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The Past Six Months

17th July 2017

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What a whirlwind the past six months have been! From Vegas to San Francisco, Charleston, Portugal and France (several which were work related trips) I never imagined that I would be fitting so much mileage into such a few short months. My big news? In May, Joe and I got married at the most beautiful vineyard north of Lisbon in Portugal and have been on cloud nine ever since, and because we decided to hand make as many of the wedding details as possible (invites, stationary, calligraphy, gifts to name a few) I decided to take a little break from blogging and enjoy the planning process. Now that we’re nicely settled in to married life, I’m excited to get back into all things Paper Vines and also of course share many of our wedding crafting activities! In the meantime, here is a little snapshot of the past six months in photos.

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Wedding at the Adare: The Theme

17th January 2013

The theme of this wedding is very much traditional and romantic, focusing on simplicity with a DIY rustic touch. Since Melissa and Gary met and currently live in Ireland, they wanted to ensure that this was reflected in their wedding. We brainstormed for several weeks, looking in to different features, colours and designs, that would fit the theme perfectly. Taking inspiration from a number of areas, we decided on incorporating elements such as burlap, kraft paper for menus / programmes, twine and raffia, keeping in theme with the Irish earthy tones of the stunning grounds mixed with the elegant and traditional features such as candelabras and dark wood of the Manor.

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DIY Wedding Planning – Melissa & Gary

13th January 2013

Melissa_and_GaryAs I’ve mentioned before, I work full time as an Event Manager in Dublin, Ireland. An exciting and busy job, I have found over the years that the planning and organisation skills that my job entails are becoming increasingly embedded in to my personal life – whether it’s creating shopping lists, organising my apartment or planning a friend’s party, I absolutely love it. So when one of my closest friends became engaged to her husband to be and the concept of planning a wedding was put on the table, my response was of course yes! One year and six months later since we danced the night away at their engagement party, the wedding is now four months away and I am the lucky one known to the couple as ‘The Wedding Planner’.

So who are the couple that will be walking down the aisle? Melissa and I met three and a half years ago on the first day of orientation at the UCD Smurfit Business School. This quirky American originally from Baltimore had moved to Dublin to study her Masters in Marketing after spending five years living and working in New York. We bonded over neither originally being from Ireland, she spent the day chatting my ear off and we have been friends ever since.  Four months in to the programme she met Gary, an Irish man from Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. They went on a date one cold January evening and the rest is history.

Over the next four months, I am going to document the final stages of planning of this wedding, which will be taking place in May at the incredible Adare Manor Limerick. I’ll be including the weekends spent DIYing, the time spent designing the menus and programmes and the of course the planning of the all anticipated  ‘Hen Do’.

Melissa and Gary - Courtesy of Dee Organ Photography

Melissa and Gary – Engagement Shoot – Courtesy of Dee Organ Photography