Today we’re very excited to have part two of our Irish Wedding Traditions inspiration shoot for you, “A Mythical Tune’. If you haven’t yet seen part one make sure to check it out here. Set in the wonderfully contrasting Irish landscape of the private Island of Inish Beg off the coast of Cork, this shoot incorporates many of Ireland’s charming wedding traditions while also taking inspiration from Ireland’s famed literary history. Not forgetting our iconic food and drinks culture!

‘A Mythical Tune’ Irish Wedding Traditions ✈ Part Two

We begin in the enchanting forest at the river bed on Inish Beg, a truly magical or should I say mythical location…

A bicycle made for two…

The famously wonderful combination of Guinness and oysters is a perfect welcome canape for wedding guests.

Incorporate elements of Irish poetry and prose with your wedding stationery… why not name your tables after famous Irish writers and poets, quoting their work for your guest to enjoy.

Toast your lover with Black Velvet, a champagne and Guinness cocktail… Slainte!

“I have known many, liked not a few, loved only one, I toast to you.”

Keeping with Irish wedding tradition the bride incorporates a “magic hanky” into her dress, carries it with the her bouquet or carries it in her sleeve. Once the wedding is over, the bride uses the handkerchief to make a christening bonnet for her first-born child. This charming custom symbolizes fertility. For the shoot we wrapped the bride’s wildflower bouquet with an embroidered magic hanky…

What could be more Irish than a cup of ‘tae’ and what better way to present it than on a tea table, offering your guests different choices of Irish tea which they can serve themselves and enjoy with some sweet treats.

“May you always have tea beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and all your heart might desire.”

Traditional Irish wedding cake is a rich three tiered fruitcake, often the top their is Irish whiskey cake which is saved for the christening of the bride and groom’s first born child.

For a modern take on Irish wedding cake why not serve a rainbow cake in ’40 shades of green’…

For some subtle Irish touches decorate your wedding cake with wild Irish flowers and teacups, and of course the ubiquitous but beautiful shamrocks…

Have your guest join you in an Irish Wedding Blessing as you release lovebirds into the skies…

“May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon the fields.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from your eye.
And when eternity beckons, at the end of a life heaped high with love,
May the good Lord embrace you with the arms that have nurtured you the whole length of your joy-filled days.
May the gracious God hold you both in the palm of His hands.
And, today, may the Spirit of Love find a dwelling place in your hearts.”

We partnered with some of Ireland’s finest wedding suppliers for this shoot and want to thank them all for helping us to make our vision a reality.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

“For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way – good health, good luck, and happiness, For today and  every day.”

Make sure to check out Part Three of ‘A Mythical Tune’ The Movie  (and Part One if you haven’t already seen it!)

Photographer: Aspect Photography | Photographer’s Assistant: Simon Curran | Cinematography: Heavy Man Films | Venue: Inish Beg Estate, Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland | Concept & Production: Fly Away Bride | Art Direction & Styling: Pearl & Godiva, assisted by Maura Dineen & Colette Nolan | Florist: Wild Floral Couture | Cakes & Desserts: The Cake Stand | Stationery: Farrell & Chase | Doves: Dove Days | Harpist: Harper and Bow | Bride’s Attire: Dirty Fabulous | Groom’s Attire: Geraghty’s | Makeup: Kathryn O’Neill Makeup Artist | Hair: Up Style Junkie | Jewellery & Cape: Elsa & GoGo Boutique | Ribbons & Trimmings: A. Rubanesque | Models: Rebecca Howarth (Lockdown), Eider Leite (Morgan Agency) & Aisling Finnegan (Assets)

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