Destination weddings tend to be a little bit different and a bit more fun.

Brides and grooms feel they can escape certain formalities or traditions, let their hair down and generally be themselves.

As a destination wedding planner, I encourage brides and grooms to get creative and let their personalities shine through every detail of their day!

This photo shoot aims to showcase just that!

Planned by Hollie The Wedding Planner and captured beautifully by Thati Fuligo Photography 

The design and tone I wanted to create is a fun and modern take on a Spanish style affair. Spanish inspired moody blooms meet a modern concrete style cake and traditional tapas meet a fun spin on sangria. The bride is dressed in traditional lace and the table display is a mix of soft greys with “must have” gold details to finish off the look.

A team of truly passionate and creative professionals came together to turn this inspiration into the series of photos shown below. 

I wanted to start with some classic shots of the bride getting ready before the ceremony and capture the emotion behind it. When nerves tend to be running a little higher and being fully at ease tends to be a bit more difficult. 

The bride is dressed in a Spanish feel backless, fishtail gown with beautiful lace details from Angelo Bridal’s own collection. 

For the hair, I wanted something informal and modern yet soft. Emma from Kelly Leung Hair Design achieved this perfectly with a mix of free-flowing waves and a loose braid finished off with pretty flowers adding a soft touch to this fun bridal look. Braids are still hugely on trend and we wanted to mix that up a little.

The makeup is soft, elegant and sultry. “I wanted to add definition to the face without overpowering it with makeup, for a look that feels effortless but glamorous” Stephanie from Stephanie Mc Makeup

For the florals, I wanted to create two versions of the bridal bouquet to reflect the two moods of the day. A more structured bouquet for the ceremony and a wilder version, with a mix of the same flowers, for after.

“We created the look by combining deep plum, burgundy and wine colours on a background of lush greens. Greenery needn’t be filler – here we achieved chromatic variety by using grey green eucalyptus, senecio, and asparagus fern. Autumnal blooms like buckeye peonies, dahlias predominate, along with black pearl and arosa lisianthus. You may find also some carrot flowers in there too, along with blackberries for accents. As a final bucolic touch, the stems were bound with a natural twine. It’s all about the details!” Bronagh from Ginkgo Florists 

The wedding cake made by Angela from Betsy’s Bakery is a modern concrete style cake in a simplistic, chic shade of grey. The look is finished off with moody blooms which match back to the bridal bouquet. 

The after ceremony photos aim to capture the moment of ecstatic happiness that comes after you have just promised to spend the rest of your life with your best friend!

When the nerves have subsided and it’s time to have some fun.

To achieve this the bride model, Gill was told to let her hair down and have fun! In these shots, the bride is captured feeling comfortable in her own skin and enjoying every moment of the day! As all brides and grooms should!

From being playful to moody with ‘in the moment’ shots capturing the bride’s personality.
From a change of bouquet and a darker lip to enjoying the cake and cava and even taking a moment for a quick selfie! 

The shoot takes place in Rosedale House, a stunning late Georgian house with private gardens.
This completely customisable, exclusive use venue is an ideal setting for a relaxed destination wedding weekend, where guests can stay and celebrate together.

Planning and styling: Hollie The Wedding Planner @ Hollie The Wedding Planner

Photographer: Thati Fuligo @ Thati Fuligo Photography

Hair: Emma Leung @ Kelly Leung Hair Design

Makeup: Stephanie Mc Namee  @ Stephanie Mc Makeup

Florist: Bronagh Harte @ Ginkgo Florist

Cake: Angela Aprile @ Betsy’s Bakery

Gown: Angelo Bridal’s own design

Model: Gill Keogh

Location: Rosedale House, Shankill Ireland.