It is about time we had some more Irish weddings on the blog, the landscape is gorgeous, they have a wonderful bounty of talented suppliers and every wedding I have seen recently has been stunning. Today’s wedding is no difference, it has a cute vintage vibe but Jodie has added her own twist with little pockets of pastel perfection. I adore the emerald green bridesmaid dresses, and the handsome brown tweed suit. Gorgeous day!
photography | Abaca Photography
Suits by Mark Darcy
Bride’s hair accessories/veil: Flowers by Ruth Healy, veil by Blossom and Bluebird
Georgina Millar / Rebecca Toon.
The perfume: Gucci Bamboo
Ruth Healy ‘Wedding Flowers by Ruth’ Castlebar
The theme of the wedding started early on when I found “the dress”. I had looked in a lot of bridal shops and just wasn’t really keen on anything. It all seemed so structured, and princess like, and very white. Just didn’t suit me at all. I knew I wanted something vintage, and it had to be lace. I looked online and found this one designer that I fell in love with, Jane Bourvis. She uses antique lace from old veils and dresses from the past and each one is unique. She made exactly the sort of dresses I loved, and I loved the history and romance behind them. I just didn’t have the budget for my dream designer unfortunately. She had made dresses for Sex in the City and Sherlock, and was quite famous. So I continued to look, then decided eBay might be a better option. It was then I found the dress, £700 and in my size and a Jane Bourvis! I went to try it on at the lady’s house and just knew it was the one. It had a new gold satin slip underneath with a train and a lace dress that came over the top. The sleeves were gold lace and that part was over 100 years old. That sold it to me. The lady actually cried when I said I would take it as she loved it so much. It was 1930’s design so that’s the theme I decided on for the day!!
The invites were vintage typewriter font on brown card, mounted on vintage patterned card and it went from there. As we were getting married in Ireland, I wanted to bring a bit of where I came from into the day. We decided that each table would be a place-name in Essex. We picked small villages I grew up in such as Pleshey, Ongar, Kelvedon, Billericay and Chelmsford. To fit in with the theme I managed to find antique postcards for each of these towns on eBay. They were up to 100 years old, and a lot of them had been used and had writing from the past the back of them. The table plan was arranged on a pile of vintage suitcases. We had a brilliant lady come and decorate the room for us. Her name is Vivienne from Rosewater in Westport. She did a beautiful job and it went so well with the theme, it added such a personal touch. For the flowers I wanted unstructured, natural bouquets, which would be right for the time too. I looked at old weddings photos from the 1930’s and they all had large bouquets. We had pastel tones and I loved them!
Bridesmaids – Dresses by ChiChi London, shoes Debenhams, flowers in hair by Ruth Healy.
The favourite part of the day has to be marrying my husband! The church, saying our vows to each other in front of everyone we love. That was the best part for me.
Second favourite part was my new husband spinning me around the dance floor to Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen, played by the band!!
Also my cousin Sam playing oasis on guitar in the residents bar at 4am with everyone still up and all singing along! Including our parents!
The lovely invites were designed by Kate’s Designs, based in Loughton. A lot of other bits I designed myself.
Everyone has to have a band when they get married in Ireland. We had an amazing band called Anchormen, they are based in Galway.
The cake made by the mother and sister of the groom. Mary And Maria Mc Gloin. It was fruit cake, sponge cake and chocolate biscuit cake. Delicious.
We headed off on honeymoon to Bali, just 1 day after the wedding. We slept for the whole flight as we were exhausted and could finally relax! Bali is beautiful!
The Castlecourt Hotel was great and they did all the food and drinks. We had Thai Fish Cakes and Brie and Caramelised Onion Tart to start, Seabass and Filet of Beef for main, Creme Brulie and Brownie for desert. We were too nervous and excited to eat anything, but everyone else loved it and said they hadn’t ever been so full up before! They are very generous with food at Irish weddings!
I loved the planning part. I signed up to Pinterest initially, and pinned flowers and dresses I liked. It was here where I got the idea for the cake, that my sister in law did an amazing job of recreating! It takes a while to figure out what sort of wedding you want. I read blogs like, love my dress, rock my wedding and So You’re Getting Married. I found all the blogs really inspiring, and it’s lovely to share your day with other brides to be. My advice would be to not panic if little things don’t go to plan, as you’re the only one that will notice. I felt like I’d said hi to everyone but spoken to no one, I think this is normal though. Just enjoy celebrating with all your family and friends! It’s just a big party, don’t put too much pressure on yourself.