Talk about creating a personal mark! Meadhbh and Alan, a most creative couple, have invited us for their ultimate festival wedding of dreams, which happened in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, last September. Trust us whenever we say, you will find there's fun-filled and artistically creative treat available for you. The groom designed the diamond engagement ring, mom of the bride come up with wedding dresses and also the theme was completely customised around their adoration for music festivals! Get your glamping chairs in the ready because the incredibly talented Louise Scott Photography captured every moment of the headliner of the real wedding!
Meabhdh and Alan first came acquainted within their local pub Flanagans in Newbridge. The same spot where they still visit, as well as made a quick stop on the wedding day for many memorable photographs. Meabhdh informs us how their love story began: "Alan is friends with my buddy, but he'd no idea that he'd a sister. He been out the same night I was with my buddy and his wife. We hit them back and talked through the night and continued to the local nightclub Swifts – where great love stories in Newbridge start. Over the next 3 days, Alan developed the courage to ask my buddy was he okay with him asking me out, being his younger sister. ten years later, we’re pretty happy he was okay by using it!" laughs Meabhdh.
As time passed as well as their love continued to blossom, Alan who studied art work in college, was keen to create his proposal to Meabhdh unique and extremely personal. Alan designed the diamond engagement ring with the help of the jeweller. "He said hello was touch and opt for delivery, however it arrived at the time of our ninth anniversary. He waited before the Friday therefore we could celebrate with some drinks," she said. "I had just get home from the gym and Alan had Ralph our dog around the lead all set to go for a walk. We were down through the bog where we live coupled with just let Ralph from the lead. As I turned around, he was recorded on one knee. I couldn’t let you know what he explained, but I know he grabbed my right hand first. We returned and my sister and parents were in your own home to celebrate!"
Meadhbh's dress is exclusive, one-of-a-kind, and sprinkled together with her mother's creative touch! The mother from the bride were built with a creative input within the wedding, designing and making the wedding gown, bridesmaid's dress, décor elements, as well as the wedding cake. She produced an attractive simple slip and complemented it having a cropped embellished and ethereal cape. To finalise her stand-out look, she wore a striking gold headpiece and two block bridal shoes using their own creative story. "I originally purchased a pair of rose gold Jenny Packham diamante shoes but I wasn't mad about all of them with my dress. So I just purchased a pair of white block heel shoes and painted them using leather paint!"
The style doesn't end there. The groom's selection of ensemble truly reflects his personality and artful side with this sophisticated suit. His tweed jacket was styled by having an Irish teal wool waistcoat, and brown trousers and topped most abundant in important accessory - his grandfather's pocket watch. The floral buttonhole infused a pop of colour and fun for his or her festival big day. Alan thoughtfully bought Maeve a gold bracelet for their big day with the lyrics for their first dance song onto it, but she also had something borrowed on her accessories. She wore two rings owned by her mum as well because the Claddagh ring her sister got her. Spot her retro gold Casio watch too!
Before the ceremony, Meadhbh and Alan made a decision to do an initial look. An intimate moment in which the couple sees one another before the nuptials occur, permitting them to spend time together and relish as soon as. "The first look and photographs prior to the ceremony managed to get very special for all of us. Alan said hello eased his nerves. We did the very first look within the bog where we've got engaged and then we continued to Flanagans where we first met therefore it was very special and private." says Meadbh.
Fallon's would be a no-brainer if this came to deciding on the perfect venue for his or her intimate festival big day. "The food in Fallon's is incredible and also the venue itself is beautiful with no décor. But Patsy sold it to us! She loved the design and style we were opting for and gave us free rein to
do virtually what we wanted with decoration and using the day generally," they reveal. "We were built with a civil ceremony in Fallon's by having an HSE registrar and just had about 20 people at this - both in our immediate families, my grandad and godparents. Then everybody else arrived at 4pm for any drinks reception."
The gorgeous wedding party! The bridesmaid's pretty mustard dress can also be custom-created by mom of the bride. The earthy shade complements the sunflowers, theme and gold accents perfectly. The breathtaking wedding flowers comprises a joyful combination of rainbow shades and unique floral types.
Keeping in spirit, the venue was instilled with bunting, signage, personal character, simply a lot festival fun! "Alan and I have gone to almost every Electric Picnic since we started heading out and we really adore it. So that were built with a big affect on our day – the entire theme was festival in the ticket style invites, towards the wedding favours, the table names, our guest book, the direction signs, bunting as well as the food was relying on Electric Picnic. I think that managed to get unique to us - it had been Wedfest!" says Meadbh.
A nod towards the musical element was vinyl guest books - creative keepsakes to frame post wedding. Guests were also greeted having a fun Instax selfie station. It's no shock the creative couple styled their festival big day themselves given their artistic talents. "We did lots of DIY décor! My brother had white lanterns around the tables at their wedding so I painted them bright colours and stained the glass in
them. We also collected bottles, like prosecco, gin, whiskey and essential olive oil bottles. Alan’s sister took this task very seriously," she jokes. "She also designed the stickers to take them as table names. Our table names were all regions of Electric Picnic!" she adds.
The priority in the start ended up being to do things their way and never feel pressured into using a big wedding. "We only wanted a little ceremony but additionally wanted to celebrate with this friends and wider family afterward - the best of all possible worlds. We were incredibly lucky with this timing too. We were permitted to have live music and 100 guests. It was just like it got really. Personally, it would be a bit of the blessing in disguise, once we never really wanted the 200+ special day. Each for their own, however it just wasn’t for all of us. Likewise, individuals will probably see our wedding and think i was bananas!" they laugh.
A special moment recalled was when Meabhdh's sister-in-law surprised them having a rendition of Can’t Help Falling in Love With You – the Lick The Tins version around the tin whistle. Meanwhile the chocolate biscuit cake, made my Meabhdh mother was handed pride of place on a cake stand make by her father using log bases from her brother's boho wedding dress seven years before! Their advice to people planning is about ensuring that personal stamp: "Do it the right path and don’t feel pressured by members of the family, friends, or other people. It’s your entire day and ultimately if you are planning it the way you like then you won’t regret anything. We would also both highly advise an initial look if you are nervous or anxious."
Thank you towards the beautiful couple for sharing their epic festival wedding around. And of course, thank you to definitely Louise Scott Photography for capturing all from the intimate details and festival fun!