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Sophisticated Black Tie Wedding at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland

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[field title=”Wedding Colors”]Whites, Ivories, lots of green foliage with pops of blush and sahara rose, gold undertones[/field]
[field title=”Design / Vibe / Vision”]Christina & Martin dreamed of a castle wedding and hosted an elegant & classic black tie affair in the lush and regal surroundings of Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin. The day exuded opulence and grandeur from start to finish, beginning in the city centre of Dublin with their ceremony partly conducted by the groom’s cousin. [/field]
[field title=”Proposal Story”]It was the summer of 2022 and Christina and Martin were headed to France, after a long stretch of limited international travel from New York. They were flying into Paris first, landing on a Friday morning, and then heading to Bordeaux by train the next day, on Saturday afternoon. Before heading to Bordeaux though, Martin had told Christina the plan was to meet a friend nearby for a classic Parisian brunch with views of the Eiffel Tower. (Little did Christina know, they were not really going to meet a friend or go to brunch!) The two hopped into a cab from their hotel that Saturday morning, and Martin instructed the driver to head to a cute restaurant nearby where they would allegedly be having brunch. Upon exiting the cab though, Martin noted the restaurant was not yet open, but the friend they were meeting had directed them to another spot along the Seine River for a quick brunch cocktail and views to pass the time. Christina and Martin began walking on the promenade along the river, but soon, Christina started to complain about the walk in her wedge heels on the cobblestone. This added more pressure to the situation for Martin, as he was simultaneously, secretly texting with the photographer trying to pin down her exact location. Eventually, the two find flat pavement on the promenade and walk along, where there were few people and only gorgeous, uninterrupted views of the Eiffel Tower. Christina spotted a photographer at the edge of the river taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower and thought to herself, “wow, what a great hobby!” All of a sudden, Martin then suggested asking the photographer to take their photo, to which Christina agreed. Before Christina knew it, Martin was down on one knee, asking her to marry him. Christina was in such disbelief, and kept repeating “Oh my gosh!” to which Martin had to respond by nudging her to put on the ring (and say the word “yes”). It was a magical trip from that point on, to say the least.[/field]
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[field title=”Wedding Gown”]Pronovias from A Little Something White [/field]
[field title=”Bridesmaid Dresses”]Jenny Yoo champagne gowns[/field]
[field title=”Groomsman Attire”]Grey Clothiers[/field]
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[field title=”Food & Drink”]A feast of gourmet cuisine delighted the senses, while fine wines and champagne flowed freely. Their canapes included
Smoked salmon mousse quail egg, black caviar
– Chili prawn
– Wild Mushroom tart
– Chorizo and black olive gnocchi
– Oysters

– Warm Goats Cheese
– Carrot and ginger
– Fillet of Irish Beef
– Fillet of Sea Bass
– Wild Mushroom Risotto
Dessert: Warmed chocolate tart[/field]
[field title=”Florals & Decor”]The couple chose a gorgeous pale pastel colour palette of whites, ivories, touches of blush and peach with lots of Irish foliage.
These beautiful shades were brought together with Quicksand Roses, Blush Peonies, Sahara Roses, White scabiosas, White Delphiniums and Playa Blanca Roses.
A classic and elegant vision which came together beautifully on the day[/field]
[field title=”Wedding Cake”]3 tiered, lush pastel pink florals, smooth white finish with gold detail[/field]
[field title=”Readings, Ceremony Music, Reception Songs”]Song selections:
■ Gabriel’s Oboe (Morricone)
■ Flower Duet (Delibes)
■ Air from Suite No. 3 (Bach)
○ Processional:
■ Canon in D
○ Psalm:
■ Psalm 102/103: The Lord is Compassion (Warner)
■ Ag Críost an Síol
■ Gift of Finest Wheat from Sunday’s Mass
■ Ave Maria – Bach/Gounod
■ Spring (Vivaldi)
4. Scripture Readings:
○ First Reading (Old Testament):
A reading from the book of Genesis 1:26-28, 33
○ Second Reading (New Testament):
A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 12:31–13:8
[field title=”Special Detail #1″]Church Ceremony in St. Stephen’s Green: Christina and Martin were traditional in that they were keen on having a Catholic wedding mass, as opposed to having the ceremony at the beautiful Luttrellstown Castle. So, the couple had their ceremony at Newman University Church, right on St. Stephen’s Green, which was not only a gorgeous setting but also centrally located for their guests, most of whom were staying on the Green. The ceremony was filled with meaningful moments, including the lighting of a candle for Christina’s late father, as well as having Martin’s cousin, a priest who married his parents 40 years prior, co-host the ceremony.[/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #2″]Oyster Bar: Christina and Martin’s love of oysters were a key inspiration throughout the wedding weekend. For the reception, Christina and Martin asked Luttrellstown to include a lavish Oyster Bar as part of the Cocktail Hour menu. It was the first time the Luttrellstown team had received a request for this, and they absolutely perfected it. Not only was it beautifully designed throughout the library, but the oysters themselves were some of the largest, most delicious oysters the guests ever had![/field]
[field title=”Special Detail #3″]Christina and Martin enjoyed designing and picking out their wedding
wear accessories, including earrings, rings, and bracelet for her, and cufflinks and stud set for him. Christina’s custom earrings even matched the design on her shoes, while Martin and his groomsmen suavely sported green clover stud sets in true Irish fashion![/field]
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Photography: Studio Brown | Cinematography: B&G Productions | Event Planning: Waterlily Weddings | Floral Design: Frog Prince Ltd | Wedding Dress: A Little Something White | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Colhoun Creations | Invitations: Fine Lines Of Katonah | Ceremony Venue: St Nicholas Of Myra Church | Reception Venue: Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | DJ: KQ Music | Band: Pure Hits | Groom's Attire: Grey clothiers | Accomodations: The Shelbourne Florist | Beauty: Orlaith Shore | Beauty: Claire Barry | Cars: Heffernan Wedding Cars | Dress shop: Bella Bridesmaids | Jewellery: AEA Diamonds | Music: Sacred Sounds | Photography - Assistance: Ivana Milchanska

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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: Darcy Benincosa Photography | Flowers: A New Leaf | Wedding Gown: The White Gallery | Cake: The Cake Cafe | Stationery: Pretty as a Picture | Hair & Makeup: April Benincosa | Creative Direction, Production & Styling: Style Serendipity | Tables, Chairs, Props & Accessories: Avoca | 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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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 | Film: Naz Films | Florals: The Garden Powerscourt | Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Dress: Romona Keveza | Dress: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Ali Davis | Makeup: Niamh Martin | Hair: Sian Sharkey | Lighting: Creative Event Lighting | Mixologist: Vintage Cocktail Club | Stylist: Jemma Cassidy | Stylist: Kate O'Dowd With Bash Magazine

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Dublin Elegance from Pretty As A Picture + The Bridal Lounge + Christina Brosnan

If I could, I would step into this gorgeous shoot, and live in it forever. It’s the perfect mix of elegance and sophistication mixing and mingling with a color palette that will stand the test of time – all crafted beautifully by the team behind the gorgeousness – The Bridal LoungePretty as a PictureThe Garden, Powerscourt and Christina Brosnan (to name a few). It’s inspiration overload in the best possible way, and really, what more could you ask for? See it all here.

The inspiration continues with this gorgeous film from Best Day Productions

From Pretty as a Picture… This is a sophisticated, elegant Dublin City wedding inspiration photo shoot. Our theme was classic elegance with green and black being the key colors used. The ceremony was held in Dublin City Hall, right in the middle of Dublin City centre. Renowned for it’s Georgian architecture, City Hall provided the perfect backdrop for the photographs, bringing some rich history into this modern wedding.

The bride and groom then moved to a stylish Michelin Star restaurant alongside Dublin’s canal for an intimate reception. For their first dance together a beautiful park was chosen. The bride changed her dress for her first dance and wears a beautiful black shrug to finish her outfit.

Custom illustrated stationery was created for the shoot. The couple’s story was illustrated and includes imagery of Dublin City, the canal and the couple themselves on a bellyband which wraps around the sophisticated invitation. An illustrated map was included outlining details of their special day.

A wedding dress portrait was also illustrated as a gift from the groom to the bride on the morning of their wedding depicting the brides dress, creating a beautiful keepsake for the couple of their wedding day.

A big thank you to all the high quality suppliers who participated in this shoot who helped make this happen!


Photography: Christina Brosnan | Ceremony Venue: City Hall | Reception Venue: Locks Brasserie | Invitations + Stationery: Pretty as a Picture | Styling + Decor: The Bridal Lounge | Cinematography: Best Day Productions | Floral Design: The Garden, Powerscourt | Charger Plates: Cater Hire | Canapes: Silk Road Cafe | Cake: Bake My Cake | Dresses: Little White Dress | Groom’s Attire: Zara | Hair: Lorraine Browne | Make-up: Clare Hogan | Violin: Sound of Serendipity | Models: Morgan The Agency | Wedding Dress Illustration: Pretty as a Picture

Amalfi Coast Wedding at Villa dei D’Armieto from Jillian Modern Photography

I was lucky enough to spend a few days of my honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast, and I can honestly say I left a little piece of my heart there. It’s pure heaven. Every little bit of the beautiful coastline wrapped me up and made me want to stay forever, so when I laid eyes on this wedding from Jillian Modern Photography? I was a goner. I got completely lost in all the Italian goodness, and I don’t regret one bit. Because this pretty fête captures so much of what I loved about that gorgeous place topped off with a Bride in a Vera Wang gown – officially checking off all my weaknesses. See so much more here.

From Jillian Modern PhotographyThis wedding is 100% DIY, all details were tended to by the bridal party on the morning of the wedding. It was a fun team effort! Lemons… lemons… and more lemons! And if you have ever been to Sorrento you will know why. The entire peninsula is covered by lemon trees. They incorporate the lemon into everything that you eat or drink. I had also fallin in love with the color green, and when we went to see the Villa dei D’Armieto, the interior used this color everywhere in its details.

Wedding Photography: Jillian Modern Photography / Wedding Venue : Villa dei D’Armieto in Sorrento, Italy / Wedding Coordinator : Antonino Acampora ( / Event Designer : DIY by the Bride / Floral Design: Titina Aiello ( / Wedding Cinematography: Sebastien Kuehne / Cake Topper : My Cake Topper / Calligraphy: The Artful Pen / DJ : Roberto of Lupo di Mare ( / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Veil: Pishposhes / Makeup : Zoe Graham

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Ireland Wedding by Magda Lukas

All that is running through my brain right now is pretty, pretty, holy-cow PRETTY. It could be lack of coffee or more importantly the explosion of greatness that is this Dublin wedding. Photographed by Moments & Memories by Magda Lukas with a dab of the loveliest hand-painted paper goods by Rifle Paper Co., enough designer wedding attire to satiate even the most die hard tulle lovers and a cake. Oh the cake. That beauty was crafted by  Perfectionist Confectionist and it’s a whimsical delight…just like the wedding it came from. Enjoy all the beauty this Dublin wedding has to offer in the FULL gallery.

And how about the film by the crazy talented Brian of Shark Pig to round out the festivities? That man knows how to work a videocamera and the proof is in this Irish pudding…

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From the bride… Paul and I had a wonderful wedding in Dublin at The Village at Lyons on July 11, 2011. I’m a fashion strategy student in Amsterdam, so I was quite concerned about my wedding style. Thank God that in Ireland we have so many good wedding retailers, but I selected some American vendors as well. The ceremony was in a very bright, open restaurant at The Village at Lyons. The French Touch made an arch with many beautiful peonies for the ceremony. I wore a Vera Wang dress with silver Roger Vivier shoes. Paul was wearing a Prada suit with a black agnes.b bow tie. We arranged for jazz music to be played by The Avoca String Quartet during cocktail time. We had a mushroom cake from Perfectionist Confectionist. One of the most lovely things was we had invitation cards and menus made by Rifle Paper Co. The wedding band was amazing. They played jazz and for the first song, which they had practiced especially for us, they played “Bad Things,” the theme song for the TV series True Blood. At midnight, we released colorful lanterns with the guests that had well-wishes for a happy future for us written on them. It felt so peaceful and complete. 

Photography: Moments & Memories by Magda Lukas / Cinematography: Brian of Shark Pig / Flowers: The French Touch / Venue: The Village at Lyons / Event Design: The Bride / Event Planning: The Bridal Lounge / Invitations: Rifle Paper Co. / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Roger Vivier / Groom’s Suit: Prada / Groom’s Bow Tie: agnes.b / Bridal Party Dresses: Ivy & Aster + ACNE / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Prada / Wedding Cake: Perfectionist Confectionist / Cocktail Hour Music: The Avoca String Quartet / Band: Connor McKeon

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