Earlier this year I worked with some of Ireland's most talented wedding vendors to put together this photo shoot at the stunning Ballinkeele House. This shoot was photographed by the fabulous Susie at Candy Stripe Photography with some wonderful suppliers providing a dash of vintage glamour including:
Bridal dresses and headpieces: Willow & Wild by Bonzie
Cakes: Cherub Couture Cakes
Flowers: Flora Decor - Flowers & Finishing Touches
Grooms suit: Fitzgerald Menswear Waterford
Jewellery: Button & Co. Goldsmiths Ltd., Hallmark Jewellers-City Square and an Siopa
Make-up: Beauty by Amy
Stationery: The White Studio
Vintage china and lace: Oh So Sweet Occasions
Styling: Candy Stripe Photography and Oh So Sweet Occasions
The story of a boy and a girl...
Based on the heartfelt words of Irish poet and playwright William Butler Yeats Catherine, the girl of the manor house poignantly looks out the window searching her soul. She is thinking of the farm boy Daniel who works on the family farm. Having studied and been inspired by the words of Yeats she sits and writes a poem to her secret love. The irony for her is that with all the riches of the manor she feels poor, "but I being poor, have only my dreams." She knows that the love she longs for would be frowned upon by her wealthy family. Risking their wrath, Catherine continues to write the poem to Daniel. Walking the lane towards the farmyard, she leaves the beautiful hand written poem tied in a mint green ribbon on the window ledge of Daniel's lodge for him to find.
Spending some time within the farmyard on her own in the absence of Daniel or her wealthy family, she hopes that he will return her love. Upon his return Daniel finds and reads the poem, knowing it's author he smiles and sets off bravely towards the manor house. Leaving the safety of his well known farmyard behind with each step he takes. Knocking on the manor house door, Catherine hurriedly answers as she has been waiting by its side hoping he would come. Daniel doesn't delay and immediately proposes to Catherine.
Knowing that the road ahead may not be easy the two set about their wedding plans. With her family away on the continent purchasing race horses, Catherine prepares a feast within the lavish banqueting room of Ballinkeele House. Including fine antique china, exquisite cut glass and pristine white linen napkins to make the celebration as special as possible. Gently placing silver buttons on each place setting Catherine believes these buttons will fasten their love together, never to be undone. Even the ring given to her by Daniel holds at its heart a button, the only valuable item he had in his possession, passed to him from his Grandmother. Catherine believes it to be a good omen.
Her wonderful friends, who she has sworn to secrecy arrive with a fabulous gown for her to wear, they are in blush pink and assure her they will be by her side. She slips into her wedding dress and ponders for some time about how her life will now change. She may not have the wealth of the manor house but she will have the wealth of her dreams. Enjoying the glamour and beauty of Ballinkeele House for possibly the last time Catherine and Daniel drink fine tea and eat decadent cake, before they pack a small bag and leave the manor house for a life together filled with dreams of hope and possibility.
Oh So Sweet Occasions
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