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She’s with the Band – A Very Cool Wedding at The Millhouse, Slane by Studio33Weddings

“We just wanted a laid back but classy day. Of paramount importance was that our friends and family were well fed and watered and felt relaxed and could say they had a brilliant day!” – Anne, on the wedding ‘theme’

Length of engagement: 1 year and 7 months | Wedding date: 8th September 2012
Wedding venue: The Millhouse, Slane

Photographer: Fionn McCann, Studio33 Weddings

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We met when… Ed was playing guitar with a band in Whelan’s on Wexford Street.  My good friend Lou was going to see the band and asked me along.  Living only down the road off Camden Street I had no excuses! I arrived late and missed the band but had plenty of time to get to know Ed!  The night ended with Ed losing his phone and me writing my mobile number up his arm in permanent marker… he had no choice but the ring me!  Which he did the next day… the rest is history!

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Our first impressions of each other… There was some serious chemistry going on!

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Our proposal… We got engaged on top of Lugnaquilla (highest peak in Wicklow) on a cold January afternoon!

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Flowers by The French Touch

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Our ceremony…  We held a humanist ceremony with our excellent celebrant Emma Sides in the old mill in the grounds of The Millhouse.

My favourite part of the wedding day… was the ceremony.  We’d both put a lot of thought into the ceremony and it paid off.  It captured the essence of what we wanted to say to one another and to our friends about love and marriage.

“Walking up the aisle to Ed with all our close friends and family there was incredibly special!”

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My dress… I wore a Badgley Mischka dress from Covet in Powerscourt.

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We chose our photographer because…  We stumbled across Fionn’s work with Studio33 Weddings and we loved his style instantly. It was atmospheric, informal, fun and quirky!  It looked like he could tick all our wedding photography boxes!

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“Fionn understood exactly what we wanted from the beginning
and delivered the most beautiful photos that we’ll treasure forever.”

– Anne on wedding photographer Fionn McCann of Studio33 Weddings

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Our wedding theme/colours…There wasn’t a theme as such. We just wanted a laid back but classy day. Of paramount importance was that our friends and family were well fed and watered and felt relaxed and could say they had a brilliant day!

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We chose our venue because…  The Millhouse suited the quirky, classy but laid back atmosphere we were looking for. It also allowed us to hire the whole venue so it was ours for the day.

“From the moment we viewed The Millhouse we knew we wanted to get married there.”

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My piece of advice for other brides… At the beginning, sit down with your fiancé and think about exactly what kind of a day you’d like, what will the ceremony be like, who’ll be there, do you want something informal/formal etc. Then don’t deviate from this and don’t bow down to any ‘perfect wedding’ pressures.

“Don’t bow down to any ‘perfect wedding’ pressures.”
– Anne’s piece of advice for brides-to-be

Go with the flow and enjoying planning everything, it’s such an exciting time!  I found Irish and International wedding blogs and websites (such as Etsy and Pinterest) really helpful to gather an idea of how I’d like things to look. Finally, make it personal! Taking the time and effort to add small personal details will really pay off in the end!


Wedding venue: The Millhouse, Slane
Photographer: Fionn McCann, Studio33 Weddings
Covet, Powerscourt
Flowers: The French Touch
Earrings: Knightsbridge Boutique
Bridesmaid Dress: Anna Sui, Arnotts
Wedding Rings: Weldons

By Karen Birney

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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.


  1. Avatar Anne Ager says:

    The photos are absolutely stunning … as are the bride and groom! Congratulations!!

    Côte Weddings

  2. Avatar Deirdre F says:

    Such a beautiful wedding! I love the bouquets and those amazing cakes! The photos of the couple on the staircase are fabulous too! The whole day was captured perfectly!

  3. Avatar Sarah says:

    These photos are beautiful, they tell such a lovely story of the day. Congrats to the bride and groom – love the brides dress so much, it really suits her style. Gorgeous!

  4. Avatar Feena says:

    Fabulous! I want to do red nails for my wedding, looks so good on this bride!


  5. Avatar Elaine says:

    This wedding looks fabulous! Does anyone know where those mass booklets came from? They’re exactly what I’m looking for!

  6. Karen Wol Karen Wol says:

    Hey Elaine. Isn’t it just gorgeous?! I’ll have a look to see where they got the mass booklets and get back to you tomorrow. 🙂


  7. Avatar gemma says:

    ditto on the mass booklets,they are fab,let me know where they are from

  8. Karen Wol Karen Wol says:

    Hey guys, have passed on the question re: mass booklets and will let you know!


  9. Avatar Elaine says:

    Thanks Karen, dying to know!
    Would save me a lot of work researching!

  10. Avatar gemma says:

    any updates on the mass booklets?

  11. Avatar Corina says:

    Gorgeous wedding. The bride is just beautiful. Think the mass booklets might be from the rifle paper company. The style is very similar if it’s not.

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