Hello to all you amazing April brides past, present and future!
Each month brings a new blog on my website where I feature real brides and celebrity weddings that take place in the month in question and share lots of wedding inspiration too!
Real Wedding Inspiration
It is always such an honour to feature my friends and family weddings and this month is no different! Karen and Tony got married 5 years ago and it is so memorable for lots of reasons!
Firstly, Orla was only a month old at it (there was no way I was missing this wedding!). Imagine she got to her first wedding before she was 4 weeks old – she must have a love for weddings like her Mum!
Karen was the most organised bride and was so calm in the lead up to her big day! We stayed overnight in Dunboyne Castle Hotel as my Mum came for the day to help us out with Orla (I was up and down to our room like a yo-yo feeding her). When we checked in we saw that Karen and Tony had left a baby present for Orla in our room – I have no idea how she even thought of doing that! It was so nice of them!
After the church, Karen and Tony stopped off at the local café courtyard, Straffan Antiques, to get some photos taken! I think this is such a nice idea and it gives you some more time together before reaching your venue.
It might be worth thinking about for your own wedding – is there a place along the way to your venue that you could stop to get photos?
What makes their wedding even more special for us was that it was in Dunboyne Castle Hotel where we got married too so we did lots of reminiscing on the day about our big day! I am sure I even had a few tears (but that is allowed at a friend’s wedding and when you have a newborn – right?)
One of the tips I have in My Wedding Planner is to put a photo of each of your parents cutting their cake on the day of their wedding day. Karen and Tony did this but added to it beautifully as they got a photo of themselves smooching behind the cake too – I really love this shot. And isn’t her dress just stunning – it is from B Couture in Arklow.
Anyone, who knows Karen will know how talented she is! As a wedding present for Tony, she took the song from “The Wedding Singer” and wrote her own lyrics to go with it to surprise her new husband on their wedding day. You just have to watch this!!
Karen and Tony, we absolutely loved your wedding day – thank you for inviting us (and Orla) to share in your very special day! Here are some more of my favourite photos of your day
We all know of this wedding! Most of us will even remember where we were watching it that day!! I was glued to it in work!! Kate married William on 29 April 2011 in Westminister Abbey in a Sarah Burton (Creative Director with Alexander McQueen), show-stopping wedding dress. And once we clapped eyes on Kate it was straight onto her sister, Pippa who was equally stunning in her figure hugging off-white dress!!
I still cannot get enough photos of this wedding! Here are a few of my favourites!
Next up is Beyoncé and Jay-Z who “put a ring on it” on 4 April 2008. I never knew this, but they married on the 4th day of the 4th month of the year as their favourite number is 4!!!! (And she was born on the 4th September, he was born 4th December and they have “IV” tattoos on their left ring fingers.)
It has only been in recent years that we have seen some photos of their wedding as it was a very intimate affair with only 40 guests.
Seemingly she had her nails painted blue as it is her favourite colour – and maybe it was her “something blue” on the day.
And closer to home we had Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll wed on 22 April 2017 in Ashford Castle! The only photos online of their wedding day are ones with a huge team of security outside the castle gates!!! But I did find this one that I had to include – this is a photo taken of the staff at Ashford Castle giving out hot chocolate and goodies to the media (only in Ireland I hear you say! We are good aren’t we!!!)
Easter Wedding Inspiration
For this month’s wedding inspiration I am going to focus on an Easter wedding (and some of these ideas you could do at home too!). I just love all the pastel colours for Easter so that I am focusing on for the photos below!