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White Flower Bouquets

Peonies and Purple in Fossa

It was a beautiful Summers day on the 10th August 2013, with a couple of light showers but overall a great day for an Irish Wedding! Sinead and Andrew were married in a beautiful ceremony in Fossa church ( Killarney) with the reception held at the Brehon Hotel.

Poenies and Roses

beautiful bride with her bouquet of peonies and roses

Sinead wanted to use seasonal flowers in her bouquet so we went with Peonies and white avalanche roses. We added in a few smaller cluster roses to create texture in-between these big blousy blooms.

Rose buttonhole

Rose buttonhole

For Andrew’s buttonhole we did a cluster rose spray with green detail.

White bridesmaids bouquets

Purple Bridesmaids with white Rose bouquets

The bridesmaids wore a beautiful purple colour and their bouquets were made up of simple white avalanche roses in a hand tied bouquets.

Fossa Altar flowers

Altar arrangement in Fossa Church

We continued the theme of peonies and roses for the altar flowers and added in some white hydrangeas/gyp and garden foliage.

hand tied bouquets

Bride and bridesmaids hand tied bouquets

happy couple

Mr and Mrs Mc Carthy

It was a beautiful day captured through the lens of Shane O’ Sullivan Photography..:)

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September in the Dunloe

It was a beautiful Autumn Day on the 14th September this year that Madeleine and Eoin were married in the St Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney. Madeleine was a stunning bride and so wonderful to work with. She loved the idea of having garden flowers such as  roses, ranunculus, white hydrangeas, babies breath green ivy and with grey eucalyptus foliage in the bouquets.

Madeleine arrives

Madeleine arriving at the Cathedral

Flower railings outside church

Decorated railings outside the church

The church flowers were very natural shades of green ivy and large blousy roses with plenty of soft babies breath.

Hanging Lanterns with ivy

hanging lanterns

ceremony flowers

Altar flowers

Madeleine’s bouquet was made up of white avalanche roses, ranunculus, gyp and eucalyptus. We added in some pale sweet avalanche roses and astibe into the bridemaid bouquets for contrast.

Hydrangeas and ranunculus

Bridal bouquet with hydrangeas and ranunculus

The reception was held in the Dunloe Castle Hotel where used tall silver candelabra  topped with babies breath centrepieces.

gyp centrepieces

babies breath centrepieces

Madeleine and Eoin had a wonderful day along with their gorgeous little girl Abigail who was chief flower girl.

Special thanks to Shane O’ Sullivan for these fantastic pictures 🙂 !


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Sweet Summer Pink

This was a perfect summer wedding for Aisling and Colm. It was a sunny August Day, the ceremony was held in the Cathedral with the reception held at the beautiful Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney.

Bridal bouquet

Bridal bouquet

Aisling had 3 bridesmaids and one flower girl. All dressed in a lovely pale pink. The perfect colour for summer. We had decided to add the pink into Aishling’s flowers and gave the girls ivory rose bouquets.

Pink Bridesmaids

Pink bridesmaids

Groom Flower


Colm’s Boutonnière was made up of an ivory vandella rose with a hint of stephanotis. The rest of the lads had the pale pink roses.

Pink and white roses

Bridal bouquet roses

The bridal bouquet was made up of Sweet avalanche roses mixed with the ivory vandella roses. We added in the little pearl detail into the roses.

The happy couple

Happy couple


These two were really blessed with a wonderful Day!:)

Special mention for Shane o Sullivan who took these brilliant shots, very talented indeed!:)

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Tea for two

This was one of the most memorable weddings for me in 2013. It was a magnificent summers day in July and was  the same day that the ring of Kerry charity Cycle race was on. Which meant that we were caught in the middle of it, as Kathryn and Jonny  had chosen the beautiful town of Kenmare for their ceremony with the reception afterwards held at Dromquinna Manor.

Bridal bouquet

Kathryn’s garden flower bouquet

Kathryn had 7 bridesmaids! Each wore a different dress with mad floral designs and colours. Really different and fun! The flowers were a combination selection of summer blooms in all colours from yellow sunflowers, ivory and coral peonies, pink hydrangea,  blue Delphiniums, red roses, white daisies and wild foliage’s such as honeysuckle . Kathryn was great to work with as she was very trusting gave me free rein.

bridemaids bouquets

7 bridesmaids

The boutonnieres were made up of Lavender and rosemary sprigs tied together with Raffia. Very casual and tied in well with the relaxed style of bouquets and arrangements.

buttonhole flowers

Jonny and the lads

The ceremony was held in Kenmare Church. We had galvanised buckets filled with wild flowers and colourful garden blooms. Little buckets on the pew ends and larger ones at the back of the Altar. The Altar arrangement was done in a wooden box instead of the traditional Altar piece.

Church flowers

Kenmare church

I loved the working on these centrepieces. Kathryn’s family had been collecting little bottles and  jam jars. They had  stuck on little bits of hessian cloth and little lace bows and details on the jars before giving them to me to fill with flowers.

teapots and flowers

teapots, jam jars and flowers

‘Pearl and Godiva’ had done the décor styling at the Manor house and supplied all the vintage tea pots, crockery and napkins.

Table centrepiecesin tea pots

Reception flowers

The last bit of flower detail were little sprigs of fresh lavender and Rosemary on each Napkin.

Napkin flower

Lavender napkin detail

This truly was a wedding to remember and I know that Kathryn and Jonny had an amazing day with all their Family and Friends. I enjoyed being part of this magical day:)

I have to mention the Photographer who took all these amazing pictures. David McClelland Photography. He did a fantastic job!

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Lily of the Valley

Michelle and Dax were one of the most memorable weddings that I worked on. They were both from Canada and had chosen to tie the knot in Killarney Co Kerry. The venues they chose for their ceremony and reception were, St Mary’s Cathedral and Cahernane house in Killarney. Michelle was very clear of what flowers she wanted from the start. Lily of the Valley!


Michelle’s bouquet was a hand-tied posy full of just lily of the valley with a trimming of dark green leaves.


For Dax, we gave him a single sprig of Lily of the Valley

The six bridesmaids, wore emerald green dresses and carried smaller versions of Michelle’s bouquet.


For the church flowers, we used a combination of white hydrangeas, veronica, bells of Ireland, avalanche roses, amaranthus and lisianthus.


We continued with the same combination of flowers for the centrepieces at the reception only we added in a bit of the Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the Valley wedding flowers

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Wild Flowers in August

Caitriona and Allen, were married in August 2012. The ceremony was held in St James’s Church in Killorglin with the reception afterwards at the beautiful Dunloe Castle Hotel near the Gap of Dunloe in Co Kerry. Catriona came to me with the idea of having wild flowers incorporating her bridesmaids colours which were red.

wild flower bouquets

Photography by Riona MacMonagle

The colours we decided on were rustic burnt oranges, yellow, brown, ivory and reds


The flowers we used were, hypericum berries, montbretia, solidage, dahlias, celosia and some grasses. The style of bouquet was a simple loosely  hand tied bouquet.


Allen’s boutonnière was a simple spray including some of the flowers that were in Catriona’s bouquet.


The arrangements in the church were also wild/garden flowers including hydrangeas and a few dentrobuim orchids. The altar arrangement was then reused at the reception on the top table.

wild flower church altar

Photography by Riona MacMonagle

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Sunshine Dahlias

Adrienne & Daniel were married in Killarney in July. They live in New york but decide to get married in Ireland as Daniel is From Dublin. They chose  Fossa Church for the ceremony and the reception was held at the Beautiful Aghadoe Heights hotel. The colour scheme was canary yellow and midnight blue. the  Bridesmaids wore Canary Yellow and the Men wore Midnight blue suits.

Dahlia Bridal bouquetAdrienne wanted to use seasonal flowers especially Dahlias. So we used a mixture of white and yellow Dahlias and freesia for all the bouquets, having more yellow in the bridal bouquet than the bridesmaids.Bridesmaids and Bride Bouquet mixed dahlias

The groom wore a single yellow Dahlia and the Best men white.

Altar flower arrangement with candlesWe carried the Dahlia theme throughout all the church flowers using white Dahlias, freesia and roses.Cluster Centrepieces for weddingFor the table centrepieces we used various cube and bulb vases and filled them with seasonal flowers such as Dahlia, freesia, roses and white hydrangea.

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Feathers and Roses

Moire and Aidan were married in March of this year.  Their choice of Venue was the beautiful Balleyseede Castle which was idyllic for a spring wedding. Moire was a very organised bride with everything planned to the last detail which made my job very easy.
Amnesia Rose Bridal Bouquet

We used a combination of amnesia roses and ivory vandella roses for her bouquet which was hand tied. In addition we added in some whit ostrich feathers which picked up on the vintage head piece that she wore. Aidan Wore a single amnesia rose boutonniere.

amnesia Rose Buttonhole

The bridesmaid bouquets were made up of  ivory roses and  we made wands for the little flower girls.

Flower Girl Wand with roses

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Gerberas & Butterflies

Shelly and Patrick opted for a spring wedding in Early March. The ceremony was held at Fires church in Co Kerry with the reception held in the Ballyrow Hotel in Tralee. Shelly wanted something really colourful to compliment her bridesmaid dress, which was a cerise pink colour. Gerberas seemed to be the perfect match and also one of Shelly’s favourite flowers, so it was a perfect fit.


The bridal bouquet was simple with white gerberas with diamante. The bridesmaid bouquet had all the coloured gerbera, orange, yellow and cerise. Shelly also had two flower girls and here we went with a couple of wands with mini gerbera.

The church was simply decorated with a large altar arrangement. For the pew ends we used a single colourful gerbera on every second pew end. Outside the church we had two spiral topiary trees with mini gerberas. We added two lanterns for a bit of candle light.

For the reception tables, we used glass fishbowls with mixed gerberas and butterflies.


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Gerberas in Glenbeigh

Laura and Liam were married in Glenbeigh church in October.  Laura’s family own the pub right across the road from the church so it was an ideal location for the ceremony as well as a very short commute for Laura to the church.Bridal Couple Outside ChurchThe flowers were bright and colourful! Laura wanted something a little different to the norm, so we used loads of colourful gerberas with lime green hydrangeas for the bouquets and arrangements. (photo by Cleary’s Photography)

Exotic Bride Bouquet

For Laura’s bouquet, we added in a few exotic leucospermum for a bit of texture along with the colourful gerbera and hydrangea. (photo by Cleary’s Photography)Gerbera Bridesmaids


The bridesmaids were lime green hydrangeas with the coloured gerberas. The lime colour really made the gerberas stand out. (photo by Cleary’s Photography)

Gerbera ButtonholesThe boutonnières were mini gerbera. (photography by Cleary’s Photography)

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