Dark, romantic Ireland wedding inspiration

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Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

It’s pretty obvious from just this first photo that Paula McManus wanted to create a different kind of bridal shoot. One with no white dresses nor bright colors. She photographs to tell a story, and this one is entirely romantic! Her inspiration came from this quote, “one day long ago, the sea asked the city if it wanted to go out for a drink, they spent the whole night dancing and fell in love with the way they were different, yet the same”. From there a story of a city bride in the romantic atomosphere and beauty of the sea came to light.

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

So dramatic, we love it!

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

At first it looks like the table is on a bed of leaves, but they’re sea shells. So pretty!

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Something about mercury glass on the beach… it just goes perfectly together, doesn’t it?

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Bouquet recipe: cream roses, black dahlias, white veronica, cream hypericum berries, cream stock, mint, white peonies, white larkspur, origanum, and gold grevillea.

Dark and romantic Ireland wedding inspiration | photos by Paula McManus Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Such pretty ideas… and we love the model’s fishtail braid! Thanks to everyone involved for sharing your creative work with us.

For more inspiration check out our Wedding Ideas section + Pinterest boards.

Photography: Paula McManus Photography / Flowers: Floralearth  / Event Design: Grace and Saviour / Location: Murlough Beach Northern Ireland / Dress: By Jude / Makeup Artist: Tippy Logronio / Hair: Styled by Michelle Maxwell / Model: Destiny Carlisle

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Caitlyn | The Aerialist Press on Oct 30, 2013

Okay, I am honestly blown away by how amazing this is. Officially taking notes!!

Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady on Oct 30, 2013

This is stunning! What an incredible collaboration - everything looks seamless together. I love the raw elegance of the details on that windswept beach!

Ron Miller on Oct 30, 2013

Table setting is off the charts! Love what you did with the chairs too!

Paula McManus on Oct 31, 2013

Thank you so much for featuring our shoot! We all loved putting it together. Love seeing it featured on here!

Wedding entertainmentmelbourne on Oct 31, 2013

The photos look amazing.

Shannon on Oct 31, 2013

Does anyone know the origin of the quote on the chalkboard? I love it so much and want to read more!

100layercake on Oct 31, 2013

Hi Shannon, It's from a poem from Christopher Poindexter. So pretty!

Saathiya Matrimonials on Oct 31, 2013

Wow, such lovely photos against all the green! And the dogs were so cute as well!

The Clubhouse at Patriot Hills Event and Wedding Venue on Nov 1, 2013

The table number bottles are so pretty. Everything was very ethereal.

Brittnee on Nov 18, 2013

Where is that amazing shell with the pearls from???

Susan on Nov 20, 2013

I second Brittnee - PLEASE tell us about the shell holding the pearls!!! Please!

Ugg Australia Outlet Store Online on Nov 21, 2013

Yes you are true, YouTube is best video sharing site, since YouTube is a lightly no much streaming time rather than other sites.

Claire on Dec 4, 2013

Where is that gorgeous ring from? :) Thanks! This is beautiful.

Catherine on Jan 6, 2014

I'm late to the party, but where is that wrap in the first picture from? Or if it was specially made, what is the material? This is JUST the look I've been imagining. Thank you!

hugoballard on Sep 7, 2015

Beautiful pictures taken.

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