Intimate Glengarriff and Gougane Barra Wedding

Kerry and Brian initially came to me wanting to elope to Ireland and we set a  plan in motion until quite a few of their family expressed real interest in being there. Moving forward  the plan didn’t actually change with the families attending. With a destination church wedding at Gougane Barra in Co Cork planned,  it just made sense to have the family there with them to celebrate in all of the beauty with a simple but meaningful ceremony, taking in the scenery followed by dinner and drinks in Glengarriff.

Egle from White Cat Studios was there to capture it all as the day beautifully came together in the sunshine of west Cork.

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Kerry’s purple bouquet was beautiful with Brian’s pruple kilt.

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The girls spent a lovely morning all getting their hair done in a local salon before going back to the hotel for makeup and getting ready.

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Kerry and Brian decided to take some time to themselves before the ceremony so were ready, they met up for an emotional first look in the village.

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The group were taken to the stunningly picturesque St Fionnbarr’s church in Gougane Barra where they were greeted by a Scottish Piper as they took their seats and waited the bride’s arrival.

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Before dinner there was time to stop for a drink and a dance

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And also to take a phot0 with their beloved puppy who sadly, had to be left at home. 🙁

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Congratulations to Kerry and Brian and thank you so much for letting me be part of your most special day!

Stuff I Love

There is not much I love more than a cocktail {Ok, my husband and my dog of course, but they understand why they come in a close second 😉  } so when I saw these little lovelies I was a little elated. A cocktail to go when you are on the go.

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They are Airline approved bring on board cocktail kits for flights. EEEE! From W&P designs and Punch, each kit contains the makings of two yummy cocktails so when that Fasten Seatbelt sign comes on and no cabin crew is in sight you can still have your cocktail and drink it too.

Choose from yummy cocktails like Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, Classic G&T or even Champagne Cocktail.

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Great for stressed out destination brides on the way to your destination or just as part of an emergency kit on the wedding day.  Also stylish enough to give as gifts or stocking stuffers.

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Fantabulous. I away on a flight shortly and just love them! Can’t wait now. Cheers!

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Dublin Destination Wedding

Probably one of the main questions I get about destination weddings to Ireland {or a Dublin destination wedding as in this case}, is what is the weather like in X,Y or Z month? Or when is the best time to come for good weather? I always reply that there is simply no way to know. There just isn’t. When asked to suggest a good time, certainly March wouldn’t be a date I’d throw in there for planning an outdoor wedding but came Mackenzie and Derby’s wedding. That was kind of the way this whole wedding went.

Very few couples would dare plan a fully outdoor destination wedding ceremony in a Dublin city center park in March. Mackenzie and Derby would.

Who would have expected a New York City couple to do an urban wedding in Dublin? Most of my city living couples want to be in the country.  Not Mackenzie and Derby.

What bride would join right in on Irish Trad session playing the bodran? And totally hold her own? Mackenzie would.

How many brides would walk her wedding party through the streets of Dublin led by a Piper {getting stopped by traffic and pedestrians for congratulations} on a Sunday afternoon? Yup. those two again!

Brideen and Declan from Simple Tapestry were wonderful and willing to follow along to catch it all for them.

It was a pretty perfect wedding to be honest and it all kicked off at Kelly’s Hotel in Dublin city center.

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The first look photos saw the couple meeting in Dublin city center in Temple Bar for that first glance and a bit of fun along the way!

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After the outdoor ceremony and some refreshments in the park, the couple walked all of their guests a few blocks following a Piper to O’Donoghues Pub where Mackenzie and Derby had spent time on previous trips. The walk to the pub did draw a little attention.

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Following the pub stop at O’Donoghue’s, it was off to the real wedding reception at House Dublin.

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Again, what a great wedding that was!

So more thanks {and thanks again!} have to go to Miriam at Spiritual Ceremonies, Clare Horgan makeup and Sian Sharkey hair, Flowers by the girls at Informal Florist and cake by The Cake Stand  piper Stefan O’Reilly, House Dublin  and of course again big thanks to Brideen and Declan aka Simple Tapestry for the stunning photos!

Outdoor Wedding at Ballinacurra Ireland

This wedding just had to be outside. It was the dream, the vision and always the plan. There was a morning full of showers and a lot of wiping down guest’s chairs during the set up for Jessica and Dermot’s wedding at Ballinacurra house in Kinsale, Co Cork  last June and we said we’d wait it out for a little while if we had to {and we really did have to!} but right on cue – well about 10 minutes late, the  rain stopped, the clouds cleared and the sun shone right on cue.  It really did dry up all of the rain!

Jessica and Dermot came back home to Ireland from Canada for their wedding to be surrounded by family and friends. The fabulous Poppies & Me captured all of the love and joy.

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Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

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Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

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Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica’s bouquet was a dream. Super soft and fluffy peonies in white to blush to coral shades with David Austin roses and eucalyptus leaves.

All of the flowers were by Daisy Chain Florist in Kinsale who got it just right.

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Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

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Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

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A combination of long tables and rounds suited the dining space at Ballinacurra wonderfully and the overflowing pale flowers with peach candles, silver and teal accents were simply striking.

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

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Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Jessica and Dermot the knot in an intimate hand fasting ceremony surrounded by friends and family on the grounds of Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork. Captured poppiesandme photography. Organised and styled by Annie Byrne, www.aislinnevents.com

Thanks go to Jessica’s makeup artist, Laura Kay, hairdresser Susi Parks and celebrant Tom Farrell from Spiritual Ceremonies absolutely completed the day. The Panoramics entertained the guests in the sunshine and after dinner.

Super big thanks again for the beautiful images and laughs to Poppies & Me.

A great day was had by all!

Grand Castle Wedding and a Rustic Pub

Hannah, CJ and Co were absolutely going to have a good time at their destination wedding to Ireland. It’s that attitude that makes a couple a dream to work with. It’s also a dream when a couple decide to mix things up from the norm. Kinda like getting married in a grand castle like Waterford Castle and then following it up with a homely meal in a rustic old pub. The best of both worlds isn’t it?

The group, mainly from Florida, lucked out with the Irish weather as the wedding day turned out to be a beautiful crisp March day and fun was certainly in the air. The girls were pampering and the guys were nursing a hangover from a great night before. Luckily, Hannah’s long time friend, Kara from Kiki Creates, was on hand to capture all of the action, fun and love.

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Hannah was the picture of pampered when I got there and couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the scene.

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A few friends who couldn’t make it to Ireland were there on Facetime to not miss a moment.

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The ceremony in the castle kicked off the day followed by drinks and canapes while Hannah and CJ went off with Kara around the island for some beautiful photos.

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After a quick dress change for Hannah, the next stop was the pub!

Classic Irish thatched pub, Jack Meade’s was the spot for dinner and dancing into the night. The couple wanted to mix some traditional Irish music and something they could dance to. I kinda think they would have danced to anything. 😉

For the flowers, we needed something that would be elegant enough for the castle and relaxed enough for the pub. Lamber De Bie in Waterford fixed us up with purple, lavender and hunter green flowers to set the tone of the day and sat on the pub tables topped with lace.

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The whole thing was great craic {as we say here!} for this fun loving couple and their 40 or so guests from Florida.

Thanks so much to Kiki Creates for letting me use your beautiful images. It was lovely to meet you!

To Hannah and CJ, if I ever get to Florida expect a visit!

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