Large wedding to Family Micro Wedding

Planning and holding a large wedding isn’t for everyone. Grace and Paul realized that once we were halfway through the planning process. Covid restrictions notwithstanding, they decided to change to an intimate family micro wedding which just suited them better.

So off we went to get them a new location and new wedding plan.

They always wanted something seaside and Co Cork held a special place in their and their families’ hearts. The initial plan was in Kinsale but the final fantastic plan took them all to Bantry and the stunning Bantry House. A gorgeous seaside, Historic country manor house

Their Story

The couple grew up together and were friends since they were kids. The romance however, started when Paul asked Grace to be his date for his sister’s wedding. After “the best wedding date ever” their fate was sealed.

Their families knew each other well, they came from the same background and small town. All had Irish heritage and a love for Ireland. This group had so many sentimental touches in the day which you will see along the way in the stunning photos by Adrian from Stay Wild Images

The prep

It was a beautiful relaxed morning as the group got ready, all ladies had hair done by Laura from Hair Play and makeup done  by Marilyn McSweeney . 

I brought the flowers, gorgeous as usual by Jill Wild and opened the sparkling wine {which I do well!}.

The Ceremony

Grace and Paul’s seafront outdoor wedding ceremony with Bantry House in the background also contained many personal touches, from the Bridesmoms, family bible, handfasting ceremony performed by their parents, personal vows and Irish whisky barrel first toast.

Wedding dinner

After the ceremony, the families had a few drinks and canapes while the couple when for their photoshoot around the lush grounds of the property. Following that, an intimate wedding dinner awaited them all. The evening was complete with a sweet wedding cake and first dances.

The change of plans worked so well for them and no one could even imagine it any other way.

Back to County Kerry

When Cait married the love of her life, Bobby, they chose the stunning, County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland which is her family’s ancestral home.

Cait’s family comes back to County Kerry, Ireland from Long Island, New York often as they have a vacation home on Valentia Island. It was a real family affair, as they knew the local Parish Priest, and were regulars in the Royal Valentia bar, where they had their reception. A family friend did her makeup and her cousin’s group was wonderful with the church and cocktail hour music.

The weather was changeable and sometimes dramatic but it didn’t matter! With games out on the lawn overlooking the sea and great music, the whole gang had an amazing time on the day.

With flowers were loose and wild hoops big and small containing Protea, shades of deep reds and greenery by Shades of Bloom. The semi-naked cake was from Gabi Bakes Cakes and was set to perfection.

This is how it went as beautifully captured by Ro at Love Like Crazy Photography  

In the pristine little island church, we did extra large happy balloons. Light and fun just like our bride!

Cait had candles made as favours for her guests. They were traditional turf fire scented. Love that idea!!


Cait is a gem! Loving, bubbly and funny. I enjoyed working with her immensely.

A huge thanks to everyone involved in Cait and Bobby’s gorgeous joyous day and the Royal Valentia Hotel who are always so helpful and kind.

What a great day!

A family wedding ceremony away from home in Ireland

A family wedding ceremony

When Gabe and Bill decided to get married in Ireland, their wedding was still going to be all about the people closest to them. Just a family wedding ceremony away from home in Ireland!

The couple chose Killarney for their destination location. It has everything anyone could need for a wedding. Venues, scenery, friendly people and lots in the area for guests to do.

We did their accommodation and ceremony at Cahernane House. One of my fave locations. Then after they headed off to a pub for a private dinner and dancing. Fitting perfectly with the ‘fun but sense of occasion’ vibe they wanted.

The bride’s sister performed the ceremony which was so very special. There were happy tears throughout the ceremony and this is how the day looked as seen and captured by Sarah Knuth Photography.

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The bridal party was asked to choose their own outfits using light blues to greys and touches of silver with spots of Navy to keep cohesive. Everyone looked amazing!

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Pre-ceremony, I just couldn’t get the guests to take their seats They were all so excited to see Gabe before she walked in. She didn’t mind at all and so, had 2 grand entrances. One down the elaborate wooden staircase at Cahernane.

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Gabe and Bill were such a joy. Always happy in the planning, delightful on the wedding day and it all just could not have gone better.

Thanks to Emer at Cahernane House, Tricia O’Sullivan hair,  Georgina Mackessy makeup, the perfect flowers by Shades of Bloom.

Perfect family wedding day in Ireland.

2020 Wedding Trends – Embroidered veils and gowns

2020 Wedding Trends

This year of 2020 is the year that didn’t really happen so it’s strange to talk about 2020 wedding trends. Except that I can’t help it. I. Am. Loving. These. So. Much.

Embroidered Veils and Gowns. They are stunning, fresh and elegant.

Definitely worth bringing into 2021.  Have a look and tell me what you think!

Which is your favourite?

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2020 Wedding Trends

Veil on Etsy

2020 Wedding Trends

How unbelievable is this gown by Frida Jonsvens and photo by Jules Bower

2020 Wedding TrendsOr this dress. Ugh. Gorge! By Zuhair Murad and photo by Joshua Mikhaiel

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Wildflowers perfect for an Irish wedding, this dress can be found on Etsy!

 Natalie Wynn Bridal 

The rest of these embroidered veils and gowns below are all also found on Etsy. I just can’t get over them!

Love love love!! These Wedding Styles Mua!!



Last Minute Changes

We had planned an outdoor ceremony overlooking the sea but crazy strong winds made our couple from Boston rethink that plan. To keep guests comfortable, we made a last-minute change from outside to the still impressive interior of Newton Castle in Ballyvaughan, the Burren.

With wedding planning, there is always a ‘Plan B’ so I hopped on the phone and secured the new location to be sure that Lauren and Bobby had their small but loving and beautiful destination wedding to Ireland.

Well, they sure did have a great day without a blip! Have a lookie below at how it went as photographed by Daniel at DK Photo.  And they still got out to the seaside for the stunning photos!

Everyone stay at Aran View Guesthouse in Doolin and got ready there.

A friend of Lauren’s did her makeup and we had Miriam from Mimi’s hair salon come in and to hair.

The simple but elegant flowers were from Mulqueen’s florist  and I had picked them up on the way to meet our bride.

The guests waited patiently in front of the massive Inglenook fireplace adorned with flowers as our bride climbed the spiral staircase of the castle tower.

Keeping things natural and organic, guests tossed olive leaves over the couple as confetti!

Off then for dinner, drinks and specifically, pints of Guinness, and merriment at Vaughan’s Pub

Lauren emailed me and said the day was perfect. That she should have planned it around a castle ceremony in the first place!

So the moral of the story is, if you have to change things up a little on your wedding day or even before, don’t worry! It will work out! If you are happy, joyous and relaxed on the day, that is all you need.