Sarah & Nick: Gorgeous Sun-Kissed Intimate Irish Ruins Wedding

We are so in love with Sarah and Nick’s intimate wedding at an Irish ruin on the Aran Islands! Their sun-kissed multi-cultural wedding day sparkled and glowed off the Irish coast. The day was filled with lots of incredible personal details like Sarah’s grandmother’s heirlooms, a custom designed dress and gorgeous veil, and a bespoke ceremony combining both spiritual Celtic traditions with Greek Orthodox ones. There to capture the day was the incredibly talented Wim of In Love Photography.  From rocky ruins to sparkling coastal waters, we’re completely in love with this intimate wedding. This, is their story….

How It Began

“We met online!” says Sarah. “We started dating in January, moved in together in December and were engaged by the next November. Nick proposed on a November day at Disney’s Epcot Park in Orlando, Florida. The plan was to wait later into the evening after changing into fancier attire, but he got a little too nervous.  “He ended up proposing only about 10 minutes after we got into the park which was around 10:00 in the morning! Our wedding shower was a Mad Tea Party theme because of that and because we both have a tea obsession.”

An Intimate Wedding in Ireland

Sarah and Nick envisioned a small, intimate wedding in a memorable location.  “We wanted just a few close friends and family without all the fuss and craziness that usually goes on during a wedding,” she recalls. They were really inspired by coastal Ireland in particular — the location’s combination of incredible natural backdrop, rich cultural history, and uniqueness made a perfect fit for the intimate wedding ceremony they wanted.  “We really love how it incorporated ancient traditions but also let us add our own elements like the Stefani crowns which are a Greek Orthodox tradition.”

The Details

Sarah’s gorgeous dress was made by designer Vieled By ChaCha in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  “I went to school for fashion design and did my internship in her store, there’s nowhere better and I’m not just being biased! We designed the veil specifically to match my dress so it’s one of a kind. Also, the designer name of my dress was In Love,” says Sarah.  She accessorized her look with her grandmother’s earrings and a pair of sensible flats to navigate the rugged island terrain.  Nick’s look was a custom tailored suit from England.

The ceremony was a mix of Celtic, spiritual, and traditional religious.  Taking inspiration from the incredible Irish monastic ruins, their celebrant created a Celtic/spiritual-based ceremony and incorporated the Greek Orthodox tradition of the bride/groom stefana — two circlets joined by ribbon to symbolize the couple joining together.  The best man is responsible to “crown” the bride and groom the “king and queen” of their own castle, as they embark on their journey together as husband and wife. “We decided to wear our wedding rings on our right hands since Nick’s family is Greek Orthodox but felt off not having anything on our left hands. We purchased silver claddagh rings for our left ring fingers in Galway before leaving for the island,” explains Sarah. Her Maid of Honor delivered a very moving reading, bringing everyone there to tears.

After taking some gorgeous photos with their photographer Wim, Sarah and Nick joined their loved ones at the local pub for a low-key, casual celebration. Toasting with the freshest of Guinness and dining on local seafood, it was a great way to keep the theme of an authentic Irish wedding day into the celebration. “Our wedding was perfect,” says Sarah. “It was exactly what we wanted.”

After the wedding they spent about two weeks traveling around the UK, ending with their honeymoon in Paris. “We had a wonderful trip and can’t wait to go back, especially to Ireland and Scotland!!”


Sarah and Nick — we love your wedding day! You made a glorious bride Sarah and we love how you incorporated so many unique and personal details into the day to truly reflect the both of you. Congratulations and we wish you both a wonderful life together, more travel adventures and hope to see you in Ireland again soon!

FEATURED WEDDING 2018 | Lindsay & Miten: Stunning Coral and Emerald Indian Wedding at Ashford Castle

Lindsay and Miten’s legendary Ashford Castle wedding brought together eastern and western traditions. Bright coral, emerald green, white, and gold created a gorgeous color palette. The celebrations began the day before with an incredibly festive and vibrant Indian themed rehearsal dinner complete with food stalls slinging fresh, made to order Indian fare and lots of traditional music and dancing. The next day, the traditional Indian ceremony took place in the Tollman garden under a custom designed floral arbor. Afterwards guests enjoyed cocktail hour inside the castle while Lindsay and Miten explored the castle’s grounds for photos. After, the couple changed into Western wedding attire, including a classic tuxedo for Miten and Rohan and a stunning Caroline Herrera dress for Lindsay and then gathered with everyone in their purpose built glass marquee right on the banks of Lough Corrib. A multi-course dinner featuring traditional Indian fare, from caterers Coriander,  was served family style. Lindsay and Miten’s very own Hoopes Wine from their vineyard in Napa featured throughout the weekend as a wonderful personal touch. And there to document the celebrations and capture some absolutely stunning photos was the incomparable Rob of Epic Love Photography.

The photos speak for themselves. Please enjoy and make sure to check out the two slideshows below with more!

The festivities began the day before with an Indian street food style rehearsal dinner celebration.  Tents were decorated Indian style with carpets, lanterns, bright colored flowers, and string lights to create a casual and vibrant street vibe. Food was expertly prepared by Coriander, each stall featuring a traditional item that was made fresh to order and a unique Bollywood-themed menu display.  Guests were invited to grab food and a glass of Hoopes Vineyard wine as they made their way around the space, tasting bites and chatting with each other.  Lindsay and Miten made their entrance and then the party really began: music and dancing into the night.

Congratulations Lindsay and Miten! We wish you both a wonderful life together full of happiness and joy, many more travels, and lots of good wine!

Want to see more of this epic wedding day? Check out BOTH slide shows below! And make sure to contact us today for more information on the incredibly talented and dedicated vendors who helped bring this unique wedding day to life!

Please enjoy the following slideshow of the rehearsal:

And please enjoy the slideshow of more details from the Wedding Day here:

Ashley & Kyle: A Fairytale Intimate Castle Wedding

Honestly who doesn’t dream at some point of getting married in a castle? We loved planning Ashley and Kyle’s incredible intimate wedding day, which ended up being the quintessential castle wedding everyone dreams of: a bright sunny day illuminated the soft color palette of pinks, eucalyptus greens, and ivory; Ashley was a vision in her incredible lace detailed Ysa Makino gown while Kyle played every part of the handsome groom; and a garden setting in full bloom decorated with glorious floral arch served as stunning focal piece for the intimate ceremony.  And setting the breathtaking backdrop — the incomparable Ashford Castle. This 13th century castle-turned-luxury 5-star hotel hosted the entire event, from morning pampering to mutli-course award winning reception dinner, and truly gave Ashley and Kyle together with their guests an experience they won’t soon forget. “Our wedding was absolutely perfect for us: it was intimate, elegant, bright and we wouldn’t have changed a thing!” recalls Ashley. There to capture the day so beautifully was Wim of In Love Photography.  And check out the feature on The Vow.

A Christmas Proposal

They met in medical school — their very first class at med school, actually. Complete opposites — Kyle was talkative and outgoing while Ashley was quiet and reserved — they became best friends over the next year as they studied and worked together.  Eventually they started dating and through the next eight years, their paths crossed and grew together through residency and fellowship.  Christmas Day arrived and all were gathered at Ashley’s family’s home, the setting a bustling sea of holiday cheer, Christmas decor, and presents opening.  And there, among the sea of wrapping paper, Kyle dropped to one knee and asked Ashley to marry him with a beautiful ring. She said yes and a wedding was in the works!

A Castle Wedding

Ashley and Kyle knew right away they wanted a destination wedding  They originally considered eloping abroad, but after some thought and wanting their closest loved ones to share in the day, they felt an intimate destination wedding in a spectacular and memorable venue would be the perfect compromise. They wanted to keep it small and special, focusing on the details and overall experience for themselves and their guests. “My mom and I went on a vacation to Ireland to find the perfect castle venue for the day,” recalls Ashley. “We were able to visit six special and beautiful castles, meet wonderful people and have amazing food. But after spending one night in Ashford, I knew it was the one. The atmosphere is unique, elegant and makes you feel like you stepped back in time to old world perfection.”

The Details

Ashley and Kyle were a little nervous at the concept of planning a wedding via email from so far away.  “The vision I had is hard enough to explain and create when you can pick items out in person,” says Ashley, “so I wasn’t sure what the day would bring. Waterlily Weddings helped guide the couple throughout the planning process and managed the vendors to bring their vision to life.  “It turned out even better than we hope!” gushed Ashley.  “To see the ceremony and flowers and cake and music… everything come to life was truly amazing.”

The traditional ceremony took place in the castle’s incredible gardens. Tucked away with the castle in backdrop, it helped create that intimate space Ashley and Kyle wanted that was at once felt bright and alive with the garden in full green and floral bloom.  To add a focal point, a beautiful floral arch fixed with fragrant roses and garden flowers shined in the summer light. A unity candle and handfasting helped round out the details. Kyle and Ashley headed off to explore the grounds a bit with their photographer Wim while the guests made their way up to the castle for dinner.  An private room with cozy fireplace was adorned with more fresh flowers and romantic candle light, glistening off the freshly polished candelabras and china. The day was structured to feel easy and flow at a relaxed pace, very much taking in the relaxed countryside vibe but with an air of posh and elegance befitting royalty.

A Piece of Advice

“Pick your priorities from the beginning, and don’t let anyone persuade you into something you don’t want!”

Ashley and Kyle — we wish you both a glorious future together full of success and fortune and more bright, sunny days ahead.  Congratulations!

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