Pretty in pink takes to the streets! The idea behind this styled Dublin elopement was to represent the bride who is stylish and modern, and wants to introduce splashes of fun and playful sophistication into her big day. Perhaps she’s having a city ceremony at the Dublin Registry Office, and taking advantage of all the unique City Centre photo opportunities that a Dublin elopement presents. Perhaps she’s an anti-bride who follows her own path, and who sees her big day as a party that has a wedding attached to it. With a pink gown, a delicate cake, vibrant florals, and gorgeous watercolour stationery, this shoot is as bold as it is pretty and as modern as it is romantic. In fact, it’s one of my all-time personal favourites!
We wanted to feature a confident, stylish bride, so we created two fashion-forward looks for our model. It’s all about expressing personality and then adding in details. For the Dublin elopement registry office ceremony, we chose a bright pink dress and matching pink veil. This was accessorised with the urban cool of dock boots matched with the vintage glam of diamonds and pearls. Specifically, a collection of 1940s diamond and gold bracelets and vintage diamond earrings. All the inspiration you need to rock a little pink on your big day! For the glamorous garden reception, we chose a stunning gold gown with a sparkly veil and paired it with sky-high heels and a diamond necklace with a 20-carat detachable floral centerpiece and contemporary diamond hoop earrings. Each look was matched with a simple bouquet. For the makeup, we chose to have a pale eye with bold lip colour, which looked fabulous!
The beautiful Readers Gardens at the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) formed the backdrop for reception décor that was elevated yet playful. Floral motifs provided a feminine touch that was repeated in the place settings, linens, and stationery suite. For the flowers, single blooms were placed in clear cylinder vases, to allow each flower to have its moment. The display included lush aubergine dahlias, pink carnations, celosia and dried honesty for texture, and pink asparagus for some whimsy and fun. We also had Arbutus seed head flowers (strawberry tree foliage) on the tables as a tribute to the Killarney Strawberry tree that is famously part of the MoLI gardens.
If you’re considering your own Dublin elopement, do remember that you’ll still need plenty of time to register with the local registry office. A minimum of three months is required, but there is usually a longer lead time in the busy capital city, so be sure to plan ahead and start getting your paperwork in order as early as possible.
Slán go Fóill,
Producer: Tara Fay Events | Venue: Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLi) at the UCD Naughton Joyce Centre | Photography: Story of Eve | Cake: Clare Anne Taylor | Chairs: Total Event Rental | Tablewear: Maison Margaux | Dress: Covet | Flowers: The Garden | Hair: David Cashman | Jewelry: John Farrington | Makeup: Christine Lucignano using Chanel | Menswear: Louis Copeland | Models: Assets Model Agency | Linen Napkins: Stable of Ireland | Shoes: Brown Thomas | Stationery: Sarah O’Dea | Watches: Paul Sheeran, IWC