Irish Coastal Outdoor Wedding Ideas

Growing up on an island, the song and pull of the sea is never too far away and has always been a huge influence on my perception of this land. It’s a scene that is forever changing with inky blues and muted greens rushing up to meet the spring fields and stoic stone walls of the Irish coastline. Perched at the cliffside looking out into the celtic sea in County Waterford, it’s easy to see why a holy well and hermitage was established here in the 5th century by the early Irish saint, St Declan. There is a sense of energy and mysticism in the air that speaks of renewal and I hoped to capture all these beautiful elements and allow them to inspire the perfect celebration. Thanks to an amazing team of talented suppliers, the vision came to life and I couldn’t imagine a more romantic place to exchange vows.

Photography: Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBphoto | Concept and Styling: Ciara O’Halloran of Style Serendipity | Florals: A New Leaf Floral Design and Decor | Location: Cliff House Hotel Ardmore, Ireland | Hair: UpStyle Junkie | Make Up: Annette O’Brien | Long Gowns: Myrtle Ivory Bridal Couture (lace gown: Claire Pettibone, silk gown: Amanda Wakely) | Suit & Short Lace Gown: Zara | Shoes: BHLDN | Paper Goods, Calligraphy and Silk: Neither Snow | Models: Eve and James of Andrea Roche Model Agency | Horse: Monatrea Equestrian Centre

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06.17.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Wedding Ideas Blog

Win Wedding Photography from Em the Gem!


Today we would proudly like to introduce a new sponsor, Em the Gem! Em the Gem is the brainchild of Emily Scott, a California based wedding and portrait photographer whose images are truly engaging and magical. Emily fell in love with photography on a mission trip to Japan and soon began seeing life and beauty through her lens on a daily basis.  Once engaged to her now husband, Aaron, Emily funneled her passion into wedding photography.

Emily appreciates the beauty that natural light and film photography brings to images and looks forward to collaborating with couples that appreciate the same. Emily loves to see new places outside of California so she is available for national and international weddings as well as local ones. Emily’s design aesthetic is gorgeous, and her photographs are light, lovely, and happy and will capture the essence of your wedding day!

Emily has just relaunched Em the Gem and is excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with a giveaway! She is looking to give an 8 hour wedding photography session away one lucky couple. Em the Gem is local to California, but will travel internationally for this giveaway to the right couple (couples getting married outside Northern California will be responsible for travel costs).

To enter to win 8 hours of wedding photography, leave a comment telling your love story and why you would love to win a session with Emily!


06.17.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant Spring Wedding Ideas

Old Metropolitan Hall is a beautifully restored historic building in the heart of Charlottesville, Virginia.  With it as my backdrop and inspiration, I set out to create a feeling of timelessness and romance while keeping with the era-inspired decor of the building itself.  The venue showcases a lot of beautiful ironwork, so I knew we’d want to incorporate black into a palette of soft pastels and greenery. The architecture and interiors also informed our design: We mirrored the tin ceiling tile pattern in the table runner and even used crystal inspired by the chandeliers as the placecards.  Loose florals paired with rose gold and touches of metallic created an organic yet polished look.

Photography: Eric Kelley | Venue: Old Metropolitan Hall | Creative Direction & Styling: Mallory Joyce  | Florals: Southern Blooms by Pat’s Floral Designs | Paper Suite & Signage: Rock, Paper Scissors | Gown: Chaviano Couture | Hair & Makeup: Lora Elaine | Shoes: Sergio Rossi Jewelry: Kira Kira | Tuxe & Shoes: Beecroft & Bull | Cake: Maggie Austin | Catering & Food Styling: A Pimento | Bench & Bar Accessories: Stonegate Event Rentals | Models: Ann Bladen S. and Dillon R. of MODELOGIC

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06.13.13 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Elegant Destination Sri Lanka Wedding

We decided to marry in Sri Lanka as this is our common culture; however, as we both are not very traditional,  we wanted to stray away from a conventional Sri Lankan wedding.  We wanted some where intimate and fun where our closest friends and family could celebrate our special day  .  The actual island was completely my partner’s pick and what a fantastic job he did!  It is such a surreal and impossibly romantic place.  There is a single villa on the island which was built in the 1920’s which still retains much of its old-world ambience.   The best part is that the island is only accessible by wading through knee deep water which adds to the mystery and magic! I came across Jonas Peterson’s work more than 5 years ago way before even thinking about my own wedding but from the moment I saw his photography, it was “love at first sight”. I had never imagined that I would have him capturing my own wedding but when I discovered that he was based in Australia, I knew it meant to be.

Photographer: Jonas Peterson | Wedding Planner: Bride with help from family | Wedding Dress: Lace Sari designed by Karishma Kimatrai with the help of online boutique bridal shop Couture Rani and Short lace dress by Lover | Groom Suit: Calibre | Hair Stylist: Jacquline Jayanadhi from The Chopping Block Salon | Ceremony and Reception: Taprobane Island, Sri Lanka | Celebrant: Henri Tatham |

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06.12.13 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog