An Alternative Wedding in a Traditional Location

This was an intimate wedding all about creating a new family.

When I met Philippe and Violaine it was clear they adore each other and the dream for their wedding was something very natural, family orientated and full of traditional Irish music. Even though they are French, Violaine and some of her friends play a number of instruments and love Irish music.

We chose the Dingle Skellig Hotel as the location for their wedding and even though it appears to be more of a traditional venue it was the perfect location for this intimate and alternative wedding. The staff and management there couldn’t have done more for them. In fact, I would venture to say that anyone in Dingle who came across this couple and family over the days there was here for their wedding really took them in.

Here are a few photos of the day taken by Kerry wedding photographer Niall McGann. I was delighted when I saw the photos because he really captured the spirit of the day.

 alternative wedding green pastures on hill

 Alternative Wedding in dingle at the harbor

 Alternative Wedding at the skellig hotel

 Alternative Wedding flowers in a bowl

 Alternative Wedding flowers bnuttonhole

There was no meringue gown or morning suit for Violaine and Philippe. They stayed true to their own natural style with their dress for the outdoor ceremony.

 Alternative Wedding Bride getting ready

 Alternative Wedding the groom getting ready

 Alternative Wedding the family being excited

 Alternative Wedding flower girls

RomyMcAuley of A Beautiful Ceremony was the ceremony officiant and worked with the couple to create a ceremony that suited them and the joining of their family with a sand ceremony and vows in French. The two girls also sang a song for their parents. Totally adorable and I wish we had had a video of it.

 Alternative Wedding at the skellig hotel

As mentioned, the ceremony was full of traditional Irish music which continued on after the ceremony for a bit of dancing.

The wedding party took a tour of Dingle Bay {along with the musicians Aoife and Dierdre Granville and Con Durham} where Fungi, the Dingle dolphin made his appearance to delight the children {and adults!}.

The couple took a short walk around town before a fabulous dinner for all in the Dingle Skellig Hotel and on to more traditional music afterward in Dick Mack’s bar in town which was arranged just for them.

So a super big thanks to everyone and credit where due to:

Flowers: Sandra Cremin of Wedding Flowers Dingle who put so much thought into the flowers for Violaine.

Hair: Tricia O’Sullivan of {award winning} Munster Mobile Hairdressing

Make up: The Peninsula Spa at the Dingle Skellig Hotel

Venue: As mentioned, The Dingle Skellig Hotel

Officiant: Romy McAuley of A Beautiful Ceremony

Musicians: Aoife and Deirdre Granville and Piper {and one of my fav people} Con Durham

Boat: Dingle Bay Charters

And again, Photographer: Niall McGann

I’ll finish with this photo. To me, this is the photo that really captures the day.

I love my job.

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