“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
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.