Intimate Irish Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Oh my goodness, do I ever envy the ingenuity of today’s bride. Not only did she gold-leaf her own wedding shoes once she couldn’t find the perfect pair in shops, but she actually assembled her own wedding gown from a mix of pieces from ASOS, Etsy, and Michaels. There are plenty of visual treats to behold in this one from the lovely Katie Purnell, so let’s get started:

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From the bride, Kristin: The style we hoped to achieve for our wedding was whimsical, magical, and warm. We were asking our guests to join us on another continent in the middle of the winter, so we wanted to be sure that the wedding felt like a big family gathering, complete with roaring fires and cozy warm socks. We hoped to make sure that the guests enjoyed the holiday atmosphere that Dingle, Ireland already offered, simply highlighted by our own details and touches. We focused on winter colors and textures to really bring this vision to life.

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Bouquet recipe: Ranunculus, grey berzillia berries, gold painted leaves, twigs, pine needs, pine cones, greenery.

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Our theme was the untamed Irish Countryside, and our colors were drawn from that inspiration. Our colors were navy, champagne, olive green, gold and ivory. We also incorporated other earth-tones, which really added to the warmth of the event. We did a ton of DIY putting this event together. Each gift bag, program, and piece of stationary was hand-stamped. I designed the programs and an itinerary for each guest. Joe and I hand wrote welcome letters to every individual guest. I also assembled my dress from various vendors from the internet–a handmade tulle skirt paired with a dress from ASOS and satin ribbon from Michael’s. I couldn’t find the perfect gold shoes so these are gold-leafed J. Crew flats. We worked closely with our planner Annie, who hand painted wine bottles and leaves to bring the gold elements to our reception. Finally, a great Etsy vendor hand-spun our woolie sheep ornaments for each guest, my favorite touch of the whole wedding!

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indoor church ceremonies - photo by Katie Purnell -

newlyweds recessionals - photo by Katie Purnell -

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twig and berry bouquet - photo by Katie Purnell -

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Find a wing-man (or two!) who knows your wedding vision and who is relentless in making sure you stick to it. This is incredibly helpful as Pinterest and wedding blogs start to pull you in one million different directions. Make sure that you involve your groom, many of our best ideas were thanks to his brilliant taste. Also, one of the biggest saving graces for me was having one Pinterest board where things were pinned once I was SURE about them. Once something was pinned to this board I couldn’t revisit it and over analyze it ever again. This was incredibly helpful as we got to crunch time.

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gold bottle centerpieces - photo by Katie Purnell -

sugar rimmed champagne - photo by Katie Purnell -

handmade wedding details - photo by Katie Purnell -

gold wedding details - photo by Katie Purnell -

gold reception details - photo by Katie Purnell -

gold dusted cakes - photo by Katie Purnell -

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Tabhair dom do lámh”
First Dance: “The Luckiest,” Ben Folds

Wedding Location: Dingle, Ireland / Photographer: Katie Purnell / Wedding Planner: Aislinn Events / Florist: Every Occasion / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Dingle, Ireland / Toast Venue: Dick Mack’s Pub / Reception Venue: John Benny’s Pub / Dress: ASOS / Tulle Skirt: Fanfaronada / Wedding Band: Jane Pope Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: J. Crew / Cheeses: The Little Cheese Shop / Wedding Cake: Selina’s Cakes / Menus and Coasters: Monogram Shoppe / Stamp: Business Card Stamps / Church Music: Eoin Duignan / Gold Sugar for Champagnes: Dell Cove Spices / Sheep Ornaments: Whimsical Woolies

  1. Kristy

    Lovely couple inside & out. So glad that we were able to attend this BEAUTIFUL wedding. Katie captured everything perfectly!!

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  3. Hot Chocolates - Clayton

    Gorgeous dress.. very romantic pictures :) oxox

  4. Harriet from The Zoots

    GUINNESS! Brilliant. Love the wee sheep as wedding favours, so different – very cool.

    What a gorgeous couple and wedding!

  5. Kristin G

    thanks so much for featuring our wedding, and especially Katie Purnell’s beautiful photography. I love that this blog features so many brides and grooms of different shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds. You’re doing big things and we are grateful to be a part of it! If anyone is wanting to plan a winter wedding in ireland, please drop me a line! (

  6. Catherine Beck

    What a beautiful wedding! I love all the earth tones and the little sheep are so cute!

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