talented vendors come together for a day of non-stop beauty and inspiration at Spicers Clovelly Estate: a rich, autumn-inspired color palette, exquisite styling and details from Lovebird Weddings and crazy abundant blooms crafted brilliantly by Mondo Floral Designs. It’s Sleeping Beauty meets Swan Lake, all wrapped up in stunning images from Studio Impression Photography.  Get lost in the pretty here, then stay tuned for a lovely film from Lester and May.

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From Studio Impressions… A base palette of delicate whites, soft dusty pinks and hint of creamy peach, to which we have added rose, blush, boysenberries, cherry and maroon… complimented by pops of mauve, plum and deep bold purples! Elegantly teamed with sage and lime foliage, dark oak browns, bronze and tarnished rich golds.

Our styled shoot begins at Spicers Clovelly Estate, the ultimate in relaxed luxury accommodation, and also one of the Sunshine Coast’s most prestigious wedding venues.

The shoot was conceived by Lovebird Weddings who created the colour palette and design, and engaged all the suppliers. Lovebird Weddings is a wedding planning and styling agency.

Mondo Floral Designs created the incredible floral designs, cascading staircase design, piano design, bouquets and the florals used throughout the table scape.

From Terrianne At Mondo Floral Designs… The inspiration for our floral concept focussed on luxurious blooms with decadent textures, rich colours and a concept of perfumed florals opulent in design. We created two bouquets, both whimsical and dreamy in design style featuring a colour palette of ruby red, raspberry, lavender, pink, peach, butter and plum. Our selected blooms included David Austin roses, Columbian roses, tulips, lisianthus, hydrangea, cluster roses, stock, berries, and whimsical foliage’s. The cascading ribbons featured on each of the bouquets were chosen to accentuate the flow and fall of the movement for the shoot, enhancing the ballerina’s story, and trailing gracefully to the ground.

The reception featured a decadent and extravagant display of blooms, and our collection of antique brass and crystal vases were the perfect choice to fill with beautiful florals and feature foliage’s. The piano lingered gracefully in the background and featured plentiful petals as we massed beautiful blooms over the keyboards embracing the romance of the story. The ceremony featured a simple greenery garland on the ethereal backdrop cascading from the canopy, and garden-esque greenery aisle chair posies were attached to each Bentwood chair.

From Lovebird Weddings… We hired an ex Queensland Ballet dancer to further enrich our Sleeping Beauty inspired design.

We began with a boudoir shoot which included lingerie by Calvin Klein and layers of tulle skirting by Erin Clare Couture.

The dinner party design was shot in the Spicers Clovelly Library where we converted the library shelves into a decadent Brandy & Sweet bar, with sweets supplied by Cake Designs to include copper iced macaroons, chocolate brownies, mini lemon meringues and raspberry fruit baskets.

The table scape featured a number of unique pieces, including telegrams found at an antique store from a wedding in the same area some 80 years ago. Old oil burners and decanters sat in between the floral designs and berry taper candles. Lovebird Weddings created the table runner from vintage books which were edge-pressed to create a unique border, a process that took many hours to complete, but, yes, it is these little handmade details that really make such a difference. The simple table settings included Lovebird Weddings vintage silver cutlery tied with deep burgundy velvet ribbon.

The bouquets were oversized and decadent, with flowing ribbons to imitate the ribbons from ballet shoes.

The ceremony altar design included a burgundy backdrop, hand-painted by Lovebird Weddings in gold with a favourite quote from Sleeping Beauty “I know you, I walked with you, Once upon a Dream”. The autumn leaves provided rich tones of red and orange which created a magic carpet of colour though the ceremony design, allowing simple French wooden bistro chairs to line the aisle.

A French styled lounge area bathed in the dappled sunlight, while opposite, a deep pink velvet chesterfield provided a place to rest under the hanging seating plan design.

Towards dusk, pretty lace curtains provided the backdrop for leaps and bounds, boldly captured on camera and film…

“Let’s be Dreamers Together…”

Photography: Studio Impressions | Cinematography: Lester & May | Floral Design: Mondo Floral Designs | Makeup: Pru Edwards Makeup Artist | Hair: Hair By Nicola | Venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate | Accessories: Amahle Bridal | Event Planning & Styling: Lovebird Weddings | Gowns: Erin Clare Couture | Sweets: Cake Designs Wedding Cakes

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Romantic Newlywed Portrait Session in Paris

The phrase is technically “I left my heart in San Francisco,” but, I left my heart in Paris. Thankfully, this couple’s portrait session in Paris from French Grey Photography is bringing me right back. And the city’s inherent glamour and beauty is even more magical with this Bride and Groom—from the Bride’s pastel bouquet and feather wedding dress to the Groom’s classic bowtie and dashing suit. See it all here.


From French Grey PhotographyThis lovely couple from Florida first contacted me when they were thinking of eloping in Paris. However, after some careful consideration they decided that their family and friends were too important to not be a part of their wedding day, so they decided to plan a formal wedding in Florida, for all family to attend and hired me to help capture the most amazing honeymoon/cherish-the-dress session in Paris instead!

The bride and groom looked so majestic in their formal attire as we made our way through the quiet streets of Paris. As the city slept, during the early morning hours of those first spring days, we dashed around the city to capture the images which you see, with a privacy that only comes in the early morning quiet hours of city life.

Customizing her wedding gown with delicate white feathers, and accessorizing her beautiful golden locks with just the right touch of red lipstick, paisley looked like a movie star straight from Hollywood! The brides bouquet of soft pastel colored Peonies, Freesia, Ranunculus and white Roses were provided by French Grey Events.

We danced our way around Paris in all the must-be-seen at iconic Parisian locations, as well as some hidden corners that I have discovered in my many years of working primarily in Paris as a professional portrait and wedding photographer.

A fantastic morning spent with a fantastic couple in the beautiful city of glamour and romance.


Photography: French Grey Photography | Wedding Dress: Jovani | Brides Shoes: Steve Madden | Groom's Attire: H.M Cole | Event Coordination: French Grey Events | Groom's Ring : David Yurman

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