For all those lucky people heading off to the Picnic this weekend (the jury’s still out if I’ll make it there yet, but fingers crossed I do!) today’s wedding is sure to appeal! Be warned you may have a touch of couple crush syndrome after looking at these gorgeous photos from SOSAC Photography. Clodagh and Noel are just too cool for school, personally hand crafting their own ‘Westival’ in their back garden!
Then again, you know a couple has to have a sense of fun, when their first meeting goes something like this…
“Our first encounter was at a house party as I was leading my boyfriend at the time upstairs…Noel tells me he knew there and then I was the one. Fast forward seven years, and on a wet & windy morning in West Kerry, Noel got down at the side of the bed on both knees (for stability) & popped the question!”
They took DIY to another universe creating everything you see, with the help of family and friends. You know when someone is willing to create a mini driving range, and pour a concrete dancefloor in their garden for the big day, it’s definitely a party you want to be at!
“We had total freedom to do as we liked to create our ‘Westival’, from cutting down trees for our mini driving range, to digging a trench in the field for the mens toilet, to pouring a load of ready mix to make a dance floor.”
Shane O’Sullivan perfectly captured the light hearted and fun atmosphere throughout the whole day, and I particularly love the shots in the forest. It makes for quite the dramatic setting!
As I’ve said before, ideally your big day should be filled with the things you love, without feeling pressure to embrace any wedding traditions that don’t feel right for you. And following this simple rule helped Clodagh and Noel create the wedding of their dreams.
“A Westival = getting married + family & friends + good tunes + plenty of meat on the BBQ + ice cold beer. We love our food, so having good grub on the day & plenty of free flowing porter was important. Our inspiration came from the things we enjoy after all it was our day.”
Certainly makes a change from the traditional sit down wedding meal, but Clodagh and Noel look absolutely in their element!
Major kudos to a bride who’s happy to carry around three wine bottles for her guests..can’t say I’ve ever seen that before!
The DIY effort didn’t just stop with the building of the tent and kitting it out with fun festival decor, Clodagh lets us in on a few of their other unique handmade details.
“Some of our DIY projects included a Pimms fish bowl, grass heads as centre pieces, miles of home-made bunting, a duvet cover for guests to sign & strips of carpet on the benches to prevent ass numbing. Hats off to my best friend Eimear who was the creative mastermind behind alot of it.”
It takes bravery to stay so true to yourselves and stray from a traditional wedding, so hats off to you both for creating such a personal and fun filled affair, I’m sure your guests will be talking about Westival 2012 for many years to come. Any advice for other couples thinking of stepping outside the wedding box?
“1: Delegate 2: Don’t sweat the small stuff and 3: Ignore the sceptics”
Sounds like pretty sage advice to me! Wishing you both many happy years together and I hope that the westival fun continues no matter where life takes you! Huge thanks too to Shane of SOSAC Photography for sharing such a lovely wedding. See more of his fab work over in his blog.
Wedding Details: Photography: SOSAC Photography | Dress: RK Bridal, NYC | Shoes: O’Flynn’s Footwear Mallow | Veil: Bridal Bliss | Jewellery: Silverwood | Stationary: Photobox | Flowers: Betty Holden, Graiguenamanagh Co.Kilkenny | Hair: Anna Furlongs Hair Salon | Make Up: Karen Fitzpatrick | Groom Suits: Lapel1865 | Catering: Adare Farm | Cake: Knockdrinna Cheese | Music: Half Penny Rock, followed by Helter Skelter | Bridemaids: Glitz & glamour boutique