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Featured Wedding 2021 | Sarah & Pauric: Late Summer Castle Wedding with Fall and Vintage Vibes

We’ve been waiting for the perfect fall day to (finally!) be able to share with you Sarah and Pauric’s gorgeous castle wedding from 2020! Like many couples, after emerging into a post-covid world, we had to schedule (and reschedule, and reschedule…) their destination wedding a few times. But the day was glorious when it finally arrived and even a hot air balloon made a surprise visit during their portrait session for some epic shots!

Sarah and Pauric wanted a color palette that reflected that really special part of late summer/early fall where the colors are transitioning into super bright and saturated red, orange, yellow and green tones. We created a custom color palette we call “persimmon sunset” that perfectly reflected that, playing with tones of bright gorgeous oranges like persimmon, tangerine, and fire reds. Against the darker neutral colors of the castle, it’s a great example of how you can dive into color here to create a really gorgeous look. Sarah made a gorgeous bride, and we love the “something old” as she wore her grandmother’s own wedding dress! Gorgeous flowers by Lamber de Bie and photographs by Moat Hill Photography.





The Details

The designing and styling process was a blast working with Sarah. She had wonderful ideas and a creative spirit. Sarah and Pauric wanted a fun, vibrant wedding that had a vintage undertone. Creating the color palette was so much fun: using colors inspired by fire dahlias, fire tulips, rich fruits and even vegetables gave the overall color palette an earthy undertone that felt very seasonal and effortless. It worked really, really well against the darker wood and stone colors of the castle.

The vibe was “an Irish castle at sunset.” We carried the color palette through from morning to night, including an incredible fruit-focused display for the breakfast table. We kept the vintage undertone throughout the day with Sarah’s overall look, the table setting using vintage cutlery, and some accent pieces.

The church wedding was traditional. Again, we carried the gorgeous color palette into the church as well and it really livened the space and made it feel so festive.

But the star of the decorative show has to be the gorgeous floral arch created by Lamber de Bie. A stunning piece that welcomed guests throughout the day and served as focal point throughout the cocktail hour and even after-dinner dancing, it was used by everyone to take pictures with and really helped communicate the wedding’s vibe and style straight away. Similarly, the cake created by 2Nice2Slice presented beautifully — we wanted a simple, white silhouette that had a feel of a vintage undertone, then accented with a gold pedestal and fresh flowers to display. Event though we were still forced to space out the table seating (due to covid restrictions), the room felt so warm and inviting!

Sarah added some DIY with custom menus and a watercolor sketch of the castle that served as guest book also. The perfect touch of casual presentation for the day!

The day was so much fun, that we needed to do it twice! Stay tuned for the US-based celebration we helped Sarah and Pauric with that brought back a little bit of Ireland and their gorgeous style to the States in Part 2!


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