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A Detailed Old Country Style Wedding by Gary Barrett

Bride & Groom: Siobhan Morley and Sean MorrisLength of engagement: 8 Months | Wedding Date: April 13th 2012Wedding Ceremony: St. Anne’s Church of Shanvaghera, just outside Knock | Wedding Reception: Castle Dargan Hotel, Co. SligoPhotographer: Gary Barrett PhotographyDetails, details, details, it’s all in the details, and there were plenty of them at Siobhan and Sean’s beautiful ‘old country style’ wedding! So much effort went into making their day look amazing, from the table plan tree, to the buntings and signs, to the kitsch cake table full of goodies and cupcakes made by different family members, to the bride’s and bridesmaid’s headpieces, there is just so much to admire and be inspired by! But what we love most, has to be Siobhan’s ivory lace gown to the knee with a graduated hemline, original and chic, there is nothing better in the world than the bride that totally puts her own stamp on her wedding day! We salute you Siobhan!By Karen BirneyWOLWOLWOLWOLWOLWe met… In 2009, in Galway on Connaught Final weekend – Mayo won the following day so it was a good start!!Our proposal… Seán proposed at home on our second anniversary and we went back to Galway the following weekend to choose my ring! bluebell flower pew endsWOLwildflower details weddingWOLMy favourite part of the wedding day… It was definitely walking up the aisle, I always felt I was going to be really nervous and emotional, but the nerves and tears never arrived. Once I saw everyone, saw Sean at the top, and heard the music I couldn’t wait to get going. There was such a lovely relaxed atmosphere in the church and as I reached the top, the guests broke into cheers and applause, a moment I will never forget! Other parts that stood out for both of us was our friend Rosie singing after communion and getting to greet everyone after the ceremony as it was our best chance to speak to everyone individually, something that meant a lot to both of us.burlap sack ring pillow weddingWOLOur ceremony…  We had a gorgeous ceremony in a beautiful little country church outside Knock, with fantastic Irish music from Arundó, which set a really relaxed atmosphere for the day.WOLWOLbilly button hole yellow flower weddingWOLMy dress… Designed by Gay De Paor, it was an ivory lace dress to just below the knee, with a graduated hemline at the back.  It was so comfortable and easy to wear, I loved it!bride and groom ireland farm weddingWOLOur venue… We were so happy we chose Castle Dargan as our venue because the staff was so accommodating, the grounds are fab for pictures and the food and service was excellent. We also stayed the night after with family and friends and it’s the perfect location for a second night of celebrations. wedding wish tree birdswedding wish tree blue birdswild flower wedding table decor centrepiecelove birds table place name weddingwildflower theme wedding cake tableOur wedding theme/ colours… We had an ‘Old Country Style’ theme!WOLMy advice for other brides… Put your own stamp on the day, it’s definitely worth the little bit of extra work incorporating a theme or adding a few individual touches when you see the final result.  Involve family and friends as much as possible, it makes the day so much more personal.  Enjoy every minute of the Church ceremony and take it all in, as that part of the day, for us was definitely the most special. Oh and get a DVD, it’s great fun looking back on all that you may have missed throughout the day!wedding thank you photo chalkboardWedding SuppliersMake Up: Bride’s sister, LauraHair: Redz Hair Salon, ClaremorrisFlorist: Aisling at Blathanna, ClaremorrisBride’s Dress: Gay De Paor, De Paor Designs, KilcooleBrides Headpiece: Edel StauntonBridesmaid’s Headpieces: Lorraine DomicanBridesmaid’s Dresses: MonsoonMen’s Suits: Eddie Murphy Menswear, BallyhaunisMusic: Arundó & Soloist Rosie Noone (Friend)Wedding Band: Late Nite RadioCake Table: Cakes and cupcakes made by different family members.Photography: Gary Barrett PhotographyBunting, Sign, and extra touches: 

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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