A Relaxed And Incredibly Elegant Wedding In Ireland
16th February 2017
by Marina Licht
How chic a bride is Lucia?
Lucia and her husband Dave got married on January 6th 2017 at Holy Cross Abbey, which is a beautiful 12th century abbey in Co. Tipperary. Their reception took place at Castle Durrow, Co. Laois.
The couple first met when Lucia was out with her two friends Ger and Sorcha. ‘I spotted Dave when we walked into the bar Nancy’s in Limerick, and we were introduced by a mutual friend,’ says Lucia. ‘He asked me out for a date the following week and that was that.’
They were together for almost three years before Dave popped the question when they were in Croatia for a friend’s wedding. They decided to extend their stay and make a holiday out of their trip. ‘A week after the wedding, we were on the island of Brac, in a beautiful fishing village called Milna,’ explains Lucia. ‘Dave hired a boat for one of the days to explore the bays.’ Lucia didn’t expect anything. ‘After an idyllic morning on the boat, we pulled into a lovely, quiet bay and Dave got down on one knee in the boat, ‘says Lucia. He produced a bottle of Champagne from under the seat and we fashioned a ring out of the paper on top of the Champagne bottle for an engagement photograph to send to our family and friends. It was a very special day.’
Lucia couldn’t find what she was looking for when it came to her wedding dress until she drove to The White Gallery in Newry. ‘Rachel stocks some really beautiful designers that are a little different,’ says Lucia. ‘As soon as I walked in, I spotted the gorgeous bow jacket by Halfpenny London, but it was knee length. I wasn’t too keen on the silhouette of a floor length dress hanging underneath it, so I emailed Rachel to see if the designer would make me a bespoke full length coat.’ Kate Halfpenny agreed, and then Lucia opted for a simple silk crepe Charlie Brear wedding dress to wear underneath.
Oliver and Martin Lawlor from Lawlor’s Florist in Durrow created all of Lucia and Dave’s wedding flower arrangements. Not only were they local florists, but they were also incredibly helpful. Oliver pinned all the buttonholes on the men, put the ribbons on the wedding cars and personally dropped the bouquets off on the morning of the wedding.
Lucia’s wedding hairstyle was Sarah Jessica Parker meets Audrey Hepburn, just perfect for her elegant wedding in Ireland. It must have been fate therefore that a lady called Audrey Cashman from Upstyle Junkie in Mallow, was the stylist behind Lucia’s bridal hair look. Sarah Keary, a well-known make-up artist in Ireland, created a very natural look for Lucia.
Dave wore a Zegna black tie suit from Brown Thomas in Dublin. As one of Lucia’s bridesmaids lives in New York, another in Galway, and a junior bridesmaid in Chicago, she decided to opt for navy multiway dresses from Cari’s Closet in Malahide. Lucia’s niece Aoife, wore a dress from Next.
According to Lucia, one of the highlights of the day was the music. ‘We had a fabulous soprano, tenor and string quartet and my sister also sang beautifully during the ceremony,’ says Lucia.
The couple’s wedding photographer is Tomasz Kornas, who is based in Portaloise. ‘He was so relaxed to work with and totally unobtrusive throughout the day,’ says Lucia.’ We were really happy with him.’
Lucia’s advice to future brides is simple. ‘Just relax and enjoy the day,’ she says. ‘You’re the only one who will notice if something small is forgotten or doesn’t go to plan! Trust that things are under control and make the most of your day catching up with friends and family.’
An incredibly elegant wedding in Ireland
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