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Dutch Masters Garden Inspired Irish Wedding

A saturated stylish wedding celebration that’s all sorts of inspiring — we’ve got the prettiest pics from the massively talented Into The Light at the Ballinacurra House to share. This wedding is as classic as it is colorful, not to mention crazy chic. The best part? We’ve got more waiting for you in The Vault!

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From Into The LightMaria and Fiachra, both Cork city natives, got engaged on a windswept day in the wilds of Donegal in May of 2015. Fiachra proposed with a beautiful blue topaz and gold engagement ring from Tiffany’s which soon became the inspiration for most of the wedding design.

Maria and Fiachra both attended the School of Medicine at University College Cork. They decided as a nod to their careers and how they met to hold the ceremony at UCC’s charming 18th century church, Honan Chapel. Afterwards, they along with their guests traveled 30 minutes to the seaside town of Kinsale for their reception at Ballinacura House. This exclusive, 17th century Georgian Mansion is beautiful with lush gardens and unique interiors. Unfortunately, the weather was not great on the day but Maria and Fiachra still braved the rain for some photos in the garden. As a nod to their favorite drink, their guests quickly cozied up to their custom Gin and Tonic bar, stocked full of local Ballyvolane gin.

Maria is also drawn to the rich color palettes of Dutch Master’s Golden Age paintings, so with the assistance of stylist and planner, Alise Taggart and floral design duo, Claire Ryan and Patsie Wrafter of The Informal Florist she created a lush floral and gilded garden inspired design for her guests.

The tables were styled with natural linen table cloths, hand dyed silk runners, gold cutlery and gold rimmed glassware, lined with varying heights of cut glass votives, antique brass candle holders with dark blue and ivory tapers, organic and lush arrangements intwined with trailing vines and scattered figs and pomegranates. The ceiling was covered in hanging greenery and the windows in fairy lights with covered vines. Maria and Fiachra chose a hand-painted blue and floral designed cake from Touch of Magic and danced the night away to Irish swing band, The Swing Cats – only after Maria sweetly sang the first song to Fiachra! Sally Balt of La Happy captured the design so well throughout the stationery. She created a custom gold wax seal monogramed with the couple’s initials which was used throughout the stationery from the invitation until the wedding day, even sealing the favors of gourmet chocolates from Cork’s English Market. The seriously talented and fun duo, Seàn and Jared of Into the Light, captured their day so beautifully!

Maria and Fiachra soon immigrated to Canada after their wedding day, but not before enjoying their honeymoon all over Italy!

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Photography: Into the Light | Cinematography: B&G Productions | Event Design: Alise Taggart | Event Planning: Alise Taggart | Floral Design: The Informal Florist | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: A Touch of Magic | Stationery: La Happy | Engagement Ring: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Needle And Thread | Makeup: Kathryn O'Neill | Hair: Sobe Brown | DJ: Jungle Boogie | Band: The Swing Cats | Groom's Attire: Louis Copeland & Sons | Venue: Ballinacurra House | Bridal Boutique: Myrtle Ivory | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Getting Ready Venue: Hayfield Manor Hotel | Hair Accessories: jennifer behr | Reception Dress: Claire Pettibone | Reception Music: Laoise Leahy

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Intimate Irish Elopement on the Cliffs of Moher

Everyone may immediately think of Paris when it comes to romance but one look through Julie Paisley’s pics of this Irish elopement on the Cliffs of Moher and you may beg to differ. From the sweeping views to the look of love on these high school sweethearts’ faces, it’s priceless. From the pics to Hoo Film’s clip, we’ve been kissed by the Irish – see it all in our Vault right this way!

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From Julie Paisley PhotographyHigh school sweethearts, Courtney and Shandon decided that a destination elopement fit their personalities. They both have a love for adventure, so having their ceremony at the Cliffs of Moher was the perfect backdrop for their very sweet intimate ceremony. Tying in Courtney’s love of pink and emerald green for Ireland, Lindsey from Petal and Pine created an amazing bouquet that fit Courtney’s personality perfectly. From the beautiful grounds of the Ross Castle, where they honeymooned, to the stunning Cliffs of Moher, these two might not have had a big wedding but it certainly was not lacking in beauty or love.

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Photography: Julie Paisley Photography | Floral Design: Petal and Pine | Wedding Dress: House Of The Bride | Wedding Dress: Elegant Bridals | Calligraphy: Olive Juice Press | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Venue: Ross Castle

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This Irish Castle Wedding Proves Dreams Can Come True

I grew up in a college bball town (go SU!) so while I’ve always loved March Madness, it wasn’t until SMP got involved did my own manic really begin. We shared our favorite weddings and you, our amazing readers, narrowed them down week by week and today we reveal the winner. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s spend the morning in Ireland where wedding fantasies come true. With Peaches & Mint behind the lens and Pearl & Godiva working their design magic, our 4th place is a can’t miss!

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From Pearl & Godiva… Many couples dream of an intimate wedding, sharing these magical moments with just their nearest and dearest, on a day which reflects their own personal style from start to finish. We were so honoured to make this a reality for Grace and Paul, which took place in the spell-bounding environs of the Crom Castle on Lough Erne in Northern Ireland.

Crom Castle is an enchanting historic castle which sits beside Lough Erne, the perfect backdrop for an exquisite wedding. This waterside kingdom was a huge inspiration for the day, given that guests took a boat ride along Lough Erne to join the couple celebrate their their wedding ceremony in the ancient stone chapel.

Inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, we began creating a day completely unique to such a loving couple.

“If you have built castles in the sky
Let not your dreams go to waste;
Just build the foundations under them.”
~ Henry David Thoreau.

Following months of preparation, on a glorious June morning we made our way to Crom Castle to create a timeless and elegant wedding for Grace and Paul. To see our design come to life was dreamlike, from the bespoke stationery, hand-crafted linens, to the luscious florals, tumbling out of every nook, adorning all surfaces. Together with Magva Design & Letterpress we drew inspiration from the wooden boats that sail by the castle. Painterly blooms by Floral Earth crept across hand dyed tablecloths, with florals barely contained in their over-sized urns, teaming beautifully with glinting gold flatware and gold rimmed glassware.

Grace and Paul’s love was captured in the low light of dusk, as mist raised from the lake and cloaked the landscape with cool wispy light.

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Photography: Peaches & Mint | Cake: Lily Cupcake | Venue: Crom Castle | Decor: Pearl & Godiva | Florals For Pearl & Godiva: Floral Earth | Planning, Production, Art Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva | Stationery For Pearl & Godiva: Magva Design & Letterpress