Take me back to Inish Beg Estate -
An island where wedding dreams & espresso martini bitches are born
A fairytale festival wedding in the most unique outdoor wedding venue in Ireland
I'd been waiting for this wedding a long time. Butterflies in my tummy kind of excitement! Brewing, wishy, washy, emotions, bubbling in my core.
Rosie and Josh, whom I had met the previous summer for an engagement shoot, were two cool cats whose company I really enjoyed.
You know the kinda peeps who you just vibe with, chilled AF with two of the cutest fur babies you could ever imagine. On a mild evening, the ones where the dragonflies flit about longer the usual enjoying the last of the Summer sun, we had our shoot down in Squince. A tucked away corner in West Cork, where the sounds of lapping waves and gentle squall of seagulls, lulled you into a mediative state of being. It was also home to Rosies holiday home, and many a childhood trip from the Uk was taken to the Emerald Isle, where sea swims & and offshore picnics were the order of the day.
And it was there, I left a little bit of my heart, because it was very easy to see, that these two dotes were meant to be and I knew deep down, it was going to be one of those weddings I would carry with me for a long time to come.
Rosie and Josh has chosen Inishbeg for a woodland inspired, fairytale wedding on an island, within a wood, on an another island, if you can follow that! In fact I couldn't, and Sally, Rosie's Mum and I got thoroughly lost on a recognisance mission (also known as a site visit) in the run up to the big day. We rang Rosie, busy at work in London. 'Help us get out of here' bent double with laughter & exhaustion. And it was just as well we have a venue tour as the site was huge and mesmerising, the venue itself comprises of a large Manor House, multiple luxury guest houses, the boat house, alongside both formal and informal gardens, acres of lush vegetation, orchards, woodlands, grasslands, and the wild Atlantic way knocking at its door. A slipway to another world, one could almost say.
The wedding itself was a confluence of English and Irish guests, childhood friends, high school friends, uni friends, a legacy of the importance of friendship in their lives. Some traveling from afar and some from near by. The secluded Irish island, made it a destination wedding venue for all. Josh enjoyed pints in Bushes bar in Baltimore, while Rosie got ready on a misty morning overlooking Squince Beach
The whole estate was theirs for the wedding so can have your ceremony wherever you want on the grounds, Rosie and Josh opted to have their ceremony on a small lake, accessed by a flower covered bridge, the guests watched in happiness as they said I do. The island itself was covered in stunningly whimsical floral decorations by Juan Bloom. From there we were serenaded by the band, the Ill Winds, as we walked in the soft summer rain towards the boathouse for a reception! Christ the banter was 90, and the place came alive with chitter, chatter! Blaithnaid Lane was the brilliant wedding planner and coordinator making sure everything ran smoothly!
There were lots of surprises in store later when Rosie shocked Rupaul loving Josh with his very own Drag show, which really got the party started & for some reason made me bawl, because the sheer happiness on both their faces was so sweet! Pure and utter joy. The speeches were followed by dirty dancing, photos in a quirky 70's van Photo Booth and a cocktail bar Fado which I can confirm - serves the best espresso martinis! Dreamcatchers captured it all
Lots of Love
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