By Karen Birney
Supporting Irish Wedding Dress Designers
We are so lucky to have a variety of talented bridal designers in Ireland, and that almost any budget can be catered for. From stunning lace couture gowns from internationally acclaimed Longford designer Patrick Casey, to custom made gloriously embellished pieces from Wicklow based designer Marie McElheron, Irish-made wedding dresses will soon be taking over the bridal catwalks on a global scale.
The House of Tamem Michael design and produced their collection and individual dresses in Dublin, keeping the label very much Irish, while Fiona Todhunter creates gowns and pieces specific for each individual bride, enhancing her creations by capturing each client’s unique qualities.
No matter what your style, you can find a designer to create a stunning, one off heirloom dress for your big day (and you daughter’s, and their daughter’s!) There is an array of gifted bridal designers in this country, and with contemporary dresses and headpieces from Donegal based Jen Doherty, Edel Tuite‘s bespoke hand-crafted designer wedding dresses, and Sarah Foy’s fresh, elegant and unique Irish made | wedding | gown, you’ll be spoiled for choice if you plan to support Irish for your big day.
Support Irish Craftmanship
Alchemy Jewellery is a bespoke jewellery design house based in Kildare. At the helm is Brian Eiffe, a Goldsmith and Jewellery designer with over 20 years experience. Brian’s focus is to provide wedding rings, engagement rings and jewellery that can stand the test of time, so that they can be passed on from generation to generation.
The quirky and romantic Waterford based boutique Bonzie is a treasure trove of vintage-inspired bridal accessories. Bonzie creates bespoke bridal headpieces including, birdcage veils, pearl and diamante combs, boho veils, juliet caps, lace applique headbands, bridesmaid clips, couture bridal collars and capes. Each piece is handcrafted using an array of vintage style trims and materials including lace, intricate beading, hand rolled rosettes, encrusted rhinestones, soft flowing tulle and antique embellishments.
Main image: Dress: Jenny Packham | Photographer: Caught the Light | Wedding: A Glamorous English Wedding on 100 Layer Cake Other images: Shamrock Irish wedding table decor via BHG.com | Table decor photos from Green Wedding Shoes | Bridesmaids in emerald dresses image by darcybenincosa.co. Design By sorella-sorella.com | Wedding venue: the church at Coolcarrigan, Co. Kildare, photo by Lisa O’Dwyer Photography, A Serene & Intimate Blessing at Coolcarrigan | Photo of aqua & emerald chandelier via Pinterest | Photo of emerald green engagement ring by KT Merry Photography, styled by Style Serendipity | Hand fasting ceremony photo & Baby Guinness photo by Larissa Cleveland via StyleMePretty | Bride in emerald green dress via ILOVEWEDNESDAYS
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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.