Today’s lovely wedding by Anthony Peyper may just feature one of the most photogenic couples ever don’t you think?! It’s no surprise therefore that Ciara and James first met when they took part in a college fashion show!
“We actually met while doing the UCD fashion show during our second year in college. James was dragged along by one of his friends to do it. He started out shy and we didn’t say a single word to each other until the last day of the show. At the after-party, we just chatted the whole time and it was as if no one else was there. The rest is history (as they say) and we were together for just over 8 years when we got engaged.”
Their personality and style can be seen throughout the day. They started their married life with a lucky omen, and chose to be married by the same priest who had officiated at James’ parents wedding, 45 years previously to the very day! Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
No one was surprised eight years later, when James got down on one knee and popped the all important question, on a weekend away to Achill Island.
“The engagement was wonderful. We took a weekend trip away to the west and James got down on one knee on the gorgeous Keem Beach on Achill Island. He was so nervous! We enjoyed the weekend together with the engagement as our little secret until we got back to Dublin and told the families who were all ecstatic (although the general consensus was that “it’s about time”).”
Ciara certainly makes a radiant bride! Did you spot those elegant cream peep toe shoes? I’m such a shoe addict, where a bride finds their gorgeous shoes is always one of the first things I want to know. Ciara’s stunners were picked up for a steal in Dunnes Stores, which just goes to show you don’t have to splurge on designer goodies to get the wow factor!
“I had planned to spend a few bob on a pair of shoes as I figured I had the perfect excuse to splurge on Jimmy Choos or something similar. But to be honest, I didn’t love any of the very expensive shoes and none of them were very comfortable. I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw the exact ivoy peep-toe shoes that I wanted in Dunnes – why not?!”
James looks dapper in his contemporary cut suit too! I love the pop of colour with the blue tie, and I’m sure it’s a look he can wear again in the future, long after the big day is over. I’m also a big fan of Ciara’s veil. I know long cathedral veils have been really popular lately, but the fuller layered look really adds style and impact.
Ciara and James put a lot of thought into the ceremony music choices and opted for Bohemian Strings to play a variety of their favourites, many inspired by films! I think it makes such a difference for the couple and the guests when you choose music that is meaningful to you as a couple. Just like any other element it’s important that they feel ‘like you’
Choices included; Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful World, Craig Armstrong: Portuguese Love Song (from Love Actually), Craig Armstrong: Balcony Scene (from Romeo and Juliet), David Foster: The Prayer, Henry Mancini: Moon River, Ennio Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe, Andrew Lloyd Weber: All I Ask of You, Glen Hansard/Marketa Irglova: Falling Slowly, Eva Cassidy:Songbird, Elbow: One Day Like This.
I love that Anthony Peyper chose the cherry blossom tree as a backdrop, definitely my favourite shots from the day! One of Ciara and James’ favourite elements of the day was the sweet buffet at the reception, which went down and treat, and I can see why!
“We made personalised sweet bags with a picture of the foxes from the newest “Fantastic Mr. Fox” movie saying “Love is sweet so have some treats” (We were the new “Mr and Mrs Fox” so it made sense). Even the older guests were fighting each other to fill their bags – it was a great way for everyone to mingle.”
Congratulations to you both, clearly it was a wonderful day! There is so much work that goes into all the little elements to bring it all together, and often it’s easy to forget that the most important thing is to relish every moment of the day! Thanks for sharing your wise words Ciara, and huge thanks to Anthony Peyper for capturing all the loveliness with his fab photography!
“Don’t stress about the wedding day being “perfect”. There’s no such thing. Something will always go slightly awry. Try not to plan every little detail because you’ll be disappointed if every little thing doesn’t go exactly right. Just enjoy the day!!”
Image Credits: Anthony Peyper Photography
Wedding Details: Dress, Veil & Accessories: Moreland Bridal | Shoes: Dunnes Stores | Stationery: My mum did our Save the Dates, Invitations, Mass Booklets and Place Cards with material from Daintree | Venue: The Grand Hotel, Malahide | Flowers: Crazy Daisy Florist | Table Linens: Gotcha Covered | Hair & Makeup: Angel Hair and Makeup | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss from Brown Thomas|