Real Couples

Kelli + Stephen

September 15, 2016
Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Good morning gorgeous ones! The big day has arrived – if you’re looking to gather some wedding inspiration and fancy meeting incredible local wedding suppliers, Love at the Linen Green is happening tonight! I’m super excited and can’t wait to get started! Until then I’ve a stunning wedding to share with you from Irish photographer, Ivana Patarcic.

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Kelli, a womenswear buyer originally from Thousand Oaks, California (what a cool place to come from!), married her beau, Stephen last September at the incredible Ballynatray Estate in Youghal, County Cork. The couple hired the private estate for four days to ensure their guests, many who had travelled from around the world, could enjoy the glorious Irish countryside.

The couple first met in 2010 during a volunteering trip to Haiti to build houses after the country’s earthquake. “Stephen says he heard me before he saw me, so I guess it was love at the sound of my voice for him!” said Kelli.

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Stephen proposed five years later during a family holiday in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. “It was a complete surprise to me – I couldn’t stop crying for weeks. It was so special to have my whole family around to share the news with straight away,” added Kelli.

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

After purchasing four pairs of shoes, Kelli settled on these gold block heel beauties from Toyshop!

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

“I think it is so important to find  your vision or direction for your day and see it through. Pinterest is great for getting all your ideas together and you will see the direction you want to go quite clearly when you look at everything you pined! Also, the best thing we did was intensive planning, we spent so much time making sure every aspect was exactly how we wanted it – this was very taxing at periods and I think Stephen wanted to kill me several different moments along the way, but because of all the hours of planning we put in the day went exactly how we wanted it! I really do look back and I would not change one single detail!” explained Kelli.

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

“Our wedding planning definitely started with my dress (Joy by Jenny Packham) and the golds and ivory colours – it was the first dress I ever tried on and everything else was an extension of it! I hate the word “theme” but I would describe the “direction” for our wedding as a nod to the 1920’s – but a total mix of the Parisian/American 1920’s that was totally Gatsby, debauchery and wild and the more civilised Irish/English 1920’s that was full of elegant garden parties and beautiful muted florals – it’s funny how one era can be portrayed so differently by different cultures and I loved mixing the different vibes of each.” 

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

“Because of our rigorous planning the day went perfectly! My maid of honour, Amy Vogt, made a brilliant speech that had everyone in stitches – I got roasted more than the groom, but it was wonderful! I loved our ceremony, we had a humanist ceremony that was very special to us as we pretty much put it together ourselves  – we chose every reading, piece of music and our vows. It was very emotional and testing to get though the ceremony as with each reading I was just trying not to cry! It is very moving to have the people you love more than anything in the world help you celebrate and express the love you have for your partner. We also did a traditional Celtic Handfast-ing as part of our ceremony that involved both our mums, so that was also very meaningful to us. I also loved our band, they played into the very early hours and I never left the dance floor!”

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Stephen wore a custom made suit and accessorised with shoes from Topman.

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

“Jenny was my truly magical florist, anything I dreamed up she was able to make up for me! Putting together the flowers with her; from moss panels at our ceremony to the floral chandeliers over the tables, was a total dream and one of my very favourite parts of the wedding, after the dress of course!”

We can see why, just look at those floral chandeliers – incredible!

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Kelli’s Advice for Planning your Wedding

Just that – plan! Plan it to a T and think of every little detail and how you want it, when you have put the hours in for these things ahead of time you don’t have to think about them on the day! Also, spend money on the thing you will have forever – like the photos and the rings!

Ballynatray Estate by Ivana Patarcic Photography | The Promise NI

Super Suppliers

Venue: Ballynatray Estate, Youghal Co. Cork

Wedding dress: Jenny Packham

Rings & earrings: Delphi Antiques, Dublin

Veil: De Stafford Bridal, Dublin

Bracelets: Tiffany & Co. & Tory Long

Bridesmaids dresses: Divine Boutique

Maids accessories: Tory Long & Dogeared

Hair: Lynsey O Leary

Makeup: Linda Collins

Catering: Eunice Power

Wine: The Wine Buff

Cake: Scrumptious Cakes

Flowers: Magic Moments

Transport: All Events Limos

Band: Renovator, Co. Kerry

Photographer: Ivana Patarcic Photography

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