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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Recent Work…
Styling for Woodies DIY Summer Magazine

Hope everyone’s having a lovely Spring and making the most of the gorgeous weather we’ve had recently. You wouldn’t believe it looking at these sunny photos, but we battled snow and storms during shoot for the Woodies DIY Summer Magazine . Despite the challenging weather, it was a real pleasure to work with the team again, having styled their Christmas Magazine a few months back. Doreen Kilfeather certainly worked some serious magic, managing to grab whatever moments of sunshine that appeared over the snowy few days to capture the kaleidoscope of colours throughout their current range. Other than one very dubious behind the scenes shot which involved the whole team huddled under a tarpaulin trying to stop a fully set table from blowing away, we managed to beat the infamous Irish weather and pull off the images below!

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Doreen has an amazing way with children so it was lovely to get to work with the little ones we enlisted again for this shoot. We had lots of fun gardening and playing with potted plants and flowers from the adorable children’s gardening range they have in stock at the moment. Perfect for getting kids playing out in the garden and to have a go at growing their own flowers or vegetables.

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One of my favourite details from the Summer range are the Kilner drinks dispensers. So often I have engaged couples looking for these for their drinks reception and I’ll definitely be picking up a few for my next gathering. They look great filled with lemonade or simply water and mint and are a really pretty way of providing drinks for a group.

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One of the most neglected spots in my apartment at the moment is our balcony. It’s a really nice space but for some reason we’ve never got around to properly kitting it out to make it a fully functioning space. Good thing I got to indulge all the ideas that will eventually get put in place for this urban oasis balcony set up. There’s nothing like a selection of plants, flowers and greenery to breath life into a space and the natural wood furniture would look great in any setting.

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So there you have it! There are five key looks for the current Summer range, Colourful Dining Alfresco, Elegant Outdoor Living, Chic Conservatory Space, Urban Oasis Balcony and Summer Garden Romance. You’ll find full tips on how to bring the look to life in your own space in my write up for the Woodies website. Just click on each of the links to see the full spread and let me know which one’s your favourite!

Image Credits: Photography: Doreen Kilfeather | Styling: Ciara O’Halloran | Production: Woodies DIY

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