Rightly or wrongly, I’ve often thought the lot of a stylist must be a highly pressured one. That expectation to be always cool, always “on trend” (don’t you just hate that phrase) always artfully put together, always to be perfect…yet with a twist. Every event – from a Christmas party to having a few friends over for drinks – must always carry an added degree of pressure to be just that little bit edgier than the rest of us. The weight of all that coolness – the sheer Portlandia of it all.
So, on her wedding day, how does a stylist manage to carry that mantle and yet protect the integrity and true meaning of the day? How does she do this without sacrificing the spontaneity, the joy and the wild abandonment of celebrating among friends and family – who, lets face it – can be so deliciously messy, effusive, ebullient, inappropriate, imperfect and…real. Well – this bride – who also happens to be one mighty fine stylist – did just that.
Here was a day so artfully conceived in its arrangements – dress, flowers, location, music, theme – and yet when I look at these pictures what jumps out at me every bit as much as the stylistic perfection – is the delight in the moment, the “let‘s get this party started”ness of it all, the unbridled celebration of love, family and friendship.
I sometimes think the two ideals – looking good & keeping it real – teeter on the edge of mutual exclusivity. One often comes at the expense of the other. But not on this day – it was the perfect marriage of dreams and reality, of style and integrity – a well lived day.
And that my friends – is real style.
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Music ~ Marry You by Bruno Mars ©, Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros ©, Mess Around by Ray Charles ©
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Styled by Sarah Rickard
Second Photographer Podge Kelly
Flowers by The Garden at Powerscourt
Hair by David Cashman
Make Up by Paula Callan
Dress by Sanyukta Stresha
Venue Fallon & Byrne