This real wedding is another tale of postponed wedding dates, but boy-oh-boy do we promise that this wedding was worth the wait! There are so many things to adore about this wedding. From an assisted doggy proposal, a custom-made wedding dress, to the most gorgeous autumnal stationery! Gingerpixel Photography, who was behind the lens of this Lisnavagh House wedding, has treated us to truly awesome selection of images to feast our eyes on. Let's tuck in!
Bridal shoes in the form of trainers - now that's what we call cool. These glittery Ked's are the first indicator that this is going to be a seriously stylish wedding. Raisa, originally from Carlow, moved to Dublin to be with Gavin and has never looked back. But how did they meet? "There’s not a crazy romantic story behind us getting together! We met on a fun tipsy night out 13 years ago and just never left each other's side since. I was 19 years old and Gavin was 20. He didn’t tell his pals or family that he had a new girlfriend down the country. He used to sneak away after college every weekend and get the train down to Carlow until I moved to Dublin!"
Wow-wee! What a gorgeous floral headpiece, and it sits perfectly on Raisa's loose braid detail in her hair, giving her look a laid-back Boho vibe. But what about the proposal? The couple bought their first home in September 2018, however, Gavin had been working away in Kenya for a year, and days before Christmas, Raisa was a busy be getting ready for the festivities, getting her hair and lashes done, and the last of the Christmas shopping. "When I came home, I burst through the front door - no doubt giving out about something - and Gavin was in our sitting room on one knee with our little Shih Tzu Alvin. Around his little neck was a little sign saying “My humans are getting married!” He proposed and tt was perfect, just us in our home with our little family."
Drumroll, please! Raisa's dress is a one-of-kind custom-made gown, designed with the creative vision of Mizz Rio. Designer Mags is an alternative wedding dress designer based in Co. Dublin who works on a one-to-one basis with brides to create their dream wedding look, and the results here are sublime.This long-sleeved embellished beauty is divine, especially with that cathedral train. Her adorable little flower girl mirrors the same beaded detail and floral hair accessory.
The ceremony took place in an enchanting woodland setting at Lisnavagh House & Gardens, an exquisite private country retreat and ideal wedding venue in Co. Carlow. The Tudor Gothic house and surroundings were transformed into a contemporary, autumnal mystical escape for their guests. Burnt orange and copper hues were incorporated from the bridesmaids to the stationery, and softly reflected the crackling amber leaves and earthy foliage. "I moved to Tallaght for Gavin so I always told him I’m getting married in my hometown of Carlow, and how lucky am I to have such a phenomenal venue on my doorstep," says Raisa.
After a number of rescheduled dates, four dates in fact, the day finally came around for the couple to celebrate their wedding at Lisnavagh House. "Honestly, it was meant to be! Everything fell into place and it was the most relaxed day.I’d describe the day as really being about us, and by us, I don’t just mean me and Gavin but our friends and our family. From music, ceremony readings, the venue, food, drink absolutely everything had a little bit of our personality in it and you could see that coming through."
The newlyweds chose a sand-pouring ritual for their ceremony. The ritual sees the couple pouring sand from either their favourite beaches or else a variation of colourful sands, from two individual containers into a single vase or vessel, the mixing to symbolise their union. They also exchanged beautiful wedding bands from Paul Sheeran Jewellers.
The bridesmaids, sporting a rich burnt orange shade, look sublime. The crushed velvet adds extra depth and texture, perfect for an autumnal wedding.The bouquets are a rare find and are refreshingly unique. Overflowing with dried fern, winter berries, and neutral roses. Raisa can you send us on your Pinterest board - please and thanks!
And the style didn't end with the ladies! Here we have the stylish gents in an elegant three-piece suit, intertwining the grey, navy, and burgundy colour palette between them whilst finishing with crisp-white shirts and patterned ties. Contemporary and classy!
The adorable furry guests are Django and Alvin, who couldn't wait to be a part of their humans' special day. "We have two little Shih Tzus Alvin (10) and Django (3) and we had to make sure we had them there on the day. They’re part of the family too. Suzie from the Pawsome Parlour and Pawliday Inn got the boys ready for their close-up. She decorated their leads to match our theme, and she was amazing on the day minding them."
Crafting the beautiful love story of Raisa and Gavin through the outstanding stationery is Last Colour Down, a contemporary, romantic, understated collection created with passion and purpose. We love the welcome and table plan signage, which includes a nod to their two dog babies, naming their cocktail duo after Django & Alvin. The same style graces each table setting with menus and unique table names with quotes from their favourite love songs.
The cake display shines in all of its glory on a gold sequin cloth and is topped with a beautiful display of dried flowers. Luxe elements like the sparkling sequin table runners on each guest table along with knotted napkins and tapered candlesticks, are mixed with rustic notes like wooden place name holders.
Their advice to anyone planning the wedding of their dreams is as follows: "Everyone says it but it’s the truth, just do whatever you both want. It’s your day, be as boujee, extra or as simple as you like. There’s no wrong way of having a wedding. Have trust in your suppliers and vendors, they really do know what they’re doing. I honestly cannot recommend or thank mine enough. Everyone went above and beyond to make the day perfect."
Raisa and Gavin had one more surprise up their sleeves for their wedding guests at Lisnavagh House, and this one was sure to be a talking point for years to come. "We absolutely love fireworks and we always wanted to have them at our wedding. We thought go big or go home and I'm so delighted we did it. We kept it as a surprise for our guests and they really just kicked off the evening celebrations," says Raisa.
A massive thank you to Raisa and Gavin for sharing their beautiful wedding with us all. Extended thank you to Gingerpixel Photography for capturing the most beautiful and autumnal inspiring images!