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Coral and pale blue is a wedding colour theme that won’t be forgotten in a hurry! Bright and fresh, and a theme that really packs a punch, it’s perfect for the couple who wants to add a bit of fun and excitement to their day. You can play down this combo if you feel that it’s a bit overbearing, having accents of it in your flowers, table centres, and other parts of your decor or play it up in your bridesmaid dresses, invites, jewellery, and shoes.
By Amy Croffey
Clockwise from top left: Amelia Johnson Photography | Jill Thomas Photography | Dress from Zara | Yvonne Wong Photography | Bella Bleu | Yvonne Wong Photography | Blue Rhinestone ‘I Do’ Shoe Stickers from the WeddingsOnline.ie Shop €5 | Shop Design Spark | Bella Bleu | Wedding party image by Jill Thomas Photography | Flower table centre by Amelia Johnson Photography |
We've become a little bit obsessed with all things crochet, white and doily-like in the past week (in fact, I may have impulse bought this crochet dress from Zara the same day I write this article on crochet for bridesmaids... darn it!) Anyway, doily details aren't new to the wedding world, but, by gum, are they gaining in popularity. The best thing about this theme (besides the fact that it's super pretty, obviously) is that it allows for so many mini DIY projects. While the doily-inspired dress in the above photos was actually handmade by the bride herself (agh! I've done nothing with my life!) we don't expect you to get lost in a sea of popcorn and afghans... There are plenty of easy peasy DIY doily projects to get your crafting juices going, such as this doily envelopes project from Bride & Joy and this gorgeous project for doily confetti cones from Heartmadeblog.com.
Compiled by Karen Birney
Clockwise from top left: Doily and ribbon garland photo by Sweet Occasion Studio | Doily wedding cake photo by Michael and Anna Costa, Cake by Sweet and Saucy via Inspiredbythis | 'Will you marry me?' doily place setting via NicheWhite | Blue doily favour box photo by Megan Dailor for The Sweetest Occasion | Doily mason jars from Airth & Olson at Etsy.com
Makeup artist Marie Joseph kept beautiful bride Orlaith’s make-up really simple and youthful for her big day. “Prepping the skin is so important when it comes to wedding day make-up. Matching skin care and foundation to skin type keeps the make-up in place for the whole day, because it’s the look that has go the distance,” explains Marie.
Photos by Photohouse
How to acheive Orlaith's look:
List of makeup products used - Clarins Beauty Flash Balm Primer | M.A.C. Foundation Studio Sculpt | Crème De La Mere Concealer | Makeup Forever Loose Powder | M.A.C Eye Shadow Brulee, Jest, Snow White and Nylon | Clarins Mascara | Clarins Eye Liner | M.A.C Blusher Pink Swoon and Contouring Blush Cinnamon | M.A.C Lip Liner Soar | Clarins Lipstick Joli Rouge 06 | Individual eye lashes
For a sweet and wispy summer bridesmaid look this year we are loving crochet. From shawls and cardies to the dress itself, cream or white crochet details are perfect for adding a lightness and depth to any look. Crochet shawls draped over a pale blue, pink, or off-white summer dress are reminiscent of cool breezes and a quiet stroll on the beach, while features on dresses add a certain young and carefree, festival-like feel.
For DIY crochet, try adding a collar to your high neck bridesmaid dress, or add a hem to the mid-length skirt. If your mom, gran or friend crochets, they would probably be delighted to create something special for your bridesmaids’ outfits as a wedding gift!
Pair with accessories in pastel shades, loose, wavy hair, and a sunset(!)
By Karen Birney
Crochet bridesmaids image by Jose Villa via OnceWed
This wedding palette is all about mystical, mythical, whimsical wedding wonder – we dare you to say that fast. Looking at Kate Moss’ wedding makes us think that all other weddings are meant to be like it! With its layers of bohemian wonder, unusual styles and fabulous headdresses, really what’s not to love about all things wedding whimsy? For this look, ruffles are an absolute must, flowers should be everywhere, and vintage is your go-to trend. By adding a quirky couple your nuptials will scream fanciful.
By Amy Croffey
Images clockwise from top left: Elisabeth Millay Photography | Shaw Shots | Kate Moss Wedding Image Courtesy of Vogue | Thomas Gear | WeddingsOnline Shop - Love Letters €16 | Flower Flair | Elisabeth Millay Photography | Gina at Brown Thomas | Girl in Cup Lissy Elle Photo | PlanMyParty.ie | Finer Details |
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Hair stylist Sian Sharkey styled beautiful bride Helen’s hair into a bridal masterpiece, complete with elegant, traditional curls, vintage accessories pins and finger waves. Helen's make-up artist, Alyson Smyth, kept her look classic with flawless skin, a soft smoky eye and natural lips.
How I achieved Helen's bridal hair, by Sian Sharkey:
"Helen had long hair past her shoulders and was inspired by vintage, classic hairstyles. To start, I sprayed Helen's hair with Label M Superstar Spray (see below) and dried it in to the hair so it wasn't too silky. I then curled all the hair with a GHD, pin-setting the front section where I was going to secure the finger waves.
I sectioned the hair in two parts - front and back. Backcombing the roots and dusting with Label M Resurrection Dust, I began to secure the back section into the shape I wanted to achieve, spraying with Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray as I went.
I then brushed the top section, maintaining the height Helen wanted and secured, to blend with the back.
I took out the pin set and shaped the hair into the finger waves at the front. This can be a slow process and requires patience! Spraying and pinning and spaying again, then removing the pins on view when the hair has set in position.
Finally, I added her vintage hair accessory - a vintage broach from Jenny Vander and her veil!"
Hair products used - Bed Head Masterpiece Hairspray | Label M Resurrection Dust | Label M Superstar Spray
How I achieved Helen's bridal make-up look, by Alyson Smyth:
"Helen chose a vintage style with her hair, so I kept her make-up really classic with flawless skin, a soft smoky eye and a natural lip.
I applied Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Foundation in Sunny Beige, which gives a fantastic natural, all-day coverage. I used MAC Powder Blush in Swoon on the cheeks creating a gorgeous shape to her face.
For extra definition on Helen’s eyes, I applied some temporary individual lashes from the outer corner of her eyes across to the centre.
Eyeshadows used were MAC Brule, Satin Lights, Espresso and MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist – these colours combined were used for the glam factor!
To complete Helen’s classic, elegant look, I kept her lips soft by using MAC Dervish Lip Liner and nice Buzz Lip Gloss to keep the colour in place for longer!"
Make-up products used (clockwise) - Laura Mercier’s Oil Free Foundation in Sunny Beige | MAC Powder Blush in Swoon | Buzz Lip Gloss | MAC Dervish Lip Liner | MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist | MAC Brule
Wedding Photographs by Naoise Culhane
WOL’s fabulous bridal blogger Fallon Wasser is getting ready to marry her fiancé Darren Dunne on December 7th, 2012. Fallon is taking us on her wedding planning journey, through the ups and downs, highs and lows and is sharing her wedding planning tips and tricks with us along the way!
I don’t know about you ladies, but for me the hardest thing about organising my wedding to date was definitely picking the venue. When I got engaged and started looking at all the different places, I had myself a mini-meltdown! There is just so much choice and it can all be a little over whelming. Luckily for me, I had my friend Louise on hand. She got married last year, so she was in the loop in terms of what a good package should contain and what questions I should ask the hotel. So we sat down one evening over a bottle (or three!) of wine and I must have given her about ten different venues that I liked for various reasons. You see, I love the old country house feel with creaking floorboards and chandeliers but I also wanted the comfort and luxury of a modern hotel. Honestly, I’m really not that fussy, I just wanted everything! We went through the various hotels that I picked and narrowed it down to three, which were all around the Meath area, one of which was Dunboyne Castle. The plan was to make appointments for a single day and Louise and I would go and do a little research on them. If there was any that I liked I would bring himself down and do the hard sell on him.
When we arrived at Dunboyne Castle we had a lovely lunch. The food was fab and the service from the staff was really great! The castle felt like the perfect combo of new and old that I was initially looking for and I fell in love with the old house with its beautiful winding staircase and period features. We met with a member of the events team to go through some details and get a proper tour of the hotel. She asked me to fill out some forms and when I looked down at the page Louise’s name was down for the bride and my name was down for the groom. She thought that Louise and I were a couple, which we had a good giggle about!
So home I went to convince himself that it was perfect, luckily for me on our return visit the following week he loved it just as much as me and we booked it! I’ve been back down on a couple of occasions since and have never been disappointed with the level of service. Sinead and the events team have always been extremely helpful with my many questions over the past few months and I know I’m in safe hands.
You're onto a Winner
For any bride and groom out there in venue hell, I would say sit down and write down what’s the most important thing to you about the venue and what can’t you compromise on. Make sure you look at the package available and price up the extras that aren’t included, because it’s the hidden extras that will hike up your overall cost. Any decent venue will want to work with you and try and facilitate your big day as much as possible - it’s all give and take. The last thing would be to read reviews, there are always going to be people who have had a bad experience at some point but as long as the overall vibe is positive you’re onto a winner!
In Fallon’s next bridal blog post, she looks for the perfect wedding shoes to help her glide up the aisle and dance the night away!