homecoming ~ Irish American Folk Wedding

Bridal editorial Featured Weddings
February 9, 2013

“These are the days that must happen to you.”
– Walt Whitman

there is nothing i love more than getting together with others who share the same vision and creating something wonderful. you might remember alise and her beautifully styled Georgia wedding? well she lives over on this side of the atlantic now with her lovely husband conor and we meet up regularly for coffee and chat. alise and i have been talking about doing inspiration shoots for ages because i really want to showcase her styling talents to all my lovely couples here. i totally fell in love with the vision she had for her own wedding.

we wanted to create  a country/folk-style wedding shoot but for it to have a real sense of place also. to celebrate all the things we do wonderfully here in northern ireland. like our home baked breads, farm fresh produce, the weaving, wools, linen and lace, not forgetting our whiskey and all the native flowers and foliage. of course where could be more perfect for this than the ulster american folk park in omagh? so much of what we needed was already there. but alise, as always, outdid herself on the styling. what she and the team at floralearth created on those tables was far more beautiful than anything i’d even imagined. i don’t have to tell you. just look at the pictures. thanks so much to the folk park, to our models for the day sophie and conor (braving the local weather!), and to all the creative team involved.

CREDITS: Location: Ulster American Folk Park, Styling & props: Alise Taggart, Photography: Paula O’Hara, Flowers and floral table displays: Floralearth, Cake and eats: Alise and family! Make-up: Stacey Kilpatrick, Hair styling: SonyaMac, Models: Conor Taggart & Sophie Lioe, Stationery: Jill Collins, Jewellery: Copper Moon Belfast, Vintage Dresses: Jacob Street


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As featured in: Confetti Magazine and 100 Layer Cake 

for the first time on the blog i have invited a guest speaker. i’m going to let alise tell you herself as a recent bride and as a stylist what’s it’s all about

“before i entered into the magical wonderland that is the ‘wedding world’, i had never heard of a ‘wedding stylist’. i was a diy bride who, with the gracious help of my family and friends, created and sourced everything for my big day. it was amazing to finally see it all come together on the day of, but boy, was i stressed throughout the process!
since beginning this journey into wedding styling, i’ve thought to myself many times how ideal it would have been to have my own personal stylist during my wedding planning process.
long gone are the days of the standard hotel package wedding, full of polyester tablecloths and floating orchid centerpieces. thankfully, nowadays, weddings have become a reflection of the couple – personalised to tell the story of who you are.
the planning of your celebration is a once in a lifetime adventure. however, there are so many happily engaged couples out there stumbling around in new ‘wedding world’ territory – they have fresh, wonderful ideas for their big day, but just don’t know how to bring them all together cohesively.
this is where the help of proper wedding styling comes in!each and every person is made to be unique through their life by different experiences, personalities, and dreams. stylists guide you though the process of reflecting that uniqueness and help to create an aesthetically beautiful experience that infuses your personalities as a couple.
my job as a stylist is to dream up with you the vision you have for your wedding day and bring it to life. from the beginning stages of creating an inspiration board, and bringing your colour palette and theme together- to designing your paper goods and favours, coordination services, prop hire, floral design, linen selection, vendor sourcing and referrals, diy projects, tablescape styling- to venue, food, and music selection a stylist wears many hats and can help you as much or as little as you like.
inspiration for designing your day and planning should come from what lights your hearts on fire. i’ve seen so many brides spend a fortune on trendy objects that mean nothing to them personally. when planning, hold traditions close to your heart, and think about what is important to both of you. i personally believe, that your wedding style should evoke emotion, depth, and purpose.
great wedding styling goes a long way, and people will be talking about your special day for years to come.”

alise is belfast-based and is available for collaborating on events and weddings. so brides if this styled shoot has your heart skipping a beat and you’d like to chat to alise more about wedding styling, you can contact her here.


Jonathan Ryder 15:38 February 9, 2013
fabulous - this has everything :)
Dennis 16:07 February 9, 2013
So gorgeous Paula!
Máiréad McAleese 16:18 February 9, 2013
What an amazing site. Paula and Alise you have worked so well and I wish you every success with this. Wish I was getting hitched. X
Donna Good 16:36 February 9, 2013
so FAB!
Christine 18:36 February 9, 2013
Such an amazing shoot with obviously a massively creative bunch of people, I love it all! Her hairstyle in the second half is so beautiful and everything from the setting to the styling is just perfect. Gorgeous photos!
admin 23:43 February 9, 2013
Thank-you all so much. I just want to encourage couples in Northern Ireland to be themselves and let their weddings be a reflection of that. And it's ok to be outside even with our weather!x
jill Peterson 08:01 February 10, 2013
This is fabulous, I'm a wedding florist and I am totally in love with these images and florals
Sona 09:48 February 11, 2013
WOW! Absolutely and totally not my style, but it's totally amazing!!! Well done everyone!
Lisa O'Dwyer 10:50 February 11, 2013
So gobsmacking gorgeous gals! Really! I love the feel of this shoot because it is very home-spun American and Irish at the same time. I love the story that you've created here. And it's lovely to see your film work Paula. I'm sure the bug has bitten you!
admin 10:56 February 11, 2013
Thank-you! The film bug has well and truly bitten me Lisa. It's great - like starting all over again. It's all thanks to you! I have a digital set up on one shoulder and film on the other. I'm feeling the pull of the film more now!x
Christina Brosnan 11:40 February 11, 2013
Seriously crushing on this shoot! I have to visit that folk park. I was always curious about it. Great to see it used in photos! Top notch styling and photography!
admin 00:42 February 12, 2013
You should set something up there Christina. It's got a whole lot of Irish-American old-world charm!x
tim 08:42 February 15, 2013
Hard not to say what has already been said, but this shoot is fabulous. Some of the pictures of the girl make my heart skip a beat. They are so beautiful and I really love the one of the couple standing in front of the old homestead in their wellies.Ohmy Oh my!
gee 18:35 February 15, 2013
delicious !!!!!
Hannah McKernan 12:49 February 20, 2013
A visual feast! Colours and styling are just fab. Love this post. My uncle used to work at the folk park, thatching the cottages and looking after the horses, so it has a personal resonance too.

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