This stunning Stella York creation earns our coveted title of 'Dress of the Week' here at Cork Weddings Magazine this week.
This pretty dress's beautiful sweetheart neckline, flattering capped sleeve and eye catching crystal belt make it the perfect dress for almost any bride. The blossom embossment is not too dissimilar to that of Gwyneth Paltrow's Valentino wedding dress that she wore recently when marrying Brad Falchuk.
This delicate lace wedding dress is so romantic, with its floral edge and whimsical A-Line shape. Floral applique is such a big trend right now with Spring weddings just around the corner.
We adore this style! If you think this dress could be perfect for you, you can contact stockists, the Moderne Bridal, here in Cork, for a fitting. You can book an appointment on 0214270266 or get in touch over on their website.
Flowers, diamantes and pearls add an extra touch of romance to pretty ethereal upstyles this season. See all our favourites here:
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Life is Beachy
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Flowers in her Hair
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Pretty Hair Vines
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Add Some Sparkle
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How will you be styling your hair on your wedding day? Don't forget to send us your pictures by using the hashtag #corkweddings x
You're getting the ring, so you might as well get your nails ready.
Showing off a beautiful new diamond on an unpolished finger is one of the biggest engagement faux-pas. Whatever the colour or whatever the style, make sure you make that booking at the nail bar!
Here are some of our favourite winter talons:
Chevron and Green
Icy Blue and Frosted Glitter
Which nails are your favourite? Tag us in all your Winter mani pics with #corkweddings x
Thinking of popping the question this Christmas? Or have you a sneaking suspicion that your significant other might be doing a spot of engagement ring shopping? Start dropping those vital hints now to ensure that your ring is the one you really want. Learn how to choose the perfect diamond in our Comprehensive Guide to Engagement Rings!
When choosing your engagement ring, it's important to take diamond shape and the four Cs in to account. Diamonds come in a variety of shapes and different diamond shapes will suit different people. The 4 Cs ensure that you're buying a quality diamond. Your jeweller will help you do this by weighing up; the Carat, Cut, Clarity and Colour of your diamond. While to the untrained eye, a diamond might be just a diamond - the clearer and whiter the diamond and the quality of the cut will add value to your ring.
The carat measures the weight of the diamond - not it's actual 'size'. 1 carat equals .2 grams.
The cut refers not to the shape but to the reflective quality of the diamond. The more light that reflects off your diamond, the better the quality. When cut properly, light will reflect upwards from the centre of your ring to create dazzling sparkle.
Diamonds contain naturally occurring marks, or blemishes, called inclusions. More often then not, these will be invisible to the naked eye but nonetheless their size and location will affect the diamond's clarity grade. The less inclusions a diamond has, the more expensive it will be.
Diamonds are graded on a colour scale from D (white/colourless) to Z (light yellow). The closer a diamond is to being colourless, the more expensive it will be. Diamonds in the D, E, F categories are considered the best ones to buy.
Diamonds come in lots of different shapes and sizes. From oval to emerald, there's a shape to suit all fingers. There is a symbolism to ring shape too. Here's what they say about some of the popular choices:
Round - The wearer of a round ring is traditional and knows what will stand the test of time. Comprised of 58 facets, the round ring is designed for maximum sparkle and can be customised by setting as a halo or by adorning with additional diamonds.
Princess - The person who wear a princess cut ring is anchored in tradition but is very open to change. These people are known to look to different influences to gain a better understanding of the world.
Emerald - This dramatic ring shape is one of our favourites. Its vintage design appeals to someone who values tradition, yet has the confidence to make a statement.
Marquise - This ring shape is for a true romantic. Originating in France, this unique diamond shape was created when King Louis XIV requested a new diamond to be cut for the woman he loved.
Cushion Cut - Cushion cuts are very in vogue at the moment, with the Great Gatsby showcasing 1920's style. These pretty rings exude opulence and should be worn by real romantics who value vintage design.
If they do pop the question, do let us know and tell us all about your engagement. If you'd like us to inspire others with your ring design, tag us on Instagram with #corkweddingbling. We'd be happy to spend the day looking at engagement rings!
Christmas weddings are our favourite here at Cork Weddings Magazine. Making a magical time of year even more magical with a wedding - that's our kind of thinking! And there are so many colour schemes that you can optimise to create that festive feeling - from winter white, to red and gold, to burgundy.
In our opinion, burgundy and white make the perfect colour palette for Christmas weddings. Add an extra touch of magic with these timely touches:
Flowers in her Hair
Let Them Eat Cake
It's all in the Details
Have you any brilliant burgundy ideas to add to this line up?
You can share them with us in the comments or tag your own burgundy wedding with the hash tag #corkweddings to feature on our Instagram.
Here at Cork Weddings Magazine, we know the importance of finding the right photographer for your wedding day.
Your photos, above all else, will need to stand the test of time. After all you'll look at your wedding photos over and over again. You'll want someone who can put you at ease on this very important day, somebody who will capture quality candid photos, and someone who can mix well with your wedding party.
Well, lucky for you, we know just the people! Have a glance through these amazing Cork photographers portfolios before deciding on who will shoot your day. All of these fantastic photographers are equally talented with different styles to suit different people.
Ivan Begala Wedding Photography
Ivan Begala offers professional wedding photography in a natural and non imposing way and captures genuine moments with style. His images have been published in several of Ireland's top national newspapers and he even won an award for the best image of the year in a national photo competition. Ivan's work is effortless, fun and spontaneous.
Having always had an interest in photography, Eddie gained the opportunity to turn his passion in to a career after he suffered from a stroke at the age of 33. He gained a different perspective on life and hasn't looked back since making photography his main focus.
Dermot Sullivan Photography
Dermot has photographed weddings in a variety of venues such as; churches, cathedrals, hotels, gardens and registry offices. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Donal has captured beautiful photos in all weather - from blazing sunshine and pouring rain, howling wind and freezing cold. Even when working with camera shy grooms and nervous brides, he has always produced photographs that the couples love.
Dominic Dunne Photography
Photography and creativity are an extension of who Dominic is as a person, having captured life on film since a young age. Outgoing and enthusiastic, he loves meeting new people and working in venues that vary dramatically; from the ordinary everyday to some of the country's most unique locations. Welcoming a unique perspective with every shoot, Dominic's passion and enthusiasm for photography are infectious and he creates fresh and unique content every time.
Adrian's art is an extension of who he is.
He adores shooting weddings and creates images that reflect the mood of the day that tell the natural story of your special day. The beauty of a wedding is that the occasion creates itself. It just happens and that nothing is prescriptive. The people, the romance, the moments and Adrian's role is to narrate wedding stories through his lens.
David Casey Photography
David has dedicated his entire life to capturing people he loves on camera and wants to help you to treasure all of your special moments too. You can be rest assured that David will be there with you on every step of the way on the most important day of your life. There is no day more important than your wedding day and this fab photographer promises to capture your wedding as if it were his own.
This Cork Wedding Photographer Sean Clarke's work is a nice balance of relaxed photojournalism mixed with fun family and group photography to capture a beautiful and real story of your special day. His work is modern, colourful and heartfelt.
Sean works in a non obtrusive and relaxed style allowing you to enjoy your special day.
Ray Terry Photography
This husband and wife team have 37 years experience in the photographic industry. Knowing that not every couple is the same, Ray Terry love to bring something different to every wedding. With the couple as their number one focus. Ray Terry take great pride in being part of your wedding day, ensuring that your memories are captured and printed to withstand the test of time.
All of their packages have an album included with approx 300 6×4 pictures so that all of your favourite photos are compiled in one beautiful book.
With over 40 years photography experience, Bismark are experts in capturing people’s most special moments. Bismark's seasoned photographers, Sheenagh Morley and Barry Keating, promise to produce unforgettable shots that are both stunning and professional.
John Sexton Photography
John has an MA in Image Manipulation and is also a member of the Irish Professional Photographer Association. Over the years, John has learned a key lesson - that wedding photography should not impose on the wedding itself. John knows that wedding photography should be candid and non intrusive. So, he lets the day's events unfold by themselves, capturing all these unique moments as they happen. His key focus is to ensure that the bride and groom enjoy every minute of their special day.
Cherish Your Photos Forever
We really recommend going the extra mile when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding photographer. Your album will be flicked through time and time again. Why not take one of our favourite photographers out for a trial shoot to make sure they're a match for your special day?
You can get in touch with all of our favourite photographers by visiting their websites and finding their contact information there.
Whether you're suffering from dry skin or oily skin; experiencing sensitivity or an extreme break out, beauty therapist and New Minds College tutor - Moira Fox, has the DIY Face Mask recipe for you. Get your skin wedding ready in no time!
Banana, Honey and Coconut Oil Mask
Bananas are an extremely nutritious fruit and have good moisturising properties.
You can apply this rich homemade mask twice a week to get soft, supple and well-moisturised skin. Leave the product on the skin's surface for 15-20 minutes and wash off with warm water. You'll notice visible results from your first application.
Kiwi and Yogurt Mask
Kiwis are full of alpha hydroxy acids, and actually have a higher concentration of skin brightening vitamin C than lemons. Add anti-oxidant rich orange juice, skin-soothing olive oil, and moisturising yogurt and you've got a skin soothing face mask that your skin will love!
Apply for 15-20 minutes once weekly.
Orange, Honey and Oatmeal Mask
The benefits of oranges are great for our insides and outsides too. Using oranges on the surface of the skin yields amazing benefits. Oranges are packed with beta carotene-a powerful antioxidant. It protects cells from being damaged which protects the skin from free radicals to prevent signs of ageing. It is also essential for the production of collagen and is believed to improve the elasticity of the skin.
Leave for 20 minutes and wash with warm water once weekly.
Lemon and Honey Mask
Honey is a fantastic natural moisturiser, which also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Lemon is a superb fruit that gives skin an extra glow and helps to really brighten dull skin.
Use once weekly by applying to dry skin for ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Lemon and Yogurt Mask
Acne Prone Skin
Apply a well mixed mask to dry skin and leave to dry for 15-20 minutes. Wet the dried face pack and scrub in to the skin for a further 1 minute. Rinse the product off with cool water and pat the skin dry with a soft towel. Use twice weekly for best results.
Carrot and Honey Mask
This natural face mask will add an instant glow to sensitive skin. The gentle ingredients consist of antiseptic carrot, which helps to tone and rejuvenate the skin and soothing honey which cleanses and moistures.
Use once weekly for 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water for best results.
Use these natural face masks as part of your bridal beauty routine or your groom-ing in the lead up to your wedding to have healthy and nourished skin that will be glowing on your wedding day!
Leave us know your bridal beauty tips in the comments!
We just love the rustic wedding cake designs from Baker Boy Cakes, even if some of them are wait for it... Naked!
Naked cakes are right on trend this year and make for a wholesome alternative to opulent cakes that are dripping with icing.
Do you love the pared back rustic look will you be having an over the top lavish cake for your wedding?
Share your cake inspiration with us here! Comment below.
It’s no secret that there are some fantastic wedding venues in Cork, with a wide variety of excellently located hotels to choose from. From old-world charm to art-deco decadence, Cork really has it all when it comes to choosing a stunningly memorable venue.
Here are our top Cork hotel venues as featured in this month’s Cork Weddings magazine:
The new 4-Star Ambassador Hotel Cork is located in a tranquil yet central location with breathtaking views of Cork City.
Presiding with an air of grandness from the top of Military Hill in the historic area of St Luke’s, the impressive facade of the wonderful red brick building gives any visitor a sense of the rich history of the area.
The Ambassador Hotel pride themselves on excellent service, tailor making the perfect wedding day with a wide variety of options and extras.
Romance is alive at the 4-star Carrigaline Court Hotel. Recognised as one of the top wedding venues that Cork has to offer, the Carrigaline Court has a reputation for unrivalled facilities, service and award-winning cuisine.
Spectacular countryside views - perfect for stunning wedding photography, coupled with bespoke wedding features ensuring that all newly weds have a truly memorable day.
Located in County Cork, the luxury Castlemartyr Resort consists of a grand 17th century country manor house that sits adjacent to the ruins of the 800 year old castle. Situated on 220 acres of parklands which include a meadow, a lake and formal gardens, Castlemartyr provides the perfect romantic and dramatic backdrop for luxurious wedding ceremonies.
Nestled in the heart of a tranquil island, the 5-Star Fota Island Resort offers breath-taking scenery and leafy woodlands, creating the wedding destination of your dreams. Delightfully located in the centre of the island’s woodlands and lakes, Fota Island Resort and Spa is a very special place for a wedding.
The luxurious Smith-Barry Suite can accommodate up to 300 people, while the more intimate Clubhouse is the perfect location for weddings with up to 120 guests.
This 4-Star luxury hotel knows a thing or two about weddings. Located in Cork City centre, this luxury destination fuses urban chic with a classic setting. Unsurprisingly, this beautiful boutique hotel has long been synonymous with elegance, style and sophistication, which offers a range of exquisite picture opportunities.
With gorgeous extras to make your wedding truly unique and exceptional staff to cater to your every whim, there are so many reasons to choose the Imperial.
Nestled on the outskirts of Cork City, overlooking the magnificent River Lee, the Kingsley offers a prestigious setting for wedding celebrations. Elegantly combining old-world splendour with urban charm, the Kingsley is Cork’s most elegant address for stylish weddings. Opulent interiors, commanding river views and expert event planning make the Kingsley the ideal venue for a discerning couple dreaming of a chic-city wedding.
The Oriel House is one of Cork’s most prestigious wedding venues. Located in Ballincollig, on the west side of Cork City and has the capacity for 320 guests. Wedding packages cater for both small and intimate weddings to much larger and extravagant affairs.
An array of enticing extras make for an interesting addition to any wedding package at the Oriel House Hotel.
Macdonald Kinsale Hotel
The Macdonald Hotel is set on 90 acres of mature parkland, offering panoramic views over Oystrerhaven Bay, affording you a peaceful and tranquil setting for your wedding. The beautiful appointed treatment rooms allow the spa team to offer yoiu and your guests on site make up, tan, nails and massage to ensure that your time at the hotel is thoroughly relaxing. The Rockpool Bar, Vital Leisure Centre and 70 stunning bedrooms are reason enough to book your wedding at the beautiful Macdonald Kinsale Hotel!
Walter Raleigh Hotel
The tranquil setting and beautiful scenery surrounding the Walter Raleigh Hotel offer the perfect backdrop for your wedding day.
Youghal's inviting Green Park complete with panoramic coastal views provide the perfect photo opportunity.
From the early stages of planning your big day, you'll find that the professional management team is able to offer invaluable advice on all aspects of your wedding day to make your East Cork wedding just perfect!
Midleton Park Hotel
Midleton Park Hotel is situated in the bustling East Cork market town of Midleton. The hotel boasts amazing facilities and offers couples a host of complimentary extras to enhance their special day.
From the moment you book in with their dedicated wedding team, the Midleton Park ensure that your wishes are granted and your expectations are exceeded, creating magical moments that will last a life time.
Read all about our full wedding venue guide in the latest edition of Cork Weddings. Where are your favourite wedding venues in Cork? Let us know in the comments x
Tying the knot this Winter? Make your Christmas wedding truly wonderful with these beautiful festive finishes!
Who knows? There might even be snow if you're lucky!
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