It’s always a treat to share the special days of lovely couples with you, but I’m particularly excited to showcase today’s beauty, having had the pleasure of meeting and working with Rachel and Simon before. You might remember this photogenic pair from the aviation engagement shoot I styled with Christina Brosnan, and following that great day, Rachel asked me to come on board and help her with the bridal styling. As you’ll see from the photos below both Rachel and Simon have a distinctive personal style, and wanted that to be reflected throughout the day.
They had a lot of aspects chosen already, but wanted some guidance on bringing the look together. I enjoyed every minute of working with them and had great fun helping Rachel source the pretty details to make her look all her own. I particularly love the amazing lace she had woven throughout her hair to complete it, a unique take on a headpiece for a unique and gorgeous bride!
First meeting while completing PhD’s in Trinity, it was seven years later in France when Simon decided to seize moment, and after a few attempts, popped the question!
”After many failed attempts by Simon to find the perfect spot (a picnic interrupted by colonies of ants, a walk in a beautiful garden that was closed for the day when we got there, etc.), he asked if we could stop off at Saint Guilhem le Desert on the way back to our hotel. We walked up the mountain to a beautiful view of the surrounding vineyards, and he finally picked his moment to ask. Of course I said yes!”
Inspired by the romantic French proposal, they incorporated elements of a French country garden throughout the day, from the cute invites from Minted to the soft and elegant flowers from The French Touch.
They did consider returning to France for their big day, but in the end decided to bring some French chic to Cork, and chose the Castlemartyr Resort for their celebration, tying the knot at the Star of the Sea in Ballycotton. I’ve been lucky enough to perform there many times with Sound of Serendipity and can attest that it’s one of the prettiest churches in Ireland, with views stretching out over the Atlantic.
“We searched the country for a venue that suited our style, and the moment we saw Castlemartyr Resort we knew that it would be perfect. The resort is luxurious yet has a lovely relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The gardens there reminded us of some of the beautiful weddings that we had been to in Italy and France. The Star of the Sea church in Ballycotton took our breath away when we first saw it, as it is right on the top of a cliff, overlooking the bay”.
Christina’s soft and romantic style of photography suited them perfectly. This post could very easily have turned into one of Style Serendipity’s longest ever, there were too many gorgeous shots to choose from!
“Getting a good photographer was one thing in particular that we felt was important, since the photographs are all that you have to remember the day, once it is all over. The range of different styles available really surprised me, and I spent a lot of time deciding what style would suit us best. We were delighted with Christina as her style is soft and romantic and really fit in with what we were aiming to achieve with the other aspects of the wedding.”
The gorgeous wedding cakes were made by Rachel’s Mum and Dad, and then decorated with flowers by The French Touch and cakestands from Pearl and Godiva. Mix and matching DIY with hired suppliers is a great way to make the day your own while also managing the budget. Know your strengths, and if there are things that family and friends can do to help, don’t be afraid to ask!
So when it was all over, what words of wisdom did that have to share?
“If possible, allow yourselves a few days of holiday right before the wedding day. We had everything organised 4 days before the wedding, and went down to relax and enjoy ourselves with our friends in Castlemartyr for the lead-up to the wedding. It was great fun and made everything really stress-free.
Don’t be afraid to do an engagement shoot – we were totally against it and thought it would be really embarrassing, but we actually really enjoyed it and it made us a lot more comfortable getting photographed on the day itself. Plus, we have a lovely extra set of photos from it as well.”
I think the last photo sums up these lovebirds perfectly, a gorgeous couple inside and out who only have eyes for each other! Rachel and Simon it was a pleasure to spend time with you both, your love for one another and humour is infectious! Wishing you all the happiness in the world for the rest of your life together. And massive thanks to Christina for sharing your creative talent with us, it’s always a pleasure! Check out more wedding eye candy over at her blog!
Wedding details: Photography: Brosnan Photographic | Dress: Cymbeline, from Anabel Rose | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Veil & Accessories: Earrings and bracelet from Dirty Fabulous | Handbag & Bridesmaids Shoes: Ruche | Stationery: Minted | Venue: “Star of the Sea” Church in Ballycotton, and Castlemartyr Resort | Flowers: The French Touch | Décor: Pearl & Godiva (sweets table, photobooth, cake stands) | Hair: Noel Sutton | Makeup: Zoe Clark | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss