Real Irish Wedding: Brona Culhane & Barry Lee
Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Kilternan, Shanahan’s on the Green, Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin.
Real Irish Wedding: Shanahan’s on the Green and Fallon and Byrne, Dublin
Brona and Barry originally met in Judge Roy Beans bar 11 years ago, but lost touch after exchanging wrong telephone numbers. Luckily, they ran into each other again about a year and a half later in and have been together ever since…
“We chose Shanahan’s on the Green because we wanted to treat our guests to a special meal that they would hopefully remember for a long time,” explains Brona. “We had eaten there before and the food was amazing. Amanda and Louise were so lovely to deal with and the head chef, Barra, put a lot of thought and effort into our menu, including vegetarian options for some of our guests.
“We decided on Fallon & Byrne for the party because it is a small and intimate wedding venue with a relaxed party atmosphere. The staff were very good about allowing us to decorate the room as we wanted and they provided excellent artisan food for later in the evening.
Vintage, vintage, vintage! The couple hired Look Crafty as their venue stylists. “Annette Hughes and Cheryl Thompson of Look Crafty were amazing,” Brona reveals. “Annette is the main stylist and Cheryl does the flowers. Annette took all my ideas on board and created the exact look that I was hoping for. Cheryl did a fantastic job with the bouquets and floral arrangements.”
Vintage detailing the day included: invitations and mass booklets by Artcadia Stationery Company in olive green and gold on a cream backing; 1956 S1 Bentley; vintage bicycles and crates with flowers outside the church; a table plan presented in a vintage suitcase; vintage print crackers on the tables from Cox and Cox; booja booja organic chocolate truffles, which Brona wrapped in brown paper and tied with pretty ribbon; name place baubles in alternate tarnished silver and rustic gold; vintage wooden signs; flowers in bird cages and a vintage sweet cart. Phew!
Brona wore the stunning ‘Eden’ dress from Jenny Packham. “It was one of the first dresses I tried on; I loved the intricate beadwork and the gorgeous little cap sleeves with the cinched in waistline. As soon as I saw myself in the mirror and saw my Mum’s reaction, I knew it was the dress for me,” she reveals.
Those shoes! Brona’s beautiful 1920s art-deco inspired shoes are were designed by Rachel Simpson and featured a two-tone fan shaped detail in pale rose suede and metallic champagne leather.
Barry wore a charcoal grey suit by Magee, a white Truzi shirt and a purple and pink paisley tie from Ted Baker. His shoes were from Fitzpatrick’s
The girls looked amazing in short 50’s style dresses from Karen Millen.
As an alternative to the traditional wedding cake, Brona and Barry chose to serve desserts. “We are both quite partial to desserts ourselves and we wanted to give people a big selection,” explains Brona. “We had a large chocolate cake, an orange cake, a selection of cupcakes and loads of other treats supplied by the Cake Café.
“Our favourite moment was walking from Shanahan’s to Fallon Byrne,” says Brona. “We got a rousing reception walking down Grafton Street, and a huge round of applause outside Grogan’s pub on Coppinger Row.”
Brona: Don’t rush into making any rash decisions directly after getting engaged and try not to get stressed!
Barry: Also, do what you want to do. Don’t be influenced by what other people want. Have fun on the day!
Photography by Keith and Jenny Arkins, Fusion Photography