Lakeside Romance – Eleanor & James’ Real Wedding

There’s nothing I love more than gorgeous wedding photographs near water – whether that’s by a lake or by the ocean, it’s one of the most magnificent backdrops you can have. That’s exactly what was captured by the talented David Casey, who I’ve known for several years now and have always admired his work. He was kind enough to let me share with you Eleanor & James’ wedding in county Clare, with a heartfelt traditional church ceremony followed by fun and frolics at the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe, a fab venue on the shore of Lough Derg. With one of my own clients getting married there next Summer, I loved seeing the stunning locations of Lough Derg in action.

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Eleanor & James met in disguise at a Halloween party, but there was no disguising the sparks between them that night. James went on to propose on Valentine’s Day in 2012, capturing the radiant bride completely by surprise.

The church and the locations that the couple chose for the big day were of great significance to the bride and her family; with the stunning vistas of Two Mile Gate and Lough Derg providing the most incredible backdrops for their enviable photographs.

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The happy families celebrated long into the night at the lovely Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe, with Eleanor and James’ parents own wedding photographs proudly displayed by the cake.

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David Casey Photography

Photographer – Casey Photography

Church Ceremony – Killaloe, County Clare

Reception Venue – The Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe

Gown – Justin Alexander, Amore Mio, Killaloe

Band – Escapade

Car – Heritage Wedding Cars, Adare

Suits – Esquire, Limerick

Make-up – Susan Robinson from J’Adore, Killaloe

Hair – Veronica Collins from Amber Cool, Castletroy

Flowers – Killaloe Flowers

Cake – Fairy Queen, Shannon

Magician – Gerard Kearney

We’ve made the finals! Blog Awards Ireland 2014

Just got the fantastic news that True Romance Weddings has made the finals in the Lifestyle category of the Blog Awards Ireland! I’m so pleased to have not only been selected as one of the best blogs in Galway earlier this year (at the OMiG awards) but now to be one of the best in the country! Thank you to all of my loyal readers and supporters, I promise to keep providing you with awesome content if you promise to keep reading and sharing :)

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Woodland Wedding Inspiration

I grew up in a forest. No, seriously! In a cottage, in the middle of a beautiful, old forest, surrounded by towering trees and secret passages, watching red squirrels dart through the branches and listening to the ghostly call of a stag on a cold winter’s night. It’s no wonder that I love woodland weddings! If you love the idea of a natural, rustic look for your wedding, a woodland theme wedding may be perfect for you. Natural materials such as bark, timber, moss and soft florals will help create a relaxed, outdoorsy style. Combine with subtle sparkles, toadstools and fairies for an enchanted forest look. Remember, it doesn’t have to be outside to work, but if you are dressing an indoor venue bear in mind the style of the building – a woodland wedding theme may not work in a very modern ballroom. Here’s some of our favourite woodland wedding ideas to help inspire you!

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For image sources and more inspiration visit our Pinterest board!

Super Steampunk Wedding Ideas

What is steampunk I hear you say? Essentially, it’s science fiction from the Victorian or the ‘Wild West’ era of the late 19th/early 20th century. And what has that got to do with weddings? Surprisingly, this very unique style is growing in popularity in the USA, and creeping it’s way over to Europe! Think clockworks, cogs, monacles, goggles, gears – think industrial and a little bit rock n’roll. Best described visually, here is some inspiration for a truly unique wedding trend. Warning: if you want your wedding to be full of pretty pastels and soft blooms, look away now!

Steampunk Wedding Style

Steampunk Wedding Stationery

Steampunk Wedding Cakes

Steampunk Wedding Decor

Steampunk Wedding Flowers & Centrepieces

All images from Pinterest

Mint Wedding Ideas

Mint is one of my favourite wedding colours right now, so today I’m sharing some minted inspiration from around the web!

Mint Wedding Inspiration

Mint Wedding Inspiration

Mint Wedding Inspiration

*All images from Pinterest

We’ve made the shortlist! Blog Awards Ireland 2014

I’m so delighted to say we’ve made the shortlist in the Lifestyle category of the Blog Awards Ireland 2014 — this is our second time being shortlisted for a blog award this year, after making the final in the OMiG awards in April. I want to say a quick thank you to all of the fantastic people who read the blog and have made it a success – I hope to keep entertaining you all for years to come!

A Romantic Winter Real Wedding – Louise & David

In the depths of winter, a heart-warming wedding is a gorgeous thing to come across. Louise & David treated their guests to a sparkling affair at the Village at Lyons on New Year’s Eve last, with moments of true love and family bliss captured by the talented David McAuley.

Louise wore a stunning asymmetrical gown by Edel Tuite. “She was fantastic. I had visited several shops but couldn’t quite find what I was looking for. Edel listened to what I liked and within minutes had sketched out my perfect dress…it really was as easy as that!”. Cari’s Closet in Malahide was the source for the elegant bridesmaids gowns, while the groom chose a suit by Sandro at Brown Thomas.

The stunning Village at Lyons provided the perfect backdrop for both the ceremony and reception. “We fell in love with the Village at Lyons immediately – it ticked all the boxes! We wanted a New Year’s Eve party and it provided the perfect background.”

Louise and David were the result of a little matchmaking by a mutual friend. “Dave and I met through our bridesmaid Rachael. I was in University in Dublin City University. Meanwhile Dave was in University in St Mary’s, Twickenham. Rachael had invited me over to visit her and within a very short period of time, I had been introduced to one of her friends Dave….. and that is how it began!”.

David proposed on their 9 year anniversary. “It was all quite romantic…not only did he get down on one knee but he managed to position a go-pro camera to catch it all! We used the picture to make a jigsaw which was later used at our wedding (a 120 piece jigsaw – a piece for each guest). The evening of the engagement we stayed in the Fitzwilliam Hotel in St Stephen’s Green. It was then that he informed me that he had already booked the flights to Antwerp for the next weekend to select a ring.”

Gorgeous little details added style and elegance to the wedding reception, with a thoughtful chest of blankets to keep guests warm and sparklers at each table with a corresponding time zone to ring in the new year!

Edel was delighted to report that everything went according to plan on the day. This beautiful couple even have the same favourite moment from the big day – for Louise, it was walking down the aisle, and for David, the moment he saw her walking towards him in her amazing dress. It’s clear to see their love sparkling even on a dark evening in Kildare!


Photographer David McAuley is offering a very special 10% off bookings when you mention ‘True Romance Weddings’, and an additional 5% off for bookings made by the 31st August 2014

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Ceremony Venue/Church: Village at Lyons, Celbridge
Reception Venue: Village at Lyons, Celbridge
Photographer: David McAuley
Dress Supplier: Edel Tuite, Drogheda
Bridesmaids Dress Supplier: Cari’s Closet, Malahide
Hair: Cathy McNulty
Make-up : Naomh Geday
Menswear Supplier: Groom: Sandro at Brown Thomas, Groomsmen: Marks & Spencers
Transport: Allied Coaches – Guest Transport
Band: 5th Avenue Wedding Band
Florist: Astounding Surroundings – Shropshire
Stationery Designer: Sinead McArdle