Extra Special Irish Castle Destination Wedding

In my initial call with Reilly and Brandt, it was obvious that they were deeply in love and very kind people. When asked about the feeling they wanted for their Irish destination wedding Brandt simply said, ” It has to be extra special’.  That meant the location, the setting, the feeling and every moment of the day for the two of them and their families and friends who all traveled to Ireland for the wedding.

Immediately I thought of Luttrellstown Castle and showed them. They loved it. We did look at a few other options to make sure we weren’t overlooking anything else that was extra special but no.  Luttrellstown Castle was it for them.

Then we started looking at churches. A Catholic ceremony was important to them but again, the whole experience had to be considered. We looked at a lot of stunning church in the Dublin area and settled on the stunning Newman University Church in Dublin city centre.

It played out to be a gorgeous day for this beautiful couple as you will see below in the photos by David Frain 


Our other amazing suppliers on the day were Kate Rose Crean doing Reilly’s makeup, Joanna Kelly did her hair,  Flowers were by Fleur Weddings and the striking cake was Emily’s Pantry.

I was very lucky to be involved with such a special couple, wonderful day and fabulous suppliers!

Irish Cathedral Wedding

There was nothing small and quaint about Patsy and Logan’s destination wedding to Ireland. This was a grand, I’d possibly even venture to say epic wedding in a stunning cathedral.

The style was elegant with soft neutrals, blush and rose gold accents. The location was the perfect Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny. 

The guests all from America. A close knit group of family and friends traveled together for the week full of events and touring.

It started a rainy day in May but that didn’t dampen any spirits and the guys started the day playing pool as the girls prepped and beautified.

This is how the day looked as seen by the super talented Simple Tapestry!


Hair was by Sinead McGoldrick and makeup by one of my faves, Dawn Ryan were on hand to make sure the ladies were flawless.





Lush full blooms  of pale cream roses and super soft blush were everywhere as per Patsy’s instruction and the art of French Touch. 



Honoring the groom’s Scottish ancestry the couple had a bagpiper greet all of their guests arrival in epic form. He play for entrance and exit on the day.




After the ” I Do’s ” and a few photos in the cathedral, guests were bused back to Mount Juliet for champagne, canapes and soft jazz to relax and celebrate in style.


Pre dinner signature cocktails and speeches on the stairs before going in for dinner and starting the party.

               mirror wedding table plan

Decorated sponge cake and wheels of cheeses made up the sweet and savory cake which was served to guests later in the evening during a break in the dancing.

 wedding cake with cheese soft pink 5 tier stacked cake      rose gold wedding table accents   wedding fireplace one sided garland  wedding flowers soft pink and cream spray in silver vase       wedding monogram gobo light

And they danced into the night! What a beautiful wedding it was. 

One For the Guys

I was out suit shopping recently for a groom and came upon these feather bow ties.

LOVE them!

How cool and fun are they for a rustic or countryside wedding at a historic manor house or hunting lodge!


I saw them at Nordstroms in America but had a quick look and they can be bought online also.

Happy shopping!

Intimate Cliff Side Wedding

 An Intimate cliff side wedding was Kayleigh and Kurtis’ vision for their destination wedding to Ireland. She knew she wanted uninterrupted views out to see the sea and after considering may possible ceremony locations only one was good enough. It was a site on the Cliffs of Moher walking path. It ticked all of the boxes. Scenic, close to Doolin, epic scenery and their reception location of a pub nearby. 


Such a sweet couple, great family and friends, a memorable day with an Epic location!

Thanks to Tomasz Kornas for the photos, Deirdre at Body Treats made our bride even more beautiful, West Clare flowers and Vaughan’s Pub for the great craic!

Hawaii vs Ireland – A Hawaiian themed wedding in an Irish Castle

I got a fairly desperate phone call one evening from Mariah and her mother a few years ago. The planning for her destination Irish castle wedding from Hawaii just wasn’t going well. Time differences, cultural differences and simply not being sure what they wanted or could have was starting to stress this normally very relaxed laid back mother and daughter.
Mariah was marrying Mike whom she met while in college at Trinity Dublin. Mike is Irish but had been living in America for years. Both sporty people, they played water polo at Trinity College and are probably one of the most fun loving, smiley couple I’ve ever had {as you will see!}.
After countless emails, a few phone calls and a productive meeting in Dublin, we quickly nailed down the location. They chose Durhamstown Castle, the style would be Hawaiian meets Irish barn wedding at a castle. Yup -it can be done!

We needed a creative florist to pull this off so enlisted the help of Mark from The Garden.  Mark created the Hawiian Lei’s, Haku for the women and Maile Lei’s for the guys and flowers for the tables which included gold pineapples. {Those were my idea. I thought it was hilarious!}

Stunning photography by Katie Farrell is below so you can see for yourself!

Mariah’s dress was made from a traditional Hawaiian pattern and the shell necklace she wore was her mother’s.

For the early October ceremony, they were in a stretch tent on the castle lawn. Mariah’s brother played the Ukulele as the bride walked in with her father. To add some Irishness, the couple had an Irish handfasting as part of their ceremony.

Mariah wrote and performed the most beautiful Hula for her new husband. Honestly it had me in tears and was so expressive and heartfelt that I felt like I was intruding in a very intimate exchange between the two of them. It was stunning.

What an amazing, unique day they had. Full of love, fun, laughter, great food and festive drink. This is how every modern wedding should be!

Huge thanks again to Katie for the photos and Congratulations {and a happy anniversary!} to Mariah and Mike. Your day was simply unforgettable!