Woodland Wishes…
A Real Irish Wedding by Sarah Fyffe

Every now and then a wedding comes along that reminds us of what this whole marriage business is all about! Two people committing their lives together, with all that comes with the “for better and for worse” promise. Sarah Fyffe shared one of those weddings with me, the kind that’s not only beautiful, but shows how important it is to grab life with both hands!

Jemma and Ciaran first met in school, but after a teenage misunderstanding (in the form of his brother impersonating him in a text message!) they parted ways, until their paths crossed again four years later. Jemma says it was love at first sight (again!) and it wasn’t long until Ciaran felt it was time for a bended knee.

“Ciaran proposed to me at my home on my birthday and our anniversary! he had already got me so many presents and I got off the sofa in our living room to go into the kitchen to show my mother my gifts and I turned back and Ciaran was down on one knee! I was shaking with shock as I didn’t expect it!” 

I love that radiant glow that brides just ooze on their wedding day! You’d never know looking at Jemma, that she had been seriously ill just six months before the wedding, which prompted a last minute change of wedding plans.

“We originally set the date of 12th Oct 2012 and we began planning. In July last year I was struck down with severe pneumonia and spent 5 weeks in hospital. Ciaran spent the entire time beside me- he never left my side, and slept on a small chair beside me for the full 5 weeks. We decided that the most important thing to us was to be married so we pulled our wedding forward to 9th March 2012″

Isn’t Jemma’s dress amazing? I love the stripes and that she was brave enough to try such an unusual look!

“Whilst standing in the bridal shop I spied this Honey Stripe Ian Stuart gown. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted it before I had even tried it on. The woman in the shop said that they all loved it but no other bride even had the nerve to try it on because of the stripes. When I tried it on I knew it was perfect.” 

The gown had an even more special meaning for them both, as Jemma wasn’t sure the day would arrive that she would be well enough to wear it.

“Being so ill put a lot of things in perspective, a few times in hospital we didn’t think we would even make it to our wedding day. I actually told Ciaran one night to go and see my wedding dress as I thought he would never get to see this dress that I had kept talking about!” 

With the date brought forward, and their focus firmly set on sharing their love with all their favourite people, they set about planning the wedding of their dreams. Jemma used her artistic flair to put a lot of handmade details into their day.

“I handmade all of our invitations, printing them on cream card with vintage navy type, and buttons stuck on. they were tied with string along with the rsvps etc. I also handmade cocktail stirrers for our cocktail reception using striped ribbon to match my dress, they were presented with minature heart shaped black boards saying ‘drink me’. I also had a minature blackboard on top of our cake with our names on it and soft pink and pearl beading sourced from America to go around our cake to tie in with our theme.”

Sarah clearly has a talent for capturing the special moments! These photos are stunning, sophisticated and classic, and yet fresh at the same time. The image of Jemma in her cape looks like a still from Gone with the Wind, gorgeous!

Jemma and Ciaran, I’m so glad you were able to have the day of your dreams and all that you hoped for! Wishing you a lifetime of health and happiness ahead! And huge thanks to the fantastic Sarah Fyffe for allowing me to share her beautiful work! See her previous Style Serendipity feature here, and more beautiful weddings in her blog!

Wedding Details: Photography: Sarah Fyffe | Dress: Ian Stuart | Shoes: Schuh  | Stationery: Handmade | Venue: An Grianan Hotel, Donegal | Flowers: The Daisy Chain | Hair: Hi-Teck Hair Salon | Makeup: Paddy McGurgan  | Groom’s Suit: Groom Formal Hire | Cake: Jamm Home Bakery

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6 Responses to Woodland Wishes…
A Real Irish Wedding by Sarah Fyffe

  1. Thanks for the feature Ciara, I’m delighted that everything has worked out for Jemma & Ciaran and that you were able to share their poignant love story.

  2. Beautiful! I love the dress!!!

  3. Yes, the dress was amazing to photograph Sona. Jemma actually added the halter neck to the dress which I thought worked really well.

  4. absolutely gorgeous sarah. Such a beautiful wedding.

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