Monday, October 15, 2012

Kelley + Todd | An Irish Cultural Affair - Handfasting, Kelly Green Kilts, & Chucks

There is nothing I love more than seeing couples embrace their cultural heritage on their wedding day. What better way to honor the coming together of two families? I was thrilled when Fiona Lorne Photography sent over this Irish inspired celebration from Austin, TX. Kelley and Todd are a sweet couple who took the things they love, that make them unique, and incorporated them into their special day.  And coming from Boston, I've got lots of other simple, easy to recreate ideas for adding a wee touch o' the Emerald Isle to your hitching day.

These high school sweethearts did an amazing job tying in Todd's Celtic heritage throughout the entire wedding: they were married on St Patrick's Day, the maids wore green while the men donned kilts in the Irish National Plaid. Kelley even wore the plaid as a sash on her gown, which was pinned with a sword pin from Todd's uncle, donated to the couple for their wedding day.  Kelley's bouquet included a penny from Todd's deceased grandmother so she could attend the ceremony in spirit.

The guest book was a Book of Shadows, tying in the couple's pagan religious preferences, and the ceremony itself was a handfasting that included an exchange of rings. The rings have Celtic designs on them, and Todd's was handmade particularly for him. And don't forget all the touches of personality Kelley and Todd added -- hello, Chucks and Kilts!

All photos by Fiona Lorne Photography submitted through Two Bright Lights.

Congratulations to Kelley and Todd for a wedding well done and a happy future ahead! Thanks so much to talented Fiona Lorne Photography for sharing this heartfelt culture infused wedding with us.

How would you add a little culture to your wedding -- food, cothing, music, dance? What about a cultural destination wedding?  Annie Byrne, from Aislinn Events, wrote us a lovely guest post about getting married in Ireland if it strikes your fancy. Until then, please take a moment to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Remember you wedding is all about you, so make it...well..all about you!

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