Real Wedding – Pretty Pink And Purple Church Wedding Ireland

02/06/2014 | 2

Getting Married Abroad Blog

Siobhan & Ross   ♥   Tipperary, Ireland

Photographer:   Claire Penn

 

If you’re looking to get married abroad, then consider idyllic Ireland – it is a wonderful location for a dreamy destination wedding. It’s not too far for your guests to travel (if you’re from the UK) and it has some of the most beautiful, rural venues steeped in history and character, such as the stunning Kilshane House in Tiperrary. If you’re looking for a venue that oozes elegance yet delivers a relaxed and informal ambiance, this Regency built house has it all.

 

Siobhan and Ross certainly delivered a magical wedding for their guests when they said ‘I Do’ with a pretty pink and purple church wedding in Ireland last summer. Brimming with DIY-done-right details, big bright blooms, a faultless colour palette and the perfect amount of personal touches, they had their day their way and ensured it was full of fun, love and laughter (and dancing ‘til dawn!).

 

Siobhan looked every bit the Hollywood siren she hoped to. You can’t beat a beautiful bride with a pop of red lippy, a chic Jenny Packham gown and some stylish Louboutins to boot! The wonderful Claire Penn was there to capture the essence of this magical day…

 

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Siobahn says:

“We are both born and breed in London, but my Mum and Dad are from Ireland. I have such amazing memories from going to Ireland every year when I was younger to Tipperary to our family home for Easter and summer holidays with all my cousins and family.”

 

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“In the 7 and a half years Ross and I have been together we have taken trips over to Ireland, with groups of our friends for long weekends and with my family, it has become a second home to him now too. After we got engaged we talked about what sort of wedding we wanted and we knew we couldn’t just settle for one day, so we knew we had to have somewhere we could have all our loved ones together for a weekend. We thought Ireland would be so much fun and a great excuse for a mini trip for everyone.”

 

“We found Kilshane House in Tipperary near where my Mum’s family are from, and the moment we started driving up the half a mile tree lined winding drive we knew this place was going to be special. Add to that the fact you can hire the whole place exclusively for the weekend, there are 50+ rooms for most of our guests to stay in, an absolutely STUNNING reception room which used to be a church and we knew it was the one!! It also has the feel of a family home and we felt so relaxed from the moment we entered.”

 

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“A few months after getting engaged my best friend had a fun day out to try on a few dress, I found a couple I loved so thought “this will be easy!”. Over-Confident – Wind on 6 months and you have the pressure of actually finding the ONE dress you will wear on your wedding day, the one dress that needs to make you look stylish, beautiful, classy and sexy and that you can wear from midday until 4 in the morning (Yes I said 4am!). I must have tried on over 50 dresses, I was adamant I wanted it to be corseted and very structured, as the un-structured dresses wouldn’t suit me, I just didn’t like any of them on me!”

 

“I then went to an amazing shop called Miss Bush Bridal in Ripley and among all the corseted big gowns they made me try on a Jenny Packham….SWOON! Well what a waste of a year trying all the other gowns on, it suddenly all feel into place, then it was just a matter of which one. As soon as I tried on the Aspen, I knew it was the one. They do say that don’t they!? It was the most comfortable dress I have ever worn and I felt amazing in it…I am stilling having a total love affair with it.”

 

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“I did my own make up for the day as I wanted to look like myself, I went for a lesson with a make up artist at Fenwicks called Frey-ja Barker who uses all different brands and she went through what was best for my skin and how to apply. I then added to that my favourite bits from Mac & Nars, like bright red lips and gold smoky eyes! I knew I wanted a stand out look as I’m not afraid to wear brighter make up, I wanted it to look quiet Hollywood glam to go with the dress, I was glad I took the plunge and did it myself, plus now I have all the make up to use after!”

 

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“As the venue was so beautiful we let it speak for itself a lot of the time, we didn’t have a set theme as we wanted a really relaxed vibe for the whole weekend.”

 

“The beauty of Kilshane House is that you can move your guests through the different sections of the venue at different parts of your day, we had our drinks reception on the lawn, we then had cocktails in the stunning glass conservatory before moving to the main reception room with its beautiful fairy lights and high ceilings. The tables had silver candelabras, which we had draped in green ivy, they were placed on mirrors with candles around the bottom. We went for a more rustic/vintage feel, with homemade banners and vintage suitcases to hold the photo guest book.”

 

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“I had a very clear idea of what I wanted for my mine and my bridesmaid’s bouquets. I wanted them to look quite dramatic, so I wanted mine to be only bright colours, incorporating the purple of the bridesmaid dresses and other dark pinks and shades of purple / blue. I asked for only large flowers, I wanted the purple orchids which looked amazing and large roses, I also knew I wanted long stems which would come out of the bottom of the silk wrap around. The girls then each choose a white flower that they loved and had an individual bouquet made, so large Roses for one, Calla Lilies’ for another and Dahlia’s, again with long stems and ivory silk wraps, Michelle at Cashel Flowers did the most amazing job we couldn’t have been happier.”

 

“As Ross had pocket squares he wanted very simple boutonnieres, we decided on simple lavender with a silk wrap, they looked really cool and smelt gorgeous. We also had silver buckets with lavender plants dotted around different parts of the wedding, like the photo guest book table, card table and by the entrance.”

 

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“We brought a mini Instax Fujifilm camera and loads of props for people to take pictures and stick in our guest book, this was one of the most fun parts of the evening and the guest book is hilarious (you should see the drunken illegible messages and photos from after midnight).”

 

“For favours we decided (knowing our friends and family) the best thing would be miniatures bottles of Irish Whiskey, Baileys or Jagermeister, we brought purple stripped bags and stickers with our names, wedding date and ‘Thank you’ on them from Amazon, they looked great and went down a treat!!”

 

“We created the table plan ourselves (with help from my brilliant Mum & Dad), we printed an individual Polaroid of each of our guests, we then put hessian string onto black card and used a red heart shaped clip to pin them on…It looked great and was a focal point of the wedding, a lot of effort but worth it!”

 

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First dance:

  • “Our first dance was to ‘Coldplay – Paradise‘  it brings back fantastic memories of seeing them at Glastonbury shortly after we got engaged. We hadn’t rehearsed the dance, but that made it more fun, there were lots of impromptu spins and even a dip.”

Dance floor classics: 

  • “Ross is a DJ, music is really important to him, so this was his forte! He is a huge Beatles fan and managed to find the most amazing tribute act called The Classic Beatles, they have even preformed for the Queen and have worked with Sir George Martin. They are completely authentic right down to the accents and the stage banter. They were one of the highlights of our night, everyone was up dancing and singing the whole way through. Our brother in-law even got up and played a guitar solo with them. They finished on a collaboration of ‘Daft Punk – Get Lucky‘ and ‘Sergeant Pepper – Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ it was fantastic! He then found a DJ who really listened to what we wanted and played the best music until 2am, we were up dancing all night!”

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What were your highlights and favourite memories from the day?

  • “It really is the most amazing day of our lives, we didn’t go OTT with little details but added our own personality to the wedding, the things people remember so much are how much fun it was and how much love there was in the room, not how many flowers or signs we had!”

 

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Do you have any advice for brides and grooms-to-be?

I got loads of great advice, I will pass on my two favourites:

  • “Steal away for at least half an hour on your own with your new husband, we snuck up to our room with a glass of champagne for a smooch and a screech, we could also look out our window to see how our favourite people laughing outside, it was magical.”

 

  • “At any moments you really want to remember, wiggle your toes. I did it as I was saying my vows looking into Ross’ eyes, during my Dads speech and while on the dance floor looking around at how much love and happiness there was in the room, we felt so blessed!”

 

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Venue and suppliers:

Photographer – Claire Penn / Assistant photographer – Jane Packard / Ceremony venue – Holy Cross Abbey / Reception venue – Kilshane House / Bride’s dress – Jenny Packham from Miss Bush Bridal / Bride’s shoes – Christian Louboutin / Veil and jewellery – Gillian Million / Bridesmaid dresses – Jane Jordan / Shoes – Next / Necklaces – Accessorize / Groom and groomsmen suits – Alfred Brown / Ties, pocket squares, tie bars –  The Tie Bar / Groom’s shoes – Loake / Invitations – Your Paper Dates / Florist – Cashel Flowers / Reception music – Vitamin String Quartet / Band – The Classic Beatles

 

 

Comments (2)

  1. Mandy

    What a gorgeous venue and beautiful bride, love this wedding stunning photos Claire and Jane x

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