Real Weddings by KARA: The perfect summer wedding in Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co. Cork

We spent yesterday evening looking at your photos. They are out of this world beautiful. The great pics just kept coming. There are photos not just for us but family and friends. The children’s shots were just breathtaking! I don’t know how we are going to choose photos for the walls. We feel so lucky you were available, couldn’t have wished for more.
— Aideen & Nigel
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We are thrilled to feature Aideen & Nigel's absolutely beautiful sun soaked day as our first "Real Weddings by KARA".

Aideen & Nigel were so good to answer some questions about their fabulous day. Hover your mouse over some of the images to see their supplier related comments.

We hope you enjoy this feature and if you are planning your wedding we hope you are inspired by their day. :)

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Ballinacurra House was the first venue we saw. We actually called in originally without an appointment. Lisa was good enough to show us around and we were absolutely blown away by the venue in general, the themed bedrooms and the bright and airy Garden Room for the reception. So much love and attention to detail has been invested in the property. Yet it’s still a relaxed and laid back operation.
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The pearl drop earrings came from the Knightsbridge Boutique in Powerscourt Centre, Dublin.

The pearl drop earrings came from the Knightsbridge Boutique in Powerscourt Centre, Dublin.

Bespoke pearl and crystal headpiece from Dirty Fabulous

Bespoke pearl and crystal headpiece from Dirty Fabulous

The invitations were a vintage ticket theme ordered through zazzle

The invitations were a vintage ticket theme ordered through zazzle

My shoes were from Monsoon

My shoes were from Monsoon

After much searching I found I had formed a clear idea in my head so I asked Sarah Foy of Sarah Foy Bridal Designs in Clontarf to make the dress. It was a silk 1930s Hollywood-inspired gown with floating cap sleeves.

After much searching I found I had formed a clear idea in my head so I asked Sarah Foy of Sarah Foy Bridal Designs in Clontarf to make the dress. It was a silk 1930s Hollywood-inspired gown with floating cap sleeves.

My engagement ring was from Deplhi Antiques, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin. I always wanted an antique ring and was mesmerized by the pieces in Delphi Antiques over the years. Declan Corrigan was very helpful. 

My engagement ring was from Deplhi Antiques, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin. I always wanted an antique ring and was mesmerized by the pieces in Delphi Antiques over the years. Declan Corrigan was very helpful. 

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The proposal happened two days before Christmas wrapping Christmas presents in our sitting room, the way I always wanted it.
Jennifer Keating was my makeup artist. Jennifer must be one of the best around and she just knew instinctively what everyone wanted. 

Jennifer Keating was my makeup artist. Jennifer must be one of the best around and she just knew instinctively what everyone wanted. 

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My hairstylist was Claire Cotter. There is isn’t anything Claire can’t do and is such fun to be around. She was a breath of fresh air on the day and terrific with my niece. 

My hairstylist was Claire Cotter. There is isn’t anything Claire can’t do and is such fun to be around. She was a breath of fresh air on the day and terrific with my niece. 

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The flowers were provided by local Kinsale florists Daisychain. Flicky was really helpful in pulling the flowers together for the bouquets and tables.

The flowers were provided by local Kinsale florists Daisychain. Flicky was really helpful in pulling the flowers together for the bouquets and tables.

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Our table plan, ceremony booklets and table names were designed and printed locally by Elasnik in Kinsale.

Our table plan, ceremony booklets and table names were designed and printed locally by Elasnik in Kinsale.

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We had a humanist ceremony with our HSE recognized solemniser Bill Chase. This allowed us to celebrate our love for each other and with our closest friends and family in our own chosen intimate environment . We also felt we could have a lot of our own input into the words, readings and music. We were really fortunate as the Humanist Association of Ireland had just been permitted to officiate legal ceremonies. In fact ours was granted just in the nick of time and was the first legally recognised humanist ceremony in Munster. Because we were in the middle of a heat wave (32 degrees!) we were also able to have our ceremony outdoors on the lawn.
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Marriage means unity and the recognition that we have chosen each other.
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Nigel wore a navy three piece suit from Tom Murphy’s on Grand Parade, Cork city and tan shoes from Arnotts

Nigel wore a navy three piece suit from Tom Murphy’s on Grand Parade, Cork city and tan shoes from Arnotts

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We met at a friend’s going away night nearly 12 years ago in an old nightclub called MONO on Wexford Street in Dublin. I knew it was love early on in the relationship when one evening I was particularly upset about something but he just didn’t baulk and was so great and sweet. He claims it was the twinkle in his eye and when he mentioned he was a Tipperary man.
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The colour theme was not decided until two weeks before the wedding as one of my bridesmaids had a baby seven weeks prior and we waited to pick out the dresses. The neutral colours of the wedding including cake and flowers complemented the cream bridesmaids dresses.
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Our table plan, ceremony booklets and table names were designed and printed locally by Elasnik in Kinsale.

Our table plan, ceremony booklets and table names were designed and printed locally by Elasnik in Kinsale.

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My favourite part of the day was the drinks reception and mingling with the guests who were sheltering from the heat of the day under a huge tree. It was a really laid back and relaxed affair which totally suited us.
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My headpiece was created by Caroline Quinn of Dirty Fabulous vintage boutique on Wicklow Street, Dublin who added beading and Swarovski crystals to match the dress detail. 

My headpiece was created by Caroline Quinn of Dirty Fabulous vintage boutique on Wicklow Street, Dublin who added beading and Swarovski crystals to match the dress detail. 

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My Mum made her traditional fruit cake which was iced by Audrey Southgate of Blackbird Bakeries, Kinsale. Audrey also provided tiers of cupcakes with delicious Baileys icing. 

My Mum made her traditional fruit cake which was iced by Audrey Southgate of Blackbird Bakeries, Kinsale. Audrey also provided tiers of cupcakes with delicious Baileys icing. 

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The flowers were provided by local Kinsale florists Daisychain. Flicky was really helpful in pulling the flowers together for the bouquets and tables.

The flowers were provided by local Kinsale florists Daisychain. Flicky was really helpful in pulling the flowers together for the bouquets and tables.

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Ballinacurra offer a 4 course chefs taster menu which included a fish trio we thought very appropriate for the fishing town of Kinsale.

Ballinacurra offer a 4 course chefs taster menu which included a fish trio we thought very appropriate for the fishing town of Kinsale.

Our table plan, ceremony booklets and table names were designed and printed locally by Elasnik in Kinsale.

Our table plan, ceremony booklets and table names were designed and printed locally by Elasnik in Kinsale.

Venue: Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co. Cork | Make-up Artist: Jennifer Keating | Hair Stylist: Claire Cotter | Celebrant: Bill Chase | Dress: Sarah Foy | Engagement  Ring: Delphi Antiques, Dublin | Earrings: Knightsbridge Boutique | Headpiece: Dirty Fabulous | Groom's Suit: Tom Murphy Flowers: DaisychainTable Plan, Ceremony booklets & Table names: Elasnik | Musician: David Keating  Cake icing & Cupcakes: Blackbird Bakeries | Bridesmaid's Jewellery: Azure Jewellery  

Photography:  Weddings by KARA