We’re taking a trip down memory lane and looking at some of the show-stopping gowns are real brides wore for their special day. There were some incredibly stylish brides featured in this year’s real weddings with each bride’s own personal style shining through. There was everything from simple satin creations to dazzling vintage-esque pieces and intricate lace numbers – and we loved each and every one! If you’re soon going to be shopping for your own gorgeous wedding gúna, this dreamy round-up might just give you some inspo…
See Mairead & Jonathan’s Palmerstown House Estate by Emma Russell Photography
Mairead’s dress… was a high neck satin dress with a square cut lace back and A-line gown by Justin Alexander.
See Yasmina & Patrick’s Killashee Hotel wedding by Precious Memories Photography
Yasmina’s dress… Was not what I expected to buy. It was a Fish Tail shape by Art Couture from Fiona Todhunter. No embellishment. Ivory in colour with a drop waist corset type bodice and sweetheart neckline. The skirt split into two layers of lace and the train was really long. I also wore a Cathedral length Veil which extended just over the end of the train of the dress. It was described as dramatic by a guest and I was very happy with that description.
See Simon & Diane’s Cloanbreany wedding by Foran Sauvage
Diane’s dress… I got my dress in The Bridal Corner in Glasnevin, it was the first shop I went into that day, the girls were so nice and I tried so many styles – I soon realised that I was drawn to a simpler style. I decided on an Enzoani Dress, silk Crepe, with embellished back. I was drawn to the dress as it was such a comfortable dress to wear, I thought for the day I wanted a dress that I was able to go to the bathroom without having to be helped in and out of the dress and of course I could dance in. I felt elegant and I liked the clean lines on the dress, the feel of the material and felt that the embellished back and dramatic train added something special. I had a great experience dealing with the Bridal Corner and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.
See Lesley Ann & Declan’s Bayna House wedding by David Maury
Lesley Ann’s dress… was sand ivory with French lace. I bought my dress from The Bridal Outlet over a year before my wedding day. My Mam and I had made an appointment to get a few ideas and I ended up falling in love with my dress on the day. I originally had a different style in mind which ended up being the wrong style for me. You definitely need to try on a few different styles before settling on one.
See Tammy & Vincent’s Castleknock Hotel wedding by Reflections Photography
Tammy’s dress… I had gone to four different shops and the fourth shop was the Bridal Boutique in Fairview. The girls were brilliant. I fell in love with the first one I tried on. It was perfect, everything I wanted in a dress. I felt so beautiful in it.
See Denise & Niall’s Racket Hall Country House wedding by Renata Dapsyte
Denise’s dress… My dress was very simple. It was a Pronovias dress. I bought it in Bella Donna in Galway.
See Chris & Nicola’s destination wedding by James Hardie Photography
My dress… My dress was Martina Liana. I tried on A LOT of dresses but both mums were in tears when they saw this so I knew it was the one!
See Annmarie & David’s Finnstown Castle wedding by Reflections Photography
My dress… I got my dress in Alexanders Bridal in Parnell St Dublin. Tina was so helpful. I had a crisis and fell in love with two dresses. They both had different elements I loved but one was way over budget. I wasn’t sure of how the one I could afford was sitting on me and began to have a total freak out over the whole process. I went back into Tina in Alexanders and she fit both dresses on me again and listened to all my worries and fears. Eventually, they had to tell me about a huge surprise. My amazing mother-in-law had paid for whatever dress I wanted to get. I really couldn’t be more grateful as I was finally able to pick my dream dress and relax about that element of the wedding!
See Kaley & Philip’s Boyne Hill House wedding by Eric Ronan Photography
Kaley’s dress… I had been researching dresses for ages and every time I saw a boho one I loved, I couldn’t help but thinking “It’s like any summer dress I could buy anywhere.” I stumbled across Eliza Jane Howell dresses and fell in love. After trying a few stores, I went to Frilly Frocks and I fell in love with 3 dresses! I had seen the embellished cape as I walked in the door and I knew I had to have it. So it was just a matter of deciding which dress would suit the cape best! I finally settled on a fully embellished figure-hugging number which felt right.
See Michelle & Liam’s Westport Woods Hotel wedding by David Duignan Photography
Michelle’s dress… A Jesus Peiro design from Belladonna Bridal in Galway, it had pockets.
See Jennifer & Stephen’s Darver Castle wedding by Shane Redmond
Jennifer’s dress… I got my dress in My Fair Lady Bridal in Monaghan. It’s Mori Lee and it’s called Musidora. I saw the dress online and made a booking to try it on. It was the first dress I tried on and I knew instantly that it was my wedding dress. The girls in My Fair Lady are so lovely and helpful and really made me feel special. I couldn’t recommend them enough.
See Sarah & Shane’s Ballymagarvey wedding by The Fennells
Sarah’s dress… I found a designer online called Rime Arodaky and fell in love with all of her dresses. We went up to Newry to a bridal boutique called The White Gallery to try on a couple of her designs. I fell in love with her ‘Adele’ dress. It was the first bridal dress shop I went to but I knew it was the one when I tried it on.
See Amy & Shane’s Salthill Hotel wedding by Sarah Connolly
Amy’s dress… was custom made by Orlaith Carroll of The Attic Bridalwear.
See Sarah & Robert’s Palmerstown House wedding by Ruth Foran Photography
Sarah’s dress… My dress was a beautifully beaded gown by Justin Alexander. I bought it in The Bridal Studio in Southgate Shopping Centre, Drogheda. The ladies working there, especially Laura, were incredibly helpful and kind and provided me and my bridal party with a wonderful shopping experience. Oksana Mustak in Drogheda did the all the alterations to make it fit perfectly. My beautiful flat shoes were Ted Baker.
See Barry & Grace’s destination wedding by Schillings Photography
Grace’s dress… was Malina by Maggie Sottero.
See Elaine & Daniel’s Tinakilly Country House wedding by Stargaze Photography
Elaine’s dress… was an ivory, mermaid style – Italian brand from Truly Bridal Boutique, Naas. Great selection of dresses with different styles. Really lovely and helpful staff too!
See Zhao Li & Sven’s destination wedding by Marko Marinkovic
Zhao Li’s dress… was from Enzoani Blue in a light blush colour.
See Danielle & Sean’s Cliff at Lyons wedding by ATL Photography
Danielle’s dress… was by Temperley London from the Little White Dress. The veil was custom-made in pure silk by an Irish designer, also from Little White Dress. Sarah looked after me, she was lovely.
See Fortune & Arnold’s real wedding by Colreavy C Photography
Fortune’s dress… was from Alexanders Bridal in Dublin.
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