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  • Irish Designer Week: Sarah Foy Designs

    Wednesday 1 February 2022 - Supplier Spotlight, Fashion - Tags: wedding-dress, exclusive-designer, irish-designer, irish-designer-week, sarah-foy

    Sarah Foy is a home-grown talent. At Sarah Foy Designs she crafts fresh and exclusive bridal designs dreamed up and created in her personal studio in Clontarf, Dublin. As part of Irish Designer Week, WeddingsOnline editor Karen Birney speaks to Sarah about her influences and methods and why she thinks the future of the Irish design industry is in the hands of the designers themselves.  

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    Sarah Foy's work has long been influenced by her years of travel, her immersion in the wider fashion industry and her experience elegantly dressing women in all their many forms. Her hand-made, one-of-a-kind, often eco-friendly gowns are born of a desire to create something timeless and familiar, yet fresh and distinctive.

    “Simple, soft, feminine silhouettes really inspire my work,” she says. “I love designing pieces that at their core are elegant, but ultimately unique in some detail,”  

    This year, Sarah is looking to the laid-back glamour and elegant simplicity of the roaring 20s for inspiration.

    “I have been influenced a lot this year by 1920s glamour,” she says, noting a penchant for liquid satins and detailed embellished pieces. “The effortless sophistication of that era really works well in bridal and evening wear.”

    Sarah’s unique designs are a process, one that she strives to make exciting and pleasant for both her client and for herself.

    At her little-piece-of-bridal-paradise in Clontarf, Sarah holds private one-to-one consultations where she invites brides to share their individual style, ideas, hopes and expectations.

    A Partnership

    The entire process is a partnership, a joint venture between bride and designer, where the bride's ideas are encouraged, her mind opened, and in the end, her dreams made real.

    From the initial sketches, design selections and mock ups, to adjustments, fabric selections and final fittings, Sarah thoroughly examines the fit of the garment, so you feel flawless and confident when it comes to your moment to shine.

    “We dress brides to suit their shape, style and personality,” says Sarah. “This makes one of the most important aspects of any bride's wedding day also one of the most enjoyable. “

    When the cut is finalised, those extra delicate details are added in the form of individually covered buttons, hand beading and intricate lace embellishments. “We create a unique piece for each client,” she says, “spending time on the small details and always trying to consider the overall look for the day rather than just the dress we create,” says Sarah.

    Sarah’s personal wedding service doesn’t stop there, she also designs for mother of the bride, bridesmaids and flower girls. What better person to entrust your mother and best friend to than another woman who knows you style intimately and will be with you every step of the way? "These outfits and dresses are all created to blend with the overall look of your wedding,” she says.

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    Buying Irish

    “The bride’s focus should firstly be finding the dress for her,” Sarah replies when asked if a bride should consider buying Irish designs. “If that dress is Irish made then it is an added bonus."

    Sarah believes the future of the Irish design industry however is in the hands of the industry members themselves. “I think as Irish designers, we need to ensure that customer service and high quality standards co-exist with the most innovative Irish designs,” she says.

    To make an appointment with Sarah, phone 086 1780220 or email [email protected]

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  • Irish Designer Week: Edel Ramberg Millinery

    Tuesday 31 January 2022 - Supplier Spotlight, News, Irish Designer Week, Fashion - Tags: bridal-accessory-design, irish-milinery, irish-designer-week-on-weddingsonline, bridal-headpiece, edel-ramberg

    By Amy Croffey

    Edel Ramberg Designs is an Irish label based in Galway, specialising in hats and headpieces.

    Edel started to make bespoke bridal headpieces a few months after she was approached by a bride who was looking for an alternative to a veil.

    “My headpieces are another option for people who don't feel that the traditional veil suits their dress or personality,” says Edel. “The bridal headpiece is something unique to them that they often help me to design and can wear again and again!”

    Edel’s collections are all ready-to-wear headpieces but her bridal range needs to be pre-ordered. She has a range of samples and shapes in her studio and creates a bridal pieces using the client’s head, face and dress for inspiration.

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    “If a dress is quite vintage in style I work from there or if something is very fitted and 'Jackie-O' in cut we may try a pillbox base. It’s always down to the mood the dress creates,” she adds.

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    She would describe her designs as individual and sculptural, she is not into “fussy” pieces with loads of feathers and veiling.

    “I would rather stay true to my style and keep things clean and chic. I like to embellish with quality materials, such as Swarovski and lace, rather than a mix of feathers and beads. It’s more about elegance and quality for me, rather than overkill," says Edel.

    For wedding guests her collections are typically bought by women ranging in ages 30-60. Her bridal customers are typically in their twenties to early thirties and are looking for something special, unique and something that will compliment their face, shape and dress.

    Overall look

    “My clients are usually ladies who know their style and are keen to create something to finish off their overall look,” says Edel.

    Edel’s advice to brides-to-be who are trying to find the ‘perfect’ style for their wedding day is to never bring too many people shopping for the veil or headpiece.

    “I have seen brides in tears over varied opinions. You have to wear it on the day so you have to love it,” she says. “You should also be 100% sure about the piece, as it is something that will be in your wedding album for years. You need to be sure it doesn't hide too much of your face and that it highlights all your best features!”

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    Images by Richie Stokes

    Edel believes it is always great to buy Irish but especially so with bridal fashion.

    “It’s fantastic to get the support of Irish women as weddings are such a big tradition here. One bridal headpiece can often lead to several ladies getting in touch for their big day, which is great for any business as the knock-on effect can mean recommendations for local salons, make-up artists etc,” she says.

    Edel admits the choice is not always there when trying to source certain products so people are often forced to look outside of Ireland for selections and price. However, she thinks now more than ever people can personally get in touch with designers to see what other options are available to them.

    Materials for headpieces are mostly manufactured in the Czech Republic, France or other parts of Europe but rather than going to these suppliers directly for a small order, Edel tries to source from suppliers here.

    “I always feel it’s better to support a small local supplier rather than buying from elsewhere paying VAT and in some cases exchange rates,” she adds.

    Email Edel Ramberg at [email protected] or call 00 353 86 837 6084.

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  • Photographer of the Month - October 2011 - Give us a Goo Photography

    Wednesday 5 October 2021 - Supplier Spotlight - Tags: photographer

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    "We would like to recommend Phil Voon (Give us a GOO) as a photographer for all styles of weddings. I happened to be a very unorganised and last minute kind of Bride. So Phil’s relaxed nature and adaptability really suited our style. We had a marquee style wedding which you can imagine would benefit from a dry day. We have since been told we had the wettest day for the summer of 2011. Because Phil had scouted the venue prior to the day, he had looked at options for all types of weather and had some clever idea’s to make the most of a very wet day. I had asked for lots of action shots of people socialising and enjoying themselves rather than posed shots. When it came to the bridal party photo’s, we had so much fun taking our photo’s and the smiles and laughter are 100% genuine. I have been to wedding’s where the photography can be a very strenuous and long part of the day, but we had a completely different experience. We have great photo’s that are original and truly capture the quintessence of our day. Phil is great at putting people at ease and whatever type of picture you ask him for he delivered upon. I have had so many people comment on how nice Phil was and how amazing the photo’s are. I would have no doubt recommending him to my friends as a photographer for their special day."

    - M&M, 14th August 2011

    Contact Details
    Web:
    www.GiveusaGoo.com
    Email:[email protected]
    Phone: 045 853 683
    Mobile: 086 893 9600

     


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  • Videographer of the Month - October 2011 - Sure Shot Productions

    Wednesday 5 October 2021 - Supplier Spotlight - Tags: wedding-supplier-information, videographer

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    Sure Shot Productions, based in Drogheda & Donegal, offer a nationwide wedding video service - Your Lifetime Love Story. Wedding videos are keepsakes that you will treasure forever and Sure Shot Productions will capture every moment of your special day. Check out their packages which can be tailored to your budget, and see their sample videos on their Facebook Page.

    "To Jennie & Kevin, You guys have a real talent - thanks so much for sharing it with us on our big day! We absolutely love the wedding video you created for us. It's funny and romantic, with great music, and it's a perfect memory of our special day. You came highly recommended to us by close friends, and we are already highly recommending you to other friends of ours. How can we ever thank you enough - a picture may say a thousand words, but you managed to capture our whole story. Thanks so much."

    Contact Details
    Web:
    www.sureshotproductions.ie
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: 086 2003979

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  • The WOL Shop!

    Wednesday 21 September 2022 - Supplier Spotlight, Decor Inspiration - Tags: the-wol-shop, weddingsonline-shop, wedding-decor, wedding-inspiration

    The WeddingsOnline Shop, which houses hundreds of wedding decorations, accessories and favours, is now debuting some of the hottest wedding trends for 2012! With prices starting at just €1.50, there is something to suit every bride and every budget.

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    Favour Boxes | Tea-lights | Dog Tux | Crystal Garland | Water Lights | Birdcage | Mr&Mrs Bags | Mesh Ribbon | | Paper Lanterns | | Shoe Stickers | | Cufflinks | | Cake Topper | | Love Birds |

    You can now visit the WeddingsOnline Shop at The Europa Academy, Balheary Road, Swords, Co. Dublin.

    Contact Charlene on 01 883 9286 or email [email protected].

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  • Fran Byrne Photography - Photographer of the Month - September 2011

    Sunday 28 August 2022 - Supplier Spotlight - Tags: fran-byrne-photography, photographer-of-the-month

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    When you book Fran Byrne Photography you get a mixture of traditional and contemporary, stylish and fun photography on one of the best days of your life. Fran can provide you with a variety of high quality albums with a range of packages to suit all budgets so call today for a chat or visit http://weddingsonline.ie/suppliers-directory/supplier/8962/fran-byrne-photography/

    Special Offer: 2 free parents albums with every album package booked - book before October 31st to avail of this offer.
     

    "We cannot thank Fran enough for our wedding photos - they are perfect...If anyone else out there is looking for a wedding photographer, look no further..." -Submitted by Alan & Ethna

    Mail: [email protected]
    Mobile: 087 6785261

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  • Eric Ronan Photography - Photographer of the Month - August 2011

    Monday 1 August 2022 - Supplier Spotlight - Tags: eric-ronan-photography, photographer-of-the-month

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    Eric Ronan is passionate about taking pictures. He is one of Ireland’s freshest and most contemporary photographers. With a mixture of candid/reportage and posed shots, Eric promises that your photos will show the fun and excitement of your special day. On the day of the wedding, he knows that nerves are high and so with his unique style and personality he make shooting as easy and unobtrusive as possible. Eric's wedding albums comprise of a mixture of black and white, colour and sepia photos. 

    Eric is currently running a special offer for Jan/Feb 2012 weddings -Contact him today for details!

    Phone: 01 8414381
    Mobile: 087-2622118
    Email: [email protected]

    http://www.ericronan.ie

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  • Film Company of Ireland - Videographer of the Month -June 2011

    Tuesday 7 June 2022 - Supplier Spotlight - Tags: thady-kavanagh, videographer-of-the-month, videography

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    This month's Videographer of the Month is Thady Kavanagh, of Film Company of Ireland.

    "Your wedding day is about you! Not about the guy running around with a video camera. Thats why I shoot in a very discreet manner that does not draw attention away from you and makes you feel relaxed. I never do 'setups'. I offer three packages in total. If you thought cost was going to be a problem then check out my prices and see if one package would suit your big day. Your wedding only happens once. Video gives you the chance to relive that great day. So make sure you get the best." -Thady, Film Company of Ireland.

    Mobile: 087 6373743
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: http://filmcompanyofireland.com


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  • B on the hunt...Camille's Boutique in Malahide!

    Monday 20 September 2022 - Fashion, Supplier Spotlight - Tags: None

    There’s a certain satisfaction knowing you are shopping where the celebrities shop, there is even more satisfaction knowing you are shopping in a place where all your deepest Mad Men style fantasies can come true! Oh blessed day that the B Magazine gals stumbled upon Camille’s Boutique in Malahide. We really did go with the intention of research (you know...because we feel it’s our duty to all you lovely Wollies...), but the dresses were too amazing, so we simply had to buy one or two...or four...

    Camille opened her boutique last year and has since made quite the stylish splash on the Irish fashion scene, kitting out clients such as Kathryn Thomas, Amanda Brunker and Jenny Masterson (to name but a few). She is one of the exclusive stockists for the vintage inspired brand Stop Staring! which was voted the best line for plus size women, by Oprah's O Magazine! Celebs such as Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian regularly sport Stop Staring! dresses for their exquisite slimming power. No matter what your shape or size, these dresses will make you feel and look fantastic (and we are not just saying that because we bought 6 of them).

    Camille has just launched the British line, Mina and also does custom gown design and can create fab wedding dresses. So if you haven’t found the perfect gown yet, drop by and speak to her about creating your very own design!

    Whether you are a guest or looking for the perfect dress for the day before or after your wedding, Camille’s Boutique is a must-visit!

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    Shop owner Camille and RTE news reader, Teresa Mannion.

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    Camille's Boutique is located:

    1st Floor, 6 St. James Terrace, Malahide

    (0) 87 959 6983

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  • Interview with Tara Fay

    Tuesday 31 August 2022 - Advice, Supplier Spotlight - Tags: None

    In case you haven't heard the best wedding news ever, let me enlighten you, Tara Fay, Ireland's premier bespoke wedding planner will be holding a wedding masterclass at Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal on September 26th and 27th!

    So let me break this down...this means you can get wedding tips and advice from Ireland's best wedding planner at one of Ireland's bestest 5 star venues (and WeddingsOnline.ie Wedding Venue of the Year)...it's a no brainer. Oh and Joanne (the WOL Customer Service Manager) and I will be there too! I will be the girl grinning like a little school girl in the front row.

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    So here is an interview with the master herself, Tara Fay of Xena Productions.

    What is your job exactly?

    I am a wedding planner, the best way to describe what I do would be to say, I am your stage manager and you as the client are my directors.  So I will take direction from you, but help and guide you in your decisions, but ultimately it is always your decision, as it’s your wedding!

    How long have you been in wedding planning?

    I set up Xena Productions in 1997 when I returned from Los Angeles where I worked with a party planner there, on weddings, parties and events all over California. I was the first company In Ireland to specialize in weddings and private parties.

    What do you love most about your job?

    Even though I work on all types and sizes of events, I love weddings the most.  You are sharing in one of the most important life events of your client.  I still keep in touch with loads of clients and get sent photos of new babies etc. 

    What do you think every bride should know before they start planning a wedding?

    That it’s their wedding, so take advice but it’s your decision ultimately.  Remember to enjoy it!

    What’s the biggest mistake you see brides and grooms make?

    Trying to do too much and keep too many people happy, that they forget about themselves and the commitment they are making to each other, and it’s only the week of the wedding that it hits them.

    Why did you decide to team up with Solis Lough Eske to hold a wedding masterclass?

    I think Lough Eske is such amazing venue (in fact it has been chosen as one of the most romantic venues in Ireland to get married and will feature on UTV next year), it really has tailored itself specifically for weddings, I would be hard pushed to find fault with it and believe me, I have looked!  The fact that they are so focused on weddings and minding the couples gives me such confidence to partner with them for this masterclass.  Also the venue is so relaxing it will enable the couples or the brides to relax and ask the questions they really want to.

    What will the class entail (besides a chance to learn from the best!)?

    Attendees will really have time to spend with each expert as there are times assigned for mini seminars, also the fact that each expert is on site for a day or two, will give couples the chance to ask questions face to face or come back and ask questions later, I always find couples remember the most important question five minutes after a meeting.

    Will there be any tips for the budget conscious bride?

    Each expert will be including budget and costs in their presentations, an amazing opportunity for brides and grooms to pick the brains of some of the industry’s best.  

    What are some practical wedding planning tips that attending brides will learn?

    The hotel itself will talk people through planning a menu, stationary and calligraphy expert will talk through ordering the invitations and the time involved.  I will be giving an overall planning masterclass and will be available to answer questions over both days.  So in essence, it’s nearly a one to one consultation for each couple at the masterclass.

    To book your place at the masterclass contact Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel + 00353 (0) 74 97 25100!

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  • Venue Inspiration: The Brooklodge

    Thursday 29 July 2022 - Supplier Spotlight, Decor Inspiration, Colour Palettes - Tags: the-brooklodge, venue-inspiration-board

    I'll admit I am slightly obsessed with The Brooklodge...especially for someone who has never even been to Brooklodge. But everything I hear about the stunning country house hotel points to the fact that it is amazing! Making a visit is definitely on the top of my to-do list. The ivy covered building and understated scenery makes me think a romantic palette would set the tone perfectly.

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    Image 1: weddings.theknot.com

    Image 2: Twigs and Honey, stylemepretty.com

    Image 3: lovelyleafstudio.com, Style Me Pretty

    Image 4: Vera Wang

    Image 5: The Brooklodge and Wells Spa

    Image 6: kate Fashion Boutique Dress

    Image 7: kuperberg.com, Style Me Pretty

    Image 8-10: Christian Oth Studio,Corbin Gurkin Photography, Jose Villa Photography via Style Me Pretty

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  • Venue Inspiration:The Clarence

    Wednesday 28 July 2022 - Decor Inspiration, Colour Palettes, Supplier Spotlight - Tags: venue-inspiration-board, the-clarence

    You really can't beat the location of The Clarence. Right on the Quays, city centre with spectacular views, it really is the epitome of city centre chic.I think the perfect palette for The Clarence would take inspiration from the beautiful Dublin skyline and the stunning exterior of the hotel. Something with deep colour and stylish embellishment.

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    Image 1 and 2: The Clarence

    Image 3 and 4: Style Me Pretty, Carla Ten Eyck and Christian Oth Studio

    Image 6: Theknot.com

    Dress: modcloth.com

    Bracelet: katespade.com

    Earrings: tacori.com

    Last 2 photos: stylemepretty.com Carla Ten Eyck and Wayne Yuan Photography

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  • Venue Inspiration: Solis Lough Eske Castle

    Tuesday 27 July 2022 - Colour Palettes, Supplier Spotlight - Tags: solis-lough-eske, venue-inspiration-board

    Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel is one of my favourite venues in the world. I LOVE it! (And not just because I spent my mini-moon there.) I think it's romantic, quaint and the ideal venue for an Irish wedding. So I decided to use it as the first muse for our newest venture, the 'venue inspiration board'. The 'venue inspiration board' takes a wedding location in Ireland and builds a wedding theme/concept around it to help brides get ideas for their own wedding. I imagine Solis Lough Eske as the perfect canvas for a modern elegance theme. Something that pays tribute to the fairy tale castle wedding, with a chic and stylish edge.

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    Image 1: Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel

    Image 2: Iconoclash Photography

    Image 3: Vera Wang

    Image 3: Orange Girl Photographs, from Classic Bride

    Image 4 and 5: Dolce Designs

    Image 6: Vera Wang

    Image 7: Darren Purcell, Visionary Photography

    Image 8: Style Me Pretty, by Allison Reisz’ blog

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  • Elizabeth Messina

    Wednesday 18 November 2021 - Supplier Spotlight, Real Weddings, Photo Inspiration - Tags: elizabeth-messina, photography

    Elizabeth Messina is an amazing photographer. She took the stunning photo on the current B Mag front cover. It was her anniversary yesterday so she put up photos from her own wedding...and wow! I love the chandeliers and vintage fur shrug most!

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  • Come Rain or Shine...

    Tuesday 28 April 2022 - Supplier Spotlight - Tags: real-wedding

    Evonne Bruton & Jonathon Holland tie the knot.

    Come rain or shine Come rain or shine

    Dress from White Orchid.

    Photos from Roslyn Byrne, Couple.ie"It was the worst gale blowing Ireland has had in years and we were having a wedding ceremony in a marquee!"

    It was the worst wind and rain Ireland has known in 91 years, but Evonne Bruton and Jonathan Holland decided they were not going to let the elements ruin their big day. Proving that no matter what the weather brings, with the love of your life by your side and an easy going attitude, it is always possible to have the wedding of your dreams.

    "Friends had to stop their car on the way to the wedding to move a tree off the road, and there wasn't a hope of our helicopter making it! We kept thinking the weather would get better but it only got worse as the day wore on," Evonne remembers.

    Their relationship has always had a good amount of excitement; the couple met through a good mutual friend who thought they would make a great couple. After much persuasion, Evonne allowed her number to be given to Jonathan and after even more persuasion, Jonathan called her.

    "From the first conversation as I sat in Pearse Street Station, trying to have a conversation over the moving trains, we got on well. Our first meeting was in Caf en Seine on Wednesday, 26th January 2005, the huge wave of emotion that we felt as we met for the first time was incredible. We both knew that this was something very real and very big." Evonne says.


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