23 October 2015. Ceremony at King House, Roscommon, followed by reception at Belleek Castle, Mayo
An out-of-this world wedding with fifties style dresses and an old worldly venue
Photography by Rafal Borek
“We first met at a wedding,” Ailish begins “and were told by the groom at the time that ‘one wedding sparks another.’ That came true as 13 years later we got married. It took us a while but we got there in the end!”
Liam surprised Ailish with a trip to New York for her birthday. “On our first evening while taking a stroll down towards Central Park he proposed!” Ailish says. “The following day we got the engagement ring. It was fantastic few days and we were fortunate to be able to celebrate with friends living over there.”
On the lookout for a wedding reception venue that was ‘charming, old worldly and quirky,’ the couple found all that and more at Belleek Castle, Ballina. “Belleek Castle ticked all the boxes; we knew as soon as we seen it that it was the place for us,” Ailish explains. “It’s a medieval castle and has so many nooks and crannies and stories to tell. The reception area was laid out like a banquet and the warmth and comfort of the castle made it so special on a wet, windy autumnal day. The Barron spoke with guests before we joined everyone for dinner which was a really nice touch. Daniel Meyer the wedding co-ordinator in Belleek was a pleasure to deal with and always there to help.”
“My dad has a 1982 vintage Mercedes which we used for the day,” Ailish says. “He even kitted himself out in the chauffeur’s hat for the occasion! It was a nice touch.”
The couple opted for a vintage theme with a 1950’s vibe. “I love that era and the old Hollywood glamour, I wanted to look back at my wedding pictures in 50 years’ time and to feel that the moments captured were timeless,” Laura says.
The bride looked stunning in a House of Mooshki wedding dress from Padanee Bridal Boutique, Carrick On Shannon. “I always knew that I was going to wear a tea length dress, my grandmother had worn one on her wedding day and I always admired it from a young age,” Ailish recalls. “It’s a lace, tea length dress with long sleeves, lace embroidery and a sheer back. The colour was champagne ivory. I was so happy with it; it felt amazing on and made excellent shapes on the dance floor!”
Liam and his groomsmen wore a black three-piece suits from EJ’S Menswear in Sligo. “We wanted to keep their look traditional and not too fussy,” Ailish says.
The bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung dresses by Dessy. “I chose an Audrey Hepburn theme for the bridesmaids,” Ailish explains. “I sent the girls pictures of five different dresses and they picked their favourites. Yvonne and Emma live outside of Ireland so it was quite hard to pin them down for bridesmaid shopping trips! I thought it would be nice if the girls had an option of what they felt would best suit them and that they would feel comfortable in. Once they had picked I ordered them online from bridesmaids.com. I accessorised there outfits with a simple set of pearls and diamanté earrings.”
Pure Florist, Boyle created the wedding flowers. “I had yellow tulips and the bridesmaids carried roses,” Ailish says. Chantelle in Pure was fantastic and once I showed her a picture of the shoes and dress she knew exactly what flowers to choose. They were so elegant and perfect for the day. My mum made the floral arrangements for King House. She used roses and put them in antique vases which were placed on two beautiful stands with a picture of my grandmother on her wedding day.”
Suzie’s Cupcakes made the gorgeous three-tier white cake. It featured pearl and bow detail to match the wedding bouquets, and handmade dove toppers.
Mother of the bride
“My mother wanted to compliment my dress so she went for a 50’s style outfit purchased from a vintage shop in Roscommon and accessories from a local boutique,” Ailish says. “Her makeup was done by a very talented friend of mine; Martina from MCM Makeup, and hair was done by Celine from Grafters, Carrick on Shannon.”
Liam: “I can’t say I was too involved with all finer details of the planning but I would advise that you allow plenty of time on the day of your wedding. If you’re church or service venue isn’t beside where the wedding reception is, have the service a little earlier. You want to make the most of every second as it goes so quick!”
Ailish: “Be yourself and do it your way. Don’t be worrying as everything always falls into place. Most importantly enjoy the whole experience. I loved the venue picking, bridal shopping and menu tasting. It’s so much fun so lap it up and enjoy you’re moment.”