Where do I start? Niamh and John’s wedding last month in the stunning Cliff at Lyons (formerly Village at Lyons) was the stuff of fairytales. Living in Australia and planning an Irish wedding, the couple wanted a little help with the coordinating & styling so they contacted me. The rest as they say, is history.
The Cliff at Lyons in Kildare is a stunning venue and the absolute perfect setting for a vintage wedding! The couple wanted a 1920’s vintage glam wedding with rustic Irish charm, and that’s exactly what they got.
The ceremony took place in the nearby chrurch in the village of Straffan. My high nelly took centre stage outside the church styled with vintage props and lots of Ivy!
Niamh, a local Kildare woman and John hailing from the land down under wanted their guests to experience a ‘real Irish wedding’! They booked a Ceili and trad session for their drinks reception which was fantastic, it really set the tone for the day. Niamh’s mum was a teacher with a love for literature and the Irish language so I dotted lots of Irish quotes and blessings around the venue as a little tribute.
For their table plan Niamh & John chose famous poets & writers from both Ireland and Australia instead of the usual table numbers. This was a real talking point for the guests as they read aloud the poems & quotes as they waited for dinner. I used a gorgeous gold vintage mirror (my grandmothers) on a lace table and a cute sign “you can find your seat here but your place is on the dancefloor” as the table plan directing guests to their seats.
I styled the tables with wooden rounds, antique candelabras, birdcages, stacked books, vintage teapots and silver goblets and mason jars wrapped in burlap and lace. For flowers, I kept it simple with baby’s breath, cream roses and loosely scattered Ivy. I was absolutely thrilled at how they all turned out, each table was unique and individual and totally and utterly gorgeous!
Essie’s Cake Corner;
This cake table was like no other! Niamh wanted to pay tribute to her parents by transforming her cake table into a little corner we named “Essie’s Cake Corner”. With her mums recipes we had butterfly buns and apple tarts along with her gorgeous cake made by her wonderfully talented cousin Gemma of GB Sweet Temptation Cakes. I displayed Niamh’s mums vintage China and a poem she wrote about her home town “Ode to Straffan” which Niamh actually read aloud in her speech, it was so lovely.
One of the (many) things I love about the Cliff at Lyons is their little courtyard or ‘The Mill’ just outside the dining room. I had lots of fun styling this area! For wedding favours Niamh & John made a donation to The Irish Cancer Society. They still wanted to give her guests something to take home so in a wheelbarrow with a sign that read “take one and watch love grow” the guests were given sunflowers seeds wrapped in little brown envelopes and tied with twine. This was such a lovely idea.
Order of Events, because we all love a good schedule!
The rustic setting in the Mill. Complete with resident doves. Fairytale stuff really.
Not only did Niamh & John want me to style their vintage wedding they availed of my super organised-obsessed-with-weddings personality and hired me as their “On the Day Wedding Planner”. Planning the big day from Australia was proving a little stressful so they wanted someone on this side of the pond to help with the last minute planning and changes. Someone to liaise with the venue and suppliers and take the reins to manage their wedding day. Enter The Vintage Wedding Fairy!
I met with Niamh & John when they flew back to Ireland for their month long celebrations and we hit it off from the get go. Such a wonderful couple. Niamh & I discussed all the details of the day and exactly how she wanted it to go. John’s lovely laid back Australian nature meant he was happy with Niamh & I taking charge and making the decisions! Niamh really wanted a stress free day where she and John could really relax and enjoy it all knowing it’s taken care of. My job was to ensure that everything ran smoothly and the bride and groom and their guests were having a great time.
On the day of the wedding, once the styling was done I was essentially Niamh & John’s personal wedding assistant, taking care of everything from welcoming their guests, looking after their cards & presents, lighting the candles, looking after the suppliers and ensuring they know what’s happening and when, coordinating the ceremony and timings of the day, helping Niamh tie up her dress before the first dance so she wouldn’t trip up, running to get her flats when the feet were sore, those kind of tasks. Traditionally, the bridal party look after these little things but Niamh wanted her girls to relax and enjoy the day with no worries or duties, sure that’s what I’m here for!
It was such a pleasure to be Niamh & Johns wedding planner on the day and to create a wonderful stress free day filled with love and laughter. Such a wonderful day with an amazing couple. I really wish we could do it all over again.
How stunning is Niamh and her girls? Those dresses! Her dress was a beautiful vintage beaded gown from Ealu, a fab boutique in Naas. It was so stunning, the back was completely embellished with beads and lace. The bridesmaids wore gorgeous customer made pistachio colour gowns from a designer in Dublin, with gorgeous cream beaded cover ups and beautiful umbrellas that the bride picked up on her travels in Tokyo! Make up by the super talented Hayley McGowan and hair by Mandika hair studio. What a stunning bridal party!
The bouquets and buttonholes were a gorgeous blend of baby’s breath, cream roses and succulents made by local florist to the stars Maud Keegan. 🙂
John wore a beautiful light grey suit while the groomsmen wore a darker shade of grey with accents of green to compliment Niamh’s dress. Niamh’s twin brother Liam was by her side throughout the day, he looks like the proud brother doesn’t he? Niamh being the only girl with six brothers was surrounded by love on her big day with all of her brothers saying a few words about their baby sister during diner. It was such a special moment and I honestly don’t think there was a dry eye in the house. Johns twin brothers played a special role in the day too but I kept mixing them up, oops! (Look though, they’re identical!)
I love this shot I took of the best man Gerry taking a minute alone to reherse his speech!
Styling & Decor: http://www.thevintageweddingfairy.com
Make Up: Www.hayleymcgowan.com
Ceili Band: http://www.dublincityfolk.com
Lovely words from Niamh & John after the wedding (while Honeymooning in Memphis!)
Leanne truly is The Vintage Wedding Fairy/Angel.
We recently had our wedding in Village at Lyons, trying to organise the wedding from Sydney and hiccups with the wedding venue were causing sleepless nights until we got Leanne on board to help co-ordinate and style the wedding.…
I dont think I would have made it up the aisle without her, no task was too much, she was responsive to our every need. It is obvious that Leanne loves what she does, her excitement is catching, yet she is calm and collected and puts you at ease the whole time!
Her coordination skills are second to none, but she also excels in styling and props, she literally made my dreams and wild ideas a reality, even roping in her kind BF to make wooden wedding signs!�
Our guests were amazed with the styling from the vintage bikes at the church, the old wheelbarrow with “watch our love grow” seed packets, the styling at the hotel entrance, the table decor and the most amazing cake table I have ever seen!
Leanne listened to every request and made it happen, she helped make the occasion extra special by helping weave in little tributes to my parents.
Leanne, from the bottom of our hearts, go raibh mile mhaith agat! xx
~ Niamh & John, 08 October 2016