Celtic Wedding Shoot

This girl has it all going on!

Shannon O’Kelley has not only a fabulous private five-acre farm wedding venue in Tennessee, Southall Eden,  but she also can take care of your invitations and all of the paper needs for your wedding with Southall Eden Paperie.

I came across her around St Patrick’s day when I saw this fab Celtic wedding inspired shoot. I was so impressed. I mean, I live in Ireland and it’s hard to do Irish without doing all of the cliche shamrocks and rainbows {I won’t even mention the leprechauns. I haven’t seen one in ages! 🙂 } but this design was spot on! – and purely beautiful.

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Shannon put an updated spin on the traditional Celtic wedding for this shoot. Including elements that honored the couple’s lineage but in a way that appeals to today’s style-savvy bride. A natural color palette of greens, browns, and ivory with pops of metallic gold, paired with a restrained Celtic knot theme, was used throughout the ceremony and reception to create a cohesive look.

The bride wore the lovely “Ivey” gown by Monique Lhullier, which boasted a knotted neckline reminiscent of the Celtic knot used in the décor. Her floral headpiece of soft lavender roses and dainty white spray roses kept with the open, natural setting of the ceremony. The groom’s casual khaki pants and playful sage-colored gingham shirt kept with the casual theme, while his pageboy hat was a nod to Irish tradition.

The ceremony took place in an open field under a weathered wooden altar, with romantic velvet burn out curtain panels creating a soft backdrop. Church pew seating and a bagpiper paid homage to Irish Catholic tradition.

The reception incorporated Irish elements such as lace and crystal but also utilized vintage green cut glass vases on tabletops. Flowers were predominantly white with some muted pastel tones, and were paired with natural mosses and vines. The bar boasted a selection of Irish beers, Irish whiskey, and both wine and sparkling water with custom labels. The three-tiered cake mimicked the texture of the gold paper used in the stationery.

Paper goods played an important part in the look of the day, with all pieces being printed on a delicate parchment paper that was hand burned and mounted on a heavyweight leather texture gold paper. Traditional Celtic fonts were combined with a popular Calligraphy font to blend old and new. A variety of Celtic knots were used in lieu of table numbers, and traditional escort cards were replaced with hand burned notes that guided guests to their tables but also served as a notecard for a message to be written to the lucky couple.

So credit where credit is due! Note, they are all in America!

Event Styling- Shannon O’Kelley and Terri-Ann Nicholls, Southall Eden, Flowers- Chase Rivers, Venue- Southall Eden, Cake- Crumb de la Crumb, Paper Goods-  Shannon O’Kelley, Southall Eden Paperie, Dresses- The Bride Room, Bagpipes- Gregory Cutliff, 615-631-5824, Hair- Kara Gaylor, Makeup- Elliot Katz, Artistry Salon, Rentals- Music City Tents and Events

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5 Responses to Celtic Wedding Shoot

  1. Was this a real wedding or styled shoot Annie? It’s gorgeous! A great idea for a destination in Ireland. But I can’t see people here styling a wedding this way because they will think it “twee”.
    I shot an engagement shoot recently behind a thatched cottage (aussie bride), and my MIL said the locals wouldn’t dream of doing that because it would be considered “twee”!
    I love this wedding though! The bride is gorgeous!

  2. I really like the celtic take in this shoot. I shoot a lot of weddings in Scotland so see the celtic influence all the time but this is a really refreshing take.

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