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Olivia and Conor got everything right. And I mean everything! From choosing what has to be one of the prettiest wedding venues in France to making the wise decision to fly their wedding photographers, Poppies and Me all the way from Ireland to capture their big day to perfection, this French Moulin Wedding really is a dream.  So much thought and consideration towards their guests’ convenience went into planning this wedding, choosing the location based on flight options from the South West of Ireland. The old watermill has so much charm and character, it’s no wonder Olivia and Conor didn’t need to look at any other venue after paying their first visit. But we will leave you in Olivia’s very capable, storytelling hands and give you some insight into their experience wedding planning and the details of this fab day…

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“The story of Conor and I began in 2005 when I was working as an events manager and organised a band competition which his band won. We became close afterwards and, three months later, romance blossomed. We both knew very early on that this was for keeps and he surprised me with an engagement ring for my birthday in 2010. I always knew I wanted a destination wedding and considered several European locations as we wanted to make it very accessible for our family and friends travelling from Ireland. Being a Francophile since my school days, France was always going to be my preference.”

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This picture made me smile so much… do any of you remember our post on cute page boy outfits?! Well, as it turns out, I might need to do a post for the best men too..

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“I scoured the internet looking at venues in the Loire Valley as this was the best region for access from South West Ireland. When I found Le Moulin Brégeon it jumped off the computer screen at me, I instantly got a feel for the place and the kind of unique day we could create there. It is a lovingly restored 19th century water mill in the heart of the countryside. We travelled to France for a weekend’s break and paid a visit to Le Moulin– it was the only venue we looked at.”

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“We didn’t hire an independent planner, instead we worked directly with the venue planner so had a lot to do ourselves. We visited The Mill for a second time three months before the wedding to finalise menus and other details. We knew exactly the kind of wedding we wished to create and the rustic country style of the venue fitted that perfectly. We wanted elegant rural French simplicity, and a relaxed party atmosphere.”

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“We had 75 guests at the wedding which included our photographers Sean and Kate from Poppies & Me, hair stylist Shaun Moriarty from The Greene Room (Killaloe, Ireland), and makeup artist Grace Sheedy, all good friends of ours that had made the trip especially. It was very special to be surrounded by all close friends and family on the morning of the wedding.”

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Conor didn’t need a T-Shirt to prove he is a super hero too…

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“The colour palette for the wedding included warm tones of ivory, gold and browns, with clean tones of white and navy and playful pops of lilac/purple. My dress was a sleeveless ivory lace fitted bodice with scalloped V neckline and full-length layered skirt of ivory tulle. Conor was in a three-piece beige suit with gold cravat, brown and cream brogues and lilac socks the same colour as the bridesmaids’ dresses. The groomsmen and dads wore the same with the suits in navy. Other pops of purples were in the design of the invitations/menus/church missals plus the macaron favours and table décor. In the church each pew had a floral and straw design to add to the rustic country theme and this was carried on throughout the venue.”

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“The bridal party consisted of Conor’s two brothers, his sister, my brother and sister-in-law and my friend Catriona as chief bridesmaid, and my dad walked me up the aisle to an old haunting Irish Celtic ballad called ‘She Moved Through The Fair’. Our very talented bestman and Conor’s twin brother Brian O’Brien provided the music for the ceremony and also performed songs like ‘Better’ by Tom Baxter, ‘Falling Slowly’ by Glen Hansard, and ‘Falling in Love With You Again’ by Imelda May. Our celebrant Fr Kevin Eastell is an English priest living in the region and lots of our guests commented later on how nice he was and how beautiful the ceremony had been.”

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We had a jazz trio from the University of Angers of double bass, jazz guitar and saxaphone perform on the lawn for cocktail hour and, many hours later after a delicious feast of many courses including scallops, duck and veal, Brian took up his guitar again for our first dance (a special version of ‘Invincible’ by Muse) on the dancefloor outside under the stars, where we were joined by our friends and family. We danced until the coaches arrived to take our guests back to their hotels in the town of Saumur just 25 minutes away where we would join them the following evening.”

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“It was an incredible day that flew by but I can remember every detail and love to pour over the photos or put on the video footage to take me right back into it. Every couple has their own idea of what a wedding should be, and I’m so happy we followed our hearts and were true to the kind of day that represented us. It was a one-off, and an incredible experience, one that we will cherish and smile about forever more.”

Huge congrats to Conor and Olivia and a massive thanks to our besties Sean and Kate from Poppies and Me. they are great. Check them out..!

Photography: Poppies & Me | Church: 12th Century Church of St. Martin-de-Vertou in the tiny rural village of Linières-Bouton | Reception Venue: Le Moulin Brégeon, Linières-Bouton, Pays de la Loire, France | Church Music: Brian O’Brien (bestman & groom’s twin brother) | Hair Design: Shaun Moriarty of The Greene Room in Ireland | Makeup Artist: Grace Sheedy | Bride’s Dress: Marian Murphy Cooney| Bride’s Shoes:  LK Bennett | Bridesmaids Dresses: Marian Murphy Cooney | Groom’s Shoes:  Barker Shoes | Groom/Groomsmen/Dads Suits: Savoy Taylors Guild | Bridal Flowers: Flore et Sens | Venue Flowers: (organized by the team at Le Moulin Brégeon) | Favours: Au Cadre Noir | Wedding Car: 1953 Singer from Auto Passion Vernantes | Wedding Cake: Traditional French Croquembouche by Chef Guy Izambard”

13 Responses

    • Kate

      Hi, I love your photos.

      I’m planning a wedding near where you got married and was wondering if you could provide the contact details of the band who performed at your wedding?

      Many thanks

      Reply
  1. Poppiesandme

    Hello Everyone!

    Thanks so much ladies for featuring Conor and Olivias Moulin wedding, it was picture perfect and we were so thrilled be part of such a rosemantic few days. Kate xxx

    Reply

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