The Handmade Wedding

I knew immediately that the wedding would be a great one. It was my creative cousin's wedding and I expected that it would be a day filled with handmade touches and artistic fabulousness. The first clue I had that my expectations were right on track was that when the invitation arrived I recognised immediately that it was designed by ultra-cool illustrator Gemma Correll (I'm a total fangirl).

And not just an 'off the peg' invitation either. A highly personalised, designed especially for them piece of brilliance. Just look!


Then I googled the venue listed and more or less started packing my bags right away. This was a big-day not to be missed.


Everything about the day was just so perfectly suited to the gorgeous couple. 

From the vows... (which may or may not have included references to comic books, Labyrinth and the Zombie Apocalypse...) 

Check out the heels on Siofra's shoes! 
... to the food -  which was a picnic on the lawn (you know how much I love a good picnic and this was a seriously GOOD picnic). 

To the delicious and bang-on-trend 'naked' cake (look at the wolf and unicorn topper!!)



to the DJ with his brilliant mix of music ranging from 1920's swing to 1990's grunge and everything in between.


There was so much hand-made amazingness it's difficult to even list it all! The Bride's dress and wedding ring were made by friends of hers. She made her own hairpiece (well she IS a milliner afterall!). She also made the Mother of the Bride's fabulous hat, which I, sadly, forgot to photograph - but trust me, it was gorgeous. Something like THIS.

The Bride's sister did the flowers. She dried flowers all Summer long in preparation and collected corn and wild grasses to craft hanging decorations, to adorn the hops-covered arch and for the buttonholes and bouquets. They were stunning. Especially the 'corn-dolly' hearts which you can just see in the picture above of the vows.

Then there was the' Ukelele Interlude' and the free bar in the barn and the brilliant 'Guest-Book' area where everyone was invited to take a polaroid picture and leave a message for the happy couple. And there was also the kindness of strangers and relations to the random Irish girl in their midst. Everyone was so welcoming and fun to be with.


And... just... well... ALL of it. It was ALL perfect.

A perfect start to married life.


 Congratulations Siofra and Pete. 

Wishing you both a million years of wedded bliss and a million more for good measure.

18 comments

  1. Would make me want to get married... All over again :) Delighted it went so well! X

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    1. Me TOO!! Everything was very restricted when we got married. I'd love to do it again the way I'd really have liked it.

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  2. Looks amazing! Congrats to them and welcome back to reality you!

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  3. How utterly beautiful! I'm particularly intrigued by the bride's heels...?

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    1. It was just lovely. The heels are unicorns!! So amazing. I wish I'd gotten a better shot. I only realised after.

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  4. You and your family are one talented bunch of people - just make sure people keep getting married and you keep blogging all the beautiful weddings!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment! I am happy to report back from any and every wedding... you know.. for the sake of blogging etc... not because I love a good night out or anything...

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  5. Wouldn't it be lovely if magazines covered amazing wedding like this one? It looks absolutely perfect, hopefully the rest of their lives will be too x

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    1. I agree! The only place I've seen weddings even vaguely like this is on the One Fab Day site - I think personalised weddings are just so lovely.

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  6. Wow, gorgeous event! So creative...beautiful setting as well. She looked lovely :)

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    1. Thanks Sessa. The setting was amazing. Like something out of a fairytale!

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  7. Looks fantastic, it is lovely to attend a wedding like this as you really feel part of something so personal and genuine.

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    1. That's exactly it. I love getting a glimpse of the couple's personalities in the style of their wedding. I felt really lucky to be a part of it.

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  8. Wow! Wow! Wow! I was at a wedding last year where the bouquets and buttonhole flowers were made from the pages of the bride's favourite book. It was just incredible. I love that creative twist at weddings.

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    1. I LOVE that idea of the favourite book being used. Very creative indeed!

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