St. Patrick's Day Shoot by Katie Cassidy Photography + Event Styling by Shawna Marie
March 16, 2012

My Irish eyes smile just a little bit wider when March 17th rolls around. St. Patty's Day. A day where the libations flow and the pretty inspiration online is always worthy of a jig or two. So get out your dancing shoes girlies, because we have such a beauty to share with you this afternoon. And thanks to our dear friend and fabulously talented Shawna of Event Styling by Shawna Marie and Katie Cassidy Photography, it's St. Patrick's day all glittery and pink and full of steal-worthy wedding ideas. Oh and you can see the whole shebang right here in the full gallery!

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From Shawna of Event Styling by Shawna Marie... Inspired by the Irish countryside and the important wedding traditions that are part of the Irish heritage, this modern design is focused on a bold kelly green color that contrasts against layers of pinks and gold tones. The historic McKinney Flour Mill's brick walls and loft setting created a backdrop that lent itself to the perfect pub-style celebration. Many Irish influences were incorporated throughout the design in a thoughtful manner. Crochet elements are found in the decor, flower girl's dress and on the wedding gown from Patsy's Bridal. An eclectic mix of natural greenery and florals, including ranunculus and roses were created by Bows + Arrows, lending softness to the space. The fragrant florals paired perfectly with the light linens and glitzy gold chargers. A sprig of rosemary on the groom's boutonniere signifies the Irish heritage of remembering loved ones. Colorful florals were added to the bride's hair braid to complete the natural feeling. Hemstitch linen and hankies from Ireland along with a Celtic wedding band also add that special touch of tradition.

The golden fondant cake by Sweet Art Bakery was wrapped in a delicate chiffon and lace sash by Emily Riggs Bridal. This added such a beautiful and soft statement and connected all of the romantic elements together. A delicious menu selection paired with a lively bar setting creates an easy atmosphere to celebrate time with family and friends. Irish beers and spirits are the perfect way to toast to the bride and groom. Decor elements are the key when creating any environment. A mix of metal and wood furniture pieces provided by Period Charm Rentals connected the entire scheme. Colorful green bottles mixed with gold glitter and textured pillows gave richness to the space. The collection of Irish books were a lovely decor element that fit nicely with the inspiration. The solid and striped kelly green color is a major element carried throughout the design and stands out against the dark brick of the Flour Mill perfectly. The personalized tea cups can be used as a gift for guests, relaxing with Irish breakfast tea the next morning. Luxury stationery, paper goods and calligraphy by the Left Handed Calligrapher connected the color in a the utmost sophisticated way. Katie Cassidy Photography was able to bring the shoot to life by highlighting the bold kelly green with the soft pinks and shimmery gold. Capturing the details was important to showcase the unique traditions laced throughout Irish culture.

Photography: Katie Cassidy Photography / Venue: McKinney Flour Mill in McKinney, Texas / Design + Styling: Event Styling by Shawna Marie / Floral Design: Bows + Arrows / Rentals + Decor: Period Charm Rentals / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura via The Left Handed Calligrapher / Paper Goods + Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher / Wedding Cake: Sweet Art Bakery / Linens + Chargers: BBJ Linen in Dallas / Wedding Dress: Martina Liana via Patsy's Bridal Boutique / Shoes: Angela Nurnan via Patsy's Bridal Boutique / Garter + Sash: Emily Riggs Bridal / Bridal Jewelry: Nadri via Nordstrom / Model Bride: Leigh Vest / Model Bridesmaids: Mandy Carrasco + Leslie Shepard / Model Flower Girl: Kolbie Cassidy / Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCPenney + Lauren by Ralph Lauren via Macy's / Bridesmaids Jewelry: Mixit by JCPenney + Kendra Scott / Flower Girl's Dress: Old Navy / Flower Girl's Ribbon Wand + Hair Piece: Mayhar Design / Guest Book: Blue Sky Papers / Favor Bag: Event Styling by Shawna Marie / Ring Pillow: Mayhar Design / Striped Straws: Lollipops & Pussycats