Hope you are settling into the week after a great weekend! My weekend was particularly special as I got to celebrate my husbands birthday and one of my best friends got engaged! I’m so excited to see their plans unfold for the day of their dreams and more importantly, a lifetime of happiness ahead. With lots of exciting times ahead to look forward to, I thought it was only appropriate to share a gorgeous real Irish wedding to get the week off to the perfect start! When Shelley from Ten21 Photography sent over these beautiful images, I knew it was going to be special, especially as it took place in one of my favourite Irish wedding venues, Castle Leslie! Janine and Gary poured their heart and soul into every aspect of the wedding, and Janine shared how it all came to be!
“We both met in University through a group of mutual friends and our engagement took place in Paris. We planned a trip to Paris just after Christmas in 2011. It was our first time there but we’d both wanted to go for a while, so we decided to head over for New Years’ Eve. After a few days of shopping and sight-seeing, it was New Yeas Eve and we’d planned to see in the New Year at the Eiffel tower. It was a great angle for a photo, with the Notre Dame behind us.”
Nothing says romance like Paris on new years eve, but Gary went one step further to make sure the first day of 2011 would be one they’d never forget, and popped the question on the banks of the Seine!
”As he bent down to get the camera, he pulled out a little wooden box, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him in the early hours of New Year’s Day on 01.01.11. Gary wanted to wait until New Years’ day as the date was so memorable. He had the little hand carved wooden ring box personalised with our names and the date imprinted on it.”
The grand elegance of Castle Leslie was perfectly balanced by St Marks Church where they chose to celebrate their wedding ceremony.
“Our service took place in St Marks Church, which is a beautiful church and our reception took place in Castle Leslie. We visited lots of reception venues but as soon as we stepped into Castle Leslie we both knew it was perfect. It’s steeped in history and is the most timeless, idyllic and romantic venue for a wedding. (If it was good enough for Paul McCartney – it was good enough for us)!!”
I love a bride and groom who put their personality into every aspect of the day. Gary and Janine took the DIY trend very seriously and even hand built a gorgeous sweet cart. It’s now available to rent so if you like what you see, be sure to get in touch!
“Gary hand built our little card box and gorgeous vintage sweetie cart (which is now available to hire). We put our heart and souls into planning our wedding; we designed our monogram, hand-decorated our stationery and made up little ‘survival kits’ in our guests bedrooms which included bottles of water branded with our monogram. We selected and framed little love quotes everywhere for our guests – even in the ladies and gents, decorated our canapés with little flags, decorated all of our little glass jars with lace and ribbon, made our confetti cones from vintage music sheets.”
Doesn’t Janine make a stunning bride? Shelley and Ricky did such a beautiful job of capturing them on their special day.
“Photography was massively important for us. We had researched lots of photographers and we loved Ten 21’s style of photography. They managed to capture the timeless look that we were after and all the little details beautifully. We both wanted photos that we would never tire of looking at, photos that would complement our happy memories. Ricky and Shelley were great to work with as they realised from the onset how much we value we had put on our photographs.”
Every little detail was thought through carefully, with accents of baby pink used to bring the look all together.
“With a venue as magical as Castle Leslie and antique artefacts everywhere you turn, the castle itself didn’t really need much dressing. The meal took place in the marquee which had vintage treasures everywhere. We had wicker hearts, tea cups, tea pots and glass jars dressed with lace and ribbons and filled with flowers on the top table. I didn’t want the standard ‘wedding top table flower arrangement’ and loved that all the little bits all came together so well.”
Words of advice for brides to be in the throes of planning?
“Keep calm, choose a theme and stick to it but most importantly, enjoy every minute of the run up to and the wedding day. It’s all over too soon! Oh and advance plan -do as much as you can as early as you can – the week in the run up to the wedding was manic for us!”
A stunning couple and an amazing day. Thanks so much to Gary and Janine for giving us a glimpse of your day, and huge thanks for Shelley and Ricky at Ten21 Photography for sharing their fab work! Wishing you all the best for the future!
Wedding details: Dress, Veil & Accessories: ‘Ocaso’ by Rosa Clara at Petticoat Lane Bridal | Shoes: Dune | Jewellery: Helen Fitzpatrick | Stationery – We designed and hand-decorated all of our stationery | Venue: Castle Leslie | Coordinator: The Bride at Wedding HQ | Flowers: All Seasons | Decor: SBD | Hair: Dyanne at Wedding Hair NI | Makeup: The bride & Stephanie Wright (Angel Face) | Groom’s Suit: The Wedding Centre| Cake: J Bird Bakery| Bridesmaids dresses: Belsoie