Happy Friday folks!
If you thought Part 1 of Susie and Robin’s Irish wedding was ah-mazing, just wait till you see Part 2…
After their celebratory Guinness at the local pub, Susie, Robin and their bridal party braved the wind and headed down the quaint, country roads towards Dingle Bay. The dramatic coastline and grey skies teamed with one seriously stylish (and fun!) bridal party resulted in some stunning (and very funny) photos by Sean Curtin Photography.
That’s what I love about this beautiful couple and their wedding. It’s a stylish, classy affair full of charming vintage details but all Susie and Robin really wanted for their wedding was to have a relaxed, enjoyable day. And as you can see, that’s exactly what they had!
Robin is a camera fanatic so it was his job to shortlist the photographers. We chose Sean cause we loved his style, it was really relaxed and quirky. Robin and I weren’t keen on the very traditional static family portraits or very posed photos. We loved the location Sean picked for us to go to – I guess him getting married in Ballintaggart gave him the local knowledge edge. As well as the standard photos Sean set up a photo booth behind the bar – there are some hilarious shots and it meant we had some photos of all the guests.
I loved our time in the pub after the ceremony – Robin and I were both very relaxed and so totally over the moon. It meant it was finally time to chat with our friends over a pint of Guinness. Also, a bit selfishly, I adored Robins speech, he said such amazing things, it was very emotional.
I guess the overall feel was quite quirky, vintage. I have always loved old tea sets and cut crystal. Ballintaggart had some wonderful mismatched cups and saucers, which we used for the reception drinks and afternoon tea the following day. Despite everyone thinking I was crazy, I hired cut crystal champagne saucers, flutes, wine and water glasses. Small touches like homemade lemonade and vintage glass water tumblers made it all the more authentic.
We wanted to make the house as personal to us as we could so we place framed pictures of our family and friends around the main function rooms. I had great fun trawling through charity and antique shops looking for old picture frames, which I also used for our table plan – hanging the frames in front of some beautiful cole and sons hand printed bird wall paper.
Our other indulgence was to pay homage to our weakness for penny sweets. I got some really fantastic apothecary jars from Borrowed Blue, which we filled with all our favorite sweets – they were a great success with the guests.
The Wedding Cake
We decided on a very simple two tier cake – inspired by an image I found online. I’m gluten intolerant so the top tier was a 6″ gluten free carrot cake with orange with Buttercream filling. The bottom tier was a 9″ lemon drizzle (Robin’s favourite) cake with lemon Buttercream filling. Each tier was covered with ivory Italian Meringue Butttercream icing, topped with some peonies and it was delicious! Mandy from The Cupcakery did an amazing job.
We had The Velvet Lounge, a jazz trio, play during the drinks reception and for later that evening the trio were joined by 2 more musicians for a “rat pack”-esque performance. It was fantastic – our fist dance was to The Best Is Yet To Come. During the bands break at midnight we had pizzas baked in the houses outdoor pizza over, followed by more dancing till 4.30am! We were very lucky to have a friend of Robins DJ for us into the wee small hours of the morning. The night ended with a group sing song of Don McLean’s American Pie.
I would say to other brides to really enjoy the days leading up to wedding – all the planning is (hopefully) done so it’s a time to pamper yourself and enjoy a very special time with your girls.
Delegate! You can’t do everything yourself. Robin really surprised me at the effort he put into his jobs.
Make sure you look at your handsome husband to be while you’re walking up the aisle – it makes you feel all tingly inside, there will never be another moment like it!
Many thanks to Susie and Robin for sharing their beautiful wedding day with us (especially Susie for sharing all about their planning and offering some great advice to all you lovely brides to be).
HUGE thanks also to Sean and Kate of Sean Curtin Photography for sharing these incredible images. It’s always such a pleasure featuring your work.
Okay, hands up who wants to get married in Ireland now?!
If you want to see more Irish weddings check these gorgeous features out:
Unique DIY Wedding In Dingle With A Bride In Gold (Sean and Kate’s very own wedding!)
Photographer: Sean Curtin Photography / Bride’s Dress: Belle And Bunty / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories:Luella’s Boudoir / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Reception Venue:Ballintaggart House, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland / Ceremony Musicians: Kerry Wedding Music / Cake: The Cupcakery / Jazz Trio: The Velvet Lounge