A Homemade, Elegant Irish Wedding

I am being a little naughty and squeezing in an extra wedding today :-)

Kate and Damien had the most elegant, yet fun Irish wedding. With Kate in a beautiful bespoke gown and a veil that had been passed down the generations of her family. They also had many gorgeous homemade details, jam jars, bunting and pom poms to name a few. A simply stunning day.

Thanks so much to the fabulous Dublin based wedding photographer, Siobhan Byrne Photography for sharing her work today, here is what she had to say about the day;

“It was such a pleasure to photograph Kate & Damien’s beautiful wedding; in what is now; my new favourite venue, Lisnavagh House. So many beautiful details, it really was  a feast for the eyes! And it doesn’t end there. Kate is a food stylist so there were loads of cakes and goodies in their markee as part of their wedding feast. Thanks Kate & Damien x”

Names…. Kate & Damien

Wedding Date…. 3.9.2011

The Vision for the day…. Blue featured heavily, it being Damien’s favourite colour, and because it’d match the sapphires on my engagement ring, and because I knew I wanted blue hydrangeas. Apart from that we just wanted a fun party where everyone felt relaxed and comfortable.

The Planning process….We wanted to find somewhere on neutral ground (I’m from Dublin, he’s from Galway and we live in London). We both love the Wicklow mountains and used to spend a lot of time up there, so we decided to look for somewhere in Wicklow. I googled “get married in Wicklow” and in spite of being in Carlow, Lisnavagh was the first hit. We went to see it and fell for its easy, relaxed atmosphere and homely feel. The beautiful grounds and views were a bonus, along with the fact that between the main house, cottages and a couple of B&Bs we could sleep around 45 people on the estate. Makes for a good, long-lasting party!

The Venue… Lisnavagh House, County Carlow, Ireland.

The Dress + Accessories…..    Siobhán Fitzgerald of Arch Couture,    Shoes: Kurt Geiger,    Veil: Family heirloom,    Earrings: John Farrington.

Finding the dress….    Dress was made by my good friend Siobhán Fitzgerald of Arch Couture

Groom’s attire…    Aquascutum; ties: Liberty; shirts: Jim Tailor in Hong Kong

The Readings + Music…. I really loved when my brother and sister sang us a song at the end of the ceremony – I bawled!

Beautiful bridesmaids….. Eliza & Ethan, from O’Keefes in Surrey

The Flowers… My mum, her friend Breda, and my sister-in-law Marion did all the flowers, bouquets and button holes.

The Cake… Friends and family made the cakes, meringues and cookies.

Your Photographer…. Siobhan Byrne Photography based in Co Wicklow www.siobhanbyrnephotography.com

The Details + Decor…. Damien, my dad and my sister Ruth got stuck into covering jam jars with string, making paper pom poms and decorating the marquee. My friend Anna did all our stationery art, at very short notice, and seemed to know EXACTLY what we wanted. Siobhan designed and made my dress (and a spare in black silk for when the dancefloor got messy!) and made it such a joy. I’ve never worn anything so luxurious and comfortable and me! She got it spot on.
The car was a running theme through the invitations (and other stationery), speeches, and much of the rest of the day. She’s a temperamental old Italian lady and probably caused the most drama and stress in the run up to the day, but she’s so full of personality and joy that we couldn’t leave her out! I think she kind of stole the show.
We both love good, tasty, simple food, and our wonderful caterer and my wonderful butcher in London, and our great friends and family hooked us up with a delicious feast which we served family style at each table, encouraging everyone to get stuck in and get chatting. And of course, there was the obligatory bottle of Buckfast for the Galway boy.

Memorable moments… Saying our vows and remembering what this whole party was about was pretty great. We both loved when the car’s engine actually started when we went to leave the church. I loved the speeches. I loved tearing up the dancefloor with our best friends and nuts families. But really we just loved the whole day, and how friendly and warm and relaxed and fun it was. It’s not often you get to spend a whole day with almost everyone you love!

Advice for other couples… Relax! The less you plan in minute detail, the less can go wrong!

Thanks so much to Kate and Damien for sharing their gorgeous day with us today xoxo

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