With a hint of Summer finally in the air (dare I say it and tempt the rain to reappear?!) today’s wedding is a beautiful example of all the loveliness that this season brings. From the pops of lemon yellow to the fun and playful bunting, Paula Gillespie captured every inch of personality that Aine and Jaime brought to their day in Belle Isle Estate, Co. Fermanagh! Take it away Aine and give us a peek into how it all unfolded!
They always say you meet your other half at the most unlikely times, and Aine and Jaime have a house move to thank for bringing them together!
“Áine is from Monasterevin, Co. Kildare and after living in Dublin for four years decided to move to Waterford to go get her degree. During her first summer she moved in with a friend. She got to the house first and soon after Eimear arrived along with her boyfriend and his friend Jamie to help her move… Jamie is from Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan and moved to Waterford to start a diploma. One day he was helping his friend move her stuff to her new home…. He didn’t stand a chance.”
One of my favourite details from the day are the yellow accents used throughout their decor. Even their gorgeous dog got in on the lemon yellow fun!
“People have said that it was vintage style and maybe that’s because that’s the kind of aesthetic we like but, we didn’t aim for that. Originally, I didn’t want to even have matching bridesmaids dresses but it finally dawned on me that everything is so much easier when you are looking for things in one or two colours rather than everything in every colour. Yellow is such a very happy colour we went with hints of that.”
The estate at Belle Isle allowed them to have their ceremony and reception in the same location which is always a lovely bonus, and also brought the cosy sense of home that they were looking for.
“When we went to see Belle Isle we just fell in love with it. The scenery was fantastic and it just ‘fit’ exactly what we were looking for. We wanted a feeling that we were just having our closest friends and family over to our (very nice) house and that it was a relaxed gathering. The castle itself was big enough to hold the bridal party and the cottages were perfect for our extended families. We had eight children under five at the wedding and hotel rooms sometimes can’t contain all that excitement!”
It’s always lovely to see a group who are completely relaxed in front of the camera…Paula clearly brought out the fun and mischief in everyone with some wonderful results!
I’m never sure if I’m disappointed or relieved that Pinterest didn’t exist when I was getting married. It’s a treasure trove of inspiration but in Aine’s wise words it can be a bit a bit of an endless rabbit hole also!
“We made & hung bunting from the trees between the cottages and the main house (this was also supposed to be candle-lit – but the weather didn’t agree). We had bathroom baskets for our guest’s convenience. Rather than individual favours we had a sweet & treat table for those with a sweet tooth along with a cigar and whiskey for those with other vices! I was inspired by blogs and by pinterest, (although tread carefully as it is endless!)”
Any other advice to share with brides to be?
“Decide what’s important to you and focus on that first. Planning doesn’t get the doing done! Sometimes it’s time to get your head out of Pinterest and get things organised.
Ask for help sooner rather than later! People want to help!”
Pretty sound advice there all round, especially when it comes to the getting help and getting things done! Thanks so much Aine and Jaime for sharing your day with us, and huge thanks to Paula Gillespie for getting in touch. You can see more of her work over here!
Wedding Details: Photography: Paula Gillespie | Dress & Accessories: Aspirations Bridal | Shoes: Next | Stationery: Urban Annie | Venue: Belle Isle Estate | Flowers: McGarry Flowers | Hair & Make Up: Rachel Spence | Groom’s Suit: Kildare Village | Cake: Sarah Janes Cakes| Bridesmaids dresses: House of Fraser