The most stunning Irish wedding with elegant details and lots of greenery. Bride Darienne shares all the details…
How did you and your partner meet?
At a local festival called the French Festival in Portarlington Co. Laois. I had been selected as the French Festival Queen that year and Reece was the photographer who had to follow me around all weekend and take pictures!
How did Reece propose?
We were on a trip to Las Vegas and New York. It was our last day in New York and we were getting ready for a very busy day of shopping! I had just started to get ready in our hotel room when all of a sudden there he was on one knee!
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
Before I had even stepped into a bridal shop, I had a picture in my mind of what I wanted. I wanted form fitting and lace. When I started looking and trying on wedding dresses, that picture kind of fell apart when I figured out that what I wanted did not suit me one bit! It was just me and my mum who went shopping and she was desperate for me to try on this one particular dress and I was adamant that I wasn’t trying it on, as I thought ‘no that’s definitely not me’. I eventually tried it on just to placate her and I fell in love with it! My dress was very simple, an ivory mikado silk ballgown with glass and pearl detailing. You know what they say ‘mother knows best’!
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
For us we wanted simple but elegant. I had my bridesmaids in black dresses and Reece and the groomsmen in black tuxedos. The flowers were white with lots of greenery through them. So very simple, nothing to overstated.
Can you describe what type of ceremony you had and how you were able to personalise it.
We actually had an interfaith religious ceremony. Reece and I are both different religions so we decided to have both religions recognised in the ceremony – we had a priest and a reverend.
We had a candle ceremony. At the start of the ceremony we both lit our own candles to symbolise us as individuals. Once we were announced as husband and wife with then took a flame from our candles and lit one sole candle to symbolise us as a married couple.
Describe the cake and cake topper:
Our wedding cake was black with white sugar craft lilies flowing down the side! It also had a gold tier to stand the cake on. The gold tier had intricate detailing on it but if our guests looked close enough, Tanya – our cake supplier – had hidden our dogs face, a golden snitch from Harry Potter and a set of drum sticks in the gold detailing, which was amazing! The top tier of the cake was a chocolate sponge, the next tier was a lemon drizzle sponge and then finally a chocolate biscuit cake!
What flowers did you use in the bouquet and at the venue?
We used white lilies, roses, ivy and fern in my bouquet. For the bridesmaids we used just plain white roses for their bouquets. In the venue we used white lilies and roses and lots and lots of greenery for the decor.
How did you choose your table décor?
We met with Edel Cooney from Vintage Affair. Her company specialises in venue decor and I explained to her what we were looking for and she just worked her magic. The table decor, the whole venue was breathtaking.
What was the menu for the reception?
We had a duck and broccoli salad with a plum sauce to start. Followed by Garden vegetable soup served with pan fried soda bread and Guinness brown bread. For our main course we had a filet of beef served with caramelized onion, potato gratin and a red wine jus or pan-fried salmon served with a lemon butter sauce. For dessert we had the choice of a chocolate tart served with white chocolate mousse or Eton mess.
What were your favourite moments from the day?
For me there was 30 minutes between the call for dinner and our guests being seated where Reece and I had a chance to sit on our own having a glass of champagne and just soak in the moment and chat about our day so far.
We both really enjoyed our time with our photographer also as it was just the two of us!
I loved the moment when I walked into the church to walk up the aisle and I could see Reece for the first time that day I was smiling from ear to ear!
Name your wedding soundtrack:
The entrance song was May It Be – Enya
Our exit song was Helium – Sia
Our reception entry song was Give me All your Loving – ZZ Top
First Dance – Secret Garden- Bruce Springsteen
Any DIY décor elements?
We made the table favours ourselves. They were little scratch cards in an envelope that said “for richer, for poorer”. We also had a cigar and cigarette bar.
Any sentimental personal touches?
Each guest had a charm that they could keep that was attached to the stem of their wine glass that they could bring home with them.
What was the biggest splurge of the day?
Definitely the venue and meal. Our venue was the Cliff at Lyons and the minute we went to see it before we booked it, we both fell in love with it. It is so beautiful with little cottages for guests to stay in surrounded by a lake. There was a courtyard with a log-burning fire pit where all of our guests could enjoy a few drinks and have a chat.
How did you save on costs?
We were very strict with what we wanted and we tried not to get sucked into all of the little things that add up. For example, with didn’t go for candy carts or photo booths.
In hindsight, is there anything you would have done differently?
We both agreed in saying that we wouldn’t stress as much as we did over the planning. It all works out!!
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Dubai for our honeymoon and it was just amazing! Definitely a once in a lifetime trip.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
I think I would just tell them that your wedding day is about you and your future husband. Do what makes the two of you happy and don’t sweat the small stuff.
If you could sum up your wedding in one sentence, how would you describe it?
Amazing from start to finish, it was everything and more we could have ever hoped for. If I was given a chance to do the day all over again I would. Marrying the person you love and being surrounded by the people who love you both and want every happiness for you both is definitely the best feeling in the world.
Wedding Date: 19th October 2018
Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations https://www.adorninvitations.co.uk/product/royal-elegance
Makeup: Lydia Maher- Blush Beauty Bar
Hair: Jamie-Lee Kavanagh- Society Salon
Shoes: Asos Bride
Accessories: Lynda O’Brien
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rosie’s Closet
Groom’s Suit: Savoy Tailors Guild http://www.savoytaylorsguild.co.uk/
Groomsmen Suit: Savoy Tailors Guild
Cake: Tanya Ross- Novel-T Cakes
Food: Cliff At Lyons
Flowers: Coopers Florist
Photographer: DK Photography https://www.dk-photography.com.au
Ceremony Venue: St John’s Church, Killenard, Co.Laois
Reception Venue: The Cliff At Lyons
Entertainment: Pink Champagne Wedding Band
Celebrant: Fr. Thomas Dooley and Rev. Leslie Stevenson
Transport: Classic and Vintage Wedding Cars Ireland https://cliffatlyons.ie/
Wedding Favours: Handmade
Vintage Affair Décor: http://www.vintageaffair.ie/