Michael & Aoife’s vintage inspired wedding looks like a wonderful day filled with fabulous fashion, laughter and a great atmosphere! They choose a local church close to Aoife’s parents’ home to get married and then had their reception in stunning Longueville House in Mallow, Co. Cork, Ireland.
I absolutely love the 1950’s retro style Aoife and Michael chose for their day, with all the pops of bright red, including those fabulous Christian Louboutin shoes! Aoife’s & her Bridesmaids look so glamorous and like pin-up ladies in their fabulous Maggie Sottero and Ted Baker gowns. The Groomsmen look pretty dapper too.
But I can’t leave without mentioning that fabulous Cadillac! Talk about travelling in style, you have to see it’s so cool, just like our couple.
Aoife The Bride: Michael and I wanted to have a traditional wedding with a twist. We both love old school glamour and all things vintage but we wanted to have a modern twist on this. We got married in a small church which is just less than a mile from the house I grew up in. The church is quite small and was actually cared for by my granddad for 70 years so it means a lot to my family. I got silk flower balls and felt hearts (both from Etsy) to decorate the ends of each pew. A local florist Fermoy Florists who also did our bouquets and the guys pin holes made some fabulous arrangements – I wanted bright colours such as orange, yellow and red in the flowers. Mine were slightly less colourful with peach tones, white and eucalyptus. We also got orchids in mint vases for the stained glass windows to coordinate with the bridesmaids mint Ted Baker dresses. We teamed the mint dresses with gold shoes and skinny gold and turquoise belts.
My wedding dress was Maggie Sottero from Memories Bridal Boutique in Cork. I wanted something elegant and simple and as soon as I put it on I knew it was the one! I wanted to wear a red lipstick and got red patent Christian Louboutin shoes to match – any excuse! I wanted a pop of colour and love the “red lip” look. My hair was done by the amazing Donna in Pin-Up Hair – who did an amazing job for all of the wedding party. I got a vintage style hair band, earrings from the 1920’s and some bracelets from John Ackroyd’s in Lismore who also supplied my 1950’s engagement ring and he made my wedding ring.
Claire Noonan a free lance make up artist did my make-up, the Bridesmaids and Mother of the Bride. She was amazing on the day and even helped my Sisters get into their Bridesmaid dresses.
My Flower Girls wore dresses from I Love Gorgeous. I wanted them to be simple and comfortable for the day in peach and creamy dresses with simple flowers in their hair and gold ballet pumps.
The Groomsmen Attire
The Groom, Groomsmen and our eldest child (Mícheál) all got dark grey suits with tails from Mr Mister. We got a red bow tie for Michael the Groom and red cravats for the Groomsmen.
For the ceremony a traditional Irish group called the Cross Keys played. My Mom is a member of the group but as she was in the bridal party she only played one song with them and they had a special guest performer of my Sister Eimear. Michael and I both love traditional Irish music and we loved that we were able to incorporate it into the ceremony.
One of my favourite parts of the day was the car trip from the church to Longueville House for the reception. Mark from South Coast Cadillac made the trip so memorable. The car was a 1963 Cadillac 6229 Sedan, when we were about to depart from the church Mark opened the boot and took out a cooler with a bottle of Prosecco and two glasses. He poured us a drink and turned on the radio which was playing music from the 1960’s. We drank our Prosecco in the coolest car as a married couple – it was one of the happiest moments of my life.
We arrived to Longueville to be greeted by a red carpet and more prosecco! Evelyn had worked with me during the process on behalf of Longueville and was so professional and knowledgeable – a pure pleasure to work with. We had canapes, fresh fruit juices from fruit grown in Longueville and Prosecco waiting for our guests upon arrival. Oh and tea for my Mom! When the guests arrived we had a duo of Jazz guitarists playing.
The setting at Longueville is amazing. The house dates back to 1720 and is in the Blackwater valley just outside Mallow in County Cork. The Victorian conservatory was added in 1862 and was the perfect setting for the wedding meal. The grounds and the elegant interior of the house were the perfect back drop for our photo’s with the amazing Sona who made us all feel so relaxed in front of the camera.
It truly was a day to remember and treasure.
Photography by Inspired By Love Photography by Sona
- Dress Designer Maggie Sottero
- Bridal Boutique Memories Bridal Boutique
- Bridal Shoes Christian Louboutin
- Bridal Hair Donna O’Neill
- Jeweller John Ackroyd Jeweller
- Make Up Claire Noonan
- Bridesmaid Dresses Ted Baker
- Flower Girl Dresses I Love Gorgeous
- Groomsmen Mr Mister
- Wedding Venue Longueville House
- Wedding Cake Katrinas Cakes
- Sweet Treats La Spoon
- Florist Fermoy Florists
- Entertainment River Jazz Band
- The Incredibles
- Stationery Design Meave Keane And Studio
- Ceremony Booklet The Parlour Press
- Transport South Coast Cadillac
- Printing of Invitation Daintree Paper