Bryanna & Jason: Beautiful Intimate Wedding in Howth

The Details. THE DETAILS. The. Details. As planners and designers, we keep telling our clients to take the opportunity and interject personal and meaningful details into your day. It’s those details that are going to make your day stand out and be special, having meaning and be unique to you. And Bryanna and Jason’s beautiful intimate wedding in Howth is a great example of that!

They wanted a small, intimate ceremony with a bit of privacy (i.e. no tourists!) and chose the Howth area, outside of Dublin, as the perfect spot! Bryanna was a vision in her gorgeous Kitty Chen dress and accessories while Jason made every part the handsome groom! But it’s those smaller details we’re obsessed with and so moved by…. Bryanna’s claddagh ring is a family heirloom from her Irish grandmother who passed away before the wedding. And the green handfasting chord — that was made from her grandmother’s shirt.  Her something old/borrowed/and blue managed to bring in a loved one so perfectly into the day and while writing this blog, you can add me to the list of “misty eyes” on this wedding. Their wedding was full of Irish traditions and really embraced Ireland and all it has to offer! There to document was Wim of In Love Photography to (once again) beautifully capture the day!

Here is their story….

Going Back to Your Roots

Bryanna and Jason’s destination wedding would be exciting and wonderful on so many levels! For Jason, this was his first trip outside of the US! For Bryanna, it was her first trip to Ireland and a chance to reconnect with her Irish roots — all of her paternal great-grandparents were Irish coal miner immigrants. “It was always on my #1 bucket list to travel to Ireland,” recalls Bryanna, “and connect with my heritage. When I suggested my dream idea to get married and honeymoon across Ireland, Jason loved the idea as Ireland’s been a bucket list destination for him as well!”

The Details

Jason and Bryanna wanted a meaningful ceremony that really took inspiration from the gorgeous natural backdrop Ireland has to offer. They were originally inclined towards the Cliffs of Moher, but were a little deterred from the tourists.  Our stylish planner / on the day coordinator Orla brought up her native Howth / Portmarnock coastal area outside of Dublin as a possibility and it was a perfect fit! “Howth was the perfect blend of both beauty and privacy.” They designed their humanist style ceremony with the help of their celebrant, Romy, to reflect their personalities and personal journey together. Joining them were their closest family and friends, making the day the meaningful and intimate wedding they dreamed of. “We wanted our vows to be meaningful and not overly cliche,” recalls Bryanna.

The wedding was full of really special, beautiful details. Bryanna’s claddagh ring was her grandmother’s, and the hand-fasting chord they used was actually taken from her grandmother’s shirt.  She had recently passed this past January. Bryanna’s father always wanted to bring her back to her native Ireland but never got the chance; this was a fitting and beautiful way to honor her memory and making her a part of their day.

A casual, authentically Irish celebration followed right in the heart of Howth at a fabulous local pub — the Abbey Tavern. Known for its great Irish food and hospitality, it was the perfect setting for a cozy, warm celebration with their loved ones. Bread and butter pudding served as the wedding cake!

Favorite Moments

“Our first look.  And after — we made a bathroom stop at Gaffney’s and the bartenders were so kind and insisted on giving us free shots of whiskey and let us poor a Guinness together behind the bar! Just one example of Irish kindness and hospitality we encountered that day and on our trip.  So many spontaneous, memorable moments and great photos! Our hand-fasting and vows, just having our families make the trip out and literally encircling us to support us meant so much. We wouldn’t change a thing — maybe stay longer than a week!”

Piece of Advice

“Trust your planner, keep an open mind to suggestions and an open dialogue during the planning process.  Don’t sweat the small stuff and go with the flow! Remember: a wedding is a celebration, NOT a performance! At the end of the day, if you are  married to the one you love then everything went perfectly!”

We can’t agree more! Excellent advice and an absolutely delight to help you both plan a gorgeous, intimate wedding in one of our favorite parts of Ireland!

Bryanna and Jason — we wish you both a lifetime full of more bucket list adventures, laughs and love, and beautiful memories together! Check out more in the slideshow below!

Looking Back: “Elegant Bohemian” Style Shoot at Mount Juliet


This was one of our favorite style shoots we’ve created. We collaborated with some of Ireland’s most talented vendors to create a jaw-dropping, gorgeous shoot at the incomparable Mount Juliet Estate, a five-star luxury resort hotel in Kilkenny, Ireland. Shane O’Neill of Aspect Photography was on hand to take the gorgeous pictures. Together with the floral talents of Stephanie from The French Touch, the incredible cake and macaroons by Cupcakes and Counting, perfect hair and makeup from Leanne Nolan and Fiona Harrison, and gorgeous gowns from Little White Dress in Dublin, we completed two fabulous looks for the day, and created a spectacular setting that will leave you longing for the romantic Irish countryside.


Style Notes

Theme:  Elegant Bohemian Feminine Power    /   Influence:  French  /  Target Season: late summer/early fall  /   Color Palette: scarlet red, bright turquoise, softer blue, golden peach, soft pinks, soft greenery, dark grey/charcoal, pearl white   /  Accent Colors: black and gold  /   Texture: moonstone, opalite, rose quartz   /  Vibe: upscale bohemian  /  Venue:  Mount Juliet

This shoot got its inspiration from a couple of sources. First, french textiles. A big trend for 2018 that some couples may find confounding, I wanted to take a textile pattern, deconstruct it, then redefine it throughout wedding elements for our shoot to show how textiles can be very inspiring for a wedding palette. I found a pattern with bright scarlet red and turquoise, painted with gorgeous flowers and pops of color that I just kept going back to. This exact pattern is the base for the second layer of our cake for this shoot, completely replicated and hand-painted to perfection by the very talented Jen. I was inspired in particular by that scarlet red, and tried using that throughout the shoot as base color and as accent to really draw the eye in quickly and invoke strong emotion. I feel like two styles that work best in Ireland are bohemian and classic, so for this shoot I was intrigued by the idea of merging the two, setting the example for what I call “elegant Bohemian” style: there is still a sense of freedom and earthiness about this shoot but it’s defined an elegant way. Third, of course I wanted to incorporate elements from Ireland. In keeping with the theme, I wanted this time to focus on the not-so-obvious Irish details couples can incorporate on their wedding day: we defined a bar menu showcasing Irish whiskey, we played off of Ireland’s green in the estate’s pastures and meadows that set the scene for our shoot, and we used a crystal-adorned chord for the hand-fasting chord which also hit the Bohemian vibe.




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For more insanely gorgeous photos and information, check out the original blog post HERE!


The Perfect Cliffs of Moher Elopement: Thema & Jonathan

T&J-17There is something so magical about the western coast of Ireland. It’s a convergence of elements, where the land meets the sea, where the spirit is all around you, and you can feel its ancient heart beating with every step you take. The Cliffs of Moher is one of these places, overlooking the Atlantic and soaring above into the sky, it is literally feeling like you are sitting on the edge of the world and an absolutely ideal place to elope and host your incredible destination wedding in Ireland.  Thema and Jonathan’s intimate elopement was everything you’d dream of: gorgeous backdrop, simple and meaningful ceremony, no fuss stress and effortless style focused on enjoying every moment and being present throughout the day. This one will always hold a place in our hearts as top of the list. Breathtaking photography by Awake and Dreaming.



How they met

Thema and Jonathan met in Boston, MA, introduced by a mutual friend. They moved to Nashville, TN together in 2012 and three years later on Christmas day, Jonathan popped the question. Shortly after a wedding was in the works…

After attending a bridal expo in the states, the wedding planning process began to overwhelm the couple. They began focusing on an oversees trip, having trouble deciding between Ireland (Jonathan’s choice) and Italy (Thema’s choice). Then it suddenly hit them: why not elope to one and honeymoon in the other?!  Pouring over photos of Ireland, the couple fell in love with Ireland as their dream destination to host their wedding ceremony. They loved the landscape and coastal towns in particular and could see themselves getting married on the western coast of the island, taking advantage of the spectacular scenery to host their intimate spiritual ceremony. Their photographers, Awake and Dreaming Photography, suggested the Cliffs of Moher. There was a particular area farther off from the visitors center that boasted a patch of soft grass overlooking the cliffs. They sent Thema and Jonathan a picture and they knew instantly that was “the one.” Our lead planer Michelle suggested nearby Gregans Castle for accommodations and they immediately agreed it was a perfect fit.

The Details

The morning of their wedding was overcast, with some Irish mist in the sky and the usual breeze coming off the western coast of the island.  They spend the morning hours readying themselves, calm but with an underlying vein of excitement buzzing throughout the suite. They made it to Ireland, and in less than an hour would take their places beside each other to exchange vows and rings in one of the most spectacular settings in the world.  They met in the garden, photographers waiting to capture their “first look” before they climbed in the vintage car and headed over the short ride to the cliffs. Theirs was a spiritual ceremony, including a blessing of the elements and incorporating ancient Celtic marriage traditions. The couple was blessed individually and together, a connection between past, present, and future forged as they said their vows to one another. Tourists quietly looked on from nearby, reverent and supportive in their unexpected roles as witnesses to this romantic elopement in the Irish country coast. Their perfect day ended with a tour in the village and celebrating in the local pubs.

Congratulations Thema and Jonathan! We wish you both a long life full of adventures and happiness!

For more information on the talented vendors involved in this dream elopement, contact us today!