Dream Wedding in an Irish Castle

Honestly, these two were a dream! Sweet, kind, easy to work with, considerate of each other and everyone else. Of course we had to plan their dream wedding in an Irish castle!

Our first call was to get to know each other a little and the first thing we discussed were their hopes and vision for their wedding in Ireland. They were very conscious of their budget and a bit hesitant when I was trying to get a full vision from them so I asked the big question.

If it wasn’t for money what would you do?
Get married in a castle.

Ok, now we are getting somewhere! And off we went. To Huntington Castle to be exact.

It combined the perfectness of a castle and they could still have their ceremony in an Abbey Ruins.
Don’t get me wrong, we kept things tight and it took some keen negotiating in some areas but we got them what they all that they wanted for their dream destination wedding in a castle in Ireland.

We started with a juicy jewel toned color scheme and Michelle added in a little woodland theme in their stationery. They were fab.

Really fun but still beautiful and creative.

I’ll tell you, it all turned out AH=MAZE-ING.

Just have a look at the photos by Tricia Victoria and the video by Dreamcatcher Productions too that I posted earlier, here.

Michelle’s hair was done by Doireann  and Makeup from Making Faces Salon in Gorey.

The juicy colorful flowers were from Lamber de Bie 

The sun came out just in time for their ceremony in the old Abbey ruins on the castle grounds. The ceremony performed by Michelle’s sister, it was very moving and hardly a dry eye.


The couple wrote personal letters to each and every guests in stationery matching their woodland themed invitations. We used them as place cards and all were opened once the couple entered the barn.

After then saying another few words of thanks, Gordon presented Michelle with a surprise cake. It seems she had once told him that when she was a kid, she always wanted one of those cakes that looks like a hamburger.  Well, with the power of a pronouncing this wish to Gordon, and the artistry of Kelly Lu Cakes, she finally got it!   Brilliant!

Such an amazing day!!

A Wedding in the Groom’s Home Country

The excitement couldn’t be contained when Oisin proposed to Elizabeth. She contacted me and couldn’t wait to get started planning their wedding in Ireland, her grooms home country.

Both living in America, Elizabeth was lucky enough to be able to come over for a visit with her sister and I lined up viewings of multiple properties and supplier meetings for her to make her choices.

Bellinter House, was the chosen venue and nearby Kiltale Church was where they would have their Catholic wedding ceremony. Bellinter House is a fun and quirky but still elegant Manor house in Co Meath.

Elizabeth’s style was simple, elegant and understated. Colors were whites, creams, greens and slatey dusty blues. All very natural. The flowers were perfect by Flowers by Moira.

That style suited the photographer, Christina Brosnan’s style down to the ground. She took the gorgeous images and as usual, was just wonderful to have around on the day.

The day was a little damp but nothing could dampen the spirits. Christina perfectly worked with the soft light.

In true American style, the couple did their first dance before dinner. Leading their guests in for dinner right after.

A cake was chosen from The Cake Cuppery. Chocolate inside it had a creamy white buttercream outside and was topped with a classic vintage Bride & Groom

Other thanks go to Lida and Adrienne from the Powder Room Girls.
It was a very satisfying wedding for me and I can say it all went off without a hitch!!

Galway Coast and Elegant Manor House Wedding

Erin and Ryan really wanted a seaside wedding for their wedding of family and friends in Ireland. They noted the Galway coast as their first choice for location. Immediately I thought of Screebe House in Connemara which is an elegant manor house perfect for a somewhat more intimate or family wedding.

This destination wedding was planned for about 70 guests and Erin and I planned for a relaxed but elegant day with clean botanical feel. Greens and whites, natural elements and textures surrounded the day as the outside surrounded the venue.

We also quickly decided that Egle from White Cat studio would be their perfect photographer. She was. Now you can see what the day was like. Thanks Egle!!

The invitation set was styled beautifully to reflect the clean elegant feel.

I love when a father sees his daughter for the first time all dressed and ready!

Once ready, Erin and Ryan had their first look with each other privately on the venues own pier

A bag piper HAD to be part of the plan as a nod to Ryan’s Scottish heritage.

We bused the guests in for the waterfront ceremony which was performed by the bride’s brother.

The couple headed out with Egle to the wilds of Connemara for their photo shoot. Gorgeous and snuggly in the rustic rugged scenery.

More thanks go to our other supporting suppliers, Madden’s florist, Goya’s Bakery, Sarah Duffy Makeup, Natalie O’Brien Hair , The Buachaill’s band had them dancing into the night and, of course, the staff at the beautiful Screebe House.

Family Fun in Glengariff

We nailed this intimate wedding. By ‘we’ I mean Tomasz Kornas who took the photos, the always amazing Jill Wild who did the flowers, Ruthanna was the MUA and then of course Mary Ellen and Drew our bride and groom along with their fun-loving, super supportive family and friends who attended this intimate destination wedding at the gorgeous traditionally Irish thatched cottage, Glengarriff Lodge.

It wasn’t the driest of days in Ireland but it was probably the happiest. The love and laughter is contagious and you could feel it all through the day.

Have a look here at a few snippets of family fun in Glengariff and be sure to notice the amazing expressions on everyone.

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Augh. Just the way they look at each other!!!

So delighted to be involved in Maryellen and Drew’s very special day.

Canadians in a Castle

Kristen and Trevor already had their venue booked when they contacted me. It was to be a spring  destination wedding in a castle with a barn reception and lots of their friends and families from Canada to join them!

Durhamstown Castle in Meath was the venue they chose and I was already very familiar with it have had weddings there before. The food is amazing, hospitality warm and welcoming and atmosphere relaxed and fun.

We planned for an outdoor wedding followed by drinks on the lawn and dinner in the barn.

The tone of the day was fun, fun and more fun! With the girls in navy and the guys in grey we met in the middle with tones of blue, sagey greens and drops of nude and blush.

Ash and Dan from Weddings by Butterfly captured the lightness and fun of the day!

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Sylvia from Bella Botanica did the flowers for us and was as full of laughs as usual on the day and Kristen and the girl’s hair and makeup was The Powder Room Girls  .

A fun sunshiny day was had by all!!