a truly unique botanical Irish wedding | uk wedding blog

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Good morning all. We are in County Kerry, Ireland this morning for a beautiful wedding planned by a Canadian, an American, overseas and mid Brexit. Daniel and Sarah absolutely nailed it though. They truly made the day their own amidst political meltdown, and Laura captured the Irish countryside perfectly.

A lot of elements of the wedding were skipped (favours/cars) and a few things DIYed (stationery, make up) which made things a lot easier when it came to the planning because they were obviously travelling over to Ireland. They stripped everything back from a traditional ceremony and only put back the things that were meaningful to them.

photography | Laura Babb

Westcove House and Pier Cottage, Co. Kerry, Ireland  – We flew over to visit Westcove and it was the only venue we looked at. We wanted a place where most of our guests could stay for the entire week. It would be the first visit to Ireland for nearly all our guests and we wanted them to fall in love with it like we had. Westcove was the perfect spot to set them up for that. We loved that it was beautiful but unpretentious. It felt very homey and the caretaker, Katherine, was friendly and professional. Westcove is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and I can still hardly believe we got married there.

We spent the wedding week with our guests horseback riding, hiking, touring the Ring of Kerry. It was one of the loveliest times we’ve ever had.

The dress was by Minna and the shoes were Kurt Geiger. The dress was chosen due to the brides love of all things nature and botanical.

Suit was from Debenham’s and Liberty print ties.

Designed and printed ourselves with the help of a family friend

Bloomsday Flowers

Instead of a fancy trip, we’ve decided to go backpacking through central Europe for a month. Probably suits us a bit more, if we are being honest.

Sarah: I’m from Montreal, Canada; Daniel is from South Carolina, US; we met in Victoria, Canada; we live in London, UK; we were getting married in Ireland and our guests were coming from Canada, the US, the UK, Ireland and Germany. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our love for each other, but also a celebration of our love for our friends and family. Even though we live far away from everyone, they have shaped and continue to shape our lives. We did the legal bit separately, which removed the need for an officiant. We stripped everything away from a traditional ceremony and only put back the things that were meaningful to us. From there, the ceremony evolved to include all of our guests in some way. Our parents walked us down the aisle; my university roommates did our music; we passed our rings around in a ring warming ceremony; my dad opened with a prayer; my niece, Mia, and our good friend Tara did readings; our maid of honour and best man helped us with the hand binding. Daniel and I wrote the final part of our vows together. We didn’t know how it would all come together, but it turned into something beautiful.

Daniel: I got married. That was special and personal. Guinness and oysters were pretty good too. And the accidental receiving line that formed after the ceremony.

The photographer was one of our first decisions. I’d discovered her website and pored over her blog, which was really helpful with all aspects of planning. We loved everything about her documentary style. So much of Laura’s personality goes into her work. You can tell she is a fun person just based on the way she takes her pictures. We arranged to meet with her and she lived up to her photos. We knew we’d be in good hands, although Daniel stumped her with a Star Trek question that she might still be thinking about.

We were drawn to all things botanical (my dress still makes me swoon), but more importantly, we wanted the wedding to feel natural and relaxed. We tried to make it about our guests as much as about us.

My niece and I made a Victoria Sponge. Our guests contributed to a wedding bake off.

Advice – Trust yourselves. We did so many things we’d never seen done before and we weren’t sure how they would work out. But they did. And trust others. We tried to keep the entire day as simple as possible, and really relied on friends and family to help it all come together.