Ireland countryside wedding: Jemma + James

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By Irish standards, Jemma + James’ wedding was small, at a nice and not to formal 85 guest count. And by our standards, their wedding was awesome. Just the type of wedding you want to be invited to with the added bonus that you get to party in Ireland. They wanted a garden party, they got it. They wanted a photographer who’s worth they could weigh in gold, they snagged Max Wanger. The result was very memorable day.

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classic satin and lace wedding dress

the first wedding glance

Going to sprinkle a few tips from Jemma here & there…

Our favourite part of the entire weekend was our first look and the time spent together afterwards. Nothing even comes close. We’re so glad we decided to do it. Best advice ever (thanks Max).

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daisy and babies breath bouquet

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If you can afford it bring in help. If I had the budget, I most certainly would’ve hired a planner from day one, as well as a day-of stylist and an amazing florist. The more help you have the less stress you have.

"tying the knot" wooden sign

outdoor garden wedding portraits

queens anne lace florals

vibrant irish garden portraits

painted wooden signs

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stylish wedding guests

Gotta love when guests show up in style!

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colorful bridesmaid dresses

If you can’t afford the professionals, ask for help. I had the best of friends (including my mom) help me, aka my “Bridal Brigade”. We’d have regular meetings, they’d assist in making decisions, compiling lists, arranging flowers and were literally invaluable the night before and day of the wedding. I couldn’t have done it without them.

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vintage jeep transport

irish guinness groomsmen photo

colorful wedding party

outdoor cocktail hour

rustic message table

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Choose your venue wisely. I’ve seen and heard nightmare stories about venues, choose wisely and your workload, stress levels and anxiety will be cut in half. There’s nowhere else in the world i’d have got married except Ballyvolane House. They’re incredible to deal with and real experts in their field.

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delicate floral table accents

porcelain pitcher vase centerpieces and decorative dinnerware

I did all my own flowers (with the help of my Bridal Brigade). Sourced them locally and set to work the night before. It was a huge undertaking and not necessarily one I’d advise. We went to the wholesalers that day and simply picked flowers I liked, not much preplanning at all. I wanted a light, summer, informal feel to the flowers in keeping with the day.

Mr. and Mrs. gingham plate settings

framed scrabble piece centerpieces

outdoor wedding dinner

first wedding dance

On the run up to the day I heard the same thing over and over “the day flies by”, “it’ll all be a blur” , so with this in mind I was conscious to regularly take a minute, stand back and ensure I was present in the moment. I honestly remember every moment.

dance floor spotlight

Now watch this adorable couple and their fashionable guests in motion in this rad video by Shark Pig!

Cheers to the new Mr. & Mrs.!

Photography: Max Wanger / Styling + floristry: Hip Hip / Videography: Brian Marrow aka Shark Pig / Venue: Ballyvolane House in Ireland / Wine: The Corkscrew / Friday night venue: The Chop House / Primms and Piggy music: Mad Uncle Henry / Reception music: Ukeristic Congress / Makeup: Ailbhe Lynch / Hair: Michael Leong / Invitation design: Bird and Banner / Vintage tableware: Pearl and Godiva / Band: Springbreak / First dance: Bitches With Wolves / Guest accommodations: Castle Martyr Resort / All signage: hand created by close friend, Maser / Bride’s stylist: Aisling Farinella / Bride’s dress: Collette Dinnigan (which is now for resale here) / Shoes: Fitzpatrick Shoes / Groom’s suit: Hackett / Shoes: Grenson / Bow tie: Horse and June / Groomsmen: all their own / Bridesmaids: Oasis Vintage, ASOS with jewelry from Loulerie

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Aisling Nelson on Aug 22, 2012

Loving the dapper style, smile factor and gorgeous blooming flowers. Your first look is one of the nicest I've ever seen. Irish weddings are so much fun, even if I'm a little biased :)

Sean & Kate Curtin on Aug 22, 2012

in LOVE with this wedding. Its a stunning location, we have shot there before. Adore the quirkiness of this wedding and its guests against the back drop of the country home. MAGIC :)

Kate O'Dowd on Aug 22, 2012

I can vouch that this wedding was every bit as beautiful as it looks. Throughout, the conclusion among guests was that it was one of the most idyllic weekends of our lives.... made so fun and perfect by Jemma's hard work and imagination (and James' outstanding oratory skills, of course)... and knowing that every element of the weekend stemmed from something very special to them. It still brings a tear to my eye to look at these pics... get married again Buds! XX

Lisa on Aug 22, 2012

Absolutely stunning!

olya on Aug 22, 2012

I enjoyed every single picture! gorgeous!

Ciara on Aug 22, 2012

Ooh so lovely to get a glimpse of this gorgeous day! The love and fun not to mention style just shines through, and such a treat always to see an Irish wedding here!

Valerie (Pieceful Wedding) on Aug 22, 2012

The photography is simply amazing! Every lovely moment in this gorgeous wedding was captured so beautifully!

invitation consultants on Aug 22, 2012

absolutely gorgeous photos! and love that the guests are so stylish!

Magda Lukas on Aug 22, 2012

this one is so cool!! Jemma & James have a fantastic life together. love xx

Claire on Aug 22, 2012

Glorious bouquet, beautiful pics and it just looks like so much fun!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro on Aug 22, 2012

Such a fabulous location with all the flowers in the pretty, pretty wedding florals, too! Looks like such a FUN occasion captured beautifully in the photos!

Kris on Aug 22, 2012

Beautiful photos! And the bride's dress is just perfect!

Cozbi on Aug 22, 2012

LOVE! omgoodness looks like it was such a fun celebration!!!

Jemma (bride) on Aug 22, 2012

Hey All, Thanks so much for all your sweet comments, it means so much. It honestly was such a dream come true and we couldn't have done it without our wonderful suppliers (some of which we'd now consider close, life long friends) family and great pals. Oh to do it all again..... Thank you, Jx

Annalisa on Aug 23, 2012

beautiful wedding! love the venue and the bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits :D

sarah yates on Aug 23, 2012

ahhh!! how did i miss this yesterday! love jemma and james, love these photos and that video! amazingness!!!!!

jenn | scout. on Aug 23, 2012

love love love everything about this. stunning stuff.

Andrea on Aug 24, 2012

What a day, actually weekend. It's a credit to Jemma that she managed to organise it all and make it feel like everything just magically happened by itself and still have time to actually get married. Delighted to be part of the day.

Ciara on Aug 25, 2012

I know this venue, it really is just as spectacular is it looks in the pics. This wedding looks like it was an absolute blast. I love it!

Conor O'Loughlin (@conorlocky) on Aug 25, 2012

Totally agree with the experts on this site I'd never heard of. @jemmacassidy's wedding was zing. (And we look great!)

Jacquelyn {Jacquelyn Jackson Photography} on Aug 26, 2012

Loving this wedding!

(@WeddingDates) (@WeddingDates) on Aug 27, 2012

Irish countryside wedding. Spectacular, of course!

(@hoppenheim) (@hoppenheim) on Aug 27, 2012

I can't explain just how #InLove I am with this Irish #wedding. It's my #WeddingOfTheYear! via @100layercake

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Unique wedding venue on Sep 5, 2012

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Trudder Lodge on Oct 16, 2012

Some lovely images of the happy couple and the venue. Looks like the day went really well. Ireland is a great place for that special wedding day and the venue looks really nice.

JG on Dec 11, 2012

I'm not even engaged, but My God this makes me wanna find a white dress and get hitched pronto! Your wedding looked like the most magical day and it's not about the amazing attention to details, or beautiful scenery but the love that comes through the camera, from you two, to your friends and family, the love was palpable. You're both very lucky to have found one another :) PS I love your dog.

Amanda on Jan 5, 2013

Jemma--- I'm planning an Irish destination wedding. Would love to correspond with you to get ideas of ways you made the weekend special for your guests. Let me know if you're interested!

Jemma (bride) on Jan 6, 2013

Hi Amanda. More than happy to help. Drop me an email at

Jemma (bride) on Jan 6, 2013

@JG Thanks a mill, your comment is much appreciated. Oh and yes we love her too (our dog that is)! We're kinda obsessed x

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Angie Ryan on Aug 25, 2013

Brilliant photos ..... priceless

Elliot Claire on Feb 4, 2014

Wow!! I love the mix and match of colours and the happy guests gathered around and the photos are all amazing!! Congratulations on your lovely wedding, more happy years for your guys! For wedding dress inspirations, check out:

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