A Magical Winter Wedding Shoot in Ballinacurra House, Kinsale

It was a beautiful fresh winter’s morning when The Wedding Flock family arrived in the town of Kinsale on the southern coast of Ireland, in County Cork known for its historic streetscape, brightly coloured shops and originally known for its medieval fishing port. Our destination for our magical winter wedding shoot was taking place in the 18th Century luxury Cork country mansion Ballinacurra House which is a family run business owned by Des and Lisa McGahan. The beautiful mansion house is surrounded by a walled garden with 10-foot-high stone walls, security gates and 40 acres of woodland and lawns. The house itself has 22 bedrooms all individually themed such as France, India, Morocco, and Bali so you can choose your bridal suite based on the theme you prefer, not only that but each piece of bedroom furniture and accessory originates from the different countries. Des and Lisa travel and bring back these unique pieces so you really feel like your stepping into a totally different world just by stepping into the bedroom.

Ballinacurra House hosted The Wedding Flock’s expanding team of 11 talented Cork suppliers. The Shoot was organised by Sharon Thomas who is new to the wedding industry, she has a background in Hospitality, Events, Planning, PR, Marketing, and Management with a new up and coming business Celtic knot weddings and events. She has an incredible imagination making her events unique and bespoke, catering for Brides and Grooms with different ethos from all corners of the World. Ciara Murphy Photography is the extremely talented photographer for the Wedding Flock styled shoots. Newborn, Family and Wedding Photography is Ciara’s business, and she does it very well. Recently nominated for a Family Friendly Award Ciara takes pride in making each experience a pleasant one. She has an incredible eye, catching the most beautiful moments for her clients. A true artist at work with a serious creative flare as you will see from these photographs.

Our 2 stunning models were not a real couple but they were very good friends Pamela Kiely “The Bride” and David Leen “The Groom” which made the shots even more amazing as the chemistry, smiles and laughter were all real.  Pamela and David were amazing models so at ease with each other making the shoot a breeze, it was so much fun working with these two. 

“Have fun with your work, making work fun brings success to those who do” – MJason-Houck.

The team included Bespoke Wedding Gowns designed by Belle & Heather classically named after famous 90’s stars. The first stunner was the “Tori” made of heavy crepe with a lace sleeve and an open back, the second dazzler was the “Stina” a star laced gown made in crepe with pearl button detailing and crystal embellishments, they looked even more stunning on our bride Pamela fitting her like a glove. Our groom David was dressed by Quills in a classically tailored 3-piece Remus Uomo navy blue suit styled with a beautiful silk sliver grey tie and stunning navy/tan coloured suit shoes available exclusively to Quills of Bantry. 

The bride was accessorised by Ellen from Wedding Belles, Pamela was wrapped in a luxury grey super soft faux fur stole, adorned with jewels, including a handmade beaded show stopping crown, a beaded belt and an amazing sparkler of a bridal clutch. Her hair was beautifully styled by the super talented Lynda loves Hair giving Pamela a beautiful soft wavy look to work with the first dress and then a stunning soft upstyle to work with the second dress creating a true bridal look. Lotte Laure Colombine our MUA on the day, Lotte a seriously talented lady created Pamela’s dramatic red lip and beautiful golden eye look for the first dress, then toning it down for the second dress using a barer looking lip and smoky eye.

Our florist for the day super amazing Sinead from The Floral Vine designed the copper floral arch and bridal bouquet using dark, rich autumnal colours which really set the tone for our winter shoot. Kate from My Table Story an amazingly talented lady whose passion shines through in her work created the stunning winter themed table décor using rich ruby reds, dark blues, greens, and gold. The seriously talented Tara from Broken Spoon Cakes designed the 2-tier green marble and gold wedding cake decorated with rich sugar florals. The whole team worked incredibly well together on the day everyone’s talent shone through and our work blended together fabulously which made this Winter themed Shoot one to remember setting the warm winter tones within the stunning Ballinacurra Manor House. Lunch was kindly provided by Ballinacurra house and the very lovely Manager Mary looked after us incredibly well making us all feel so welcome. Our goodie bags were kindly sponsored by Toby Campbell from Fastnet in Bantry, Roisin Donnellan from Barry Packaging and Karen Nixon from Vintage Tea Tours. We had the most amazing memorable day and made some fantastic friends for life. “Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice” – by unknown. 

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See you soon Flockers.


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