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Happy Friday everyone and how are you all today? I’m really looking forward to the weekend, are you? Later on today Nik, Dexter and I are going out for an early tea, Nik’s looking after Dexter so I can have a couple of cocktails and then tomorrow I have a girls night in planned, so it’s looking like a weekend of cocktail drinking!
To end the week I have this gorgeous super glam wedding from Ireland, a DIY wedding that goes to show that DIY weddings aren’t all about hay bales and village halls. Niamh and David chose a super glam venue and then added their own personal touches to the day with help from friends and family. The day has been captured beautifully by Sebastian from Art Wedding Photography
Niamh and David were married on 17th April 2015 at St Cocas Church Kilcock and the reception at Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort in Ireland. ‘ It has the best of both worlds, Ballyna House which is a 19th century mansion for the drinks reception which also has beautiful gardens & then the modern hotel premises for the evening reception & dinner. We had a total of 230 guests and it took a year to plan.’
How they met
We met in Brady’s Maynooth 7 years ago
We were engaged in New York in Feb 2013(we didn’t start planning the wedding until April ’14). Dave had the staff lay out flowers & champagne in our hotel room after an evening out for dinner & the theatre. He proposed when we arrived back at the hotel.
How did you allocate your budget
We didn’t really have a budget, we had a lump sum of savings but spent money throughout the year paying for & picking up things as we went along rather than having to pay for everything at once.
How did you choose your photographer
Came across Sebastian online & really liked his style based on his portfolio, he was the only photographer we met as once we met him we didn’t feel the need to meet any other photographers
Dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardiner
Silver Bracelet: Paul Sheeran
Head Piece: Etzy.com
The Suit and Bridesmaids
Suit: Louis Copeland
Bridesmaids: Eliza & Ethan
Theme or Colour Scheme
Champagne & Dusty Rose
Roses from Absolutely Fabulous Flowers Celbridge
Mash Potato Bar with toppings, canapés, scones & jam, homemade cookies
Pork & Leek tartlet, Lemon Sorbet, Fillet Steak/ Turkey & Ham, Trio of Deserts (white chocolate sponge, baileys cheesecake, lemon tart)
Blackforest Bakery Kilcock
The Harleys (acoustic in the drinks reception, live Band & DJ at the wedding reception) Photobooth
Buy or DIY your Stationery
Abbey Set Print & Design (invitations & mass booklets)
Personal or Handmade Touches
All DIY: Name Board (find your name, scratch the ticket, reveal the name of your table) Lanterns from jars leading to the hotel, all place names were put together personally, handmade photo props, frames for table names hand sprayed & designed, after dinner cigar bar handmade, provided flip flops, skin care products & perfume in the women’s bathroom as well as aftershave in the men’s. The brides sister made a life size caricature of us both as well as a framed picture for people to sign & leave best wishes. She also hand made the cake toppers (Linda Byrne Artist)
Seeing how happy everyone was for us. Being able to enjoy the occasion so much with close friends & family. Grooms man sang our first dance as a surprise (Ian Tighe)
Advice to other couples
Don’t over think it or panic, it will all fall into place & if something does go wrong, forget about it & just get on with enjoying yourself, no one else will notice anyway!
Davids mother decorated the church along with the people from Absolutely Fabulous Flowers so that was a massive surprise as we were completely unaware of what was being planned.
Everything Linda Byrne Artist did was all a brilliant surprise (listed above)
Ian Tighe singing our first dance, we are big fans