When your girlfriend has a Grammy-nominated singer on hand to serenade you as she pops the big question and your family flies across the Atlantic Ocean so they can witness the romantic moment, you know your wedding is going to be truly special.
Over the weekend, pop singer Ellie Goulding wed art dealer Caspar Jopling in a lavish, star-studded ceremony. There was an electric blue VW camper van, an array of celebrity guests and a festival-themed reception, yet all eyes were on Ellie's dress, a custom design by the French fashion house Chloe that took 640 hours to create. It had long sleeves, a high ruffled collar, and was hand-embroidered with white roses of York - a nod to the church, York Minster, where the wedding took place. The modest style was unexpected, but are we about to see a wave of copy-cats at Irish weddings in 2020 and beyond? We spoke to wedding experts to find out the eight emerging bridal trends to look out for.
From modest, elegant embroidered sheaths and red-carpet look liquid satins and barely-there backs to ethereal, dreamy tulle skirts the stuff of royal wedding dreams, THEIA Couture is seeking to be the bridal designer for every woman with its Fall 2019 collection - and could well have pulled it off.
Suzi Finlay from Belfast and Noah Bartlett, from Paris, met through mutual friends when Noah moved to Northern Ireland to study in 2014. They hadn't really spoken however until they were put sitting together at a wedding in Ireland in 2015.
Aissa Widle and Kevin Duffy met in Las Vegas in 2015, and were engaged two years later while on holiday in Mexico celebrating Kevin's birthday. They had taken a boat out to the private Majahuitas beach with friends and when they got there their pals set them up to take a few photos. Before Aissa knew it, Kevin was down on one knee on front of everyone. "There was tears and laughter and I said yes!" she says.
Ciara Sheridan and Séan O'Gorman from Dublin first met when we both started a degree in Science in UCD and became close friends. After they graduated they both went on to study abroad, but a Christmas dinner with friends five years ago brought them back together and they’ve been inseparable ever since.
James, from Birmingham and Laura, from Wicklow, met in California in the summer of 2008, where Laura was on her J1 and James was on holiday with his brother and a friend. They crossed paths at a BBQ in a hostel off Hollywood Boulevard, and thus began their 'Hollywood romance'.
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