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Irish Spring Wedding at Doonbeg Lodge

With rolling green hills as its backdrop, this wedding is the definition of natural beauty. Ireland has been on my list of places to visit for awhile but after soaking up these sights by Elisha Clarke, I’m bumping it up to take the lead spot on that wanderlust list. But until that day comes, let’s get lost in every one of these pretty photos right this way.

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From The Bride… Steve and I got married in May 2014 at Doonbeg Lodge on Ireland’s West Coast. We had an intimate ceremony with about 70 family members and close friends. Ireland’s always been a special place for me as my grandmother was born there and I spent a semester studying abroad outside of Dublin in college. We got engaged in the Fall of 2012 in our home in Boston’s South End. Despite dating for 7 years, he still managed to surprise me. Luckily for me, Steve was game for a destination wedding and we spent our spring break from business school visiting venues all over Ireland. I always wanted to get married in an Irish Castle, but after a week of touring around the country, we fell in love with Doonbeg Lodge. The resort was magnificent, with beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean, an extraordinarily friendly staff, and delicious food featuring local ingredients. Although we’d never been there before, we instantly felt at home and knew it was a place we’d look forward to returning to in years to come. My friends thought I was crazy trying to plan a wedding from across the ocean while trying to finish my MBA and land a new job, but I always enjoy a challenge. I spent months devouring bridal magazines and wedding blogs, and researching Irish wedding vendors. We wanted the wedding to be relaxed, elegant, and fun, while showcasing Ireland’s natural beauty. I let the dramatic landscape inform the color palette, with a lot of warm neutrals like ivory, champagne, and blush pink, with a pop of deep, emerald green in the bridesmaid dresses and rich coral pink in the blooms. It was really important to me that the flowers echoed the wild beauty of the Atlantic Coast and I was thrilled to work with Claire Ryan from the Informal Florist. I cried when she delivered my flowers on the wedding day. With vibrant peonies, pink garden roses, and lush greens, they looked like they were freshly picked from a local garden and really captured the relaxed elegant vibe we were going for. Dara Molloy, a Celtic monk residing on the nearby Aran Islands, officiated our wedding in the courtyard. He performed many traditional blessings and a traditional handfasting ceremony. After cocktails by the sea, we enjoyed a delicious meal in the marquee, dancing the night away under the stars with our amazing band. Luckily for us, the rain waited until after our outdoor ceremony and cleared just before sunset so a gorgeous rainbow could appear. From the music and flowers, to the venue, food, and decor, our uber talented photographer captured it all. We were thrilled to celebrate with our family and friends in such a special place, and would do it all over again with the same wonderful vendors if we could.

Photography: Elisha Clarke Photography | Wedding Coordinator: Sylvia Wallnutt | Floral Design: The Informal Florist | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Cloudberry Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Band: The Bentley Boys | Groom's Attire: Banana Republic | Officiant: Dara Molloy | Venue: Doonbeg Lodge | Hair And Makeup Artist: UpStyle Junkie

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Ireland Inspiration Shoot at Slieve Gullion

My hubby and I just returned from a ridiculously amazing trip to Ireland, and the entire time we were there my head was lost in a day dream of Emerald Isle prettiness. So when I saw this stunning shoot dreamt up by Alise Taggart  and captured by Christian Oth Studio my heart leapt out of my chest, because this is just what I was dreaming of the entire time we were there.

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From Alise Taggart…”For she is a fair maiden, the fairest lady of a house of queens.” The inspiration for this shoot came from the wild landscape of the Irish moors and of another world, gone by many years ago. The fair maiden is awaiting her true love, she has an innocence and naivety about her, anticipating her wedding day and what’s to come.

We drew inspiration from the untamed landscape and nature’s elements, the movement in the beautiful gowns, the flowing of the veils and silk stationery suite, unstructured, lush floral design with textured elements of linen and stone throughout.

Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Floral Design: The Informal Florist | Wedding Dress: Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier | Stationery: Signora E Mare | Hair Stylist: Kathy McLean | Venue: Slieve Gullion | Creative Direction, Styling & Production: Alise Taggart | Linen Dress And Fabrics: Knock Knock Linen | Make Up Artist: Jennifer Ireland | Model: Rachel Morrow | Model: Amber Duffy | Model: Joanne Northey

Ethereal Seaside Ireland Inspiration Shoot

As a person that doesn’t like to be further than walking distance to the ocean at all times, this stunning seaside shoot beautifully styled by Pearl & Godiva and captured by Alexander James is basically my idea of perfection. Ethereal and elegant, every single detail sitting in this gallery makes my heart sing, and you can soak it all up here.

From Pearl & GodivaThis is one of my personal favourites and I am so excited to be able to share it with you. We do hope you love it as much as us. As this was such a divine project to work on.

Well I stood before the ocean in the middle of the night
And because I loved her so I asked her then if she would be my wife.
And then I closed my eyes and waited, and listened for an answer
Until she kissed my feet and whispered, ??I could not give you my hand sir.??
~ Declan O’Rourke – Marrying the Sea (Til Death Do Us Part)

The Sea is our mistress, living, breathing, an eminent omnipresent wonder, a mother, the bringer of life. For an island nation like ours, the Sea is as elemental as the air, inescapable in it’s power and beauty.

Softly tickling the stoney shore, creating music of tumbling periwinkles, caressing the long golden strands, her touch nurtures. Her fury is as beautiful as it is tempestuous, her strength barrages against soaring cliffs, carving out caves and sea stacks, even ancient forts that are folded into her embrace.

With its winds, whirlpools, rip tides, shell adorned rocks, and caves, we have found our muse. Working with Alexander James, we shot on a deserted beach in the wilds of West Cork as the clouds rolled in off the Atlantic. From time to time those clouds separated and our Lady of the Sea was bathed with golden light. It was like she applauded the story we were telling.

Photography: Alexander James | Florals: Hanako | Gown: Dirty Fabulous | Stationery: Pretty as a Picture | Hair: Ikon Hair Studio | Make Up Artist: Kathryn O'Neill | Printed Veil: Pearl & Godiva | Production, Art Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva | Props: Pearl & Godiva

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Flutterby Bridal Inspiration Shoot

When it comes to bridal shoots that push the limits of perfection, Pearl & Godiva are our go-to girls. They can translate seemingly ordinary inspiration – in this case, the monarch butterfly – and design an editorial that makes our jaws drop. Of course, bringing on a wildly talented photographer like Paula O’Hara doesn’t hurt one bit, and the resulting shots are nothing short of stunning.

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From Pearl and GodivaThis editorial shoot and its very color palette was inspired by the colors of a monarch butterfly and also moths, that really was our basis for building this beautiful story. The fact that the roads where near enough to impassable and snow storms on the day of the shoot didn’t stop us from telling this sumptuous story. Our creativity for this design was built on looking for the unexpected, stepping outside our own experience and walking around this beautiful house and it’s breath taking grounds. Before we start transforming a space, we view it from every angle, gouge out every obliquity of the building itself, and sense its opportunity. We stand and close our eyes and see the evolution.

We create depth and layers, interest points, consider possible floor and wall treatment, and slowly build up a foundation. We keep an eye on the way the natural light falls into the room, or where the walls could do with an interest point. We keep a notebook where we jot down a list of things and notes on what we experience. We always start with a natural color palette, and slowly build color up thereafter. Fabrics are rich with possibilities, we play with scale, different heights and shapes. Then we forage and scout, find and keep and in the end curate it all for our clients. Beauty really can be found in the simplest of things…

Photography: Paula O'Hara | Florals: Best of Buds Wedding Flowers | Wedding Gown: Jenny Packham | Cake: Gift Cakes | Stationery: Pretty as a Picture | Hair: Joanne Kelly | Grooms Attire: Reiss | Venue: Carton House | Butterfly Ring: Pearls Polkadots | Make up Artist: Kate Rose Crean | Models:: Li-ann & Adam | Production, Art Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva

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Malahide Castle Irish Inspiration Shoot

Ireland is the land of dreams to me. So when I came across this stunning Irish shoot captured by D’Arcy Benincosa and styled by Ciara O’Halloran of Style Serendipity I felt I needed to pinch myself. Because this, my lovelies, is so pretty you’ll think you are actually dreaming. Get lost in all the lovely right here.

From D’Arcy BenincosaNothing says Ireland like ancient castles and blushing brides. With the warmest summer here in eighteen years, our stylist found inspiration away from her usual leanings towards muted shades of green and grey and instead, transformed the garden grounds to showcase an affection for sun soaked forest green, offset with aubergine, pale citrus and coral. Malahide Castle has a kaleidoscope influences, owned by the same family for 800 years who filled the ornamental gardens with exotic plants and trees from the world over. With the dazzling sunshine, charming accessories from Avoca and a delicate mantilla lace veil, this classic Irish shoot has all of the Irish history, elegance and heritage you’d expect, but with a twist of Mediterranean magic!

Photography: D'Arcy Benincosa | Flowers: A New Leaf | Wedding Gown: Sarah Janks from The White Gallery Boutique | Cake: The Cake Cafe | Stationery: Pretty As A Picture | Hair & Makeup: April Benincosa of Vintage Rouge | Creative Direction, Production & Styling: Ciara O'Halloran of Style Serendipity | Tables, Chairs, Props & Accessories: Avoca Malahide | Veil: Couture Bridal Accessories

Romantic Irish Wedding Inspiration

A few months back I had the chance to visit Dublin and experience the charm of Ireland for myself. And now thanks to Katie Stoops Photography and Jemma Cassidy my itch to hop a flight and head back is more fierce than ever. They put together this wildly romantic Dublin-based shoot, and the full gallery is the perfect place to kick off your St. Paddy’s celebration.

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Fall
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From Katie Stoops… Set within a crumbling massive 19th century abandoned home, Jemma Cassidy of HipHip events in Dublin designed a shoot that was filled with character and a mysterious elegance. We were enchanted with the visual of a stunning model who had a lightness about her against the heavy features that this building so desperately wanted to hold onto. The tarnished brass and gold complemented the rich jewel tones in the table setting & florals.

We had the duo from Mad Uncle Harry play in the house and the music simply echoed through the massive rooms creating a hauntingly beautiful experience where everyone wished they were actually getting married at that moment.

Photography: Katie Stoops Photography | Florals: Mark Grehan | Dress: Romona Keveza | Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Ali Davis | Makeup: Niamh Martin | Hair: Sian Sharkey | Lighting: Creative Event Lighting | Film: NazFilms | Mixologist: Vintage Cocktail Club | Stylist: Kate O'Dowd With Bash Magazine | Stylist: Jemma Cassidy

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