As with the first day of every month, comes a new blog to my website. It features real brides who got married in the month in question to give you brides lots of wedding inspiration.
Real Wedding Inspiration
We saw in a recent poll I ran on my Instastories last month that June is by far the most popular month for hen parties and as we all know it is also smack bang in the middle of wedding season too! So who got married this month …
First up is my Mum and Dad who got married 38 years ago! As a little girl I always loved looking through my parents wedding album. It is no different now but I did ask my Mum to pick out her favourite photos and here they are!
When I was chatting to Mum about her wedding I asked if there was anything she would change about their wedding day. The one thing she would do differently would be to get a photo with her brother in law! The reason this didn’t happen was because he was their wedding photographer! And a great one at that!
When we were moving house Mum decided it was time for her wedding dress to go to the charity shop but before it went we both tried it on!! I will always treasure this photo!
We had the pleasure of being invited to Lisa and Gareth’s wedding in June 2011 in Killashee House. Lisa actually caught my wedding bouquet so I am adamant that because of this I played a role in the proposal!! Lisa has lots of wedding tips so be sure to read on!
Her first tip is not to get bogged down in the little details. She remembers starting to panic a few days before her wedding day because the yellow of the chair ribbon was not the same shade as the yellow on the bridesmaid dresses!! But she quickly realised that no one cares! It was only when she stood at the rehearsal the night before and practiced her vows with her soon to be husband that she realised that the only thing that really mattered was her, him and the promise they were making to each other.
This is an important tip from Lisa and one if it does happen to you on your big day please remember it! Don’t worry about the weather you can’t control it. Lisa and Gareth picked the 24th of June to wed as it was the last day of the Leaving Certificate and it’s always sunny right? Wrong!!! It was torrential rain all day long and they did not get one photo outside in the beautiful wedding venue she had chosen but it did not affect them one bit !!!
Lisa talks about when choosing the venue she did the run from the church to the venue on a Saturday morning and it took 40 minutes. However, they got married on a Friday and they hit rush hour traffic in Naas in torrential rain so it took about 1.5 hours to get to venue. Remember to consider all this when choosing venue and test the route!
Leading on from this the only other thing she would have done differently is more food for guests on arrival to the venue after the church and after the long trek she thinks they deserve to be fed and watered
I love this last piece of advice from Lisa “Lastly as everyone says, slow down, take time (stolen moments in the chaos) with your new husband, relax and enjoy. It was one of the most amazing days of my life apart from the children being born. Marriage is a rollercoaster make sure you are strapped in right from the start”.
I had actually thought we were at lots of weddings in June but it turns out the month of July has been our busiest month for weddings! So what I decided to do was ask if a June bride would like to be featured in this month’s blog and Alison kindly contacted me! And would you believe it she only lives down the road from me! They got married on the 15th June 2017 in Straffan church and headed onto Clonabreany House afterwards. I am not going to lie I just loved having a nose at all her wedding photos! What struck me most was how personalised their wedding was to them making it extra special!
Alison is a big fan of afternoon tea and China cups so this love was incorporated into their day so beautifully! I love the cups at the church door and then the bride cup – wow! You can clearly see the theme of china cups and flowers throughout their wedding photos.
Alison and her Dad made the seating plan ladder themselves (how lovely to have your Dad so involved in your big day!) because she couldn’t get the distressed look she was wanting. I just adore that she had a vision for her day and made sure she got it! They used teabag and vinegar to paint the ladder and steel wool to get the distressed look. The frames she used for her seating plan were from the Range. They love to travel so they used places they had visited for the table names and then each table had photos of the happy couple at that place. What a lovely touch!
And now for some photos of the bridal party