The smell of summer, the sweetness of sunshine and the joy of sunflowers; today’s real wedding brings you the best Irish summer wedding vibes. Featuring the rich sounds of the sax, a Gucci bride-tribe and love in the sun, this wedding possesses all the charm of a lavish Gatsby garden party. Ruth and Alan‘s jovial celebration took place in the lush Mount Juliet Estate which holds special family memories. Each smile and laugh was caught on camera by Aspect Photography and the results speak for themselves. Ready for some fresh and zesty summer vibes? Let’s get into it!
Known as the fragrance of the solar woman, Gabrielle contains the sweet and summery scents of jasmine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom and grasse tuberose.
Ruth’s gorgeous Manolos and timeless Chanel clutch are giving us mega Carrie Bradshaw vibes! The glorious hues of in the gold fabric tie in perfectly with Ruth’s golden waves and overall Hollywood vintage glam.
Ruth’s something borrowed and something blue; this divine tennis bracelet from her Aunt Perle and these amazing sapphire earrings from Ryan Jewelers in Kilkenny.
The bespoke invites were created by Til Dawn Dear. Ruth says, “Our invitations that were designed by the amazing Kitty Moss. We tried to encapsulate our personalities and set the theme for the wedding. The invitation featured Mount Juliet, an array of animals including our two special boys; Monkey and Bear, and of course an ode to Harry Potter with Hedwig flying overhead for Alan!” The New York City skyline can be seen at the very end of her invite, a nod to where the couple got engaged.
Ruth opted for beautiful Jessica Rabbit waves that gave a relaxed but elegant feel to her overall look. She paired the old Hollywood style with a rhinestone hair clip adding an extra pop of vintage glam!
Ruth’s Manolo’s weren’t the only show stopper’s on the day. The bridesmaids each wore a gold pair of textured Gucci Marmont sandals which not only elevated the glimmering dresses but gave a whole new lux stamp on the overall look. Bravo ladies!
It all started when the couple met at a bar in Kilkenny. “Our second date was a walk in a snow storm with my dog Monkey. I think Monkey’s parka jacket won Alan over, so we have him to thank for everything!” laughs Ruth.
Ruth’s sunflower theme bouquet included white orchids, white roses and pink ferns which each have a sweet and sentimental meaning for a bride on her big day. The bouquet with white draping ribbon mirrored the floral pews along with the gorgeous altar arrangement. The floral pillars at the entrance of the church were created with an abundance of foliage along with some more sunflowers and blush florals.
The champagne iridescent bridesmaid dresses from Needle and Thread London showcased floaty sleeves, hand-drawn lace with dazzling sequins throughout. The vintage gowns were echoed beautifully by the golden hues in the flowers and shoes. The perfect summer wedding dress!
“We got engaged on Pebble beach beside Brooklyn Bridge in New York,” says Ruth. “Alan nearly dropped the ring in the pebbles! We celebrated with Champagne in Cecconi’s in Dumbo afterwards. We came home and had a big party in Billy Byrne’s Kilkenny.”
Ruth’s dress was a bespoke creation by Kathy de Stafford Bridal which featured a button down back, long train and structured bodice. She paired this with a full length tulle veil which had a ravishing finish.
Mount Juliet, a beautiful venue for Irish summer weddings, has a natural moon gate that can make for the perfect wedding photograph. Moon gates are a hot trend at the moment and are said to be lucky for newly weds!
Ruth describes her wedding as “A sunny, laughter filled, magical day!” The saxophone player really set the vibe at the drinks reception and she loved the Manor house in Mount Juliet which “was the most perfect backdrop, it reminded me of scene from the Great Gatsby!”
Alan was tastefully styled by Louis Copeland & Sons. David helped with the design of the groom’s navy made to measure suit. The pop of yellow in his buttonhole gives a great elegant touch and a fresh pop of summer colour.
“We had a heat wave the week of our wedding so this really set the mood! We’ll never forget the sun beaming down on the Manor house while we sat outside for our drinks reception and speeches while Cafolla and Engel played the saxophone,” Ruth tells us. “We did our speeches on the lawn to keep them more relaxed and help with people’s nerves!”
Ruth’s striking diamond sparkler came from South Africa and is truly magnificent.
Choosing the venue was easy. “Mount Juliet has always taken our breath away,” says Alan. “We have walked our dogs, Monkey and Bear, there for years. As a child Ruth, her sister and father used to hunt from Mount Juliet with the Kilkenny Hunt. It was always the place we wanted to get married. The Manor house has a reputation for amazing food and has a Michelin star to boast, this made our decision very easy!”
Like mother, like daughter. The mother of the bride’s outfit was simple yet sophisticated with a diamanté neckline and deep navy colour.
Ruth tells us that the most important part of her day was making sure that her family and friends had fun. “We wanted our families to have an amazing day and to create memories that would last a lifetime.” The couple wanted to share their day with friends and were so delighted when restrictions lifted three weeks before the big day meaning they could invite 100 guests. This made their day really special.
The banquet décor was classic and elegant. The silver candelabra’s were dressed with foliage creating a twinkling ambience. The couple chose to have pictures of their parents and grandparents on their cake table. Ruth’s advice for couples planning their day is to make it personal. “Try to have personal touches throughout your day. That way you’ll feel more at home and relaxed on your big day. Do what makes you happy, not what makes others happy!”
The couple went to Mexico on their honeymoon and had a ball. “We were so lucky to get away just as travel restrictions started to lift. We split our honeymoon between the luxurious Riviera Maya and the laid back Isla Holbox. The food and culture was amazing,” said Ruth.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Ruth and Alan for sharing their Irish summer wedding with us. A special thanks also goes to Shane O’Neill from Aspect Photography for these wonderful images. There are more images for you to pore over below.
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