As a wedding designer I am always on the look out for the perfect wedding venue to showcase my designs for photoshoots. Last month I was working on an inspirational shoot for The Irish Wedding Journal, Autumn edition and I happened upon a gem.
Called Gloster House it is owned by Tom and Mary Alexander. What makes this house so special is that it is not only a wedding venue but their home as well. Tom and Mary came to see Gloster in 2000 and instantly fell in love with it, overawed but its beauty they decided there and then to buy it. Once you visit this beautiful home you will understand why.
Located at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains near Birr in County Offaly, this wonderful house, dating back to 1710, along with its beautiful gardens, water features and early eighteenth-century folly is a delight.
Over the past seventeen years they have lovingly restored it back to its glory days, not it would seem, without its trials and tribulations however it has been worth it. Their attention to detail is astonishing and will take your breath away once you open the magnificent hall door.
I loved the intimacy of the venue and the homely feel. If you are looking to get married somewhere truly unique and special then this is a gem not to be missed.
My bridal designs for veils and capes are generally vintage inspired so sometimes the modern venues don't do my work justice they just look out of place. With sweeping staircases and romantic garden walks I felt I had found the perfect location to complement my designs. Their were so many different nooks and crannies to explore we could have stayed shooting for a week. I am already planning my next photo - shoot just to return!
Here are some of the spectacular images we took - enjoy.
Iconic brides and their wedding veils
When a bride comes into our studio, we tell them that we can make any style of veil they like. Sometimes the sheer choice can be overwhelming so if you're in need of some wedding veil inspiration, fret not. We've assembled some photos of our favourite iconic brides showcasing some gorgeous options to spark some ideas. These veils have stood the test of time and are still as desirable now as when these romantic weddings took place.
Just what you need to finish off your dream wedding look!
French Lace Chapel Veil
I love these photos of Gemma. Her veil was an ivory tulle with matching Guipere French Lace edging.
What's so nice with a bespoke veil is that the bride gets to design exactly what they want that completely complements their dress rather than settling for what's available.
The Sophisticats - Jazz Wedding Band
Really looking forward to tomorrow night's event at the Tivoli Back Stage. I styled the band for their launch photoshoot and they have kindly invited me along to hear them in action. I heard some of their music during the photoshoot and it was brilliant. I have to admit am not a jazz fan so was surprised that I liked their style of music.
For any brides who are looking for something a little different in terms of music for your wedding these guys are definitely worth checking out tomorrow night.
Wilde by Design client and wedding cape featured in the Irish Times
One of our beautiful brides was recently featured in The Irish Times (and we're happy to say that Wilde by Design got a mention too!).
Ann chose an alternative wedding veil - actually a wedding cape inspired by The Lord or the Rings movies, and made from the finest silk tulle.
Ann also sent us this lovely testimonial: "A huge thank you to you… wow you did an outstanding job on the cape, it was stunning on the day and everyone commented on it throughout."
We're delighted to have worked with Ann on a stunning piece for her big day.
We will be designing more wedding capes in the future, so keep an eye on the site and blog for more news.
If you're interested in a wedding cape for your own bridal ensemble, please do contact us.
We work with all our clients to make sure that their wedding cape or veil will suit them perfectly. We take into account factors such as their height, their face shape and how they'll wear their hair on their big day.
All our wedding veils and capes are fully bespoke, and handmade in Ireland. We work with you to create a piece that will suit you - and your chosen wedding dress - perfectly.
Designer Jill Wilde's background as a stylist and designer means that she has a unique eye for a bride's complete look.
The finished piece will be unique to you, and will make a beautiful heirloom to hand down through the generations.
Wilde by Design featured in Confetti magazine
Confetti.ie have featured a Wilde by Design wedding veil in their round-up of 2015 bridal beauty trends. See the full article here.
This is the Daisy wedding veil, a birdcage veil on satin ribbon headband. The flower detail features dozens of sparkling crystals.
The Daisy Veil is inspired by the jazz age, the bright young things, the glamour and glitz of the 1920s. This veil would be perfectly suited to one of the vibrant and vivacious flappers from The Great Gatsby.
Birdcage veils have become increasingly popular in recent years. Wearing one today lends a touch of glamorous chic to any wedding dress.
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