Vintage Romance in Killarney from Poppies and Me

Appropriately, today's wedding took place in a part of the world filled with history, Killarney, as bride Karen was inspired by all things vintage for her real wedding. Wisely, Karen and Bill enlisted Sean & Kate of Poppies and Me to capture all the details of their day which included some breathtaking views from the Ring of Kerry. Karen looked amazing in her simple and elegant gown from Sharon Hoey, complimented by a birdcage veil. And when you read Karen's words of wisdom below she confirms what the pictures suggest - she had the most perfect day!

From the bride: We wanted our wedding day to be filled with all our family and friends and we really just wanted to have a fun, relaxed, happy go lucky day!

What inspired your day?
We hadn’t intended to have a ‘theme’ to our wedding but it definitely took a slightly vintage twist in the end. I loved looking at wedding websites when we were planning the wedding and I came across some amazing vintage weddings and to be honest I stole a lot of inspiration for our little vintage touches from these. I loved all the little details we had and I got so much enjoyment from sourcing all of them in the months coming up to the wedding. And though many guests may not have even noticed them we felt they made our day a little special.
I am very lucky to come from very close to the very beautiful Killarney so we had a huge choice of amazing hotels for our reception, but we as soon as we saw The Brehon Hotel we knew that was the place for us. We couldn’t have asked for more from the venue and the staff were just brilliant.
We were lucky enough that the weather held out too and so we were able to have our photos taken at an old monastery in beautiful woodlands on the grounds of Muckross in Killarney.

What did your want in your dress?
When it came to the dress I knew I wanted something simple with not too much fuss. I loved Jenny Packham dresses and thought I wanted one of her designs, but when I tried on her dresses in Sharon Hoey’s Bridal they just didn’t look right on me. I was disappointed, but while in Sharon Hoeys I also tried on a few of her own designs and fell in love with my dress as soon as I tried it on. It had just the right amount of detail and simplicity and had a slightly vintage style to it which I loved and I suppose started the mini vintage ‘theme’ we ended up having for the wedding.

Tell us about all your details

We are passionate about traveling and so we called each of the tables after different cities and towns we have visited around the world. We made our table plan frame from an old vintage style map and old luggage tags. I think that was one of my favourite little details.

I wanted to use old china teacups and saucers for the tables and had all my family and friends trawling markets and charity shops at the weekends for them. We put flowers in some and made teacup candles from others and they looked perfect on the tables.

Our photographers Poppies and Me – the fabulous Kate and Séan, were just fantastic and they captured our day in the most beautiful way. They also provided a totally cool and quirky photobooth which was a little bit of fun and the guests seem to enjoy it too.

Our band were Superfly and the dance floor was full all night. Our first song was a little different, we both love The White Stripes so we had the band play ‘Hotel Yorba’. It is a fast, upbeat song but I think it fitted us perfectly as we could have a little fun with it.

The only advice I would give to brides to be is… relax, enjoy the planning and don’t get stressed by it, because absolutely everything falls into place on the day and if something does happen to go wrong…trust me… you wont even notice (or care)!! It will be the most amazing day of your life and I only wish I could so it all again.

What was the favourite part of your day?
It’s very difficult to say which was my favourite part of the day, it was such a whirlwind and went so so fast but I just loved every single second of it and had so much fun. The ceremony, family, guests, reception, dancing, everything was amazing and of course at the end of it all, I finally was hitched to my best friend. I wish I could do it all again in slow motion. It truly was the most perfect day.

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