From the event designer, Alise:
The West Coast of Ireland has held a special place in Morgan and Wesley’s relationship for a long time. Wesley grew up spending a lot of time in Doonbeg with his family and soon after he met Morgan, she started accompanying him there as well. He proposed the previous year in the exact spot where the held their ceremony on this summer. One hundred guests traveled from the US to witness their vows overlooking the Atlantic. They did not want to impose on the natural beauty of the landscape, so their altar space was a floral installation created in shape of an asymmetrical half moon. The Irish Blessing was officiated by an eccentric and cool Irish monad proved to be one of the most memorable parts of their wedding day.
After the ceremony, the guests were then greeted inside the Lodge with a cozy fire, champagne, Guinness and oysters. Once the bell rang for dinner, their guests made their way down the pebbled pathway to the marquee which overlooked the beautiful dunes. The marquee and tables were decorated in a modern, yet ethereal palette of neutrals offset by vibrant, earthy greens, with hints of slate grey and blues throughout. The couple’s vision for the wedding was modern elegance meets the wild and rugged west Irish coast. We drew inspiration from the natural landscape and colors and textures found there. Organic and textural design elements were featured in their stationery, flowers and table designs to compliment this aesthetic.
Photography Taylor and Porter | Event Design Alise Taggart Events & Design | Floral Design The Informal Florist | Skirt Pronovias, Corset Top Martina Liama | Veil Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils | Pantsuit Alexia Maria | Hair Glen Cullen | Makeup Kathryn O’Neill | Venue The Lodge at Doonbeg | Officiant Dara Molloy | Calligraphy Bohemian Ink | Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians Bow Musique | Band & DJ Jo Petit Band | Rentals Gotcha Covered | Favors Turf Scented Candles with custom designed match boxes The Bearded Candle Makers | Videographer Cinematic Tide | Lighting Creative Event Lighting | Ceremony Sound System Hear It
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From Emma, the photographer:
We wanted to create an inspirational shoot for the modern elegant bride, to show that beautiful can still be very natural and uncomplicated. Our French Blue editorial was inspired by the understated glamour of France. Inspired by the color palette of french chateaus, we chose a blend of neutrals and soft french blues to create this shoot. Photographed with the exquisite backdrop of Dorfold Hall in Cheshire, we told the story of a bride getting ready on her wedding day, with quiet moments of contemplation amid a soft and feminine atmosphere.
With our stylist, we crafted the shoot from a selection of handpicked vendors who suited the fine art brief perfectly: from the delicate hand calligraphed stationery, to the neutral hand grown neutrals, and the wonderful cake in shades of blue and white. The elegant dress was the perfect fit for this shoot. It was the right amount of glamour, while still being understated and modern. We paired it with some beautiful accessories to create these high end looks. The make-up created a fresh & glowing look with the use of natural products. The perfect finish were the relaxed hairstyles created to compliment the dress and jewelry.
Photography Emma Pilkington | Designer/Stylist Helen James | Floral Designer Fletcher & Foley | Dress Anna Campbell from Jean Jackson Couture | Hair & Makeup Sarah Morten | Venue Dorfold Hall | Cake The Frostery | Jewelry Agnes Walker | Stationery Beautifully Lost Studio | Shoes Di Hassall |Model Amy Crawford at Boss Models
The thing you realize very quickly when you start your wedding planning is that your venue easily dictates the rest of the details (including your dress). When you have a really grand estate like the one shown in this beautiful shoot, it allows you a broad range of choices. We love the choices made here – allowing the dresses and beautiful florals to be the focus, and the venue to be a sumptuous background that provided the rest of the beauty.
From the photographer, Trinh:
This editorial took place in the Italian paradise of Lake Como at the elegant Villa Balbiano. Our real couple, Bianca and Francesca are deeply in love, and adore Italy, traveling, and classic fashion. The extravagant natural setting offered a perfect mix of scenery without needing to bring much else in. The clear blue water, the sloping hills of the mountains, and the blooming flowers and plants were perfection. We kept the styling and directions classic and elegant to go along with the grand villa. Then all we had to do was capture the chemistry of the couple.
Photography/Creative Direction/Styling Trynh Photography | Planner NKT Events | Floral Design Madness Flowers Italy | Wedding Dress Musat | Hair & Makeup Ava Belle Luxury | Venue Villa Balbiano | Cake Qualcosa Di Dolce | Man’s Suit & Accessories The Brian & Barry Building | Jewelry Di Gregorio Gioielli | Bridal Accessories Nea Bridal | Stationery Victoria Krav | Tabletop Tableset Luxury Rentals | Ribbons Seidenband | Boat Riva | Models Bianca & Francesco