REAL WEDDING: KATHLEEN + MATTHEW

Last September at this time Kathleen and Matthew (Katie and Matt) were boarding a plane for Ireland to celebrate their wedding, destination style. I had the distinct joy of being the matron of honor in this tremendous celebration across the pond so this one means a lot to me!

Katie and her mother, Sheila, planned every last detail to absolute perfection, it was the most fun and festive wedding I've ever attended....people flew from all over the States to attend including the bride's grandfather; Katie's cousins, aunts and uncles from Northern Ireland also made the trip down to Galway to celebrate. Her lace trumpet style gown and casually styled hair were breathtaking as was the updated church where they exchanged their vows. The couple walked from the church to the reception with the photographer Roberta Cotter who caught some incredible photos on the cobblestone streets.

I created the invitations and everything in between. The Save the Date card featured a photo from my friend and fav photog, Meredith Mascola's trip to Ireland several years ago and we let that dictate the colors of the whole suite! We also wanted to reflect the idea of a postcard as this was a destination wedding. The invitation suite featured a pocket for all the pertinent details as well as a modern Claddagh and tribute to Katie and Matt's Waterford Crystal pattern and the band and several accessory cards. And we may have hidden a few shamrocks in the design to be extra cheeky.

The reception was in the gorgeous Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Meyrick in the center of Galway. The party lasted well past the closing of the dance floor, which my husband had possibly worn a hole in by the end of the reception. Drinks and traditional Irish music continued in the hotel bar for the wedding guests; we laughed and toasted this most special couple until the wee hours of the morning. I will forever have the most precious memories of this amazing event. Slainte!