The Irish weather is pretty infamous around the world at this stage! It’s no surprise that it’s bad reputation, and legal complications meant that outdoor weddings were almost unheard of in Ireland up to recently. But this beautiful wedding by Fionn Mc Cann at Studio 33 Weddings proves it can be done, with bucketfuls of personality to boot!
Maybe it was the Aussie sunshine that gave Shannon and Ken a bit of bravery when they decided to celebrate their wedding outside Thomas Prior Hall in Dublin! Quite the international affair, Shannon (a native Australian) and Ken (a Dubliner) met in a Irish pub in London, and have lived together in Australia for the last four years. They decided an Irish wedding was the best way to gather friends and family together from around the world.
“We chose to get married in Dublin as we both had large families in Ireland (my mum is from Northern Ireland). That way all our old friends from London could get together, it was a bit of a reunion as my Aussie bridesmaids had also lived in London with me and we had friends from Australia, New Zealand, England and New York who made the trip. It was special for my mum as driving through the grounds of the hotel was the first time she’d seen her siblings in a few years.”
I love that Ken has the umbrella to hand just in case, but lucky for them the weather behaved itself for the day, allowing the guests to make the most of the leafy park setting.
As you will see from the images Shannon is a huge animal lover, so it’s fitting that the proposal involved both their dogs!
“We were on a beautiful beach near a little country town in the South West of WA. I had walked a bit ahead with one of our dogs, not noticing when Ken tied a ring to our other dog’s collar. He sent Jimmy (our dog) chasing after me and then I noticed the ring. Once Jimmy had stopped jumping around Ken was able to untie the ring and propose.”
I love Shannon’s dress, one of the many things she sourced over the phone or online for their big day! It can’t be easy planning a wedding from so far away, but I think you’ll agree the relaxed and personal outdoor ceremony seems to suit them both perfectly! Rows of chairs were arranged to form an aisle, with their vows taking place under the canopy of trees.
“We wanted to bring a little bit of Australia to Ireland. We wanted to keep things relaxed and informal and the outside ceremony helped achieve this. It was very exciting to see Thomas Prior Hall and the surrounding garden in the flesh after viewing it on the internet for so long. The venue was beautiful.”
I love that Fionn McCann continued the informal atmosphere in the photos that followed! They set off with their bridal party after the ceremony to Herbert Park where the adventure continued! Fun just radiates from the pictures below, where they wandered through bowling greens, played with the local dogs, ate some ice cream and fed the ducks!
Shannon’s creativity came to the fore when styling the details for the reception. The bright colours and vintage influences came together with plenty of help from family and friends. She also made her stunning bouquet with flowers from Dublin’s Smithfield Market.
“The suitcase was reupholstered by my mum who also made matching bunting for our cake. My dad made the boards for the name tags. I made the table numbers, the ‘mr and mrs’ signs for our chairs, and the tags which acted as table locaters hanging up on the board. I also made mine and my bridesmaids bouquets. My talented friend Mark Lang helped me to make all the stationary, we designed our own stamps and used these for the save the dates, invites, table numbers and the table place setters cards.”
I hope Shannon and Ken’s stunning day has inspired some Irish couples to take the plunge and consider an outdoor ceremony. Yes there’s a risk that the rain will descend, but as long as you have a plan B option that can be an alternative, it is a realistic option. There are some stunning locations in Ireland that would make for a unique, personal and original ceremony experience for you and your guests!
Thanks to Fionn McCann from Studio 33 Weddings for sharing such a fun and fabulous set of his work, and huge thanks to Shannon and Ken for letting us get a glimpse of your lovely day, all the best for your life in Australia!
Wedding Details: Photography: Studio 33 Weddings | Venue: Thomas Prior Hall | Wedding Dress: Clarissa Grace | Accessories: Rose and Ruby| Stationery: Mark Lang | Flowers: Dublin Smithfield Flower Market | Vases: Vintage bottles collected by the bride | Hair: Sandra Crosbie | Makeup: Lida Hertel | Groom’s Suit: Ted Baker | Cake topper: Taffy Knits | Bridesmaids dresses: Review and Forever New