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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¬†ūüėČ ¬†} 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. ūüėČ

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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Garden Wedding in Ireland

If you want a garden destination wedding in Ireland this is the one for you.

Thatched house? tick. Extensive natural garden? tick. Own stream running through the property? Lush mature trees? tick. Fully private? tick. Beautiful bride and groom? tick. Great family and friends? tick. Great food, drinks and craic? double tick!

Yup, this wedding turned into one of my favorite ever. No big  budget but plenty of creativity, proper focus, love and good friends.

Erin and Mark are a Canadian couple. Very sweet and genuine. She a nurse and he a police officer. All they wanted was an intimate and beautiful destination wedding in Ireland. We looked a several venues but I think Erin knew she was just going through the paces. She had seen Glengarriff Lodge in photos and was set on it from the first photo plus it was close to Kenmare which they already knew was a great place to stay. They rented the house and we set about planning! First things first was to book Lucy Nuzum to take the photos. This is the result!

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We were lucky enough that the weather was fabulous so the ceremony was promptly set up in the garden outside near the stream.

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The bridesmaids chose their own dresses and Erin and Mark included an Irish handfasting as part of their ceremony.

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The gardens and grounds of the lodge are extensive {and stunning!} and Lucy and the couple made full use of them for amazing photos.

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While Erin and Mark were off for their photos, the guests were entertained with traditional Irish music by Arundo and the funniest {tall} tales you have ever heard by Storyteller Ray both of whom are just brilliant to work with. There was impromptu dancing in the group and lots of laughs!

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Guests helped themselves to an ample bar provided by the couple {though they were warned to take it easy! It was to be a long night!}

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A little Irish vs Canadian whiskey.

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The evening was planned for a tent in the garden also near the stream. We kept the decor very fun and festive and had an abundance of fresh Irish grown flowers by Hanako

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Dinner was a relaxed but ample BBQ outdoors and enjoyed in the tent in the gardens in front of the house. Fish, chicken and steak with fresh salads hit the spot. The chefs and staff from The Martime Hotel in Bantry provided the catering and were wonderful

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After dinner, the first dance was outside and played and sung by a best friend.

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And with an iPod playlist they danced into the night! Because that is what you can do when you rent a full and secluded venue privately.

Other thanks go to Spiritual Ceremonies, Ruthanna makeup who was so lovely! and Aaron from Wayne Lloyd Salon, the Stuffed Olive did the yummy cake and again, to Lucy Nuzum Wedding Photography. Such a pleassure to work with and good fun on the day. Not to mention the photos! Fabulous! Thanks so much to all and congratulations again to Erin and Mark. And um, it’s nearly time to wish you a happy anniversary so that too! X