Lisa and Kieran’s wedding didn’t have a theme – they just wanted it to be a “Love Extravaganza” party with all of their loved ones. It wasn’t very serious or formal – it was held in a beautiful little theatre, and the aisle music was the Jurassic Park theme tune – but did look like it was a load of fun!
Lisa and her bridesmaids looked super vintage in pin curls by The Make-Up Bar and candy coloured Chi Chi London dresses. Lisa’s dress was second-hand, bought at a bridal fair for “peanuts” – her shoes and accessories (including an amazing clutch bag) were from the high street, and her fur coat was her something old, originally belonging to Kieran’s nan.
Kieran and his ushers also kept in with the pastel theme, wearing a pink velvet Noose and Monkey suit jacket and white trousers, and his ushers wearing lilac suits. One of Lisa and Kieran’s favourite things about the wedding planning was, in fact, getting to style the bridal party, “It was fun to play dress up with all our friends and family!” the bride said.
Their ceremony was held at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. “We held the ceremony in the theatre which had a cool entrance walking through the audience,” Lisa explains. “We played the theme tune to Jurassic Park as my entrance music as it is a pretty beautiful song and set the tone of we weren’t taking it very serious. Our speeches were all song lyrics from the Cure. We legally got married two weeks before on our own so we had Kieran’s sister be the master of ceremonies for the exchanging of rings which was a lovely touch rather than having someone we didn’t know who just says the same generic lines at every wedding.” They decorated the theatre with a few coloured tealights, and fairylights wrapped around a frame for the ceremony’s backdrop.
Sam and David got married last year in a whirlwind of pastel-coloured fun with loads of retro-inspired touches including super cute stationery (well, when the bride is a stationer, you have to don’t you?!)
“We were the first couple to get married in the pergola outside in the gardens of Briars Hall Hotel, so it was a bit of an experiment for them!” Sam explains. “I felt sick with nerves but it was lovely. After we had said I do, I’d planned on a confetti cannon picture, but some of the guests found them and surprised us as we walked back up the aisle. I nearly wet myself!”
The pergola was adorned with giant three-foot tasselled candy colour balloons from Brilliant Balloons and personalised bunting – just one of the many stationery touches Sam designed for the day. “I’m lucky that I’m a stationer – I run Prim & Glad Bespoke Wedding Stationery – so I made most of the little elements of our wedding that make the difference. As well as the bunting, I made the guest book sign, candy buffet sign, table plan, table names, menu, favour tags, photo wall, etc…”
Morgane and Phil had known each other for ten years, and had worked together, when out of the blue love hit Morgane straight in the heart. “One evening, I finally saw it!” she said, and she knew they would never be apart from that moment.
“The marriage proposal arrived a few years later, after the arrival of our Princess Tabatha. It was my birthday, and we’d had a great day at Europa Park, a big amusement park where we like to go often, but in the evening there was still no birthday present from my darling… So I told him I was a little disappointed, saying ‘I didn’t get my present…’ and he said to me softly ‘If you look on your bedside table…’ It was a ring! He’d been trying to ask all day, but hadn’t had the opportunity while we were on the rides! I said to him ‘Go ask for real!’ And I got my ‘Will you marry me?’ at last.”