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Fresh + Classic Ireland Wedding

Classic weddings have my heart. This classic wedding, set in charming Ireland and complete with a platinum-hued Bentley getaway ride? Has my whole heart today. With Amanda Crean stealing every moment in picture perfect form, THE VAULT is looking a little shinier with love today. See it all here and don’t miss this darling bridal red carpet moment.

From the Bride…Kieran and I first met over 10 years ago while both studying at University College Cork. Even after going out with each other for over 8 years, our engagement was still a complete surprise to me! I was in the throes of finishing off my PhD, so was completely caught off-guard when, while exchanging presents on Christmas Eve, Kieran went down on one knee with a stunning emerald cut engagement ring. I was so surprised and happy and excited that it took me about 20 minutes to stop freaking out and say yes!

Over the summer months that followed we visited lots of different venues around Ireland before deciding on the Village at Lyons. The Village at Lyons is a beautifully restored seventeenth century village, located on the towpath of the Grand Canal in Co. Kildare. Every inch of the venue is simply exquisite, and we knew from the moment we stepped inside the front door that this was the only place we could imagine for our wedding venue. As for the wedding vendors we chose, I have a slight obsession with everything got to do with weddings, so after all the hours spent scouring wedding blogs and magazines, I knew exactly which vendors I wanted for our big day. We decided on a date for the wedding that would allow us to have all our top choices of vendors … and boy, were we happy we did!

Kieran and I were married on a beautiful sunny day last June in front of 70 of our closest friends and family. We wanted the day to have a relaxed and elegant feel, so chose a romantic palette of mint, peach, soft pastels and white. Stephanie from The French Touch worked with us to achieve a soft and romantic aesthetic by incorporating large open roses, peonies, campanula, hydrangeas and lush foliage into our floral design. The flowers were simply incredible, and I would say that they were my highlight of the day … apart from getting married to the man of my dreams!

In keeping with the feel of the day, I really wanted a dress that had a quiet simplicity and timeless feel about it. After 7 shops and over 60 dresses I finally found the perfect dress, a Pronovias chiffon gown with an illusion neckline covered in embroidery and pearly beading.

We were very lucky to have Father James McSweeney travel from Cork to LadyChapel Church that day to marry us. Father James had been my chaplain when I attended primary school all those years ago, and we are so thankful to him for officiating our wedding ceremony with such warmth and joy. He made such an impact that there was a queue of people lined up after the wedding to ask him if he would be free to do their own weddings in the future.

After the ceremony, we made our way back to the venue in a beautiful grey 1954 Bentley R-type wedding car, sipping champagne in the back seat and enjoying the feeling of finally being married. After arriving back at the venue, we slipped off to have some private photos taken with our incredible photographer Amanda Crean and had such a fun time. It was great to be able to finally relax and have a laugh after all the nervousness before the ceremony. While we were off posing, our guests were treated to prosecco, homemade lemonade and a selection of canapés in the sunshine bathed courtyard.

Dinner was served that evening in The Mill which is a beautiful double height room overlooking the cascading waters of the canal which flows through the property. The food was absolutely delicious. We had tried everything at our menu tasting the previous month and loved it all, but I don’t know whether it was the occasion, the wine or what, but I have to say that on the day it tasted even more delicious than I remembered. All of our guests were raving about it afterwards and it still comes up in conversation now about how amazing the lamb was.

After dinner, the well-known Cork based jazz and swing band The Roaring Forties kept everyone up on the dance floor for the rest of the night, with guests only taking a quick break to scoff down some tasty fish and chip cones along with the amazing wedding cake, cupcakes and cake pops made by Cat from the Cakecuppery!

The following day all our guests returned to the Village at Lyons for an afternoon BBQ outside the stunning old coach house. There was a huge gas BBQ set up in the garden along with plenty of tables and chairs for people to rest their feet after the night of dancing. We all really enjoyed catching up and sharing stories from the night before with some great food and drink, relaxing in the sunshine. A great end to an amazing wedding and a great start to the next chapter in our lives together. Our wedding day was everything we could have hoped for and more, and we have Amanda to thank for capturing all those precious moments for us on camera. Its great to be able to look back on the stunning photos and remember what an amazing day it was.

Photography: Amanda Crean | Cinematography: Best Day Productions | Floral Design: The French Touch | Wedding Dress: Say I Do | Cake: The Cake Cuppery | Stationery: Appleberry Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Fran And Jane | Band: The Roaring Forties | Groom's Attire: Roy Robson, Tom Murphys Menswear | Transportation: Heffernan Wedding Cars | Venue: Village at Lyons | Bridesmaids' Belt: Jenny Packham

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Romantic Early Morning Bridal Inspiration in Ireland

I might have found the secret for turning your perfect day into the perfect picture. The answer? It’s waiting for you in this gallery – because anytime the O’Malley Photographers and House Of Hannah are behind the scenes it’s magic. Take this Ireland inspo as proof, that when these two powerhouses unite the pretty that’s produced is museum quality. See it all unfold in the archives via THE VAULT!

From House Of Hannah“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed colour. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to” – East of Eden

The inspiration behind this shoot comes from the brides very early morning musings after waking on her wedding day in the quiet of her own company. Set on the grounds of the stunningly beautiful Longueville House, one of Irelands 18th century heritage properties in the heart of the Blackwater Valley, Co Cork, we were so charmed by the light radiating through the glass orangery and the versatility of the space that it became the main shoot location when the heavens decided to open. We kept to a very neutral and organic colour palette, lush florals and foraged foliage to create a very soft, calm and serene space.


See rings, engagements + proposals galore!

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Event Planning: Fly Away Bride | Event Styling: House Of Hannah | Floral Design: Ann Marie O'Leary | Wedding Dress: Ivory & Pearl Bridal Boutique | Wedding Dress: The White Gallery | Makeup: Kathryn O'Neill | Hair: Upstyle Junkie | Calligraphy: La Happy | Venue: Longueville House, Cork | Rentals: House Of Hannah | Veil: Sharon Gregory

Chic West Ireland Summer Wedding

Stop whatever you’re doing – I have a treat that beats all others (even that second cup of coffee). I’ve watched this Dreamcatcher Productions film more than once and every time, happy tears appear. The adorableness between these two makes me believe in love and laughter. And the Bride’s look, there’s no words, it’s that good. My new style crush and a love story in one; not sure it gets better than this.

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From Dreamcatcher Productions… On the summer equinox Grace and Brian tied the knot nine years to the day of meeting. An intimate wedding in the beautiful walled garden grounds of Doonbeg Lodge, West Ireland, they choose a ancient Celtic Handfasting ceremony with Dara Molloy, a renowned Celtic celebrant. After the ceremony we brought the couple on a stunning beach walk for some romantic photos and filming. Lots of DIY decor in the marquee with beautiful and funny speeches followed by some crazy dance moves. A very special and stylish wedding.

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Photography: David Olshoorn | Cinematography: Dreamcatcher Productions | Floral Design: Freda Donnellan | Wedding Dress: Sarah Janks | Ceremony Venue: Doonbeg Lodge | Reception Venue: Doonbeg Lodge | Hair + Makeup: Brenda Wall | Band: The Boogie Band | Groom's Attire: Patrick Bourke Menswear | Officiant: Dara Molloy | Bridal Boutique: Myrtle Ivory | Veil: Myrtle Ivory

Charming Borris House Wedding in Ireland

Even though this was technically a destination wedding planned from Australia, for this couple, marrying in Ireland meant coming home. They gathered all their family and friends for a celebration at The Borris House and brought on House Of Hannah Events to design a day with natural foliage, candlelight and gold accents throughout. The incredible Laura Gordon told the story of the day through her lens and it’s all in The Vault.

From The Bride…One of the easiest decisions in the entire planning process was to marry back home in Ireland. We emigrated to Australia in 2010 and although we absolutely love Sydney, we very much miss our family and friends. It was such a perfect opportunity to throw a big party and celebrate with everyone back home.

Planning a destination wedding in Ireland from Australia was a not an easy task so we enlisted the very lovely Lindsay from House of Hannah as our planner and stylist. Lindsay is an absolute dream to work with and expertly brought our vision to light. She even traveled the length and breadth of Ireland to source a venue for us!

The most important aspects of the day for us were the venue, ceremony and photography. We are exceptionally lucky Laura traveled from the U.S., along with her very lovely assistant Jen, to photograph our wedding. Laura has an amazing eye for detail and we cherish our photos from the day.

Borris House is simply a beautiful venue and remains drenched in natural light even on the most typical of Irish rainy days. This turned out to be quite important aspect of the venue as it literally did not stop raining on our wedding day! We played to the venue’s strengths and grandeur when styling with lots of natural foliage, candlelight and gold accents. Borris House has a real sense of history and the Kavanaghs warmly welcomed us and our guests for the entire weekend.

We choose to have a Humanist ceremony, which very much adheres to our own belief in marriage equality. Our celebrant, Bridget Carlin, was simply wonderful and guided us through the ceremony with beautiful poetry read by our family and friends. The ceremony was without a doubt our highlight of the day. It was very humbling to look around the room at all our guest smiling back at us – we really felt the love!

Many, many bottles of champagne were popped post-ceremony with delicious seasonal food served by Eunice Power. Our first dance is one of our favorite memories with our guests storming the dance floor mid-way though the song. The party had begun and continued to the very early hours with music by All Talk. Really that was what the whole day was about for us – lots of fun, celebration and good times with family and friends.

Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Event Planning: House Of Hannah | Floral Design: House Of Hannah | Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson | Cake: The Cake Cuppery | Invitations: House Of Hannah | Bride's Shoes: Tom Ford | Jewelry: Johanna Johnson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Miss Selfridge | Catering: Eunice Power | Makeup: Emma Farrell | Hair: Michelle Ohalloran | Band: All Talk | Groom's Attire: Custom Made By Roger Concept | Celebrant: Bridget Carlin | Ceremony Music: Noriana Kennedy | Venue: Borris House | Paper & Calligraphy: House Of Hannah | Rentals: House Of Hannah



Ethereal Windswept Cliffs of Moher Bridal Inspiration

Wait, is it just me – or is this Tulle & Grace +Joanna Fisher inspo a dead ringer for that hairstyle you’ve been lusting after all season. That’s right ladies, those lush locks are now windswept and wondrous and waiting for you in THE VAULT! Because as you begin to scroll through this gallery, you’re bound to find 100,000+ moments to pin.

From Tulle & GraceInspired by an Irish Poem by Dermot Kelly:
I’m sitting on the cliffs of Moher
Looking out to sea.
The broad Atlantic swells below me
A bridge love between you and me.
The puffins cry above the tide
The seagulls glide through the air
They’re calling you back from New York City
Back home to the county of Clare.

Come back, come back, sweet Annie
Come back for I will be there.
We’ll sing and we’ll play
In the old-fashioned way
On the hillside of sweet County Clare.

I’ll hold your hand, we’ll walk through the Burren
With limestone and flowers so rare.
The yellows and reds, the gold in their petals
Will match your blue eyes and fair hair.
We’ll visit Quinn Abbey and Fein Cill Sula
Where holy ones once knelt in prayer.
But how can this be, if you stay away darling
From your home in the county of Clare?


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Photography: Tulle Grace | Photography: Joanna Fisher Photography | Event Planning: Merren Events | Floral Design: Tulle Grace | Wedding Dress: Gossamer | Hair And Makeup: Angela Nunnink | Venue: Clare County | Concept & Styling: Tulle Grace | Film Processing: Film Box Lab | Ribbon: Stella Wolfe

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Glamorous + Romantic Irish Manor House Wedding Inspiration

I’m convinced that Kilshane House is where the Irish “Downton Abbey” would take place. The stately architecture and expansive grounds evoke the classic glamour and elegance of the early 20th Century. And, these dreamy gowns, lovely cakes and romantic florals combined with the genius of Paula O’Hara‘s photography add even more beauty to this historic manor. See all the pretty here.


From Paula O’HaraTrue old time glamour at Kilshane House. We wanted something simple, soft and elegant. Kilshane House has such beautiful locations and light inside and out. It truly is one of Ireland’s best wedding venues. It was easy for us to get swept up in the romance and warmth of this house. And we all fell in love with Matilda the deerhound who was such a quiet, gentle lady and a real star.

Photography: Paula O'Hara Photography | Cinematography: Conor Stafford | Floral Design: Bella Botanica | Wedding Dress: Sharon Hoey | Wedding Dress: Myrtle Ivory | Wedding Dress: The White Gallery | Wedding Dress: Verona Bridal | Wedding Dress: Marian Gale | Wedding Dress: Anabel Rose | Cakes: Gift Cakes | Stationery: Four Hats Press | Rings: Rocks Jewellers | Makeup: Anita Conroy For The Powder Room Studio | Groom's Attire: Louis Copeland & Sons | Venue: Kilshane House | Creative Direction, Styling & Props: Alise Taggart | Earrings + Accessories: Myrtle Ivory | Film Scans: UK Film Lab | Hair Styling: Bridget Haren For Altamoda Hair & Beauty, Assisted By Nicole Mitchell | Magazine Commission: Ireland's Confetti Magazine | Models: Alex For Pulse Models | Models: Joanne Northey

Ireland Destination Wedding at Corcomroe Abbey

A couple years back my husband and I took a trip to the Emerald Isle, and ever since then I’ve been kind of obsessed. We’ve not-so-secretly dreamed about our destination wedding “re-do,” and truth be told? It’d look exactly like this. Think an intimate ceremony set at the 13th century ruins of Corcomroe Abbey followed by a charming pub reception PLUS day-after portraits at the Cliffs of Moher. Lovies, this gallery from Kati Mallory is what Irish wedding dreams are made of.

From Kati Mallory Photo & Design… Adventurers Ashley & George knew when they got married that they wanted to provide an experience for their guests, and decided to host a destination wedding in Ireland. They exchanged vows in a beautiful 13th-century ruin, known as Corcomroe Abbey, surrounded by 25 of their closest friends and family. The ancient abbey proved to be the perfect setting for them, and matched their color palette of neutrals, greens and blues flawlessly.

Ashley wore a stunning, flowing Watters gown, and had a handmade blue cape to keep her warm in the cool Irish air. It matched her eyes perfectly, and with her simple, organic flower crown and loose white and green bouquet. She looked incredible.

After their heart-felt ceremony, everyone climbed into a bus and celebrated the night away at a traditional Irish pub in a nearby town. Decorated with wildflowers and candles galore, it was absolutely beautiful and very intimate. After a sit-down dinner, guests danced the night away to a local band, and everyone got a Moscow Copper Mule Mug designed with a celtic cross and the wedding date as a favor, which tied in with the Irish feel.

The next evening, we drove to the majestic Cliffs of Moher for a day-after session. The sun-soaked cliffs and beautiful water took my breath away – I wanted to shoot there for the rest of my days! The portraits from that trip were a dream, and I will cherish the memories and photos forever!

Photography: Kati Mallory Fine Art Photography | Videography: Leon Costello | Event Planning: Coordination Made Easy | Floral Design: Victorian Posy | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Cakes by Elma | Invitations: Shindig Paperie | Ceremony Venue: Corcomroe Abbey | Reception Venue: The Abbey Tavern | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: The Abbey Tavern | Makeup: Elaine Flaherty | Hair: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Groom's Attire: Bell & Sward | Groomsmen's Attire: Bell & Sward | Copper Moscow Mule Mugs: Santa Clara Copper

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Vintage Chic Irish Wedding at Castle Durrow

I adored reading this Bride’s story; not only was it entertaining but I feel like I really know her now, and in knowing her, I love the style she chose for her big day all the more. Bursting with bright colors against the regalness of the Castle Durrow, this wedding looks like one amazingly playful celebration that I’m jealous I missed. Lisa O’Dwyer didn’t miss out, and captured every stylish detail for us right here.

From Lisa O’DwyerDeirdre and Andy got married on a gloriously sunny and warm early October day at Castle Durrow. Durrow is a historic town deep in the countryside of Laois which is near Deirdre and Andy’s home in County Kildare. Deirdre’s style was influenced by old Hollywood. Her glamourous Jenny Packham dress made her look like a starlet, and the Pronovias headpiece set off her rich dark wavy hairstyle. Vibrant red and berry colors in the bridesmaids dresses and flowers set off the green and red ivy of the castle setting.

The ceremony was at an historic church in Abbeyleix, and the bride and groom set off in a vintage red car. Deirdre and Andy wanted a fun and playful feeling for their wedding, full of music, dancing, and laughter. The guests played games on the lawn while a 1940s style duo sang pre-war era songs in the background.

From the Bride… Andrew and I met seven years ago to the day we married. As Andrew and I are both in the military we had a long engagement (two and a half years) due to the fact we were both serving overseas for extended periods. Funnily enough it wasn’t the venue we booked first but rather the band! Spring Break are a fun 80’s cover band that Andrew and I had danced a night away to when we attended a ball a few years earlier. They were so good we stayed on the dance floor all night and said that if we ever were to get married then they would be our first choice of wedding band. To our relief they were free on our date. With the band secured we went in search of our perfect venue. We chose Castle Durrow in Durrow, Co. Laois as it offered everything we were looking for in a wedding venue, with gorgeous decor, beautiful gardens, delicious food and that feeling as soon as we entered the front doors that we were home. With Andrew overseas I had a lot of time on my hands to think about and develop the theme and overall look we were looking for from our wedding. I was inspired by the 1940s and the pin-up style of the era. We chose a pallet of berry colours, rich purples, red, deep pinks and our wonderful florist, Claire Brazil from Country House Flowers presented us with an eclectic choice of flowers, berries and fruits from which we based our arrangements on. Claire took the vision I had in my head and made it a reality. When I walked into the church, the flowers (and obviously the sight of my husband) took my breath away.

The morning started with my bridesmaids and I going out for an early morning walk around the castle grounds. We had all stayed in the castle the night before and had the closest thing to a slumber party I’d had since I was little. The make-up artist, Christoph and the hair stylists from Mandika in Naas arrived to our stunning stateroom at 0900hrs sharp and prep began. For me, it was so much fun to have my bridesmaids, my mum, my sister-in-law and my adorable niece around me. We laughed, we danced and we drank a lot of champagne! As I am not into matching bridesmaid dresses and I wanted the girls to be comfortable in a style that suited them, each had a different style and colour dress – berry red, pink and coral. My dress was a Jenny Packham gown from Emporium Kalu boutique in Naas. My shoes were a wedding gift from my father, a pair of Jimmy Choos and my headpiece was bought in Spain. Andrew surprised me with a gift of a gorgeous bracelet from Gallery9 boutique in Naas. It was delivered to our room with a bottle of champagne. The dress and accessories were quite simple but I finished off my look with a bold red lip.

I had promised Andrew that I wouldn’t be late on the day so the bridal party and I left the Castle with time to spare!

We had two army chaplains that we have known for years celebrating our mass. It was such a joy-filled ceremony and it was so special to have two priests that know us both so well. Music played a big role in the ceremony with Sirona Strings playing throughout and my Maid of Honour singing the Responsorial Psalm.

We were so lucky that the day was bright and sunny as we had a beautiful vintage red convertible to drive from the church in Abbeyleix to Durrow Castle. Luckily the extra-strong hairspray worked and we both arrived to our reception in one piece. Guests enjoyed the drinks reception out in the garden area and were entertained by the Bugle Babes, a 1940’s style close-harmony trio. A signature berry and champagne cocktail, pimm’s, craft beers and homemade hot and cold canapes were served to the guests as they enjoyed the spectacular garden and castle views.

Spring Break entertained the guests into the early hours with a short break taken at mid-night for a BBQ. The party didn’t stop there; celebrations moved into the residents bar where traditional Irish music ensured that guests didn’t see their beautiful castle rooms until sunrise.

Andrew and I stayed in the Castle for the weekend and left after the weekend for Part 1 of our honeymoon to Bali. Part 2 was skiing in January!

Photography: Lisa O'Dwyer Photography | Flowers: Country House Flowers | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cake: Denise's Cakes | Stationery: Lots Of Love | Reception Venue: Castle Durrow | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coast | Makeup: Christoph Eye Couture | Hair: Mandika | String Quartet: Sirona String Quartet | 1940s Style Singers: The Bugle Babes | Headpiece: Pronovias | Photobooth: Lucy Takes Photos | Photography - Assistance: Inspired By Love | Rentals: Lullabelle | Wedding Band: Spring Break

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Holiday Engagement Party in Ireland

I’ve always wanted to visit is Ireland, and this delicious dinner shot by Laura Murray Photography is just one of the many reasons why. Celebrating love and laughter, friends gathered over a Signora E Mare menu to share a meal at Ballyvolane HouseStyle Serendipity coordinated all the beauty (like that lush runner by Ann Marie O Leary), and I for one will be dreaming of sitting down to this dinner for years to come.

From Laura Murray PhotographyCelebration is an important ritual and one that can take many different forms; a handwritten card to say congratulations, a weekend getaway to celebrate an anniversary, or a simple glass of champagne used to toast a happy event, but my favorite way to celebrate is to gather together with friends over a meal.

Nothing is as satisfying as a close gathering of friends to celebrate a momentous occasion. It is the good stuff of life. It is what nourishes both our bodies and our minds.

This particular celebration, the celebration of a wedding engagement, was hosted at the Ballyvolane House, a historic Irish country house in Cork County. Driving down a sweeping country lane that weaves and curves through fields and around ancient oak trees, you can’t but get the sense that something special is just around the corner. Ballyvolane House with its noble stone facade seems as much a part of the landscape as all of the greenery around it.

The Ballyvolane House has an aesthetic that blends style and comfort – there is ample space inside their Drawing room for intimate conversation and the grand table in the dining room for larger groups. All of this makes the house an idyllic location for celebration.

Ciara O’Halloran with Style Serendipity is the skilled stylist who coordinated the event. It was the sense of nature interwoven with the elegant 18th century architecture that she wanted to capture in the design of the celebration. She took the cozy dining room and transformed it into a candlelit abode. She set the perfect scene for the guests to gather ‘round, drink, eat, converse, laugh, and be merry.

The beautiful floral elements were architected by designer Ann Marie with A New Leaf Floral. Freshly foraged moss from the woodland floor was interwoven with Irish heather and bees wax candles to bring the outdoors in, while the roaring fire and sumptuous feast created with all local ingredients grown in the walled-garden at Ballyvolane House and sourced from local artisan producers ensured that the soft rain falling outside only added to the magical atmosphere.
Katie Decker with Signora e Mare crafted organic menus and place settings that complimented the ambiance of the evening. Her hand drawn calligraphy was a touch of whimsy that finished off the styled décor.

Ballyvolane impressed all when they cooked up the most magical meal. All the food they serve in house is grown locally, much of which is grown on their own property.

Guests arrived to a glass of Ballyvolane’s famous Elderflower liquor (recipe below) or Hedgerow Martinis. Ballyvolane uses Elderflower Cordial to make their Elderflower Bellinis, Elderflower Fizz, and panna cotta. Their staff spends two weeks picking wild elderflowers from the hedgerows all around northeast Cork. The decadent meal consisted of half the garden soup, Yorkshire pudding, roasted sirloin of McGrath’s beef, winter greens, and roasted potatoes. They finished with a final course of fresh lemon posset and homemade brown bread ice cream. Delish!


Elderflower Cordial



  • 74 elderflower heads
  • 9 litres of water
  • 4.5 kg granulated caster sugar
  • 170 g citric acid 
  • 6 lemons, zest & juice

ONE | Boil water, sugar and citric acid to dissolve, remove from heat.

TWO | Add lemon zest, lemon juice and flowers.

THREE | Transfer to bucket or tub and leave in fridge covered for 2 to 3 days to infuse.

FOUR | Stir daily.

FIVE | Strain the liquid mixture and either store in  fridge or freezer for longer term. Will keep for up to a year.

SIX | Enjoy.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography | Floral Design: Ann Marie O'Leary | Venue: Ballyvolane House | Menus And Paper Goods: Signora E Mare | Styling + Coordination: Style Serendipity

Intimate Castle Wedding in Northern Ireland

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to marry with an Irish fairytale wedding this, SMPers, is the answer. Beginning with a boat ride along the Lough Erne, guests trekked to the ceremony at an ancient stone chapel followed by a celebration at Crom Castle. The creative gurus behind Pearl & Godiva orchestrated every gorgeous moment and Peaches & Mint captured behind the lens. More here!

From Pearl & GodivaMany 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.

Photography: Peaches And 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

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.

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: Doonbeg Lodge | Floral Design: The Informal Florist | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Cloudberry Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Band: Bentley Boys Band | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | 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.


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: Mussenden Temple | Creative Direction, Styling & Production: Alise Taggart | Linen Dress And Fabrics: Knock Knock Linen | Make Up Artist: Jennifer Ireland | Model: Amber Duffy | 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,

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.

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 Photography | 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: 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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Ireland Inspiration Shoot

When St. Patrick’s day rolls around at SMP, we find ourselves scouring to find beautiful ways to inspire our readers. So when Amanda Wilcher  sent over this gorgeous Ireland shoot styled to perfection by Pearl & Godiva, we knew we had found our pot of gold in feature form. Stylish, sophisticated and overflowing with inspiration, this gallery is pinch-yourself-pretty. See it all here.

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From  Amanda Wilcher Photography …Sometimes, the most perfect vision is the most simple. For this shoot, which took place on a day in early March, our vision was to come together to create images that were without complexity. Our story was told with a beautiful woman, natural flowing florals and the hint of a great love.

Creamy, pale and quietly sculptural in shape the girl danced in places of light, in the morning garden. The sun had bleached to the palest shades of nougat and apricot in the orangerie. We placed miniature still lives in a pride of place where they just caught the light and created arrangements of treasured finds, added twigs and flower stems and the whole thing just came to life. Claire Pettibone’s, covetable gowns flourished the garden scenes. Fragile, petal splashed gowns, of course.

Pale melancholic florals, and pure velvets was a beautiful morning glory. Organic elegance, and a understated vision gave this shoot an opulent innocence. A bejewelled and oxidised crown languished in the daylight to shine anew. This girl wasn’t nocturnal at all, she just came down to earth.

“I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees” ~ Pablo Neruda

Photography: Amanda Crean | Cinematography: Best Day Productions | Floral Design: The French Touch | Stationery: Lilly Loves | Suits: Reiss | Venue: Kilruddery House & Gardens | Crown: Eleanor Brown | Earring & Ring: Evelyn Jewellery | Female Model: Li-ann & Adam | Gowns: Claire Pettibone | Gowns: Maria Lluisa Rabell | Hair Styling: Michelle O' Halloran | MUA: Kathryn O'Neill | Male Model: Morgan The Agency | Production, Creative Direction and Styling: Pearl & Godiva | The Cake: The Cake Stand

Romantic Grey & Gold Wedding Inspiration

Most girls consider Paris the ultimate locale, but for me, it’s the countryside of Ireland. And while it may not have a twinkling tower or cafes on every corner, there’s a rugged, wildly romantic beauty that can’t be explained…unless of course you’re looking at the work of Pearl & Godiva + D’Arcy Benincosa. They captured the very essence of my Emerald Isle love affair, and it all continues right over here.

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‘In you the rivers sing and my soul flees in them
as you desire, and you send it where you will
aim my road on your bow of hope
and in frenzy I will free my flock of arrows’ Pablo Neruda

When we first sketched the shoot’s inspirational material into existence, from fragments of history and a silhouette of a magnificent, awe inspiring and astounding powerful girl. I can’t help to think that we were heavily inspired by Jeanne D’Arc with her powerful visions, four centuries later still a legendary figure.

This what became of our vision – A renaissance of a divine inspiring beauty in the embodiment of a woman standing with interwoven arms – in her acquired sancity. Her style and soul was an antidote, it lifted, it inspired, it educated – she opened her heart to the lights of heaven. Her pilgrimage was her exquisite purity, and her clothing made from humble and raw materials, layers of slub muslin, with layers of tulle, nourished by the softest lace, dignified by jewels that surrounded her unpretentious soul. We wanted to tell you of blossoming and buds.

The honest simplicity of these ruins are redolent of prayer and clairvoyant intensity, she a poetic serenity – as she perches in amongst the ruins. If she leaves in her place remains another kind of beauty.

An old manuscript we found detailing the life of Jeanne D’Arc was a real treasure of a find and gave us a clear insight into an astounding courageous woman. Beauty is essential to her well being, and a fundamental component of our life. Our focus in this shoot was to create a quietly, confident beauty. We live in a world of opposites pulling at us at all times, but we wanted to show that beauty alone has no opposites. I don’t think one can tire of beauty, there truly can never be enough of it. There is nothing capricious about this girl and we love this shoot for the sensual quality and the emotions it elicits.

It is enough to breathe the perfection of our being and stand in awe before the miracle of life. To marvel at it, is simply enough.

Photography: Darcy Benincosa Photography | Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray Calligraphy | Bespoke Headpieces: Opal & Owl | Floristry: Hanako | Irish Castle: Killenure Castle | Jewellery: Delphi Antiques | MUA & Hair Styling: April Benincosa | Production, Creative Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva | The Cake: The Cake Stand | The Gowns: Maria Lluisa Rabell

Enniskerry Ireland Wedding from Therese Aherne Weddings

A few years back, my sister spent an amazing semester studying abroad in Ireland.  Every week she would call me with awesome tales involving yummy fish and chips and frolicking around the breathtaking countryside with her flatmates.  I was just sort of jealous (ahem), and it was then and there that I made the decision that I would someday travel to Ireland to shamelessly recreate every experience my sister was having.  This wedding from Therese Aherne Weddings just reminded me of how much I want that to happen.  A masterpiece of nuptial bliss, it’s a stunning Irish backdrop + a beautiful couple + the wedding of my dreams.  See it all in the full gallery.

From the Bride… When people ask us how and when we first met, they are surprised when we tell them we met in 5th grade when we were 10-years-old. We shared a classroom in elementary school in Ontario, Canada. Unfortunately for all of you romantics, the story doesn’t actually start there. After going our separate ways for high school and University, it wasn’t until 2007 that our paths crossed again at the wedding of a mutual friend. At this point we discovered that we were both living and working in Europe. The relationship didn’t start there either. Another year went by as strangers. Thanks to Facebook, email and the matchmaking skills of our mutual friend, we finally arranged to have our first date in Budapest, Hungary in 2009. And this is when it all began. We courted in cities all over Europe and were engaged in Positano, Italy. It made sense for our wedding to take place in Europe.

Powerscourt House is one of the most breathtaking estates in Ireland. The formal gardens span more than 47 acres in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. From the moment I stepped foot inside Powerscourt House, I had goosebumps. We had invited guests from all parts of the world to help us celebrate our wedding and we knew this venue would blow them away. We wanted our wedding reception to be luxurious, but yet maintain a fun and warm atmosphere. Powerscourt House and Gardens had the charm and the romance we were looking for. Because the venue was picturesque, we required only simple decor to pull it all together. The florist, Little Daisy Flowers, helped me bring my vision to life. We used beautiful fresh flowers and simple candlelight to create the mood.

Most of our guests were traveling a great distance to celebrate with us, so we wanted to incorporate elements that would make them feel at home. We provided a wedding bus to transport them from their hotels to the church and reception. For all the children at the wedding, individually wrapped gifts with coloring books and candy were waiting for them at their table. My mother, sisters and I spent hours making strawberry jam to set on the tables as favors. We also set out baskets of slippers for the girls to change into when their feet got sore from dancing.

Kevin and I wanted the wedding day to reflect our own personalities and our relationship. We love traditional Irish music and that played throughout the ceremony and the wine reception. We had fallen in love over weekend dates in difference cities in Europe and so all the tables in the dining hall were named after countries we had visited. We created a picture table which displayed pictures of Kevin and I on our travels. It also displayed our grandparents on their wedding day for good luck. For the dinner music, we put together a playlist of our favorite songs. The first dance song mirrored our long distance relationship and all of the hurdles we had jumped to be together. Kevin is an avid golfer and we knew a mini golf set would act as the perfect kissing game. We also love ice cream and chose to serve that for dessert instead of traditional cake.

An Irish day wouldn’t have been complete without a bit of rain. The rains came, but we were prepared with umbrellas and rubber boots. The rain didn’t put a damper on the day and even made for some stunning photos. The feeling on the day was one of pure happiness. All of the months of planning had paid off. We got to relax and enjoy all the little moments. Looking around the ballroom at the guests that had traveled so far to be with us was the biggest reward of all.

Photography: Therese Aherne Weddings | Videography: Bride & Groom Films | Event Planning: Feast Catering & Events | Floral Design: Little Daisy Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Alison O'Loughlin Cakes | Invitations: Ink Pretty | Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Church in Enniskerry | Reception Venue: Powerscourt House And Gardens | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Catering: Feast Catering & Events | Makeup: Ellie Balfe | Hair: Brown Sugar | Groom's Suit: Brown Thomas | Groomsmen Suits: Moore's Clothing | String Quartet: Dublin String Quartet | Transportation: Absolute Limousines | Bridal Boutique: White Toronto | Decor: Candlelight Weddings Ireland | Ice cream: Featherbed Farm Luxury Ice cream | Mass Booklets: Blackrock Printers | Reception Band: Ultrasounds | Rubber Boots: Pennys | Traditional Irish Music: Dublin City Folk | Vintage Wedding Bus: Dualway | Wine: O'Briens

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Ireland Wedding from Lisa O’Dwyer Photography

I suffer from a serious case of travel fever at all times. It’s something I will never be able to change, and my list of places I just have to visit continues to grow by the day. Ireland just happens to be resting comfortably at the top of my list at the moment, so this wedding (captured to stunning perfection by Lisa O’Dwyer Photography) is making my day like you wouldn’t believe. Because not only is the Emerald Isle setting the stage, but every detail of this wedding couldn’t be more perfect – so I am just throwing up my hands in surrender to this couldn’t-be-more-perfect destination soiree. See why here.

From the Bride…From the time of our engagement, we envisioned a ‘vintage’ destination wedding in Ireland. Joined by our closest friends and family, we spent the week touring the Emerald Isle culminating with our wedding on 10/11/12. Tweed vests, orange and blue TOMS shoes, and wool patchwork caps pulled together the men’s attire. The bridesmaids continued the “fogeyish” ambiance with cardigans, pearls, lace, and typewriter keys fastened to wildflower bouquets. Our first look was in the walled garden of Knappogue Castle in Quin, county Clare. We broke from tradition and made the night our own; enjoying ‘cake-shots’ and Ceili dancing with the local Strawboys at Vaughan’s Pub. Eric chose the boys outfits himself! The little typewriter key bouquet charms are from Stacia’s and are each bridesmaid’s initial. A traditional harpist was at the ceremony playing traditional music. They had a traditional Celtic handfasting ceremony was included as well. All destination planning by LA ex-pat Annie Byrne of Aislinn Events in County Kerry.


Photography: Lisa O’Dwyer Photography | Event Planning: Aislinn Events | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Knappogue Castle  | Musicians: Jean Wallace | Heirlooms + Extras: Stacia’s + Pandora | Transportation: CIE Tours | Wedding Dress: Essence of Australia via Stone Manor Bridal | Shoes: TOMS | Bridesmaid Dresses: Cold Water Creek | Tuxedo + Mens Attire: Macy’s + Orvis

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