Ailbhe and Emil found the perfect spot in Mount Druid, Co Westmeath for their wedding. Photo: Ewa Figaszewska, Creative Wedding Photography,

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Real Irish Weddings: Homemade touches make Ailbhe and Emil's big day in Westmeath

From creating her own bouquet, to homemade favours, Ailbhe & Emil made their big day their own

Ailbhe (from Galway) and Emil (from Sheffield) met in University of Sheffield while studying for their Masters in Human Nutrition.

After going to see Arcade Fire in Brixton's 02 Academy for a first date on St Patrick's day (accompanied by 10 of Ailbhe's Irish pals, of course) love soon grew. On a chilly January day, Emil proposed to Ailbhe after starting a snowfight with her in London Fields park. When Emil dropped a snowball down her top, Ailbhe quickly discovered it was, in fact, a small box covered in snow.

The couple opted for a humanist ceremony with friends and family playing a big part throughout. "We wanted it to be fun, laid back and more like a big party than a formal event. We also wanted it to be 100pc true to us," says Ailbhe. Opting for a relaxed festival feel, the pair spent a lot of time considering the right venue, with Ailbhe saying they wanted "different areas for entertainment so that it didn't feel like we were in the one place for hours". They found the perfect spot in Mount Druid, in Co Westmeath.


Personal touches were also very important to Ailbhe and Emil. Ailbhe and her mother made the bouquets while her friend made the cake. Emil's mother made the favours, of sugared almonds, while other family members took to sign-making.

After their special day the couple took a break in Istanbul after the wedding and six months later went backpacking through Belize, Guatemala and New Orleans.

* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photographs by Ewa Figaszewska, Creative Wedding Photography, visit