Are you ready for a real wedding that features a lush moon gate, bespoke illustrations and a beagle called Daisy who will melt your heart? Emma and Sean’s winter celebration will surely inspire you for your own! A few years after their kismet encounter, they decided to have their wedding in Seán’s hometown of Wexford at Hometown House and now live together in the Netherlands with their beloved dog. Although Emma’s family couldn’t be there on the day, the couple did a livestream of their day to make sure her Australian family were included. Each moment was captured by Dasha Caffry Photography and the results are awesome. Take a look!
Emma’s shoes featured pearl, diamanté and ribbon detailing which echoed the ribbons in her bouquet perfectly.
Daisy was a huge feature of this couple’s big day and they included her throughout wherever they could. They had bespoke stamps with her picture on them as well as an illustration of a daisy flower on their invites and wax seals. They even had a signature cocktail called The Daisy! Featuring your pet is bang on trend at the moment but this couple did it oh so well!
Emma says, “I really love flowers, they make me happy, and they were an area I was prepared to spend extra on. When Lennie delivered our bouquets to my room the morning of our wedding, I got all teary. , and suddenly everything felt very real!” The hoop bouquets went down a treat for her three little flower girls who were decked out in soft silvery gray dresses.
Sadly Emma’s father passed away a few years ago, and due to postponements their wedding date was also on his anniversary. “I had a photo of my dad, Chris, in a locket that Lennie attached to my bouquet.”
Emma met Seán while she was on a tour of the UK and Ireland after accepting a job in England. Emma says, “In 2014 I was traveling around the UK and Ireland with my mum. On our last night in Ireland, a friend and I decided against an early night, and instead thought we’d chat to some locals in the hotel bar. Seán was part of the group, and we had a great time talking and sharing stories. based in England. We kept in touch, and met up in Wexford for New Year’s Eve after I’d moved over to London.
Emma’s Vionnet dress was created by Eliza Jane Howell and we just adore the 1920s vibe. This old Hollywood glamor is something Emma really wanted to channel on her day so she opted for retro waves accessorised beautifully with her bespoke hair accessory and a gorgeous ruby red lip.
Emma’s bouquet featured roses, anemones and peonies which all have a special meaning for a bride on her big day. The deep reds, dusty pinks and sunset peaches created a warm color palette that was perfect for a winter wedding.
The proposal came the weekend before Christmas in 2019 when the couple went to do an escape room. Emma says, “When we solved the final puzzle, a key on a string dropped down from a trapdoor in the roof. But not just a key, to my surprise I found I was holding a diamond ring as well! I turned to Seán, puzzled, to find him down on one knee and asking me to marry him!” Eventually through her tears, she remembered to say ‘yes’ and the manager of the escape room had Champagne at the ready.
The satin emerald green bridesmaids dresses were so timeless and tied in with her 1940s theme perfectly. They paired the dresses with heels in the softest shades of blue.
The couple knew Horetown, and private family-run country house (with its own pub!) was the right one for their wedding. “Horetown House really ticked all our boxes! The look and feel of Horetown House fitted with our vision of 1940s elegance and glamor, and the warm welcome of Niamh and the crew meant we knew that we and our guests would feel happy, at home, and well looked after there.”
This gorgeous moon gate stole the show in the pure white room, and echoed the shapes of the flower girls floral hoop arrangements. Moon gates, or infinity arches as they are also known, originated as a tradition in China but are a gorgeous addition to your day and are said to bring good fortune to the wedded couple. Yes please!
Emma says, “We wanted a venue that would be exclusively ours for the night before and the day of our wedding. The spaces available at Horetown House for a wedding are beautiful. The elegant drawing room for the drinks reception, the stunning fairy-lit indoor pole tent for dinner, and the snug downstairs for the chats and drinks until the wee hours.” Don’t forget the white room pictured above which is the perfect setting for the crisp white cake, moon gate and photos.
Emma shares that her family couldn’t be there for her big day. “Unfortunately, due to strict pandemic travel restrictions in Australia, my Australian family and friends were still unable to join us for our wedding in November. It was really important to include and involve them in our wedding, so we my mum, sisters and close friends to record readings and prayers, which were played during our ceremony.”
“It was really moving and special for me to hear their voices on the day,” says Emma. “We also had our ceremony live-streamed by Be Our Guest, and Fr Aodhán made a special effort to include my family and friends watching from home, by talking directly to them at times through the camera. My family loved it, they said it felt like watching a royal wedding and were really made to feel included.”
“It was also really important that our much loved beagle, Daisy, was included in our wedding. Daisy also made a guest appearance for some photos after our ceremony, wearing her beautiful flower garland made by our florist,” Emma tells us.
For their honeymoon the couple spent time in Ashford Castle in Mayo and The g Hotel in Galway. “Ashford Castle is amazing, and the perfect place for a memorable honeymoon; the food, the service, the attention to detail, the luxurious comfort and the activities.”
Escape Rooms also featured in their honeymoon. “After our journey to getting married started in an escape room, it seemed fitting to do some more escape rooms together, as husband and wife,” laughs Emma.
A huge thank you to Emma and Sean for sharing their beautiful Horetown House wedding day with us. We also want to extent a massive thanks to Dasha Caffrey Photography for these wonderful images. There are more to swoon over in the gallery below.