Our delicious wedding cake was made by Johnny's wonderfully talented sister Tara. Each tier varied between traditional fruit cake and chocolate biscuit and was decorated with ribbon and lace from A. Rubenesque and Decobake.
The cake topper was specially made by Eileen Kavanagh who paid such attention to detail including detailed enquires as to what our wedding outfits would be like - I actually hid it from Johnny until the wedding day as my dress was so similar to the tiny clay model's! Eileen happily made little skis for us in recognition of how we met and even included our little dog Ruby wearing ski goggles while her hair blew in the imaginary wind! I found Eileen’s prices to be far more competitive to other bespoke cake topper makers and was lucky to find her.
We chose suits for the boys from Aston Formalwear, Temple Bar. We both felt that double-breasted waistcoat look would be great and eventually found the dove grey and navy colours we were looking for. Johnny chose his tie colour before I chose the bridesmaids dress colour which is apparently unusual but I think that was the right way to determine the colour palette of the bridal party. He is the second most important person in the whole thing!
I loved the soft grey colours that brides in the States have been doing for a couple of summer seasons now although I think some people thought I had gone mad when I set out looking for grey bridesmaid dresses! Thankfully we ended up getting married on the hottest day of the year and all that beautiful sunshine ensured that there was absolutely no murky grey in sight! The dresses were Sorella Vita from Annette's Bridal. Annette is the most wonderful seamstress you will ever be lucky enough to find and expertly altered not only the bridesmaid dresses but also my wedding dress and the MOB's in addition to rehearsal and hog roast outfits.
Our florist was the very experienced and patient Flowers by Lucy who generously combined my tea light holders and lanterns with her own to make a breath taking flower-filled church and castle. Lucy also babysat some cherished peonies to keep them alive the week of our wedding despite preparing me for using alternatives as it was so near the end of the season for them!
The Castle was rocked by the Bentley Boys and I can't thank our Aussie lead singer John enough for ensuring that everyone stayed boogieing all night. We changed the location of the band last minute because it was such a balmy evening and the band and castle couldn't have been more accommodating. We were also treated to jazz from the Bentley Boys during our garden reception after the church.
Bridal Party Gifts
Our bridal party gifts were beautiful leather bound hipflasks from Dubarry for the boys and Links silver charms for the girls, each with a heart, cross and anchor as symbols of love, faith and hope.
Wedding stationery was a mix of Karen McDonald for the Mass Scrolls, twoforjoypaper on Etsy for the Invitations and Menus and Snap printing for the Save the Date and Thank You Cards.
The wedding car was provided by The Limo Company who were a pleasure to deal with. Our driver couldn't have been more patient or kind.
Our string quartet during the church ceremony were Vltava and everyone commented on how wonderful they were. They had no issues whatsoever with learning whatever pieces we wanted such as Desiree, "Kissing You" and they did a smashing sprightly version of Coldplay, "Viva la Vida" which we walked back down the aisle hand-in-hand to.
'I am envious of every bride reading this as I would love to go back and live it all again. There is no denying that putting together a wedding is a lot of hard work but it is absolutely worth it and, like memories, you will have your wedding photos and video forever!' Katie