You know when you get to say the words Vera Wang and Alice in Wonderland in the same sentence, that there’s going to be something pretty special about today’s wedding, from Christina of Brosnan Photographic. From the beautiful dress, to the pretty vintage tea party details from Pearl and Godiva, Corina and Diarmuids Winter Wedding has magic written all over it!
First meeting on a night out on the tiles, Corina maintains that she didn’t have the faintest idea that Diarmuid was interested in her, despite the fact that he spent the whole night trying to chat her up!
“Diarmaid and I met each other through my sister Lisa. Being from the same town, we had bumped into each other a few times but never really got chatting until one night out in Club 23. Even after spending the whole night talking, I still didn’t have a clue that he was chatting me up until he kissed me. I realised then alright, and we’ve been together ever since.”
Like a true gentleman, Diarmuid didn’t let a bit of rain deter him, when it came to the proposal!
“After 5 1/2 years together, and probably a solid year of hint dropping on my part, Diarmaid whisked me away to Dunbrody House to propose in the pouring rain with his knee firmly planted in a puddle.”
The weather also played a role in their choice of reception venue! They wanted to make sure their guests could get to the wedding even in snow or ice. That’s a great tip to keep in mind when you’re having a winter wedding in Ireland these days!
“We got married in Finnstown House in Lucan. It was just what we were looking for – a beautiful old manor house with loads of character that you could easily drive to, even if the roads were covered in snow.”
Be still my beating heart! A glitttering Vera Wang dress and silver Jimmy Choos?! Corina shows us how you don’t have to sacrifice fashion on your big day, and opted for a glamorous old Hollywood style . With vintage influenced waves and Marian Cottliard inspired make up, Corina looked like a true screen siren!
The simplicity of their aisle decor is gorgeous! The baby’s breath bouquets and large candles in jars are beautiful accents to the environment.
The rest of the decor for the day also had lots of care and thought put into it, being inspired by a vintage tea party from Alice in Wonderland!
“Everything was loosely based around the idea of a Vintage Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. I adore china tea sets and pretty floral patterns so I wanted to build that into the day. After deciding on the look, I spent many happy hours looking at wedding magazines and blogs like One Fab Day, Green Wedding Shoes, Ruffled and Style Serendipity looking for inspiration and falling in love with all the beautiful touches that other couples had brought to their day.”
Even though it was a Winter Wedding, the details and little touches would work equally well no matter what time of the year it was. One lovely nod to their New Years Eve celebrations though, was a balloon drop at midnight!
“Since Diarmaid and I were married on New Year’s Eve, we really wanted to do something to mark it as it was the one aspect of the day that was unique to our wedding so we organised a balloon drop for midnight. After that, all the other details were added purely because I just fell in love with how pretty they were and couldn’t say no.”
I love how evocative Christina’s images are, these especially look like stills from a vintage french film! So as a gorgeous mr and mrs, what words of wisdom would they share with future couples?
“Try to get as many things off your to-do list before that final week so that you can enjoy the build up to your big day. Delegate to the people around you. They’re probably only dying to help. If there’s something you love, go for it. You only get married once. If possible, try to stress less. If I could do it all again, that’s the one thing I’d do differently – I would stress a lot less and breathe a lot more.”
Stress less and breath more…sounds like a perfect motto for planning a wedding and for living life in general! Hope your life as husband and wife is as beautiful as your wedding day! Wishing you both all the happiness in the world! Huge thanks to Christina for sharing her lovely work, it’s always a pleasure! Go see more love, life and beauty in her blog!
Wedding details: Photography: Brosnan Photographic | Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Fur Wrap & Handbag: Dirty Fabulous | Stationery: Rachel Foley | Venue: Finnstown House | Flowers: Cristin Harnett | Decor: Pearl & Godiva | Hair: Kevin Hogan, The Company | Makeup: Aoife Callaghan at The Bridal Lounge | Groom’s Suit: Aston Formal Wear | Catering: Macarons at The Cake Stand | Cake: Ann Dooley and Breda Egan (the two mammies), iced by Sarah Dooley, Diarmaid’s sister | Music: Ian Packham (church), The Kaye Twins for the Reception | Bridesmaids dresses: Monsoon