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Ireland Sunset Inspired Wedding Inspiraton

I may be a proud Irish lady but you won’t see me guzzling any Guinness, decked out in head to toe green any time soon. But this Ireland inspired shoot right here is one that I’ll fully and eagerly embrace. Photographed and styled by Kay English, with help from MBM Calligraphy, this shoot is pure beauty, from the calligraphed veil to the views of the Cliffs of Moher. So in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, let’s head to our Vault and spend some time with these smiling, stylish Irish eyes.

From Kay English… Anne Marie and Dara from Dublin, drove all the way to the Cliffs of Moher for this amazing sunset photo shoot in Ireland.

This wedding shoot was inspired by the natural beauty of Ireland. The stunning Mark Zunino gown from Kleinfeld sparkled in the sunset on the gorgeous bride from Ireland, Anne Marie. The gorgeous calligraphy veil and decor was designed by MBM Calligraphy and designed by Michael Cosentino Designs.

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Photography: Kay English Photography | Styling: Kay English Photography | Styling: MBM Calligraphy | Floral Design: Kay English Photography | Wedding Dress: Kleinfelds | Calligraphy: MBM Calligraphy | Venue: Ashford Castle | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Veil Designer: Michael Cosentino Designs

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Soft + Sweet Spring Irish Wedding

What happens when you take a lovely Canadian girl and an Irish gentleman and add in the magic of Vegas? One adventurous love story begins and we see it come to a peak with this sweet spring celebration, overflowing with pretty pinks and beautiful blues, from the Jenny Yoo dresses to the florals. Justine Milton captured this real life transatlantic love affair, making our Vault they place to be today.


From the Bride… Marcus and I met in Las Vegas in October 2010. I was on holiday with my best friend and Marcus was there with a group of friends on a school break. I met one of the girls in the group and she insisted on introducing me to someone, and that someone was Marcus. We stayed in touch when we each returned home to Canada and Ireland. That was the beginning of our adventure of a love story!

The first time Marcus brought me to Ireland, we stopped at an overlook on the side of the road and across the bay, he pointed out his family home. We took a photo of the two of us there and have continued to do so almost every time we are home. I spent Christmas 2013 with my parents in Canada and flew to Ireland on the 28th. The weather was awful with widespread flooding so there wasn’t much opportunity to get out for our photo. He said that my gift was arriving by mail any day, I was expecting a pink football jersey! December 30th was the first sunny day and suddenly I was told my gift had arrived! We jump in the car to go pick it up. Halfway to the post office he says that he forgot his ID to pick up the parcel. I laughed and teased him as we turned around and that is when he gave me his phone which had a video for me to watch. It was a video of him standing in our ‘spot’. I never saw him, just heard his voice and the first view I had of his home in 2010. He went on to say all the things he couldn’t say in person, and melted my heart. We then pulled into our spot, took our photo and he got down on one knee! Had anyone looked out of their houses across the bay they would have seen it all unfold but they were all in the dark. The great man he is, he asked my father’s permission. The smart man he is, he asked my best friend for advice on the ring!

It was very important to Marcus that we get married in Ireland. I knew it would be magical. We were joined by 150 of our family and friends, including 56 Canadians. I wanted a soft romantic theme with soft colors that would complement the green and old castle environment. I think our colors of gold, slate blue, blush and grey were just the right choice.

For the ceremony, we had Piano Express featuring Sean Treacy who accompanied a dear friend of ours. She is one of the most talented singers I know, and it was a privilege to walk down the aisle to beautiful voice. She also surprised us with “Hallelujah” during our ceremony, which is one of mine and Marcus favourite songs. For the reception, we had a live band named Royal Flush play. They actually learned our first song so that they could sing it live for us. What a magical moment! I will never forget Marcus holding me in his arms as they sang “Feel For Me” but Foy Vance.

Once again, we were blessed to have a very dear friend make fresh maple syrup candies as a representation of Canada, which she actually brought with her from Ontario! My mother-in-law, aunt, Maid of Honour and I made Baileys chocolate truffles which were presented together with the maple candies as a blend of Canada and Ireland.

A special treat for the groom was having the colors of his county sewn into the jacket! He stole the show during the first dance!

The groom’s gift was a one of a kind Guinness razor and brush made by Avalanche Artisans in Calgary Alberta.

Cake was made by my amazing mother-in-law Kitty McNally! This was a labour of love and delicious to boot! Marcus and I met in Las Vegas, so we had our cake topper made on Etsy. It was a gold heart that said “Viva Las Vegas”!

It was a magical day. From our first look, to having both my mom and dad walk me down the aisle and a full night of fun and dancing, our wedding day was easily the best day of our lives. It has given us so much to look forward too. A big thank you to Justine Milton from Milton Photography for capturing not only our special day but also our after party at Helen’s Pub. Memories more precious than can never be imagined.

We had a dream six week honeymoon that started in Venice. We spent two weeks driving across Croatia, celebrated my 30th birthday in Dubai with friends and topped things off with an amazing sailing trip in Greece and three romantic nights in Santorini. It was a honeymoon that dreams are made of!

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Photography: Justine Milton Photography | Floral Design: Breedas Flowers | Wedding Dress: Bonny Bridal | Cake: Kitty McNally | Ceremony Venue: Dawros Church | Reception Venue: Muckross Park Hotel | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Muckross Park Hotel | Makeup: Marianne Wiley | Hair: Kacey Brasnett | Band: Royal Flush | Groom's Attire: EPH Apparel | Groomsmen's Attire: Simply Suits | Ceremony Music: Piano Express Feat. Sean Treacy | Bridal Boutique: Cottonwood Bridal | Groom's Gift: Avalanche Artisans | Invitations, Programs + Stationery: Etsy | Vendor: Justine Milton

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Classic Kilshane House Destination Wedding in Ireland

Give me a sweet love story, a fabulous destination wedding in Ireland and a gorgeous Bride and Groom, and I’m a happy girl. Add to that killer fashion (that Theia gown and those fuchsia Manolo Blahnik peep-toes!), precious little members of the bridal party and love that radiates off the screen, and you’ve got a very beautiful day. See it all from Poppies & Me in The Vault.


From The Bride…Our love story begins on the evening of September 14th, 2012, the day when a Kilkenny Cat and a New Yorker by way of Texas met at St. Dymphna’s Bar in New York City, introduced by a mutual friend. The 3,147 miles between Ireland and New York couldn’t keep us apart. 

Less than a week later, the stars aligned and a chance meeting at Roberta’s in Bushwick brought us together again. To set the scene: our eyes met across the crowded dining room. Aidan was with his friend Jamie, his eldest brother Mike and sister in-law Shirley. I was with my dad and my friend Shari.  A true gentleman, Aidan came over to our table, introduced himself and invited us for drinks. We spent the evening chatting, laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Aidan made sure my dad’s pint of Newcastle Brown Ale never went dry. 

I knew he was the one, when at an art opening for my friend, he said the words I’ve been waiting to hear my whole life. “Will you…go to the Morrissey concert with me?” 

As the months went on, we traveled the globe and our relationship blossomed. Fast forward to the evening of December 19th, 2014. We arranged to meet at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. After a long week in the office and preparing for a Christmas trip to Ireland, energy levels were low, however Aidan encouraged me to take a stroll around the museum, carrying my bags and helping relieve the stress of a long work-week.  We wandered around enjoying the art…little did I know of Aidan’s grand plan. We arrived at Monet’s Water Lilies, Aidan’s favorite painting, where a little over two years before we had one of our first dates. The room was crowded, however, by divine intervention a space appeared on a bench and we sat down. Aidan popped the question and through tears of happiness I said yes. 

September 25th, 2015, at Kilshane House in Tipperary Ireland we celebrated with 170 of our nearest and dearest friends and family. We are so fortunate that over 110 traveled to Ireland for the big day from all corners of the globe with Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Australia all represented.

Kilshane House was the setting for the big day: Accommodations, Ceremony and Reception. The ceremony was held in their glass conservatory, a beautiful and ideal spot for brides worried about the chance of rain on their big day.

Kilshane House is an elegant and spacious Regency house built in 1822 at the end of a half-mile long driveway. It is the centrepiece of 320 acres of private parkland which includes a trout river, a remarkable Victorian landscape garden with a man-made lake, huge noble trees, grassy expanses and the unique Tipperary sky. A large and handsome conservatory circa 1860 is ideal for a glass or two of champagne or a champagne reception for 200 under glass. Enjoy an intimate dinner in a private room off the Conservatory…or an elegant dinner in the formal dining room…or fine dining on a grand scale in the Orangerie.

The day was filled with beautiful people and special touches that reflect us as a couple, “The A-Team” and a very dear loved one, my father Arthur, who eternally shines brightly upon us from heaven.

The night before Aidan buried a Child of Prague figurine, an Irish tradition that ensures blue skies and no rain the day of your wedding. It worked!! Blue skies and sun for all of the proceedings, a rarity in Ireland!! Magic can happen!

Aidan and his best man, his brother Shane, started the day in the game room of Kilshane House with a spirited game of Risk (a Lanigan tradition) with his brothers and nephews followed by a few pints of Guinness. The lads (including the youngest page boy Hugh (1 year old) – Shane’s son / Aidan’s Godson) helped the groom complete his wedding look with finishing touches that included a Tiffany’s tie bar (gifted from his soon to be bride), monogramed with our wedding date.

Breakfast was delivered to the bridal suite at 8am sharp and the best day of our lives began. Shortly after, my dear friend and hairstylist arrived to set my hair and the rest was a whirlwind. Downstairs, my sister Dawn, who served as Maid of Honor, and future sisters-in-law, were buzzing about ensuring that the nine months of planning from across the pond was in full effect. All I had to do was sit back, be pampered and know the people I entrusted would carry out my wedding dreams. And they did!!

Something old: My favorite Chanel fragrance gifted by Aidan’s mother

Something new: My Theia dress designed by Irish designer Don O’Neill and sexy fuchsia Manolo Blahniks

Something borrowed: Cartier diamond bracelets on loan from my hairstylist and friend Brent Lawler

Something blue: A piece of my FAVORITE singer Morrissey’s shirt, fearlessly acquired by my sister, Dawn, and friend, Danette, at his concert at Madison Square Garden during my bachelorette party, was attached to my bouquet.

Our ceremony started at 3pm and the bridal procession was led by our magnificent Godchildren and I was given away by my mother and sister. The ceremony was officiated by Aidan’s eldest brother Mike, which completed the full circle as he was the first of Aidan’s family I met three years prior in Brooklyn. We choose a Humanist service, which incorporated both traditional aspects, interwoven with special touches, including poetry readings from close friends, a traditional Irish ring warming and music performed throughout by Zoe Conway and John McIntyre (award winning Irish musicians) closing with a rendition of The Smiths song “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” And yes we did!!

Zoe and John continued to entertain our guests for the cocktail reception held in the main house and front lawn of Kilshane, while the guests enjoyed sparkling wine, hors d’oeuvres, a candy bar (with love themed treats) and a selfie station.

The seated dinner and lively party that followed were held in the Orangerie. The new Mr. and Mrs. made their grand entrance to the theme of the A-Team TV show while making the rounds greeting guests. Traditional speeches were given by the father of the groom, mother of the bride, best man, maid of honor and the couple, ending with a New Castle Brown Ale toast to the father of the bride. Dinner was a culinary treat of local fare, most of the produce grown in the gardens of Kilshane.

Afterwards the party went on to “literally” the break of dawn, starting with music from the Bentley Boys Band and closing with Soul, New Wave and Ska tunes spun by DJ Geraldine Fahey. Fun times had by all!

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Photography: Poppiesandme | Floral Design: Flowers By Lucy | Wedding Dress: Theia | Cake: Sweet Sensations | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Jewelry: Cartier | Makeup: MAC Cosmetics | Hair: Brent Lawler | DJ: Geraldine Fahey | Favors: Social Print Studio | Groom's Attire: Hart Schaffner Marx | Ceremony Music: Zoe Conway & John McIntyre | Venue: Kilshane House | Bathroom Guest Book: Urban Outfitters | Bride Sweatshirt: Ebbets | Bride's Belt + Veil: Theia | Bride's Ring + Band: Boris Bramarov Designs | Bride's Sneakers: J.Crew | Confetti: Paper Cuts Confetti | Cuff Links: Rudolf Heltzel | Floor Mat: Mr. & Mrs. Welcome Mat. | Flower Girl's Crowns: Crowns By Christy | Groom's Ring: JMK Goldsmiths | Groom's Shirt: Thomas Pink | Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Groom's T-Shirt: SoulCycle | Guest Book Map: Amazon | Hair Comb: Thomas Laine | Menus, Table Cards, Table Plan: Laura DeYoung | Mirror Decals: You're Beautiful/ You're Handsome | Reception Music: Bentley Boys Band | Ring Boxes: Halcyon Days Enamel | Signage: Let The Adventure Begin | Silhouettes: Disneyland | Tie: Louis Vuitton | Tie Bar: Tiffany & Co. | Wooden Signs: Etsy

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