Real Irish Wedding – Danielle O’Sullivan and Gerard O’Connell
3rd November 2016. Ceremony and reception at Amura, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Spain
Photos by James Mitchell Photography
This Cork couple opted for a destination wedding
This Cork couple first met back in 2007 when they were introduced by a mutual friend.
Gerard planned a romantic Christmas morning proposal much to Danielle’s surprise. Gerard called his other half down to the sitting room and she noticed lights shining through the door way. “As I walked in through the door, I saw fairy lights and tea light candles twinkling,” Danielle recalls, “fake snow was sprinkled all over the hallway and into the sitting room, and there was Gerard down on one knee surrounded by candles.” Gerard popped the question and Danielle wasted no time in saying, “Yes!”
“My Dad lives in Lanzarote and I always loved it there,” Danielle says, “I love Amura, the setting is amazing.”
Sylvia from Weddings to Envy created a shabby chic theme. Sylvia says, “The end result was wine bottles adorned with small flowers as the seating plan; a candy buffet nestled on an old recycled door painted and distressed in pink; a photo booth with cowgirl hats, feather bowers and crazy face props and lush bouquets in blush pinks as centrepieces. For the confetti I set dried white, pink and orange bougainvillea in gold cones.”
The wedding photos were captured by James Mitchell Photography. Danielle says, “James is amazing. I love his work and the way he takes natural pictures to capture the real emotion of the day; I am over the moon with my pictures.”
Sylvia Stazzonelli from Weddings to Envy was the official wedding planner. “I would highly recommend her,” Danielle enthuses.
The bride looked radiant in a Justin Alexander dress from Little White Dress, Limerick. “My dress was so different to all the other gowns I tried on, I felt like a real bride in it; it was surreal,” Danielle says.
The grooms wear was hired from Morley’s Formal Hire, Cork. The groom wore a tweet waistcoast with navy tie and trousers.
The bridesmaids wore multi-wrap dresses from a boutique in Cork.
Special Petal, Cork provided the Bridal party wedding flowers. The Bouquets had broach details to add a ‘bit of glitz’. Weddings to Envy created the floral decorations on the day. Sylvia says, “Tables were a mix of gorgeous pink and white artificial blooms mixed with real golden wattle leaves and set on white stands. On each alternative table sat pink and white mini carnation and red ibericum bouquets nestled above vases with turquoise coloured water. Floating Candles and tall glass candlesticks set each table alight with a soft glow as the night went on. The ceremony alter was decorated with golden wattle leave bunches tied with string, interspread with small pink hanging jars and more of the mini carnation and berry bouquets The aisle was bordered with large ferns and white flower accents. As flowers are extremely limited in Lanzarote, the use of large artificial blooms is often the best way to go to keep within budget.”
The couple opted for a three-tier wedding cake in flavours Madeira, chocolate, and carrot, with pink flower detail to match the table centrepieces, organised by Weddings to Envy and made by Tarra Simpson of The Secret Kitchen, Lanzarote.
The seating plan wine bottles and place cards were designed by Sylvia Stazzonelli of Weddings to Envy.
Gerard: “Definitely get a wedding planner as it takes away a lot of stress.”
Danielle: “Sylvia was my angel, I can’t thank her enough.”