Ken and Emma, or #Kemma as they were known to their wedding guests (thanks to a handmade polaroid photo booth) had a vibrant, kitsch wedding that was full of colour and character.
Ken and Emma met six years ago on Derby Day, which is part of a three day racing festival in the Curragh, County Kildare. Shortly after their relationship began, Emma had to move to Galway to complete her masters, but this only made their bond stronger. It was during a road trip of the Southern States of America that Ken popped the question. The couple were cruising down the Mississippi listening to jazz on a steam boat (I know what you are thinking – can they actually get any cooler?!) Poor Ken’s first suggestion to ‘take a walk on the top deck’ was shot down when Emma suggested another drink instead. After a much needed whiskey, Ken saw his opportunity. While Emma was admiring the magnificent New Orleans skyline, Ken got down on bended knee and presented Emma with a breath-taking vintage ring – “Ken got down on one knee and asked me to marry him – to which I replied “are you having a laugh?” Which he will not let me forget. Obviously I was just in shock and said yes as soon as I realised that it was really happening. Ken had picked a beautiful vintage ring that fitted perfectly - I couldn't have done better myself.”
Ken and Emma tied the knot in the Millhouse in Slane. The ceremony and reception both took place onsite. As soon as it came to choosing a venue, Emma had only one place in mind, “I loved that it allowed us to have loads of personal touches and also that we had the whole place to ourselves.” And ‘personal’ is definitely a word that depicts the heart of this wedding. The bright and beautifully bizarre décor included gold spray painted pineapples and plastic dinosaurs, giant white balloons with rainbow coloured tassels, flamingo fairy lights and cute signage made by Ken. A humble Emma calls the magical day ‘a community affair’ – “my sister-in-law Mary Scott made the cake and my other sister in law Sinead did all the bridal party’s beauty treatments. The veil I wore was loaned to me by our local publican, Bethann Reilly who runs Fagan’s in Moynalvey (where we had our day after celebrations). Our invitations were printed by family friend Joe Wall. Our flowers were by Lorcan Burke of Absolutely Fabulous flowers, another family friend.” Emma’a friend, Nuala Lynam, sang her up the aisle and Stacey, another of Emma’s friends, read a poem she wrote herself for the occasion. The readings during the ceremony were read and chosen by their family and friends. The couple also remembered Ken’s late mother throughout the day with Ken sending Emma a special gift of a peridot necklace made from his mother’s wedding ring on the morning of the wedding, and her favourite song, Christy Moore’s ‘The Reel in the Flickering Light,’ being sung as the newlyweds left the Old Mill hand in hand.
Once the ceremony was over, everyone assembled for a giant selfie and then greeted with a treat of prosecco, Dingle gin and Murphys elderflower ice cream. The reception saw guests all seated at tables named after all things America, like ‘Fried Chicken’ and ‘Missipippi,’ in light of that memorable road trip. The wedding meal was nothing other than scrumptious with guests choosing monkfish or steak, and diving into a drool worthy cake with three layers of delight - red velvet, lemon drizzle and chocolate biscuit cake.
The speeches were definitely a highlight of the togetherness and love that was present on the day. Not only did each of the wedding party say something, but Emma surprised and touched everyone present by playing a video she made featuring one second from every day of the year leading up to the wedding. It really brought the house down. Emma said, “I played the video to my guests of what I had been working on for the past year…just looking at my friends and family looking at that was a lovely moment.” If you’d like to shed a tear over your coffee like me, have a look at Emma’s beautiful video here
The rest of the night was spent dancing into the early hours to their band The Springsteens, who also played Ken and Emma’s first dance song – “Bring Me Sunshine.”
Looking at the beautiful images taken by Elisha Clarke, you cannot help but smile and fill with butterflies. It was their vision of a relaxed, fun filled day bursting with gold and kitsch wonder bound by all the special and heartfelt contributions by their nearest and dearest that made Ken and Emma’s day the enchanting sensation that it was. Thank you both for sharing your memories with us. We might have to change our tagline, forget BeBlue… #BeKemma .
Bridal and Bridesmaid Dresess: Abelle Bridal, Trim
Shoes: Dune / Converse / Barker
Groom’s Suit: Bespoke waistcoat and trousers from Magee Tweed, Wicklow
Groomsmen’s Waistcoats: River Island
Jewellery: Loulerie / Chupi / Stella & Dot
Ceremony Singing: Nuala Lynam
Flowers: Absolutely Fabulous Flowers
Hair: Leona from Chocolate Fringe
Makeup: Anne Marie Doherty
Band: The Springsteens
DJ: Nicholas Kiely
Balloons: Party Mad
Stationary: Etsy / Imprinta
Photography: Elisha Clarke
Videography: Birds Of A Feather