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Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
Image by Meg Perotti
By Karen Birney
Photos by Claudine Hartzel
We are working on a shoe article for tomorrow and while having a little nosey around our favourite blogs, we came across Ali, and her insanely beautiful handmade Vivienne Westwood platforms. Now, we're very much of the 'higher the better' heel crowd, so these shoes, as featured on UK wedding blog Rock My Wedding, pretty much sang to us from our screens. Her entire look is perfection, but we can't help but feel that the shoes were the stars of the show on this one. We salute you Ali.
Wedding shoes: Which is more important for you - Comfort or style?
Ever since Kim Kardashian’s amazingly beautiful, black-and-white-meets-monochrome-meets-Hollywood wedding to Chris Humphries last year, everyone in the wedding world has tried to imitate her (not the whole 72 days part though!)! So, if you want to follow in this Kardashian’s footsteps, and you’re maybe looking for a different spin on things or you just happen to love playing the game, a chess/ checkmate-themed wedding can be a fantastic way to reveal your personality to all of your guests. Plus, black and white is oh-so-very classy and can be achieved in a variety of different and ingenious ways throughout the ceremony and the reception! Show everyone that you “made the right move” (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) by marrying ‘the one’.
By Amy Croffey
Love these black and white Vans that the groom and his groomsmen will be comfortable in all day... And, if you like them so much, why not get a pair for you and your 'maids?!
These sweet wedding cake toppers are a lovely way to bring a bit of character and charm to your wedding! We love the crocheted heart topper above that we found on Project Wedding. Gorgeous, can be used in cakes for years to come and is a DIY project - it definitely ticks all the boxes for us!
Simple and cute, these fab wood-peg dolls look great anywhere, and we just love the addition of the family pet! Check them out on Etsy, Knotting Wood €54.
Silver monogram letters look really elegant and sophisticated and come in all different styles and sizes! They are available from the WeddingsOnline.ie Shop starting from €16!
How adorable are these crocheted cake topper banners? You can have whatever message you wish! See more of them at Cherrytime on Etsy, hearts €31, bees €46.
Wrapped in a romantic embrace, this modern twist on a traditional pose will definitely get a bit of a giggle on your 'I do' day! Available now in hand painted porcelain from the WeddingsOnline.ie Shop for €40.
Caricatures are one of the cutest and most popular cake toppers around! They are handmade to suit the couple and the their personality traits! We just love the 'bride and doctor' version!
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 |
By Amy Croffey
This wedding theme, inspired by our feathered friends, has a bohemian, whimsical feel. Every single part of the wedding can be adorned with these motifs, from centrepieces, to bouquets, to buttonholes, to floral arrangements - the sky really is the limit. You can also use an endless amount of colour combinations to achieve this floating-on-air look.
By Amy Croffey
Born in Co Roscommon, Martha Lynn is a young, passionate milliner based in Dublin. Her creations are a combination of traditional elements with a modern twist that she creates in her studio on 51 South William Street in Project 51.
Martha takes inspiration from everything and anything. “Each piece has been inspired by something different. It could be anything from materials to people,” she says.
Her designs are composed of simple clean lines. “I like to introduce a little element of excitement but I like to keep the design classic,” she adds.
Her most important advice for brides who are trying to find the perfect headpiece is to be comfortable and confident in what they are wearing and to consider the style of dress as well as the wedding theme.
On the issue of buying Irish, Martha believes that we all need to support each other. “In the current climate I think it’s really important to support and encourage Irish designers. With the right support we can continue to develop our designs and grow our business giving our customers a better quality and selection of products,” she says. “There is so much Irish talent. We really need to build on what we have.”
Martha tries to buy Irish materials as much as possible when creating her headpieces. At the moment, she is just selling her designs in Ireland but she also has customers in the UK, Australia and America.
For more information on Martha Lynn Millinery call 00 353 85 777 1641.
Marie McElheron has worked in the fashion industry in both Dublin and London for over 10 years. She now specialises in bridal design and is based in County Wicklow.
Marie describes the inspiration behind her latest wedding dress collection as slightly bohemian. “The cut remains simple but I’m a little more playful and creative with the design,” she says. “Rich embellishments of flowers and a mix of fabrics are part of each creation.”
Marie’s signature style is a classic cut influence by Madeleine Vionnet who introduced it in the 1920s. “I believe less is more without sacrificing femininity or elegance,” she says. “Quality fabric is also very important. I only use silk in my collections.”
The celebrity Marie would most like to design for is Kate Moss because she believes her style is classic boho and she always looks effortless and comfortable in her playful and colourful style.
Marie’s advice for those who are starting to search for their dream wedding dress is to always keep an open mind and to start collecting ideas of what you like.
“Try on different styles to begin with and then narrow down your choices, most of all enjoy the experience,” says Marie.
When it comes to buying Irish, Marie thinks that most girls would consider it but they believe that having a dress custom-made by an Irish designer is very expensive which is not always the case.
“Buying Irish can only be a good choice. A lot of my clients are delighted to have chosen to buy from an Irish designer,” says Marie. “I work with brides-to-be up to a year before their wedding day so I get to know them very well and it’s a very special time and experience.”
Marie McElheron’s wedding dresses start at €800.
For more information contact Marie McElheron Bridal Design, Abbey House, Abbey Lane, Arklow, Co Wicklow or call 00 353 402 32818.
Love is real, real is love,
Love is feeling, feeling love,
Love is wanting to be loved.
Love is touch, touch is love,
Love is reaching, reaching love,
Love is asking to be loved.
Love is you,
You and me,
Love is knowing,
We can be.
Love is free, free is love,
Love is living, living love,
Love is needing to be loved.
Love - John Lennon
Image by Moat Hill Photography
By Amy Croffey
It’s an age old tradition that the bride and groom should not set eyes on each other before the wedding because it will result in tremendous bad luck - of course. But many couples, mostly in America, have put aside this superstition and have opted instead for the ‘first look’ photo.
This option gives the couple time before the ceremony, fuss and hullabaloo, to meet and spend some quality time together. It’s also a great chance to get some really beautiful images of the bride and groom and their reactions to each other.
Completing a ‘first look’ shoot will enable the couple to get most of the wedding images out of the way before their day begins meaning they can spend more time enjoying the wedding and their guests.
An umbrella and a flat cap – wedding fabulous – by Clayton Austin Photography
A beautiful aerial view of a first look meeting by Love is a Big Deal Photography
We love this quirky take on the first look image between a father and daughter by Bend the Light Photography
Another cute take on this trend is for the bride and/ or groom to wear a blindfold by Bethany Belle Photography.
Other options include concealing the bride or groom behind a door or a curtain. They can choose to either reveal themselves afterwards or not, but it really makes for some great images. Image by D Coleman Photography
We also just simply adore the images of the bride or groom waiting patiently for their other halves. Excitement, nervousness, eagerness and love exude from this photo by W. Scott Chester Photography.
If you’re a bride, who has always dreamt of an ‘Aisle Reveal’ (the minute the groom gets to see his beautiful bride from the top of the altar) then worry not because this tradition is even getting bigger with many couples hiring a second photographer to capture the reaction of both the bride and the groom.
However you plan to see your true love first the first time on your wedding it’s going to be beautiful, no matter what.
Here is what the ladies on the WeddingsOnline Forums think about the 'First Look' craze!
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If you're looking for a wedding dress that's a bit different, a bit wow, a bit out there and very on-trend for 2012, consider a backless gown! Perfect for the bride who wants a show-stopper and who is not afraid of showing off some skin.
If it all seems a bit daunting, try a dress with sleeves or with a lace back for some extra cover. Whatever style you choose, you are sure to turn heads in the glamourous gown! Compiled by Amy Croffey
Happy Holidays to all our Wollies!
2011 was a great year for us, like everyone else we had our ups and downs, but they were mainly ups thanks to you!
Here’s hoping that 2012 will be filled with happiness, laughter, prosperity and most importantly and aptly, love for you all.
The WeddingsOnline Team x
Image: Emily Johnson Anderson
I just want you for my own
More than you could ever know
Make my wish come true
All I want for Christmas is you
Image by Sloan Photography
Wonderful winter weddings are all the rage this time of year, so to make yours stand out from the crowd try something a little different like a vintage winter theme! The best thing is this wedding look is chic and beautiful and you can never, ever go wrong with chic and beautiful. Compiled by Amy Croffey.
Wedding sign - Confetti.co.uk | Table setting by Jenny Haas Photo | Shoes in the snow by Camilla Photography | Shoe clips - B Poetic at Etsy | Miss Dior Perfume by Christian Dior | Earrings - Confetti.co.uk | Sequin dress - River Island | Corset - Agent Provocateur | Nude shoes - Office | Speech image by Studio 33 Weddings | Nail varnish – Chanel | Wedding dress by Monique Lhullier | Wreath - Debenhams | Banner – The Ruffled Word at Etsy | Bride with gift by Camilla Photography | Tulle dress by Modcloth |
...Dancin' through the underground
Dancin' little marionette
Are you happy now?
Where do you go when you're lonely
Where do you go when you're blue
Where do you go when you're lonely
I'll follow you
When the stars go blue"
-Ryan Adams, When the Stars go Blue
Photos by Belathee Photography
Have a happy Halloween weekend all x