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Blog entries from July 2012

  • Wedding Moodboard: Stripes & Polka Dots

    Tuesday 31 July 2022 - Fashion, Engagement Ideas, Decor Inspiration, Colour Palettes - Tags: stripes-and-polka-dots-wedding-theme, wedding-moodboard, helens-paperie

    Image by Joelle Pulido Photo 

    We adore stripes. We also adore polka-dots. Pair them up and you have one amazing wedding theme for a sweet, light-hearted ‘I Do’ wedding day!

    Stripes and polka-dots are very diverse, and can be incorporated in so many different ways - bridesmaid dresses, cakes, centrepieces, invites - you get the gist of what we're trying to say here! This theme will really put a smile on your guests’ faces. And, for even more laughs, you could ask your guests to incorporate stripes and dots in some way in their dress too - it would make for some great, and maybe a little wacky, images!

    Images clockwise from top: Gill Taylor | Anne Marie Photo | Elizabeth Messina | Jose Villa |

    To keep this look chic and tidy, mix stripes and dots in similar colours. We just love this mint and yellow look (above) and red and black combo (below)!

    Images clockwise from top left: Katherine O'Brien Photo | One Love Photo | Kellie Kano Photography | Helen's Paperie

    By Amy Croffey

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  • Japanese Gardens Wedding Moodboard

    Thursday 26 July 2022 - Colour Palettes - Tags: japanese, wedding-moodboard, rosa-clara-2013, monique-lhuillier-2013, finer-details, hand-painted-wedding-cakes, peplum-wedding-dress, oragami-wedding-decor, diy-wedding-decor, gary-barrett, parasols, wedding-fans

    This week we published the new Rosa Clara 2013 bridal collection. For the past few years Rosa Clara has had a sort of origami feel to some of its signature looks, through fanned pleats, angular accents and structured silhouettes. So today it got us thinking about a Japanese Garden style wedding.

    Gorgeous angular peplum dresses are the perfect way to get an origami feel to your bridal look, and you don't have to look far for it. Pleats and pockets at Rosa Clara, oversized bows at Monique Lhuillier, *that* closing dress at Elie Saab for Pronovias - this look is for ladies who ooze confidence and style.

    To incorporate a Japanese Garden theme to the rest of your bridal party, try gorgeous oversized kimonos as cover-ups for your bridesmaids, or even some brightly coloured, or patterned, rice paper parasols.

    By Karen Birney

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    Clockwise from top left: Origami cranes at ceremony via | Dress by Amsale 2013 | Hand painted cake via Aislinn Events | Bird wedding wish tree photo by Gary Barrett - see full Gary Barrett wedding here | Wedding parasols flower girls via iheartwhiteweddings

    For decor, some darling origami bird wish trees would make an eye-catching entrance piece to your reception as well as a beautiful 'guest book'. Hand painted wedding cakes are a huge trend for 2013, and would work perfectly with this theme in a floral designs. Go for a minimal look overall, with simple colours so that shapes and textures really stand out - pale paper lanterns are great for mood lighting and add an elegant eastern feel to the room.

    For you ceremony, think about providing mass booklets on fans for your guests! A great DIY project, this will add a great themed touch to proceedings and will give the guests something special to take home, or if you would prefer, have the wedding menu written on the back instead.

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    Clockwise from top left: Peony fans via intimateweddings | origami wish tree via youandyourwedding | Crochet foot thongs by Lasunka | Sushi photo via idoidoido | Wedding ceremony fans via Christine Meaghan Designs

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    Japanese Gardens wedding stationery by Finer Details

    By Karen Birney

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  • Fallon loves Weddings Abroad, Turns 30 & Bags a Bargain!

    Wednesday 25 July 2022 - Fallon's Blog, Advice - Tags: real-bridal-blogger, reall-bridal-blogger-fallon-wasser, weddings-in-nerja-spain, navy-bridesmaid-dresses

    WOLWell, what a hectic couple of weeks it has been! In my last blog post, I mentioned that I was heading off for my first foreign wedding in Nerja, Spain. I really didn’t know what to expect but I have to say I had a ball! From the moment we arrived, the bride and groom had an action-packed few days planned for their guests. Nerja itself is a very beautiful town with winding cobble streets, quaint little buildings and the prettiest stone church right in the centre. I was concerned about the heat, but on the wedding day we were in and out of the shade so much that I really didn’t notice it. What a difference the sunshine makes though, everyone was sitting around sipping their drinks with their shades on. I can’t wait to see the pictures! I’m sure they’re going to be stunning. When the service was over we all piled onto coaches to head to a beautiful mountain location for the reception. I didn’t know what would be served food wise but it was just like home, delish! We then danced the night away until 6 am, the whole day was amazing and the bride was stunning, as you can see!!

    The Big 3-0!

    When I got back from Spain it was then my (gulp) 30th birthday. I originally wasn’t going to celebrate but thought, sure how often so you get to have yourself a little party?  Eh, never! So that’s what I did. I got all of my favourite people into one room and bopped until I had to have a little sit down, because ya know, I am old now.

    Bridesmaid Dresses

    On the wedding front I purchased my bridesmaid dresses before I went on holidays and I couldn’t be happier with them. I went for navy, which I think will be nice for winter. I got them in Coast, Kildare Village and I honestly think that for any brides out there on a budget the outlets are a must-see. My dresses were nearly half their original cost! They are very simple and elegant and the girls are going to be gorge!

    Next on my list in is to sort out my invites and pick up my bridesmaid’s shoes and jewellery so I can tick them off my list too! Watch this space!

    See the rest of Fallon's blog posts!

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  • Grecian Goddess Wedding Moodboard

    Wednesday 18 July 2022 - Jewelery, Colour Palettes - Tags: grecian-hair, aoife-cogan-wedding, temperley-bridal-2013, stationery, pretty-as-a-picture, temperley-bridal, gold, grecian

    This week we are all about Gold Grecian Goddesses. We’ve figure that this consuming obsession is due to a number of little circumstances; a week long stint in the Mediterranean (my tan faded about 12 minutes after landing in Dublin, before you ask), watching the gorgeous Emilia Clarke glide about in Game of Thrones draped in silks and snakes, the recent Temperley Bridal 2013 collection, and of course the show stopping headdress worn by Aoife Cogan on her wedding day a couple of days ago.

    Gold Grecian headdresses, draped silks and chiffons, soft wavy hair and plenty of bling are the way of the Goddess. Woodland-inspired hair vines from Cel Design Jewellery or Stacey Hannan would look enchanting on a soft updo, gold and bronze based make-up will lift the eyes and cheekbones, and a pair of gorgeous Angelina Jolie inspired vintage green earrings (or these gorgeous gold statement earrings from Allure Jewellery!) will finish off the look perfectly. If you want to add something extra, go for an intricate gold arm band over your arm and some flat gladiator sandals.


    Check out some of our gorgeous Grecian hair styles on the Pinterest page!

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    Clockwise from top left: Embellished gold coin metallic wedding cake by My Sweet and Saucy | Bride in gold sandals photo by Elizabeth Davis via The Ebury Collection | Oversized green earrings in art deco style from Jackson Jewels | Temperley Goddess dress - see full Temperley Bridal 2013 collection | Multi chain Grecian headband from | Grecian style ring 'cable wrap' by David Yurman | Bella Figura foil stamped metallic wedding invitations by Pretty as a Picture

    By Karen Birney

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  • The Sweetest Wedding Cake Toppers

    Wednesday 11 July 2022 - Wedding Food , Photo Inspiration, DIY, Decor Inspiration - Tags: wood-cake-toppers, cute-cake-toppers, cake-toppers


    These sweet wedding cake toppers are a lovely way to bring a bit of character and charm to your wedding! We love the crocheted heart topper above that we found on Project Wedding. Gorgeous, can be used in cakes for years to come and is a DIY project - it definitely ticks all the boxes for us!


    Simple and cute, these fab wood-peg dolls look great anywhere, and we just love the addition of the family pet! Check them out on Etsy, Knotting Wood €54.


    Silver monogram letters look really elegant and sophisticated and come in all different styles and sizes! They are available from the Shop starting from €16!


    How adorable are these crocheted cake topper banners? You can have whatever message you wish! See more of them at Cherrytime on Etsy, hearts €31, bees €46.


    Wrapped in a romantic embrace, this modern twist on a traditional pose will definitely get a bit of a giggle on your 'I do' day! Available now in hand painted porcelain from the Shop for €40.


    Caricatures are one of the cutest and most popular cake toppers around! They are handmade to suit the couple and the their personality traits! We just love the 'bride and doctor' version!

    Left - | Right - Cake Toppers Ireland

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  • Our Real Bridal Blogger Fallon Gets Over the Wedding Planning Hump!

    Thursday 5 July 2022 - Fashion, Fallon's Blog, Advice - Tags: our-real-bridal-blogger, fallon-wasser

    WOL's fabulous bridal blogger Fallon Wasser is getting ready to marry her fianc� Darren Dunne on December 7th, 2012. Fallon is taking us on her wedding planning journey, through the ups and downs, highs and lows and is sharing her wedding planning tips and tricks with us along the way!


    Since my last post, I dug a little hole in that wedding planning wall and I finally made it through. Last weekend myself and a buddy of mine, Louise headed over to Dundrum Shopping Centre for a little retail shoe therapy. I'd done a little research in advance online and I knew I wanted to go to Dune, Aldo and House of Fraser.

    Now ladies, I love a sale, who doesn't?! But when I'm looking for something specific, the last thing I want to do is go through racks and racks of shoes all thrown together, whilst trying to battle the shopper beside me for the last size 6! Luckily for me, I spotted a couple of pairs which I thought were going to be perfect in Dune, not on sale unfortunately, isn't that always the way? Anyway, I tried on a few pairs and fell in love with my choice. Very comfy, I got the 'I can dance the night away' vibe from them straight-away! They are elegant and I'll definitely wear them over and over again. Total winner!

    The other thing I wanted to make a decision on was whether to wear a veil or a shrug. So, after giving it some much serious thought... I haven't actually made a decision as such, but my dress is due to arrive in The White Room in September, so I'm going to wait until I try it on again and then decide what to do. See - kind of a decision made - I said 'kind of'!!

    Next weekend I'm off to my friend's wedding in Nerja in Spain. I cannot wait! I haven't been to a wedding abroad before, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they differ from here. I think when you're getting married yourself, you become a much more observant guest, don't you think?

    Are there any sunshine brides out there in need of any inside info, because I can do a little recon for ya!?

    Also, how did you pick the perfect wedding shoes to dance the night away in?

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  • Americana - 4th of July Inspired Wedding Mood Board

    Wednesday 4 July 2022 - Decor Inspiration, Colour Palettes - Tags: americana-wedding-mood-board, 4th-of-july-wedding-mood-board

    America - some call it the land of dreams, others call it a place where you can shop ‘til you drop! Whatever way you like to think about it, the good ol’ stars and stripes will look amazing on your wedding, should it fall on the same week of the 4th of July, or if either of you are from across the Atlantic.

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    To get the look, infuse all things red, white and blue to embody America at its finest! Drape the American flag over chair covers, have a stars and stripes runner along your banquet style tables, add some silver stars to red, white and blue confetti, or have a blue bouquet with red and white striped ribbon around the stems.

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    Images clockwise from left: Groomsmen in Converse via The Wedding Chicks | Jack & Coke photo via Style Unveiled | Hot dog stand image via A Little Polkadot | Couple on boardwalk via Ruffled Blog | Sliders image from pardonmycrumbs | Handpainted wedding sign via Ruffled Blog |

    One of the best ways to include an U.S flavour is by doing just that - for your wedding breakfast! Sliders (mini burgers) are a really cute addition to canap�s, as are hot wings (with red and white stripe napkins for any rogue sauce!). Desserts such as strawberries and cream served alongside an array of cheesecake flavours will put a smile on anyone’s face.

    Think ‘take me out to the ball game’ for your evening buffet - set up a hot dog station where guests can make their own, or have a ‘street-side’ type vendor outdoors to serve New York style pizza slices while fireworks light the sky.

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    Images clockwise from top left: Sparklers Confetti Shop GloriousTreats.Blogspot | John Erskine Photo | Lanterns from the  Confetti Shop | Confetti from the Confetti Shop | Serving Plate from the Confetti Shop | Shoe and table setting images by Tinywater Photography | Shaw Shots | Garland Confetti Shop |

    For some American style entertainment, a marching band is guaranteed to grab your guests’ attention; you could even ask them if it’s possible to prepare a song your hubby loves as a surprise. As always, everything is bigger in America, so go all out for your 4th of July weekend wedding.

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