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Earthy Irish Wedding at Ballintaggart House

May 26, 2017 | juliette

There is something quintessentially romantic about Irish weddings, and Kristi and Dave’s wedding at Ballintaggart House is no exception! Returning to one of their favorite towns in Ireland, the couple exchanged vows in a grand cathedral, then made their way to a local pub before the reception. Little did they know they would be getting a fun surprise and some great music while they enjoyed a pint! For their reception, the couple kept the vibe natural, relaxed, and elegant to blend in seamlessly with the feel of the historic venue and the charming town. Magic Wedding Photographer captured every detail and moment of this wedding beautifully, including the couple’s quirky and cute choreographed first dance!

The Couple:

Kristi and Dave

The Wedding:

Ballintaggart House, Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland

Dingle is such a beautiful town, and the venue itself was a perfect reflection of everything we like about it there. It’s stunning and steeped in history, but all the while staying relaxed and super friendly. Plus, Dave used to work there way back when it was being run as a hostel, so we have a connection to it, as well!

I knew what style of dress I wanted from the very beginning – long sleeves and lace, with everything else kept simple. I don’t think I ever pictured being married in Ireland in anything else, so that was an easy decision. Finding the dress was another story! I wanted my friends to look and feel as good as I did (or close, at least! haha) so had them pick out their own dresses, with the only requirement being that they were short and black (one of the only “colours” of the wedding).

Turning around at the alter and walking out of the church together was a pretty incredible feeling (we finally did it!!) only to be upstaged moments later when we walked straight into the bar across the street where (unbeknownst to us) a music video was being filmed…which we are now part of!

Our advice is that, if you think you already know exactly what you want, just go and get it! I spent a huge amount of time looking for cheaper alternatives and creative solutions to every single aspect. In the end, I often ended up needing to get the thing I’d originally wanted! Obviously you can’t do this for everything, but I’d definitely recommend making a short list of things you feel really strongly about, and then try to get creative with everything else.

For the wedding favors, I really wanted to give out something that could be used again, and not just discarded after the weekend. Being that so many of our guests were Irish, I wanted to bring a piece of Canada to them, so I picked, dried, and spray-painted some local Canadian maple leaves to create Christmas ornaments. I hung them on strings of lights at the entrance to the dinner hall, along with the their names and table numbers, so they also doubled as the seating plan. On the tables themselves, we wrapped some homemade maple and Jameson-roasted almonds as a nod to our 2 countries, and had the guests’ names on them, as well.

Our first dance started out with “Cannonball” by Damien Rice, and cut to “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie halfway through. We had practiced a choreographed dance to that part, which may or may not have been executed perfectly!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Magic Wedding Photographer
Event Planning and Invitations – Kristi Korotash
Ceremony Venue – St. Mary’s Church, Dingle
Reception Venue – Ballintaggart House
Floral Design – Every Occasion
Cake – The Granary
Wedding Dress – Tara Lauren
Groom’s Apparel – The Kooples
Rings – Tuula Harrington

 

Congratulations to Kristi and Dave, and a special thanks to Junebug member Magic Wedding Photographer for sharing these gorgeous wedding photos with us! If you’re look for more rustic and romantic European wedding inspiration, this Welsh wedding in a shed is unbelievably charming!

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Boho Beach Wedding at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort

May 26, 2017 | juliette

Jordyn and Patrick’s wedding at La Playa Beach and Golf Resort combined beach vibes with bohemian decor to create a dreamy and relaxed feel! The couple wanted to give their out-of-town guests a true Florida experience, so they opted for a venue that was right on the beach and chose a neutral and airy color palette of white and ivory with sage green accents. They also kept the details casual and fun with simple florals, DIY decor, and a special hang-out area just for the children. The bride looked stunning in her Grace Loves Lace wedding dress and barefoot sandals, and the groom was equally stylish in an off-white linen suit and sandals. We love how Trenholm Photo captured every beautiful detail and moment of this wedding, especially the couple’s sunset portraits near the water!

The Couple:

Jordyn and Patrick

The Wedding:

La Playa Beach and Golf Resort, Naples, Florida

I knew what I wanted right away. I have always liked “different”. I found my dress very early on from Grace Loves Lace. The boho beach vibe was what I had been dreaming of since I was a little girl. Once I found the dress, the rest just fell into place!

We always knew we wanted to have a destination wedding. Naples is a very sentimental spot for both of us. Pat grew up going there as a child and has had a condo their his whole life. My family and I frequently visited when I was a child, as well. It’s hard not to fall in love with Naples!

My bridesmaids wore off-white Show Me Your Mumu dresses, which I love because they were able to personalize them. We all wore barefoot sandals and flower crowns. I was also in love with the flower girls dresses! They looked like boho princesses in their off-the-shoulder linen dresses, no shoes, and flower crowns.

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The boys had custom suits made. The boys were able to customize their linings and add their initials in the coat pockets. We wanted them to look nice but still a more causal vibe, so they didn’t wear ties. They left their shirts causally unbuttoned, and they all wore their own belt and sandals of choice. Most of them didn’t wear shoes for the majority of the night, and they roll up the bottom of the pants to look more casual and beachy. They looked so good! All the white tones were gorgeous standing side by side.

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There were so many amazing memorable experiences throughout the day. The most memorable was that my grandpa was able to travel down to Naples to be our officiant. Hearing his voice in our wedding video is a gift I will cherish forever!

Our photographer, Austin of Trenholm Photo, was incredible!!! He has an eye for detail and candidate moments. He gave direction when needed but really captured the feel and vibe of the day, start to finish. He was extremely encouraging and comfortable to work with. His constant encouragement and compliments kept us feeling our best every step of the way. I never felt nervous or uncomfortable. He kept me at ease the whole time.

Kaleidoscope Floral really helped to bring the vision to life. Their choice in flowers sealed the deal! The white flowers with green accents and the pampas grass could not have been more perfect. They really seemed to understand the vision from the beginning, so I let them go with it! The vases and candles running the table were so simple and elegant – it was a boho beach dream!

There were so many DIY projects, the list goes on forever, but some of my favorites were the dream catchers! My mom and aunt made 17 different sized dream catchers for decoration. We had them hanging everywhere! For months before the wedding, we went to second-hand stores looking for different materials or laces to use. They turned out to be gorgeous!! All our of guest were asking were to buy them.

Another favorite DIY was the “kids table.” We bought pillows and rugs so they could have their own hang-out section. They loved it!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Trenholm Photo
Event Planning – Side by Side Weddings
Venue – La Playa Beach and Golf Resort
Floral Design – Kaleidoscope Floral
Cake – Ella’s Cakes
DJ – DJ Dayve
Videography – Christian David Films
Invitations – Of The Earth
Makeup Artisti and Hair Styling – Salon Tease
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Show Me Your Mumu
Groom’s Belt – Hermes
Rentals – Niche

 

Congratulations to Jordyn and Patrick, and an extra special thanks to Junebug member Trenholm Photo for sharing these beautiful wedding photos! For even more beach wedding inspiration, check out this breezy cream and beige beach wedding at Levyland Estates!

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Don’t Forget to Tie Up Loose Ends with This Post-Wedding Checklist

May 25, 2017 | nicole

photo by Melissa Marshall

They say the wedding day feels like it’s over in a flash, but there are a few wedding-related tasks that actually take place after your grand exit. We’ve put together an easy post-wedding checklist to help you tie up any loose ends after tying the knot. Keep this list handy in the weeks leading up to your big day so you can start making arrangements to make your post-wedding experience go as smoothly as the wedding itself!

Pay Remaining Vendor Balances

When: Immediately after wedding

In general, most of your vendors will be paid in full before or on your wedding day. However, should there be any remaining balances for your caterer, bartender, etc., you will want to tie up those loose ends as soon as the wedding is over.

Return Rentals

When: Within one week of your wedding

Before you head out to bask in the bliss of being a newlywed on your honeymoon, you’ll want to return any goods you rented! If you’re hopping right on an airplane, be sure to make arrangements for someone you trust to take furniture and decor back to the rental company. Note: each rental company may have their own policy about the return timeline, so don’t forget to check with them a few weeks before your wedding!

Clean and Preserve Your Wedding Dress

When: After your honeymoon

While we love seeing couples adventure into the wilderness in their wedding day attire, you may want to keep those memories in the photos and not on your dress. Technically you can get your wedding dress cleaned and preserved at any point, but the longer you wait, the less effective the process will be. We recommend having your dress cleaned and preserved after your honeymoon so that any stains (even the ones you may not see!) can be dealt with before they set in.

You may be wondering what makes the preserving process different from dry cleaning. A professional preservationist, often found at your local bridal salon, will survey your gown looking for any stains and create a specialized procedure to clean your dress, good as new! After the dress has been cleaned, the preservationist will package your gown in acid-free tissue paper and an archival box.

A few important notes: It’s a good idea to track down a trained preservationist a few weeks before your wedding just in case any major stains occur on your wedding day. Should that be the case, a relative or member of your bridal party can take your dress in while you’re away on your honeymoon. When doing your research, we recommend taking your gown to a true professional preservationist, whose referral you can get from your bridal consultant or other friends who have had the process done. Many dry cleaners claim to offer the service, but most are not actually trained in the art of preserving such an important garment. Lastly, being that this is 2017, you can even find wedding dress preservation kits with mail-away services! This process takes from six to eight weeks and typically includes insurance for your gown.

Send “Thank You” Cards

When: Within three months of your wedding

Some of our best wedding planning advice is actually post-wedding planning advice: write your “thank you” cards as soon as possible! First, it’s simply good etiquette to thank your loved ones for their thoughtful presents in a timely manner. Just as important is writing them before real life gets in the way! Make an event of it: pop a bottle of champagne, open your gifts while keeping a record of who gave what, and write your cards together. A bit of bonus fun? Listen to a playlist of songs from your wedding while you do it!

Looking for the perfect cards to say “thank you”? We love the selection on Minted as well as these pretty cards below!

 

Take Stock of Remaining Registry Items

When: Within six months of your wedding

Once you’ve sent your thank yous, it’s time to take stock of what’s left on your wedding registry. Most registries offer a discount on remaining registry items if you purchase within one year. Now is a great time to determine what you still want and need from your registry! Pro-tip: Make the most of your discount by taking care of bigger ticket items that you may not have the funds to purchase later.

Officially Change Your Name

When: Within one year of your wedding

Changing your last name upon getting married is, of course, optional. However, if you’ve decided you want to do so, we recommend starting the process sooner rather than later! While the laws and procedures vary by jurisdiction, this article breaks it down each piece of the puzzle.

Want to keep this post-wedding checklist handy for after you say “I do”? Pin this graphic below!

Be sure to check out our wedding planning checklist and wedding decor checklist to keep all of your wedding planning in order!

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