What we can we say ?
But what an EPIC decision we made when we chose to have Olga/MrsRedHeadPhotography
as our photographer for our day.
From the moment she walked in the door to Aoife and the girls in Cullinan’s. She’s just there in the background capturing every moment that becomes a blur in the fastness of the day.
She captures glances between friends, hugs between the lads, the happiness on our faces and our guests’ faces.
And is there laughing with you as you’re laughing in the moment as things naturally do happen.
On our day as we were heading to our first photoshoot location Olga’s Be Real went off and she included us in it. That’s exactly the type of person that she is. She creates the best atmosphere and is an incredibly talented photographer. It’s something that we will forever cherish that we chose her because our pictures are honestly out of this world.
Aoife & Rich
Great Craic , Epic Wedding day, Be Real and Hotel Doolin Barn Ceremony A&R by MrsRedhead
“Creating a very relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere from the get go”.
Hotel Doolin as a setting lends itself to that incredibly well. We wanted to enjoy our day and for people to be there witnessing our love and not just the routine of a ceremony. Pat, our celebrant really set the tone for this.
When we originally started planning our wedding, we wanted a really relaxed day. A day where our guests really enjoyed themselves and chilled out even before the ceremony began.
A)having the June bank holiday heatwave- and B an open bar for our guests to grab a drink before the ceremony began, which led to people sipping away in the sunshine.
We’re so fortunate to say that so many of our guests have come back to us with such great feedback about how much they enjoyed the day.
Could you sum up your wedding in a couple of sentences – how would you describe the look and feel of the day, the vibe?
Immaculate. 😂 If vibes could be measured.
Honestly it was a 1,000% better than we’d ever could have wished for. We knew we chose the right venue and vendors and then the weather played ball with giving us the best heatwave.
What was important to you about your wedding- what were your priorities from the very beginning?
We really wanted everyone to have a great time. That was like the bottom line. We wanted it to be great craic. Me and Rich wanted to give people time prior to the wedding so that people could grab a drink and chill: lying on the wedding website about the start time of our ceremony was the best idea ever.
I thought it was important that all I guess felt relaxed and that we felt relaxed today so we could enjoy ourselves and take in the day as it happened. I really just wanted for us to have a brilliant day without any stress.
How did you meet originally and get together?
Giving John Spillane a run for his money, Rich first noticed Aoife in Dunnes Stores on St. Patrick’s Street in Cork in 2010. They were hanging out as a friend group when he spotted her coming down the escalator. He asked for a kiss that day (or well, he asked through a friend) but Aoife said no. Over the next three years we soon became great friends, liking each other at different times and avoiding each other at other times.
It all changed, with a kiss in Saint’s bar, on our sixth year holiday in Santa Ponsa.
A place of true romance. We’ve been together ever since. In what was nearly eleven years later, we made it official.
What made the day really special and personal to you?
Rich’s sister Sinead wrote a poem about us and our relationship for the wedding and she read it so beautifully during the ceremony.
Aoife’s brother Mike read an extract from everything I know about. Love by Dolly Alderton. The extract spoke of finding the joy of love in the big moments, and the love in the simple mundanity of everyday life.
Pat, our celebrant suggested having our bridal party involved in the handfasting aspect of the ceremony and it was so nice to have our groomsmen and our bridesmaids to help us to tie the knot.
What advice would you give to other couples planning their day?
Book the big things and then enjoy it. We were both super relaxed heading into it.
Social media and the world of TikTok suggests so many ways your day should be and it can so overwhelming but you do you, boo.
How did the proposal go, if there was one?
I (Rich) proposed to Aoife in front of a waterfall in Esknamucky Falls in Glengarrif, Cork.
She had said years ago that she would love for someone to capture the moment on camera. Luckily for me I have a friend who is a photographer so he was able to capture the moment. We are both so delighted with this moment forever. Even if it did take Aoife an age to say yes in the moment.
Videographer: VowArt Wedding Films – Joanna (legend)
We opted to have second shooter on the day too Eamon. They are the best team!!!!
Celebrant : Pat Clarke-Browne
- Bridesmaids Dresses: V neck Tie Shoulder ChiChi London Aoife bought them for 50% off on Iclothing.ie
Aoife loves a bargain.
Bridesmaids Shoes: Linzi shoes style: Ulissa https://www.linzi.com/en-ie/products/ulissa-nude
(My girls rated these so much!!!)
Bridesmaids Earrings: Melted Low Hoop in Gold from Betty and Biddy
- Groomsmen suits
(Eoin, the owner, and Alex took unbelievable care of us for my groomsmen and Father of the Bride’s (Val’s) suits)
Aoife’s Mum’s dress:
- Brand: Badgley Mischka Collection – Name:Side Drape Sleeveless Sheath Dress in Lilac, bought online on the outnet.com but here’s a current link from Nordstrom https://www.nordstrom.com/s/side-drape-sleeveless-sheath-dress/7003872
- Headpiece: a bespoke design made by Cork based business – Aine’s Hattery in Ballincollig, Co. Cork https://instagram.com/aines.hattery?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
- Heels: Marco Tozzi Classic Heels in Lilac. Bought online on Zalando
- Clutch bag: The ‘Gabbi’ clutch from Irish company Glitzi Bitz (online)
- Bride’s Shoes:
”Block heel bow heeled sandals in Ivory” from Monsoon London
Aoife’s earrings: a bespoke design by Carol of Saora Design. A Cork bridal accessories small business.
Aoife couldn’t recommend Carol enough. “When I went looking for bridal accessories I knew that with the style of the dress that I had chosen – having a full head piece accessory would be overkill. So I went looking for petal based drop earrings and couldn’t find anything in the Irish market or online shopping wise that suited my particular style. I reached out to Carol and we worked together creating three different sets of earrings which I wore over the course of the few days over wedding celebrations. Dedicus style of my wedding earrings complimented the petal lace on my dress so beautifully”
- Aoife’s bracelet – something borrowed from her mum Patricia/Trish
- Flowers: Willow Florals. Michelle is an artist with an incredible talent. “Her use of native and imported florals is something we admired in our initial search and wow did she deliver.”
- Cake: In house by Hotel Doolin
- Cake Topper: ”The Creedons” is a bespoke design by Amy Kearney of Ditzy Dinosaur.
Amy is a school friend of ours who is just starting her bespoke creative design business. We were delighted to support her.
All stationary bits (menus, seat reservations, welcome sign, seating chart, table signs, were made by Aoife. During lockdown she created her own digital design small business https://instagram.com/rebelrebelprints?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
- Makeup: Sarah Dinneen (SmoMake up) of Beauty Atelier in Limerick
- Hair: Martina Garrihy of MimisTina, Ennistymon, Co. Clare
- Wedding Rings: Bespoke rings made by Brendan Walsh of Platinum Works, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City.
- Ceremony/Reception Music: Conor McEnery https://instagram.com/conormcenery?igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==.
“The literal voice of an angel”
DJ: Conor Cremmins
- Planning/Styling: Events by Rí (Riona
- Rentals/Decor: Events by Rí (Riona