Today I am thrilled to share this beautiful Vintage inspired Irish Wedding with pretty Cuban influences.
Images were captured by Olga Hogan Photography.
Dublin based Olga is a documentary style photographer who focuses on all the raw emotions and intimate details of the coupes Big Day resulting in the capture of truly beautiful memories.
Gorgeous Bride Mary Ellen tells us all about their love story and their Vintage inspired Irish Wedding…
Who are you and how did you meet?
I’m Mary-Ellen, originally from Co. Laois, now based in Dublin, Ali was born in Cuba and raised in Ireland, now based in Dublin also.
We met 11 years ago in 2007 working in The Hard Rock Café together.
I was working as a waitress during college and Ali was a bartender there too. We immediately fancied each other and as they say the rest is history…
Tell us about the Proposal…
We went to Westport last year for our 10 year anniversary.
Ali proposed while we were out at dinner, in the most gorgeous intimate restaurant called Sage.
It was kind of impromptu – he didn’t have a plan at all! So him!
He got the chef, waitress and manager of the restaurant involved and they got a video of the whole thing.
My dessert pate came out and written on the plate in chocolate sauce was – ‘Will you Marry me?’ with the ring in its box perched beside the cake
I didn’t have clue the whole night, but looking back now he didn’t touch his dinner!
It felt so magical with the beautiful setting of Marlfield House. The whole day was exactly how we dreamt it to be, exactly us.
Our priest BLEW us away – he was amazing and made it so personal for the ceremony. We were all laughing and crying at the same time.
It really was the best day of our lives.
Tell us about your Wedding Planning Journey..
We had a very Vintage feel wedding.
Keeping true to ourselves, and our own style was very important in our wedding planning experience.
It was intimate with only 65 guests of our most special family and friends sharing with us.
As Ali was born in Cuba, having the connection of Cuba to the day was very important to us – the vintage Cuban car – an authentic 1957 Chevy Belair, to Alis suit and the weddings colour palette all linked to Cuba, and tones of the sea and the sky.
His extended family could not travel over to Ireland so having reminders of his home and birth place through the day was very important and of course, Cuban Cigars!!!
I love vintage shopping and everything about vintage style, cars (my dad got me into this addiction), furniture, clothes so I had to have vintage included into the day, of course having an authentic vintage dress, car and house was a dream come true.
What made your venue “The One”?
When we went to view Marlfield House, the minute we stepped through the doors we looked at each other and knew it was the place.
From the gardens to the bedrooms and the amazing food on offer we were weak at the knees.
Marlfield House is steeped in history, and it was like stepping back in time.
We really wanted all our guests to feel pure luxury for the day – wandering from room to room – from the library to the drawing room having the whole house exclusively to ourselves.
I also have a massive fascination with peacocks so once I knew there was a resident peacock there we were sold.
What made the day really special / Best Bits?
Having my family all together under one roof for the first time in 14 years was special!
My sister lives in Toronto now with her husband and 3 children so it’s an unusual occurrence to have all my family together.
Having our wedding cake and flowers both made with love by family members was amazing and very special for us too.
A really great thing was both our families meeting for the first time. Its just something that never happened over the 11 years we have been together – my mam and dad in Laois and Alis parents in Ballgriggan.
Our very special first dance, that we kept a secret until the very moment we went out on the dance floor was wonderful.
We did 2 dance lessons 3 weeks before the wedding and practiced every night in our kitchen until our wedding day!
It felt amazing and everyone was really surprised.
There was no way we were doing the traditional slow set. We danced to Crazy Little thing called love by Queen and it was a mix of the Jive to the quick step to the Charleston – you name it!!!
What advice would you give to other couples planning their day?
Enjoy every second of the planning – we had the BEST year of our lives planning the wedding- the whole run up is so much fun with family, friends and work colleagues.
It’s such an amazing feeling, we have never felt so excited and loved in our whole lives, with everyone is sending so much love your way!!
We didn’t get stressed at all, once you have your plan and excel sheet its plain sailing. I would recommend to have a spreadsheet with all your planning elements on there to keep you on track of everything.
It really helps keep budget in check and stops you getting so stressed about money.
Most of all remember its all about you and your fiancé.
Thanks so much to Olga for sharing this amazing Vintage inspired Irish Wedding.
Photographer: Olga Hogan Photography
Ceremony: Our Lady Star of the Sea – The Riverchapel – Gorey Wexford
Reception: Marlfield House – Gorey – Wexford
Wedding Dress: Dirty Fabulous Vintage Bridal (1970’s Californian authentic vintage boho style)
Groom Suit & Shoes: Eddie Murphy Menswear – Athlone
Bridesmaid dress: BHLDN (2 piece – top and skirt)
Flower Girl Dresses: Marks and Spencer
Brides Shoes: Charlotte Mills
Accessories: Bespoke Head piece – Dirty Fabulous (Vintage / embellished vintage bag borrowed from my sister/ earrings – diamonds borrowed from my best friend /necklace – gift from my mum – Brownes Jewellers Portlaoise)
Flowers: Ena O’Connell – Brides Aunt
Cake: Maria Power – Brides Cousin
Car: American Vintage Car (Paul Roche)
Stationery: Little Ivory Weddings (Gillian)
Makeup: Roy Wong
Hair: Doireann Kiernan
Wedding Rings: Rocks Jewellers
Ceremony music: Tracy Gallagher
Band/DJ: Sway Social
Decor: DIY for place names/ table plan/ pictures set by the cake etc
Dance lessons: My Art Creative Studio
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