A little while ago, I collaborated with an amazing team of vendors on a beautiful shoot in a unique Dublin wedding venue, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLi) on St Stephen’s Green. For the design, I was inspired by the romance of French style, while also incorporating twists on Irish tradition as a nod to my roots. We wanted to inspire a blend of old and new by mixing vintage and modern throughout, via accessories, fashion, and tablescapes. The end result is a refreshed take on chic, effortless style, that brings together the classics in a fresh, elegant way.
We have a saying in Ireland: “Blue and green should never be seen, except on an Irish Colleen.” And it’s true that one rarely sees these two colours combined in fashion or wedding décor. However, I feel that sometimes rules are made to be broken! Unless we experiment with design, everything will always stay the same. So, with this in mind, we chose a palette of classic French blue combined with emerald green for the Emerald Isle, porcelain, and warm copper.
Newman House, where MoLi is located, is a magnificent historic space. With its marble floors, Cuban mahogany staircase, and lavishly-detailed plasterwork, we wanted to do justice to this unique Dublin wedding venue. The table design featured earthy tones and rich, dark ones, with luxe details like custom calligraphy layered with simple household items to play out the juxtaposition of the blue and green palette. Aged wooden farm tables were chosen to bring character, balanced with delicate natural greenery, in the form of ferns and succulents. Layers of dots and petal-like patterns at each place setting modernised the rustic setting, while votives in copper glass holders and emerald green taper candles created an intimate, elegant feel.
Our bride wore a beautiful two-piece wedding gown by Rime Arodaky Paris. The sparkly studded crop top with tulle and organza ruffles and fluid skirt conveys the sexy, devil-may-care but still quintessentially romantic vibe synonymous with the couture brand. We paired it with a 35-carat necklace of vintage 1950s diamonds, as well as contemporary diamond floral earrings and a pair of Bottega Veneta heels. The perfect look for a fashion-forward destination bride! Our groom wore a casual suit in shades of blue and grey by Louis Copeland & Sons of Cork.
Whether you’re looking for a unique Dublin wedding venue or some ideas for how to bring a touch of France to your Irish destination wedding, I hope these images inspire you as much as we enjoyed creating them!
Slán go Fóill,
Producer: Tara Fay Events | Venue: Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLi) at the UCD Naughton Joyce Centre | Photography: Story of Eve | Chairs: Total Event Rental | Tablewear: Maison Margaux | Designers: Rime Arodaky at The White Gallery | Shoes: Bottega Veneta at Brown Thomas | 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 | Stationery: Sarah O’Dea