Katie & Johnny's Magical Summer Wedding in Waterford Castle & Island Resort
Katie & Johnny had an incredible wedding in Waterford Castle and Island Resort. Weddings by KARA was so excited to cover their wedding photography and wedding videography in the stunning setting of Waterford. Have a look at their beautiful wedding photographs and wedding video below:
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Here is what the stunning Katie had to say about her fabulous wedding suppliers:
When Johnny and I considered location for our summer wedding, there was really no competition for us over Waterford Castle Island Resort. We had spent time on the island in the lodges with both of our families (and our little dog Ruby!) and just loved the intimacy, friendliness and beauty of the whole place. Once we met the team which included the powerhouse wedding planners Gillian and Mirka and maître d' extraordinaire Antonio and tasted the exquisite menu options, we knew it was where we wanted to celebrate our wedding. Johnny is a big foodie and the dishes are really restaurant standard. We also loved the fact that we could have the Castle all to ourselves for the whole weekend as we wanted a big hog roast on the day after our wedding.
We visited Crooke Church in Passage East on a quiet Saturday afternoon and felt something special inside its beautiful thick old walls perched above the sea - it was decided there and then it's where we would be married "by Hook or by Crooke"! The Parish Secretary Helen was so helpful and kind and our own Priest, Fr Tom Hogan was welcomed to perform our marriage ceremony.
I must be one of the only brides who brought her Dad dress shopping! We bought my guna and matching veil in Pronovias in Spain while I was visiting my parents there. My dutiful Dad made the appointment and had learned the Spanish words for "lace" and "mermaid" which was really sweet of him! My Mam (or the MOB as she was referred to then) was my unofficial fourth bridesmaid and helpfully allowed me to drag her all around the country gathering all of my accessories, decor and outfits for the wedding weekend.
It was my Mam who spotted my beautiful headdress in The Suite Bridal Shop on Drury Street and helped me choose some fancy frocks in Mimi's boutique, Kilkenny for the rehearsal dinner and hog roast. She also leant me her sapphire and diamond ring which combined 'something borrowed'' and 'something blue'.
Johnny and I bought our wedding bands from the lovely Declan (and his adorable King Charles Damien!) in Delphi Antiques, Powerscourt. My earrings were purchased in Rhinestones, St. Andrews Street, shoes in Fitzpatricks, Grafton Street and undergarments in Peaches and Cream and Brown Thomas.
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.
Make Up & Hair
Make Up was by Michelle Kinsella whom I was blessed to also have as a bridesmaid. Michelle is not only an amazing make-up artist but her good humour and upbeat attitude make her a great addition to a bridal suite on that nerve wracking morning. Michelle has worked with the best and any other bride I have recommended her to have been so delighted with the results. Long lasting, beautiful make up from a professional you can absolutely trust is so important on your wedding day.
This was by Denise Bray Hair Design who managed to transform 10 heads in less than 3 hours. We are still trying to work out how she did it!
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.
Photography & Videography
And last but certainly not least, the wonderful duo that is Karina and Rachel of Weddings by KARA. I did ALOT of research into wedding photographers and felt that no other team capture the joyful public and private moments that form your wedding day. I wanted our photos to be natural and loved how the relaxed character of each wedding guest shone through the beautiful pictures. They takes shots from angles you wouldn't think of such as down aisle while you are lighting the marriage candles and snaps guests when they are animatedly talking or laughing and don’t even know it. We were overjoyed with how they turned out. We were adamant that we would have a wedding video as you get to see what is going on in the various places you simply can’t be at during different moments of the day such as the guests gathering in the church and the boys getting ready. Weddings by KARA are experts at matching great music to video material and we have so enjoyed watching our wedding video over and over! It is really fun to watch everyone’s movements throughout the day and the dancing is hilarious!
I'm not sure if this is an unfair thing to say but admittedly I had a preference for a female photographer and videographer. I knew from my sister's wedding that there is a special atmosphere around a bride on the morning while she is being prepared for her wedding by her mother and bridesmaids. I believe it partly comes from having the women you are closest to around you during that very special time and the tradition behind it. Karina and Rachel were the epitome of discretion and it was lovely to feel their unobtrusive warmth and kindness throughout the day.
'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