Cara and Scott brought their closest friends and family to Dublin from America for their wedding at Luttrellstown Castle. It was an occasion with so much love, emotion and fun that it was difficult not to just put the camera down and join in. The wedding itself took place on the lawn in front of the ivy-covered castle, just before a traditionally Irish rain shower. This was a humanist style wedding ceremony led by a good friend of the couple.
What advice would you give to others planning a wedding?
Have fun and celebrate what makes you-you! We wove our weird into our wedding which made it feel even more special and unique to share with our favourite people. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and focus on the fun of having your closest friends all together for a night of revelry and celebration!
How did you meet?
We initially met on Match.com (before it was cool, haha), but our first in-person meeting and date took place at Coors Field where we went to a Rockies baseball game after work on a Tuesday night. It was a beautiful summer evening. We watched maybe half an inning in total. Aside from the random fan contests, nearly catching a foul ball, and the obligatory 7th inning stretch, we spent nearly the entire game flirting and getting to know each other.
Why did you choose Luttrellstown Castle for your wedding?
Our friends know us as a creative couple, always up for a new adventure and plenty of laughs– a deep appreciation for travel, art and history. We knew our wedding was going to be an adventure and a destination adventure at that! We love to travel so were looking for a location where we could gather with our closest friends and celebrate. Luttrellstown offered a venue that was historical, dramatic and had space for our friends to stay with us. We loved exploring the secret passageways with our friends, hearing the stories of the guests who had come before and exploring the gorgeous countryside. Using a burgundy, slate blue, and gold colour palette, we went for a moody and modern vibe to make it feel unique, while not taking away from the natural beauty.
We also played up the drama and romance of the venue with candles and undone florals. Our favourite part of the castle was the ivy that was changing colours where we held our ceremony. We also adored the library with the gothic windows, the Renaissance art and breathtaking chandelier in the entry hall.
There’s more info about this wedding at the end of this post. But without further ado here are some of my favourite photographs from Cara and Scott’s wedding at Luttrellstown Castle.
Bride’s fashion and accessory details
The dress was an Inbal Dror; Artistic with vintage details and couture shape, lining in a soft blush rose colour. Earrings were from the 1920’s, found at a local shop
Grooms fashion and accessory details
Hall Madden Midnight navy tuxedo with black peak lapels, black bow-tie, black shirt-studs, silver Trinity Knot cufflinks, boutonniere, and Ted Baker floral pattern silk pocket square. Versace shoes
Flowers – who provided them and what did you go for?
Bella Botanica We wanted a romantic and whimsical feel to our florals, added lots of greenery for a slightly more natural feel, and thistle for an unexpected nod to mischief. We looked up old wives tales about different flowers and their meanings so that we could have a story/ meaning as well. And we used eucalyptus, roses, astrantia, lisianthus, thistle, and dahlia for the bouquets (later reused as centrepieces). We added candles of different heights placed on the grand fireplace mantelpiece to help give a mystical feel to the reception along with trailing ivy. Ivy and spray roses were woven through the candelabras, to help with the feeling of a night of magic and possibility. For the other florals, we had unstructured posies of burgundy dahlias, roses and thistle with trailing foliage.
What kind of look were you going for with the colour scheme and decor?
Dramatic vintage jewel tones. We wanted to celebrate romance, the gorgeous countryside and the changing of the seasons. Our colour palette was dark burgundy, slate blue, touches of antique gold and silvery green accents. We loved the idea of fantasy adventure, rather than ‘princess’, and wanted people to feel excited and intrigued throughout the night.
Bridesmaids / wider wedding party fashion
We wanted our friends to feel like themselves and focus on the fun! We had them wear whatever they liked– which ended up being a black-tie affair. The bridesmaids all wore Celtic friendship knot bracelets (A gift from the bride).