When a bride says she has a thing for skulls, you know she means it when they’re right there in the design of her wedding dress! And when you hear the couple married in a jail, you imagine it to be a dark and moody setting. Not a bit of it! This is one beautifully light and airy wedding with just the right amount of edge.
Sam and Leo met through a roller derby. “Leo was a referee and I was a skater for Cork City Firebirds. Leo had joined the club about a year before I had. Even though we had never met before then, we quickly realised that we had actually moved in the same circles for many years, going to gigs and hanging out in the same bars, but our paths never crossed until that point.”
As with all good weddings, the day, held in the West Wing of Cork City Gaol, with the reception following at Jacobs on the Mall, mixed together elements that represent the couple, both together and as individuals. “We both have a love for anything alternative. I have a thing for skulls; my engagement ring has skulls on it. Leo is a huge heavy metal fan, so we tied the two of those things together and had a lot of colour and skulls for décor. The table names came from popular gig venues both local and abroad.” And it also happened precisely the way they wanted it to, with a break from tradition, “We shied away from the typical Irish wedding of the church and hotel and did our own thing. We had a non-religious ceremony in an historical venue and held our reception in a restaurant, which we took over for the day. We had complete control from beginning to end.”
Kelly and Mark met when the bride moved from Ireland to Sydney and she was looking for somewhere to live. Mark opened the door to her when she went to visit the house, so technically they’ve lived together since they first met! They were married in August back in Ireland.
Kelly filled the wedding with so many hand made personal touches. She made her own veil with handmade colourful flowers, hand-embellished all the bridesmaid dresses and made their hair slides. She even hand-painted her own leather jacket. This is one seriously creative bride!
“We didn’t have a theme but once we bought all the bridesmaid dresses it became those colours and flower motifs”, she said. “Weddings are such happy occasions and I wanted everything to reflect that. I also wanted everyone to feel relaxed and neither of us had found wedding planning stressful, so I didn’t want it to feel stressful on the day.”
The small details were what made this wedding truly unique. “Everyone commented on the little details”, she continued. “We also had a humanist ceremony which got a lot of positive comments. A lot of people said they enjoyed how it was light-hearted and fun but with lovely meaning too.”
Lisa and James had a super intimate, really casual wedding in Dublin. They planned it in just one week and their focus was only on the things that really mattered to them – getting married and celebrating with their loved ones. They didn’t buy into the wedding industry machine, the bride didn’t even wear a wedding dress, and they only spent €1000!
“Our wedding was casual, close knit and calm – the entire wedding was planned in one week and fell together seamlessly”, said Lisa. “The inspiration was for it to be cheap and cheerful, aided by a combination of available options, such as the reception being James’s place of work, the fact I loved my dress and wanted an excuse to buy it anyway. It was just a bonus that it didn’t look like a traditional wedding gown and will see future wear. In true Irish fashion ample drink and plenty of craic was on the menu!”