Styling for Kinfolk…
Beneath the Surface, Dublin 2015

“Those baked clay bricks of a handsome Georgian city, that smouldering peat in the back of the hearth, the steaming spuds on the Sunday table, that memory of a friend.

It’s worth digging for those things beneath the surface.”

The Kinfolk philosophy of slowing down and taking time to appreciate the simple things in life has always resonated with me, not to mind the fact that I’m more than a little bit obsessed with their aesthetic style and magazine. So when Irish hosts, Joi and Damien of 31 Chapel Lane asked would I like to come on board as a partner to style their inaugural Irish gathering, you can imagine my answer was more than a bit enthusiastic! Titled, Beneath the Surface, this event aimed to gather together people in Dublin and celebrate all the rich winter offerings that lay just hidden beneath the surface. It will be memorable for me for so many reasons but not least because I had my own secret hidden beneath the surface that evening, I’m expecting my first baby later this year which will certainly be the start of a whole new adventure!

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Inspired by the taste, texture and palette of earthy root vegetables, I wanted to make sure that the styling of the event reflected all of the characteristics of these hidden treasures. The Work and Welders is actually used as a warehouse most of the time but had so much potential that we knew it would be worth the effort to transform it into an event space. A stellar team came together in the few days before the dinner to clear all of the stock being stored. I sourced a black dividing curtain to give structure to the huge open room and once the long trestle tables were put in place and cafe lights strung across the ceiling, the magic started to happen. Joi and Damien allowed me to make full use of their gorgeous collection of linens, placing an earthy neutral linen piece (yes that’s one piece of linen!) along the length of the tables as the foundation. Mix and match linen napkins were dotted in between place settings and the berry colour of the locally grown hellebores arranged by Claire and Patsy of the Informal Florist brought exactly the richness that I was hoping for.

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Food stylist Ajda Mehmet kept the arriving guests entertained with a workshop on salt baking root vegetables and Joi showcased how to dye linens using root vegetables as a base, before all the treats of the evening were served. Kate of the Wildflour Bakery and Seaneen of Mulligans grocers worked together to create a feast which included delights such root vegetable crisps, beetroot black pudding and purple hasselback potatoes. It was a memorable meal from start to finish and one of the highlights for me was Kate’s rhubarb, juniper and violet cake which you’ll see above, and trust me it tasted even better than it looks! Rincy Koshy of A Little Bird did such a wonderful job of capturing the event and it’s so nice to have all the images to relive it.

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Claire and Patsy brought warmth into the space weaving greenery, branches and roots into different nooks and crannies, reflecting the force of nature. I had reached out to Cory of Four Hats Press to see if she could create some custom stationary and signs for the event which would reflect the root vegetable inspiration. She created a beautiful handwritten booklet with root motif which we filled with the poem Digging by Seamus Heaney, and allowed space for people to share recipes and contacts on the back. It was the perfect finishing touch for the tables which I laid with pottery from Irish craftsman Stephen Pearce. I fell in love with his Shanagarry design, as the earthy clay tones of the pieces brought the whole table styling together.

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None of the plans could have come together without each member of the team sharing their strength and skills but I cannot say enough about how hard the lovely Joi and Damien worked to ensure the evening was all we hoped for and more. As the first Irish Kinfolk hosts they brought tireless enthusiasm, energy and drive to bring the dinner to life and I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to be part of such a special event. And thanks to the fantastic group of people who showed up that night! No matter how much preparation goes into an event, it’s the combination of people and the dynamic of new faces that really makes or breaks an evening. I walked away that night energised by the stories they shared confident that there would be quite a few faces I’d be seeing regularly in the future!

Image Credits: Rincy Koshy | Partners: 31 Chapel Lane | Ajda Mehmet | Ciara O’Halloran | Delightful Dublin | Four Hats Press | The Informal Florist | Nine Bean Row | Wildflour Bakery | Lilliput Stores | Stephen Pearce Pottery

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Holly and Dirk…
Romantic Dutch Wedding

I’ve mentioned before how styling has allowed me to cross paths with some wonderful people, many of whom have gone on to become really special friends. One such serendipitous friendship, which came about thanks to this blog, is that with Holly of inspiring interior blog Avenue Lifestyle. Holly is what I’d call one of my kindred spirits, one of those rare people I’ve been lucky enough to meet who just gets me and all my craziness! She has provided so much advice, fun and encouragement since we first met, both from a career and personal perspective. And so, I was beyond honoured when she asked if I would help to bring the styling of her wedding together in what you will see below was a really special celebration. As it approaches her first anniversary and I’m heading back to Delft to help her and Dirk celebrate (you know you’ve a friend for life when she’s ok with you invading her house for the weekend on her first annivserary!) I thought this post sharing their magical day was long overdue.

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Holly chose a soft organic colour palette for the day opting for bridesmaids dresses in mix and match nude lace, while her bespoke blush gown was the perfect showpiece to anchor it all together. Little Lola was a picture in her adorable lace little dress. I adored the delicate chiffon on Holly’s dress and the different layers at the hem gave it a beautiful ethereal flow, reminding me of an elegant flower fairy! She enlisted the help of her gorgeous bridesmaids to gather cow parsley and greenery from the surrounding fields the day before the wedding, to create wild and flowing bouquets. The combination of jasmine, olive leaf, eucalyptus and huge coral peonies brought the perfect pop of colour to bring the palette to life. Her photographer Anouschka Rokebrand did such a beautiful job capturing every moment of the day.

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You’d never think looking at the amazing space below that Holly and Dirk’s original wedding venue was cancelled just two months before their wedding day. Talk about stress central! What ensued was a mad search to find an alternative that wouldn’t make them compromise all the original plans. While I’m sure it’s not an experience they’d ever like to repeat, I think in the end it all worked out for the best as the olive green industrial space they found was transformed into an elegant garden party inspired wedding. Her chosen shades of fig, blush, cream and pistachio worked so well in the space, you’d think the venue had been the first choice all along. I arrived the day before the wedding in what has to be some of the wettest stormiest weather I’ve ever encountered (which is never a good sign as we Irish are fairly familiar with the rain!).  But we got to work ignoring the downpours, feeling encouraged with every step that made the space take shape.

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Holly had put a mammoth amount of work into planning the day before we got to this moment. A selection of vintage furniture was hired from Dutch company FabriekNL, she handmade cotton runners and sewed each of the 80 linen napkins from scratch two days before the wedding! Natural organic palm plates from Verterra paired well with simple white ceramics from Ikea, while vintage silver and bone cutlery from Helene Millot Furnishings brought the perfect hint of opulence. As a finishing touch we threaded strands of jasmine along the length of each table and grouped clusters of gold candlesticks at various points for added atmosphere and lighting. The string of bistro lights (which arrived thanks to a last minute 6 hour roadtrip, undertaken the day before the wedding by Holly’s Dad) brought all the styling together, creating a distinct garden party feel.

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Their beautiful ceremony took place in Delft City Hall, a historic building dating from the 17th century. It’s rare for me to attend the ceremony of one of the weddings I have styled (I’m usually running around putting all the finishing touches on a space) so it was a special treat to be there to witness their exchange of vows which movingly Holly spoke in Dutch, while Dirk recited them in English. It was the perfect symbol of their two worlds that were now officially interconnected.

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Homemade rhubarb and ginger jam greeted each guest as they arrived to their place, while blueberries threaded through bamboo sticks brought an unexpected little detail to the wine glasses. The catering for the day was really wonderful, undertaken by husband and wife team, Heeerlijke. Each course was laid out on the long tables in beautiful terracotta bowls which encouraged all of the guests to mingle and chat, achieving the Italian family style gathering that Holly was hoping for. Some of the highlights of the food for me were the tomato bruschetta and goats cheese tarts, I could have eaten them all day. (Eagle eyed readers might even spot me taking full advantage of the delicious nibbles below!)

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The celebrations continued long into the evening, with some of the most moving speeches I have ever heard. It finished with a night of epic dancing and the gorgeous bride and groom above didn’t stop beaming from one minute to the next. It was truly one of the most enjoyable weddings I have ever attended and it has been lovely to see Holly, Dirk and Lola go from strength to strength in the last year. Here’s to your first anniversary love birds and to a lifetime of adventures ahead, can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend!

Image credits: Photography: Anouschka Rokebrand Photography | Cinematography: Ray Pluym Cinematography | Styling: Avenue Lifestyle | Styling assistants: Ciara O’Halloran & Nu Interieur | Wedding Gown: Armeni | Invitations: Atelier Indrukwekkend | Ceremony: City Hall Delft | Reception Venue: Lijm & Cultuur | Shoes: Invito | Groom’s Attire: Humberto | Cafe Lights: Allekabels | Catering & Cake: Hééérlijk | Cutlery And Brass Candlesticks: Hélène Millot Furnishings | Dinner Plates: Ikea | Earrings: Red Truck Designs On Etsy | Filmlab: UK Film Lab | Furniture: FabriekNL | Headpiece: Portobello Jewelry | Ring Bride: Backers En Zoon | Ring Groom: Mimi Amsterdam | Salad Plates: VerTerra Dinnerware | Shoes Groom: Nelson | Veil: SIBO Designs

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Inspired by Love Workshop…Part 2

Hello, I’m back with Part two of Inspired by Love’s Workshop which I styled in Slovakia last Summer. You can see part one which took place in the former home of Marie Antoinette here, and for the second half of the workshop we travelled to Chateau Bela, a historic venue in the southern part of the country. With beautiful gardens to enjoy (and one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had!) it was a fun few days of working with lovely real couple Sisa and Julo and model Tami. Styling a workshop is definitely an experience I’d like to repeat and it was really exciting to see the attendees grow with confidence in using film, with Sona’s direction. I’ve had various people ask if I’ll ever present a workshop on styling at some point and it’s definitely something I’d like to do somewhere out there. So watch this space and if you’re interested be sure to let me know!

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Image Credits: Photography: Inspired by Love | Styling & Art Direction: Ciara O’Halloran | Production: Perfect Day | Venue: Chateau Bela | Flowers: Biely Atelier | Props: Ponk Rentals | Beaded Dress: Jana Jurcenko | Blush Dress: Sarah Janks from Ivory & Pearl Bridal Boutique | Silk ribbons: Silk & Willow | Stationery: Hello Calligraphy | Cake: Erika Klikova | Make up: Jana Loksikova| Hair: Richard Conka

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Inspired by Love Workshop…Part 1

In the spirit of all things wedding anniversary related I thought I’d dedicated the next few blog posts to some gorgeous shoots and weddings that I’ve been lucky enough to style this year. First up, the amazing few days that was the Inspired by Love Workshop in Slovakia. Some of you may have seen the sneak peek I shared here but I can’t reiterate enough what a great experience it was to travel to Slovakia to work with Sona and the attendees. Travel always re-energises me and it was really special to explore a country I had never visited before, discovering some of it’s amazing history and locations. The first part of the workshop was a particular highlight, as I was given free reign to style a shoot in a crumbling mansion which once was a childhood Summer home of Marie Antoinette. It was eerie and inspiring to wander through the half decayed rooms and wonder what the walls had seen over the previous centuries. I think the images speak for themselves, it really was somewhere special and Sona did a wonderful job of capturing the magic!

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Image Credits: Photography: Inspired by Love | Art Direction & Styling: Ciara O’Halloran | Flowers: Wolfert | Dress: Patrick Casey | Suit: H&M |Hair: Boris Bordacs | Makeup: Lubica Makeup | Props: Ponc Rentals | Ribbons & Fabric: Silk & Willow |

 

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Four years on…

Finding it hard to get my head around the fact that I’m married four years today! It’s been a magical whirlwind of four years with Rian with plenty of changes and lots more exciting ones to look forward to. I wouldn’t want to have spent them with anyone else and know I’m so lucky to have found someone who is such a great partner in crime. Here’s to a lifetime of more anniversaries ahead my love!

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