Inspiration

I really don't know where to begin with this gorgeous wedding from The Millhouse Co. Meath. There are just endless lovely details and thoughtful touches for guests. Then there's the fabulous fashion - with every member of the wedding party looking a million dollars, as well as, the gorgeous Aoife and Tom of course. There's a black of white portrait of the couple that could be the poster image for a vintage Hollywood film - it's such a gorgeous shot. And speaking of the images, the photography from The Lou's is just perfect, it was a difficult job narrowing down the selection for this post as all of the images just felt so warm and filled with emotion. The whole day has been so carefully crafted and well thought through, congratulations to Aoife and Tom for having such a gorgeous wedding!

The Dress

Aoife The Bride: When I tried on my wedding dress I knew it was the one for me, particularly when I walked out of the changing room and my Mum started crying! What made it incredibly special though was that my very talented sister Ciara designed and hand embroidered the sash on the dress and also my headpiece to match. It made my dress so beautiful and something I will treasure forever.

The Groom

Tom got a suit tailor made at Gresham Blake in Brighton. We spent an afternoon going through every detail of the suit with the team there - which made the experience for Tom as much fun as I had picking my dress. The end product was incredible – Tom looked sharp!

The Venue

We choose the venue because we like the relaxed, less formal vibe there. We loved that the ceremony room was part of the old Mill and then the house where we had the reception had a lovely boutique feel. Everywhere you looked you saw something quirky and different.

The Décor

We didn’t have a colour scheme, we wanted the day to be a reflection of the two of us, so we made decisions based on what we liked, rather than a set theme. Our wedding car was a vintage Morris Minor because this was the first car my Mum and Dad had together and our wedding favours where Lego magnets as Lego was Tom’s favourite toy as a kid (secretly he loved spending hours putting them all together!!) Miraculously everything came together and worked.

The Flowers

Our flowers were just amazing. Luckily for us my aunty Margot, who did all of our bouquets, and our florist Mary are very good friends. We shared some ideas of what we liked and left the rest to them. We could not have asked for better – the styling of the ceremony room and the attention to detail was incredible. We both loved it.

The Wedding Party

My two page boys are my two nephews Evan and Daibhidh – they were so pleased with their little outfits they didn’t’ stop grinning all morning. My bridesmaids and I all live in different countries – so hours were spent online sharing ideas about styling and accessories. It was worth it though, the girls looked stunning.

The Ceremony

We had a Spiritualist ceremony, which gave us the flexibility to compose the entire ceremony and vows ourselves. We asked our Mums to select a reading each to be part of the ceremony too. My Mum chose a beautiful reading from Anam Cara and Tom’s Mum choose a really funny poem by a Kiwi poet, as we met in New Zealand. The music was a pretty eclectic mix of our favourite songs from Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Oasis and the Lumineers – it was delivered beautifully by our musicians. The whole ceremony was completely unique to me and Tom and without a doubt the most special part of the day for both of us was saying the vows we had written together in front of our family and friends.

The Entertainment

We had brilliant entertainment from The Bugle Babes and Soul Purpose throughout the day, but the entertainment highlight was without a doubt the best man’s speech. The best Man Dave produced a secret love letter that Tom had written to a girl at school when he was 13 – it was absolutely hilarious. I don’t think we will ever hear a best man’s speech that will top that one.

The Food

There is a little patisserie in Slane village owned and run by Chef George Heise. George made my sister’s wedding cake and after a cake tasting we knew he was going to make ours too! We wanted our cake to be the dessert at the meal, rather than something no one ate. It was delicious!

The Photography

The Lous are a husband and wife team who photographed our wedding. Our brief was very simple, please just capture the day as it unfolds. Now everytime we look through our photos we see new little moments from the day that we can relive. It’s just perfect.

Advice

It’s very easy to get carried away with the ‘what will our guests think mentality’ when planning a wedding. Just keep reminding yourself that you’re sharing the day with the people you love the most in the world – so just relax and do it your way! ☺

Written by Fern Godfrey

Bride: Sabina Motasem | Boutique: Frilly Frocks | Earrings: Bella Bleu Bridal | Veil: Claire Pettibone | Boutique: Leonie Claire | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Florist: Forget Me Not Florist | Cake: George's Patisserie | Venue: The Millhouse | Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo | Groom: Gresham Blake | Stationery: Miss Fitz Design | Entertainment: The Bugle Babes | Soul Purpose | Transport: Courtyard Classic Cars

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