Your Big Day

A stylish day for Claire and Conn at Ballinacurra House

And the bride wore... separates!

After taking a year off in college Claire returned to her new year in CIT where she met fellow-fourth year, Conn.

They got to know each other on college nights out in The Bróg before romance blossomed. Together for ten years, Conn proposed in May 2015 on the cliff walk in Ballycotton – one of their favourite places. Almost a year later they got married.

The couple tied the knot in Ballinacurra House in Kinsale on a day the weather was so glorious it called for sun cream. Bride Claire donned separates - a skirt from Coast and top from Folkster - in a modern, stylish twist on the traditional white dress.

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Their day went seamlessly - despite Claire having to pop into her local shop to use the toilet on the way to the church - and guests left with framed Polaroids, happy memories, and a bit of a tan.

Their wedding photos are by Into the Light.

The Dress

Although Claire tried on five wedding dresses initially, in the end she decided against the traditional white dress, and wore separates instead. Her skirt was from Coast, and her top from Folkster. She also had her dressmaker make a couple of adjustments to make the outfit her own, such as changing the colour of the skirt's underlining.

The Venue

The couple chose Ballinacurra House for their reception.

"We went to visit one or two places but nothing was jumping out at us," said the bride. "The minute we arrived at Ballinacurra House we knew it was the wedding venue for us. It is so intimate and a bit quirky, which we loved."

The Details

Because they loved their venue as it was, Claire and Conn made very few changes to the decor. They set up a Polaroid station for guests to take pictures of themselves as keepsakes which they could add to one of the couple's home-made frames. We also had a wish jar for guests to pop in little notes for us. We didn’t need to do much else as we felt Ballinacurra is just fab the way it is.

The Day

Claire and Conn celebrated their nuptials with 111 guests and the entire thing went 'seamlessly'. The Irish weather played a blinder too, with some guests even getting a bit sunburnt it was so hot.

For the bride the drinks reception was the highlight of the day; "The drinks reception was amazing. It was exactly as we had wished: Sun shining, Gary Baus playing swing music and all our friends and family mingling."

The Moment

"My Dad surprised me with a limo to bring us to the church. When we got to Ballygarvan I needed to go to the loo so I had to go into the local shop - It's my local shop so I didn’t feel too bad!"

The Stress

"Assembling and sending out the invitations!"

The Supplier

"My good friend, Louise McSorley of Old Schoolhouse Flowers, did so much for us. I met her once to give her some of my ideas and she did everything else. It was so professional."

The Advice

"I know it’s easy to say but don’t get too stressed," says Claire. "It will ruin the whole experience. Also, involve your family. It’s an experience that will bring you together. Everyone wants the best for the couple."

The Honeymoon

The couple spent a week in Elea Resort Santorini Suites in Greece.

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The Vendors

Photographer: Into the Light, Co Cork | Dresses: Coast, Folkster | Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS | Groom’s suit: savillemenswear.ie | Venue: Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, Co Cork | Flowers: Old Schoolhouse Flowers