My heart is racing as we have something so special to us to share today! This week, Fly Away Bride is embracing being Irish for the next six days before we join in with the festivities on St Patrick’s Day. Yes, all week we will be bringing you some amazing Irish inspiration, from Irish wedding traditions to venues and real destination weddings but to start, we have something that we’ve been working hard on for the past number of weeks.
In February, Fly Away Bride struck gold once again and managed to get together another team of seriously talented Irish wedding suppliers to help bring our vision of re-creating a wedding solely based on ancient Irish wedding traditions to life. With photographer Shane O’Neill from Aspect Photography by our side, we were set and the result is this: Fly Away Bride’s second styled shoot!
A Mythical Tune ✈ Irish Wedding Traditions
We headed south to Co. Cork to find the perfect venue in Inish Beg – a private island not far from the town of Skibbereen. Extremely lucky that the weather decided to behave, we were absolutely taken aback by the greenness of the grounds- the moss growing in the forest felt like walking on carpet and really made the perfect aisle for our Irish bride, who wore blue. In ancient times, blue was a symbol of purity and so the Irish bride wore a blue wedding dress. Dirty Fabulous in Dublin provided us with this vintage dress and Pearl completed the look with a blush pink cape from Elsa & GoGo Boutique. The French lace bridesmaid dress also came from Dirty Fabulous and our groom was dressed in suit from Geraghty’s in Galway.
Farrell & Chase provided the stunning Celtic Love Knot suite in heather blue… it’s so striking and the perfect tone to set for an Irish wedding.
Jill from Wild Floral Couture not only created a breathtaking wildflower bouquet for the bride, she also designed the stunning wildflower hair wreath, a head piece that traditionally, proved more popular with the Irish bride. Another tradition that we were very keen on re-capturing was the hand-fasting ceremony. Irish legends have often told the story of two lovers uniting as they “tied the knot”. A. Rubanesque supplied us with a selection of ribbons in greens and golds for our wedding ceremony in the woods.
A bell chiming is said to remind lovers of their wedding vows and we also think that guests ringing bells as the happy couple make their exit is a great alternative to throwing confetti. These gorgeous little bracelets were made by Farrell & Chase using ribbon from A. Rubanesque.
An Ancient Irish symbol representing feminine power and luck is beautifully braided hair and Audrey of Up Style Junkie also wove ribbons through the plaits of our stunning bridesmaid, Aisling, to create a very whimsical look.
The beautiful wildflower bouquet and hair wreath was only the beginning of Jill from Wild Floral Couture talents. She transformed signs, tables and even the aisle so effortlessly. We were all in awe of her creativeness and her ability to bring all the details of our Irish wedding traditions vision to life with wild heather, muscari, ranunculus, narcissi, snowdrops and lots of other lovely little flowers.
The Irish harp has been a beloved emblem in Ireland for centuries and brings a romantically beautiful ambiance to an Irish wedding. Harper and Bow, Ireland’s first harp agency is set to launch later this year and will be specialising in weddings and they were on hand the day of our shoot to add to the Irish feel.
A horseshoe was carried by the bride, turned up so that their luck wouldn’t run out and it’s a tradition that we often still see… although the horse shoe is now usually a small porcelain version and incorporated into the bride’s bouquet.
Kathryn O’Neill gave the models a really fresh look with flawless skin, rosy cheeks and bold lips, pulling the whole look together.
A Mythical Tune – An Irish Fairytale
“Maurice Connor, a blind man, was the finest piper in Munster, and knew a tune which when played, forced everyone to dance. One day at a wedding by the sea, he drank a great deal of whiskey, and foolishly began to play that tune. Everyone, and every creature down to the crabs, scallops and oysters, began to dance. A mermaid came dancing up out of the sea and persuaded him to marry her and live in the sea. He promised his old mother to send, every year, a piece of burned wood to Trafraska to show he was alive and well.
His mother died soon after the wedding, but the piece of burned wood drifted ashore every year for more than a century.”
Make sure to check out Part Two and Part Three of ‘A Mythical Tune’ also!
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)