So Friday has come around again, (yay!) and to herald in the weekend, here’s an Irish wedding that’s beautiful in every way! I know I’ve been all about the pretty details recently, and while having a day that’s your own unique version of happy is really important, Style Serendipity isn’t about style over substance! Love is the reason…for weddings and everything else really, and this wedding by Therese Aherne Photography has love written all over it!
Sarah and Mark originally met in college in Waterford and dated briefly, but it wasn’t until their paths crossed again a few years later, that they realised they had something special! Mark seized the opportunity to make it official on their 4th anniversary, proposing on bended knee with classic romance in the form of roses and champagne.
Isn’t Sarah a stunning bride? She looks like the picture of serenity here, but Therese’s beautiful photography gives no hint to the more frantic the story behind these getting ready photos! Apparently they lost track of time, which lead to a last minute dash for everyone and wise advice in hindsight!
“Plan to be ready, in your dress, with hair and make-up done at least 45 minutes before you want to leave for the ceremony. We lost track of time on the morning and everyone had to be dressed in 45 minutes. It was stressful!”
Showing their guests the potential for creativity in civil ceremonies, was a high priority for Sarah and Mark.
“From early on in the planning, we had decided on a civil ceremony, but wanted it to be in a lovely setting. Once we saw the civil ceremony room in Killashee, we both fell in love with it. It really is very beautiful and intimate. A lot of our guests had never been to a civil ceremony before and we put a lot of work into making it special and meaningful.”
The image above is just one of my favourites that Therese caught during the day, a beautiful moment in time with so much emotion.
You can see from the images how their guests were a central part in the celebrations!
“Our focus was giving our guests the best day out and we put a large part of our budget into good food & wine and entertainment.”
They were blessed with good weather on the day, allowing Therese to make the most of the gorgeous evening light and picturesque setting of Killashee House in Kildare.
Little touches helped to show elements of their personality throughout the reception, like their cake topper, decked out in an Aston Villa jersey and Ballet tutu, with their dog Buddy to keep them company! Sarah’s best friends mum also shared her talents and made the beautiful lavender sprigs, which served as seating cards.
They danced the night away, kicking off the celebrations with ‘You’ve Got the Love” by Candi Staton, a personal favourite for the couple, long before Florence covered it!
Therese captured so many beautiful moments in this wedding, moments of emotion that took my breath away! Be sure to explore more over at her website! And thanks to Sarah and Mark for allowing us to peek into the highlights of your day in such a special way! I’m sure there’ll be many more years of magic moments ahead!
Photography: Therese Aherne Photography | Dress: Paloma Blanca, Frilly Frocks | Shoes: Elegant Steps | Veil & Accessories: Hair Piece was bought for Sarah by her Chief Bridesmaid, Dee Eldin, in Frilly Frocks as a gift (“something new”!). Earrings were Sarah’s mother’s (“something borrowed”). Bracelet was given to Sarah by her Great-Aunt Sadie as a gift when she was born (“something old”) | Stationery: Daintree | Venue: Killashee House Hotel | Coordinator: Lisa Garrett & Caroline Donegan | Flowers: Violets | Hair : Zeba Hairdressing | Makeup: Ashling Eyre | Groom’s Suit: Savoy Tailors’ Guild, Kildare Outlet