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Holly Valance tied the knot with billionaire and English property tycoon Nick Candy in a very lavish, over-the-top wedding in Beverly Hills. Keeping with the OTT theme, the bride, 29, wore an hugely extravagant, dramatic gown by J'Aton Couture and a lace floor-length veil. It came embellished with a full, meringue style feather-like skirt. Nick kept things simple and chic with a navy blue tuxedo by D&G, and guests were entertained by California Girl Katy Perry.
The Australian actress has been met with a lot of criticism for her ‘more is more’ look.
What do you think of the possibility that meringue wedding dresses just might well be back in vogue?
The Saturday’s singer and generally lovely Irish lass Una Healy shared a short video of her summer wedding today with fans on Twitter. Una married hubby Ben Foden in Kilshane House, Tipperary, earlier this year, just four months after giving birth to her daughter Aoife Belle. Both girlies were only gorgeous.
Tipperary-based wedding videographers Star Systems (WeddingsOnline.ie suppliers of course - wonder if Una's a Wollie??) produced the DVD for the couple.
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By Karen Birney
Be part of what is hoped to be the largest gathering of brides in Ireland, all in aid of Samaritans Ireland.
By Karen Birney
Anne Hathaway hasn't had it easy for the last few years, but it seems she's finally found her dark knight in shining armour. On Saturday Hathaway made it all legal with long time boyfriend Adam Shulman in a lavish ceremony in the Big Sur, California, and we think she looked incredible in her old-world style, custom-made Valentino gown. Check out the sketch below and see the real thing here - Anne Hathaway Wedding US Magazine.
By Karen Birney
The Irish Indo reported on Sunday that a €100,000 tab for Ciara daughter-of-former-billionaire-Sean Quinn's 2007 wedding was charged to the Quinn Group. This would be shocking enough, except to find that the €100,000 cheque was reportedly just for the cake. The CAKE! Apparently the couple have some sweet tooth and had the estimated €250-per-slice cake flown in from New York, possibly first class.
So, with that in mind we want to know: How much are you budgeting for your wedding cake?
Photo by DKPHOTO, based in Carlow, Ireland
The latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) stats have shown that the 'Mrs' is officially 'in'. Marriage is up 10% on 2006 according to the 2011 figures, with over 1.7 million people in Ireland currently wed. And as if our proverbial 'clocks' weren't already aware, from the age of 32 the number of married women in Ireland outnumber the number of single women (34 for men).
The study, reported by The Journal, notes that remarriages have also seen a significant increase of 550% from 2006-2011.
By Karen Birney
La Caverna is the newest addition to our wedding venue directory, and we're delighted to be able to share with you such a great alternative wedding venue in the city (that city being Dublin) Their newly renovated 300 year old wine cellar acts as their warm and intimate dining area for weddings and events, and they specialise in Italian fare and fine wines. If you're choosing to go for an intimate event of up to 40 people, it's certainly worth dropping into the team in Temple Bar, or contact them here for more information.
By Karen Birney
A 'marrying' of style caught our attention recently when wedding stationery designers Pretty as a Picture were commissioned by new bridal store Little White Dress to design one heck of a pretty website. The site is a joy to browse around, made all the smilier (smilier?) with PAAP's beautiful hand-painted graphics supporting LWD's vintage/couture style stock.
Project 51 is a modern style haven in Dublin City Centre, stocking the best in high-end Irish design.
The store features a realm of Irish designers including those specialising in the fields of jewellery, millinery and accessories.
The showcase is made up of designers from the Project 51 collaborative as well as unique wedding suppliers ranging from flowers to cakes and stationery to event planning.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 7pm.
By Amy Croffey
Born in Co Roscommon, Martha Lynn is a young, passionate milliner based in Dublin. Her creations are a combination of traditional elements with a modern twist that she creates in her studio on 51 South William Street in Project 51.
Martha takes inspiration from everything and anything. “Each piece has been inspired by something different. It could be anything from materials to people,” she says.
Her designs are composed of simple clean lines. “I like to introduce a little element of excitement but I like to keep the design classic,” she adds.
Her most important advice for brides who are trying to find the perfect headpiece is to be comfortable and confident in what they are wearing and to consider the style of dress as well as the wedding theme.
On the issue of buying Irish, Martha believes that we all need to support each other. “In the current climate I think it’s really important to support and encourage Irish designers. With the right support we can continue to develop our designs and grow our business giving our customers a better quality and selection of products,” she says. “There is so much Irish talent. We really need to build on what we have.”
Martha tries to buy Irish materials as much as possible when creating her headpieces. At the moment, she is just selling her designs in Ireland but she also has customers in the UK, Australia and America.
For more information on Martha Lynn Millinery call 00 353 85 777 1641.
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.
“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.
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.
“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!”
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.
Wedding Customs and Superstitions
By Amy Croffey
Since it's Friday the 13th today, tradition says it’s bad luck to get married, so we put together some more Irish wedding traditions for couples. Some of you may stick religiously to these superstitions, others won’t bat an eyelid at them, and many might follow them ‘just in case’, whatever you decide, here are the customs that we believe are either most noteworthy or bizarre:
Blue - Wearing something blue is considered to represent purity and fidelity.
Bonfires – In some parts of the west of Ireland, neighbours light bonfires outside their homes to wish the bride and groom good luck on their wedding day. Neighbours and friends will stand at the fire and wave to the couple as they pass to their reception.
Cat – If you feed a cat out of an old shoe, your wedding day will be a happy one.
Confetti - Throwing rice or confetti as the couple leaves the church is meant to bestow fertility on them.
Dress - It is unlucky to try on your whole outfit (dress, shoes, veil, the lot!) and look in a full length mirror before your wedding day, but if you leave off a shoe or a hairpin you can fend off the bad luck. Phew!
Earrings - The earrings you wear on your wedding day will bring you luck and happiness for evermore.
Groom - The groom should pay everything with an odd sum of money on his wedding day, or else bad luck ensues.
Rain - If it rains on the wedding day, the bride will cry all of her married life.
Ring - If the bride has to assist the groom when he is putting the ring on her finger it means he will be ruled by her in the future. (Get him a smaller ring ladies!)
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe - The something old should be from a happily married woman, the borrowed should be an object of gold and the sixpence should be worn in the heel of the left shoe as a symbol of wealth.
Sun - It is believed that if the sun shines on the bride on her wedding day, it will bring good luck to the couple and their children will be beautiful.
Surnames - It is unlucky for a woman to marry a man whose surname began with the same letter as hers.
Veil - It's good luck to get a happily married woman to put your veil on, but bad luck to put it on yourself.
If you are anything like us, you’ll probably take many of these customs with a pinch of salt, so instead of using these customs, make your own for your wedding day.
We got most of these superstitions from the ladies on the WOL Forums, if you know of anymore wedding customs, superstitions or traditions from Ireland, or anywhere around the world, leave us a comment below!
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Happy Holidays to all our Wollies!
2011 was a great year for us, like everyone else we had our ups and downs, but they were mainly ups thanks to you!
Here’s hoping that 2012 will be filled with happiness, laughter, prosperity and most importantly and aptly, love for you all.
The WeddingsOnline Team x
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By Rory McDonald of WeddingsOnline.ie
It’s hard to believe that another year has passed since our beloved Beverley O’Sullivan was tragically taken from us. The Beverley Butterfly Ball is an opportunity for those who love her to express their love, loss and gratitude for a life cut far too short. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the amazing charity work that is organised by her mother Bernadine and father Owen. Special thanks also to her brother Wayne and her partner Steve (who almost lost his life in the same tragic accident) for their hard graft in helping out.
Special thanks too to Doug Murray (AKA Electric Eddie) who MCed for the night – simply the best!
The night itself was excellent with Ed O’Leary (aka The Swing Singer) and his dulcet tones entertaining all those attending during the drinks reception. As dinner was served all the fun stuff regarding spot prizes, awards for sterling work in climbing four peaks in four days and/or cycling an obscene amount of miles (Malin Head to Mizen Head) in four days (all in the name of fundraising for charities close to Bev’s heart) was very ably officiated by Owen, Beverley’s dad. We were also treated to a very touching slideshow of images of Beverley (with her family, friends and various loved ones) which I know brought a tear to many an eye. The slideshow also showed images of the hospital equipment that was purchased from last year’s fundraising to support the hospital in India where Beverley passed away.
The music for the evening started with The All Star Marching Band (who Beverley and Wayne, her brother used to play with) playing a numbers of songs, especially Beverley’s favourite: I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas. The feeling was spot on as The Love Band entertained everyone with their larger than life sound and front man Will Dowling who actually got down (from the stage) on one knee to propose to his girlfriend – thank God she said YES!! The baton was very ably taken up by 20th Century Gold with their distinctively funky sound who kept the dance floor hopping! Nikki Kavanagh and Joanna Charles both did outstanding vocal cameos too.
The organisers of the Butterfly Ball would like to especially thank the following:
One4all Ireland | Westlife | FBD Hotel | Connolly & Moore | Dvine, Drogheda | BioFresh Skin Care | BubbleGum Hair | Cadburys | Toni & Guy Dundrum | Toni & Guy Sandyford | Simplicity Beauty Salon | More Than Make Up | Dance AMAD | Mark Murphy | Glencar House Hotel | Peter Mark Hair | Image Inc. | Ultimate Hair and Beauty | Compu B | Triona Curran | Iris Kellett | Siobhán Beggs | Candlelight Weddings | Charles Camping | DAN Productions and Beverley Butterfly Foundation
To keep up to date with what’s happening for the next year in fundraising efforts please check Facebook
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