There wasn't a cloud in the sky for Robyn and David's sweltering summer wedding day, in the glorious Castlemartyr Hotel! Our groom hails from Co. Kerry, our bride hails from Scotland, and their friends and families travelled to East Cork to see these sweethearts say their I dos. There are some very sweet and unique details infused throughout this day, with Scottish magic in the form of tartan style, a ritual involving Scottish whisky and a wedding cake to make you smile! Eden Photography captured the wonderful images on the day, so Pinterest boards at the ready!
Robyn met Kerry man David in a nightclub in Glasgow back in 2012 on her 19th birthday. The couple who are living in Glasgow, tell us how this day came to life starting with the most "perfect proposal". "We went for a walk in the Scottish Highlands and David proposed beside the Invermoriston Falls waterfall. It was very romantic, yet very natural and authentic!"
Everyone meet the adorable fur-baby - Ruby!
David and his groomsmen donned some very stylish details, such as tartan bowties which were undoubtedly a nod to his wife's Scottish homeland. They complemented the style with a deep navy three-piece suit and black patent shoes for a dapper finish.
The Cork wedding day brought an abundance of special touches to both Robyn and David, along with a sizzling heatwave! However, what touched their hearts on the day was the amazing wedding suppliers who made their dream become a reality! "Our hair and makeup team, Cathyanne and Annette gave me and the bridesmaids a fun morning making us look beautiful whilst making TikToks! They both went over and above making sure we stuck to the schedule whilst having fun! Jesse at Bloomsday Flowers created the most gorgeous flower arch and bouquets which lasted days despite the hot weather," says Robyn.
What a stunning sage bridal party! The ladies are wearing dresses from Lipsy, and that pair beautifully against the subtle pink bouquets - we also love Robyn's mum's elegant mother-of-the-bride style. Before the magical day began, the lovebirds decided to spend a very special moment together, before walking down the aisle with a first look photo. This took place on the charming grounds, whilst the guests were busy taking to their seats. These always make us smile.
The couple chose an elegant yet relaxed feel for their East Cork wedding day. The summer wedding day was drenched in sunshine, making for the most perfect outdoor ceremony, with Chiavari chairs placed at the fountain overlooking the greens of the golf course. A wonderful ceremony backdrop was created using pastel florals, foliage, and large plant holders and marble stands, while beautiful matching pew ends on the chairs lined the aisle. The fresh green foliage motif was then added to the wedding signage
Here comes the bride! The newlyweds opted for the ever-so-popular handfasting wedding ritual, a symbolic unity ritual in which a couple stand face to face as their hands are tied together - hence the phrase, tying the knot! They used two pieces of tartan to bind their hands. "We also wrote our own vows to each other which was very special," they add.
Another ceremony ritual they included was the Loving Cup Ritual using a bottle of fine Macallan Scottish whisky. For this ritual a ceremonial cup is used, typically a silver cup with two handles, from which the couple both drinks and serve their guests. Robyn and David chose a cup with a Celtic design and had their names, the place and the date engraved on the inside. The idea behind this tradition is that sharing a drink makes it all the sweeter, so guests were treated to their own shot in personalised shot glasses.
Time to shine the limelight on our beautiful bride Robyn! Her off-the-shoulder lace ensemble was designed by Essence of Australia, and was elegantly accessorised with a chic sheer cathedral veil featuring the same beautiful applique on her gown. She added a divine pearl and bejewlled headpiece to her bridal hairstyle along with classic dropped pearl earrings, complemented by her incredible Jimmy Choo heels. Simply radiant!
One of the most important elements to the couple when wedding planning was finding a venue with beautiful interiors and surrounding grounds for pictures. "We also needed a hotel which would accommodate our guests for several days as many travelled from Scotland. Castlemartyr Hotel offered exactly that with several bars, restaurants and spa too," they say.
The five-star wedding venue was the inspiration behind their wedding aesthetic, thanks to the beautiful gardens and the hotel's traditional meets modern feel. What made the venue the one? "We loved The Capel Suite where the wedding reception and meal were held, the grounds surrounding the hotel, the outdoor drinks reception and the accommodation for our guests!"
A personal touch awaited each guest on the table, with snipes of prosecco and mini bottles of Glenfidditch whisky as wedding favours. Perhaps a favourite drink of the new Mr and Mrs?
We couldn't wait to hear the story behind the wedding cake design! "We had two highland cows as our wedding cake which brought a little bit of Scotland to Ireland!" Robyn and David shared their first dance to Something Just Like This by Coldplay and The Chainsmokers, played the amazing wedding band Blacktye who ensured the guests didn't leave the dancefloor all night!
A very special thank you to the newlyweds along with Eden Photography for sharing such a gorgeous wedding day in Cork with One Fab Day.
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