This Dublin micro wedding was the perfect antidote to all the uncertainty of 2020 – a moment in time to celebrate true love conquering all. This year, many couples have unfortunately had their wedding plans disrupted. But for Sarah and Brian, not even a pandemic could stop them saying “I do”. With social distancing a priority, we reimagined their spring wedding as an intimate summer gathering in a very special location, the family home in Berehaven, Dublin. At-home weddings always stand out for their heartfelt sentimentality and personal touch (after all, what could be better than exchanging vows in a place where you have so many cherished memories!) and it’s also always wonderful to see families pull together to make these celebrations extra memorable. And though it was small, this Dublin micro wedding was nothing short of perfect.
It was important to Sarah and Brian to plan a wedding that was a great experience for their guests, as well as a safe one. Adhering to the Coronavirus wedding guidelines for Ireland was always a priority, and we did this by implementing various measures including tailored food service, music, and ceremony seating. The couple exchanged vows at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook, where guests were seated 2m apart, and signage was in place in accordance with government guidelines. Cocktail hour took place in the beautiful family garden, followed by the reception in a spacious open-sided marquee – the perfect size for social distancing! Again, guests were seated apart, and both canapé and food service were plated as either individual portions or per couple. At the gazebo bar, masked barmen served pre-mixed small batch cocktails, specially created for Sarah and Brian’s wedding.
Having an intimate wedding definitely doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the details. In fact, there were so many pretty touches that we added to this event, from the floral arch decorating a quiet corner of the lawns (perfect for photos!) to a grand staircase draped in white flowers. The tent was set up with three long tables, with Louis XVI chairs, organic and romantic florals, patterned china, and clear glass candlesticks. We added toile napkins for an elegant French touch, and tied them with green velvet ribbons that had each guest’s name written on them in dainty calligraphy. To keep the look light and summery, the tables were set with pale dusty blue velvet table cloths, which allowed the romantic tones of the flowers and place settings to weave together against a soft, neutral backdrop. At the top of the marquee, a sparkling crystal chandelier was surrounded by a maypole of greenery and flowers. It brought everything together beautifully!
If you’re planning a wedding in Ireland during Coronavirus or if you simply want to opt for a more intimate celebration, then a Dublin micro wedding might be just the thing for you. It typically has a guest list of around 50-60 people and is an intimate affair that gives you the chance to focus on personal details, as well as really spending quality time with your friends and family. And while an at-home wedding has many advantages, there are many smaller wedding venues in Dublin and beyond that would be perfect for a micro wedding. Whilst obviously adhering to local government guidelines in place at the time of planning.
Congratulations, Sarah and Brian, on a wonderful day, and wishing you a happy life together!
Slán go Fóill,
Planner & Design: Tara Fay Events | Venue: Private Home | Photography: Doreen Kilfeather, DK Photography | Flowers: Mark Grehan, The Garden | Bridal Dress: Suzanne Neville from Sharon Hoey | Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Covet | Hair: Batik Hair Salon & David Cashman | Makeup: Paula Callan | Video: Best Day Productions | Invitations: Grosvenor Stationery Company | Day-of Stationery & Table Plan: Sarah O’Dea, Three Bullet Calligraphy | Furniture, Linens & Chairs: Total Event Rental | Crockery & Tabletop Rentals: Caterhire | Tent: Pavilion Marquees | Catering: Sallyann Luxyx | Staff & Bar: Event Waiter | Lighting: Gorilla Design | Music: Paul Harrington & Gordon Johnson | Ceremony Music: Palestrina Choir