A Mythical Tune: Irish Wedding Traditions

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Traditionally in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is considered the luckiest day of the year to be married so what better way to celebrate than with a beautiful Irish wedding shoot! :) Big thanks to the talented wedding artists in Ireland who made the journey to the South Coast of Ireland to turn their vision into a reality. Set in the wonderfully contrasting Irish landscape of the private Island of Inish Beg off the coast of Cork, this shoot incorporates many of Ireland’s charming wedding traditions while also taking inspiration from Ireland’s famed literary history – and of course not forgetting its iconic food and drinks culture.

blue bell bouquet

Magic Hanky
This charming custom symbolizes fertility. Traditionally the bride incorporates it into her dress, carries it with the bouquet or carries it in her sleeve. Once the wedding is over, the bride uses the handkerchief to make a christening bonnet for her first-born child. For this shoot, they tied/wrapped the brides wildflower bouquet with an embroidered ‘magic’ hanky.

blue and pink bouquet

irish braided hair

irish wedding inspiration

Blue Wedding Dress
The traditional Irish bride wore a blue wedding dress rather than white. This color was a symbol of purity in ancient times before white became the universal symbol for virginity.

Handfasting is an ancient Ireland Celtic tradition, in which a man + woman came together at the start of their marriage relationship. Each partner holds the hands of the other, right hand to right hand, left hand to left, their wrists crossed. The ribbon is wound around the wrists over the top of one and under and around the other, creating the infinity symbol. The practice gave way to the expression “tying the knot”. So fun to learn what that phrase came from! :)

irish wedding inspiration

irish wedding inspiration

irish wedding inspiration

Many Irish brides wore a wreath of wildflowers in their hair rather than an elaborate veil and carried bouquets of herbs and wildflowers to match.

Braided Hair
Irish brides often wore their hair in braids with ribbon and lace woven through the braids. Braided hair is an ancient Irish symbol of feminine power and luck.

braided hair with ribbon

braided hair halo with flower halo

From early times, Ireland is unique in having a musical instrument, the harp, as its national emblem. A harpist traditionally played during the wedding ceremony and at the wedding
banquet or celebrations.

irish wedding inspiration

irish wedding inspiration

couple in a wood shed

Make-up bells
Giving a bell as a wedding gift is another Irish tradition. The chime of bells is said to keep evil spirits away and also remind the married couple of their wedding vows. A nice modern twist is to hand out tiny bells to your guests to ring as you ‘tie the knot’ or when you exit the church instead of throwing confetti.

bell bracelet

blue wedding dress

tea time wedding table

team time wedding table

team time wedding table

green and pink cake table

green and pink cake table

green and pink cake table

green wedding cake, clothespink cake topper

blue wedding dress

irish wedding inspiration, woods

Tomek Ciezki of Heavy Man Films captured the shoot in this lovely film. It will leave you dreaming of visiting Ireland soon! :)

Thanks so much to these Irish artists for sharing their talents + Irish traditions with us today!

concept + production: Fly Away Bride // photography: Shane O’Neil of Aspect Photography // photographer’s assistant: Simon Curran // cinematography: Tomek Ciezki of Heavy Man Films // venue: Inish Beg Estate, Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland // art direction + styling: Pearl of Pearl & Godiva, assisted by Maura Dineen & Colette Nolan // florist: Wild Floral Couture // cakes & desserts: The Cake Stand // paper goods: Farrell & Chase // doves: Dove Days // harp: Lindsay Moynagh // bride’s attire: Dirty Fabulous // groom’s attire: Geraghty’s // makeup: Kathryn O’Neill // hair: Audrey Cashman of Up Style Junkie // jewelry + cape: Elsa & GoGo Boutique // ribbons + trimmings: A. Rubanesque // models: Rebecca Howarth (Lockdown), Eider Leite + Aisling Finnegan

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  1. Madly love this post, I feel like I just learned so much. Learning about various wedding traditions is so much fun and very inspiring.

  2. I am so, so inspired by this wedding! There are so many mythical details that I love here. Thanks for the loveliness!

  3. Love the vintage theme, subtle but really unique, stunning pictures

  4. Just beautiful! Those cakes are stunning and look delicious, and the whole shoot is gorgeous.

  5. Such a beautiful wedding..I love the setting and the amazing flowers. Anyone with a hankering for more Irish wedding traditions should check out a really good light-hearted book on Irish wedding traditions called ‘Would you like to be buried with my people? Irish wedding traditions’ – apparently this used to be an olden day proposal!! (Here’s a link to it on Amazon…http://www.amazon.com/Would-You-Like-Buried-People/dp/1845885716/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1340144714&sr=8-2&keywords=would+you+like+to+be+buried+with+my+people

  6. can you tell me if the theme tune is available to buy.

    thank you

    diane sampson

  7. Really don’t have any word to describe the beauty of this wedding. Everything is so amazing and awesome I wish I could present in this wedding but I enjoyed every shot taken.

  8. Beautiful photos. So dreamy!

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE her dress!

  10. Wow those cakes look absolutely fab.

  11. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos and it was really interesting to learn more about Irish wedding traditions

  12. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post with us!!!
    Personalised irish giftsare very exclusive,which shows the traditional way of their culture. It shows the beautiness of irish gifts.

  13. What wildflowers are these? they are beautiful. I want them in my bouquet.


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