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FEATURED WEDDING 2022: My-Van & Anthony: Traditional Pink-Rose-Gold-Navy with a Modern Twist & Incredible DIY Details!

We are so excited to (finally!) be able to share with you one of our favorite weddings of the year! My-Van and Anthony got married this past summer at the incomparable Powerscourt House. My-Van was an inspiration to work with; a true creative talent with the brightest smile that created one of the most memorable DIY detailed weddings we’ve ever done! This wedding is a masterclass in how to make your wedding experience uniquely you. We started with a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony the day before, honoring My-Van’s ancestry and cultural traditions. Then the wedding day was full of colorful and unique details, many crafted by My-Van herself, including handwritten thank you notes for each guest, handwritten acrylic menus, a showstopper cake featuring an exact replica of the lace from My-Van’s dress, and even the bride serenading her husband and guests!

Make sure to scroll down to the end for all of the great details and inspiration! Photos by John Gillooly.

   

 

the details

We helped My-Van design, style, and plan all of the great details for this truly unique and inspiring wedding. My-Van was so much fun to work with – her creative and positive spirit was (and still is!) a major inspiration for us, and the colorful and thoughtful details are truly a reflection of her talents and hard work.

Ireland was a natural choice for the couple, as Anthony is Irish. But picking the right venue was super important. “Most of the wedding guests were traveling from the States, so we wanted a venue that was near an airport, quintessentially Irish, and had that WOW factor. National Geographic named the Powerscourt Gardens the 3rd most beautiful in the world (right after Versailles & Kew Gardens) so the wow was definitely there. And I fell in love with the columned ballroom the first time I saw it on Instagram. It ended up being the perfect venue and unmistakably Irish,” says My-Van.

The color palette is a more vibrant take on the traditional pink/white/green wedding colors. We created a custom color palette using blush and rose gold tones as a base, but then jumped off using pops of bright pinks like hot pink and peachy-pink tones to give the color palette a rich breadth of expression that also feels a bit more contemporary. We focused a healthy dose of summer green tones to pick up the summer season, and pops of white and ivory to create a classic vibe My-Van and Anthony wanted to convey. Pops of dusty blue and navy helped brighten up and balance the pink and peach tones nicely, and worked really well with the overpowering earth tones at Powerscourt.

This wedding was another covid-delayed project, meaning we started planning pre-covid and had to reschedule a few times before the day finally arrived. While many couples experienced product delays, we actually took advantage of the extended period to really dive into My-Van’s creative capabilities. She exclusively produced all of her own stationary including the full stationary suite, on the day signage, hand-dyed & written table numbers, place cards, and escort cards that each contained an individually personalized thank you note from the couple. Each place setting also included individually hand-written acrylic menus that My-Van wrote all herself (!).

Anthony was a picture of the perfect groom in a traditional Irish suit – formal with a casual undertone and grey color that worked perfectly with the rest of the colors of the day. The bridal party carried the navy & blush tone colors throughout, including the absolutely adorable flower girls!

Frog Prince did an amazing job with the floral designs and table setting rentals for the day. And Cupcakes & Counting again created a bespoke masterpiece cake, using actual replica details on the cake from My-Van’s dress!

Another stunning detail was the gorgeous floral arch & photo op with custom neon sign!

the best part

“There were so many wonderful moments throughout the entire event,” says My-Van. “It was so special to be able to spend a leisurely few hours in the gardens with just each other and our amazing photographer & videographer.. It was magical to just savor our time together as newlyweds, and John and Emma made the photo shoot so relaxed and great craic. Another standout moment was walking into the ballroom for the first time: w had spent so much time planning and I truly was blown away when I walked in. I burst into tears! The overall effect and vision was so much better than I could have imagined. I think our guests’ favorite moment was the ice cream truck surprise waiting for them outside the church. Who can resist Irish ice cream? But truly, being able to celebrate with all our loved ones after 2 years of delays was incredible. We just kept looking out at each part of the celebration in awe and gratitude.”

a piece of advice

“I can’t imagine having gotten married anywhere else. Ireland is so welcoming and warm and magical – each and every one of guests loved it. Some of our family wondered why we didn’t just get married in the states during Covid, but they understood why once they experienced Ireland for themselves. Ireland was made for weddings! In terms of advice, find vendors that you trust and love their work and follow their lead. Things can be  done differently in Ireland, so take their advice. And trust them to push you a little outside your comfort zone. The best decision we made in the process was telling Waterlily and Frog Prince that we wanted to bump everything up a notch – more color, more whimsy, more boldness. It took our wedding from perhaps a bit cookie cutter to an enchanting, unique fairy tale. Finally, allow extra time for paperwork and legalities, especially if you’re having a church wedding!”

My-Van & Anthony, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day. From the Vietnamese Tea Ceremony to your gorgeous wedding day, you continue to inspire us and no doubt, your future is as bright as your smiles. Congratulations and cheers to one heck-of-a stunning couple!

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