We would like to share with you the wonderful wedding of one of our real brides Niamh. Niamh wore our Michelle comb on her wedding day, such a gorgeous bride. Niamh and Aodhán celebrated their wedding at Virginia Park Lodge in Cavan. The photographer on the day was Dasha Caffrey.
The bride and groom met through their shared love of Irish music and dance, both being from Cavan but never crossed paths until they both preformed at another wedding on the same night. Aodhán proposed on a cliff they were looking out at the sea, Niamh turned around to find Aodhán on bended knee with the most beautiful ring he’d designed himself!
According to this lovely couple the Sparks flew immediately and they were both smitten. There were many personal touches on the day including a three-year restoration of Aodhán's grandfather’s Massey Ferguson tractor to travel to the ceremony on, Niamh's dad built a stone arch, Aodhán handmade cufflinks from lucky truppences for his groomsmen, Niamh's friend designed the wedding invitations and her sister painted the mass booklets.
Aodhán's sister made this glorious wedding cake! The detailing on the wedding dress is so intricate and beautifully detailed. Aren't Niamh's bridesmaid's stunning?! The couple say the the music was the priority of their wedding “A trad session with friends ‘Whiskey You’re The Devil’ ensued to welcome guests as they arrived and the bridal party entered the dining room with a New Orleans Wedding March led by approximately fifteen of our wedding party with a mash up of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and ‘This Little Light of Mine’on drums, brass and other percussion instruments. Just amazing!
Two days after the wedding the couple went on honeymoon, “We flew to Dubai to stay at The Atlantis for three nights, then onto Ubud in Bali for treks, relaxation and water-rafting, onto the Gili Islands for some incredible sunsets and scuba diving before finishing on a high back in Bali at the Four Seasons, Jimbaran Bay.”
Anyone who has planned a wedding will tell you that there is a lot to think about, whatever time of year you choose for it to take place. But if the run-up to your wedding or even the big day itself are happening in the midst of the corona virus outbreak, you might be wondering what you should do to prepare (if that is even possible!) and plan for the potential that your wedding will in some way be affected.
Right now, whether you’re planning a wedding at home or abroad, there are countless moving parts surrounding COVID-19 and since this situation is fluid, what it means for your wedding, specifically, really depends on your wedding date.
To help you prepare for what you should do—and help you if you do sadly have to change plans—we spoke with experts across the industry, including travel consultants and wedding planners, to give you a closer look at how COVID-19 is affecting wedding planning right now, and how to prep for the coming months.
No. 1 - Be prepared
Whenever there is a problem, there is generally a solution, or if you can’t find a solution there is likely an alternative. It sounds very cliched but the best you can do is to keep calm and carry on. All of your guests whether they be family, friends, or colleagues all want to celebrate with you, but at a time that is safe and when you can all enjoy each others company.
No. 2 - Communicate with your vendors
Rather than second guess what your vendors are planning, get in touch with them, discuss worst scenarios and come together to create a game plan.
Choosing your bridal jewellery is one of THE best parts about planning your wedding ensemble and we should know! But there are other accessories that need to be considered in the run-up to the big day, so we have pulled together this guide to make sure you don’t miss anything…
When it comes to shoes comfort is key, remember that you will be wearing these shoes for the majority of the day, you will be standing, walking and dancing, so, go for natural materials, as they are more breathable and will stretch to fit your feet. Also, don’t forget to buy your shoes around the same time as you order your wedding dress. This is very important as your alterations, especially the hem adjustment, will depend on the height of your heel. Buying shoes early on will mean you are ready for all of your fittings and that you have plenty of time to break them in at home.
The timing of your wedding can be a deciding factor on your footwear choice. If you are getting married in winter, you might want a back-up pair of weddingtons (see what we did there!) to avoid the puddles, or if you are having your reception in the summer months you might want a pair of flats or wedges at the ready for walking on grass. In fact, having a back-up pair of flats is always a great idea, just in case!
When it comes to traditions, you can’t fit many more into one occasion than you can on a Wedding day! From the brides choice of a gown to the ceremony itself, the best man's speech, the first dance and the bouquet toss, your big day will be a constant nod to tradition. You might find some of the customs aren't in keeping with the style of your wedding, but when it comes down to bridal jewellery, you'll appreciate many of the old traditions, mainly because the bride comes out of it pretty well, with lots of sparkly options…
It is traditionally the job of the groom or the father-of-the-bride to gift the bride with pearls on the day of her wedding. Pearls are seen as a symbol of perfection, purity and innocence, and it is said that the ancient Greeks believed pearls would help ensure marital bliss and prevent newlywed brides from crying!
When it comes to wedding jewellery there are many, many choices when it comes to pearls. You could opt for a pearl choker, a discreet pearl bracelet, some beautiful earrings or one of our favourites, a pearl headpiece, here is ourGold Leaf and Freshwater Pearl Headpiece, which is a great choice for any bride.