One Year Married | Our Fairytale Wedding in Ireland

Yesterday, September 12th, marked one year since Andrew and I said “I Do”, in Ireland.

This year flew by and I cannot believe that I am just now getting these up on my blog! We absolutely adore these photos by our amazing photo team, Iris + Light, as well as out breathtaking video by Nate Puhr. This team truly capture all of the magic that was felt on our wedding day.

And let’s not forget…..our INCREDIBLE wedding video by Nate Puhr….

Kristen and Andrew \\ Galway, Ireland from Nate Puhr (photo and cinema) on Vimeo.

 

All of our amazing vendors who brought this vision to life…

 

Planner | Aislinn Events

Venue | Cloghan Castle 

Photographers | IRIS + LIGHT 

Videographer | Nate Puhr 

Florist | Fleur Weddings 

Hair | Bliss Bridal Hair Styling 

Makeup | C Beauty with Fiona 

Caterer | BBQ Joe’s 

Cake | Carol’s Cakes Galway

Sound & Uplights | Hear It 

Chargers and Napkins | Frog Prince

Cutlery | Gold Cutlery for Hire

Bride’s Gown | Melek Dikici 

Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulu’s 

Bride’s Headpiece | Be Something New 

Flowergirl Dress | Renz

Shoes | Bella Belle 

“Once Upon a Time” Vow Book | Wedding Story Writer

Vintage Nightgown and Robe | Chariot Marie 

Veil | Love Sparkle Pretty 

Invitations and Paper Goods | Social Savvy 

Cuff links | Nest of Reveries

Suits | Men’s Wearhouse 

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my magical little corner of the internet.

It’s been almost 5 years since the launch of my last brand. 2012 was the year I began to pursue this whole “fairytale” niche. And let me tell you, that branding was an absolute dream for me. I wanted to LIVE in that website. I loved sending people to look at my site, loved handing out my business cards… in general, I just loved rocking that brand…it was so ME.

Which is why I was so confused when that feeling began to change in this last year and a half. I was becoming attracted to new things and slowly finding things within the brand that I was no longer loving. How could this happen?! Wasn’t I just supposed to create this perfect fairytale world and live Happily Ever After for the rest of time??? Okay, so I didn’t actually believe that. But at the same time, it came as a surprise when I started to see that I was going to need an update.

At the end of last year, I called up my girl Julie Story and poured out everything that I had been thinking. She reassured me that this was totally normal and it was time for an upgrade. It had been 5 years after all! In 5 years a lot had changed. I had 5 thriving years of shooting things I could have only dreamed of. I had planned my own wedding. I had learned more about myself and my style. I had grown and evolved….and my brand needed to catch up!

When I began to tell people that this process was underway, many of them were surprised. I got a lot of “Are you not doing fairytale anymore?!”. Which is definitely not what was happening, you know me better than that! ;) This was not a matter of changing my style or the core of what I do. It was simply a means of updating the way that it was being communicated. The vision that Julie and I came up with was to mature the brand a bit. Less princess and more queen. Blend all of the whimsy, with some regal.

So that brings us to what you are seeing today! My new look! I can’t describe how amazing it feels to finally let the world see, what has been in my mind for so long now.

But this would not have been possible without the help of an amazing team….

Thank you to my MVP, Julie Story. You not only listened to my heart’s desires….but also heard the things I didn’t even say. You proved through and through that you know my brand even better than I do. I gave you full control of this process, because I trusted you. I knew you would bring my vision to life in a way that only YOU can…and what you created absolutely blew me away. You can see in every detail, that you pour your heart fully into everything you create. Thank you for your patience, talents, gifs and memes, and your friendship. YOU THE BEST GIRLLLL.

Thank you to Showit for giving us the platform to bring this to life! The best website software and the best support staff.  I’m a proud Showiteer since 2010. OG BABY!

Thank you Kayla V Photography for my amazing new photos for my bio sections. You created magic and made me feel beautiful.

Finally, I just wanted to say, with this rebrand comes some other changes that you will start to see. I am so excited to get back into regular blogging, do more teaching/mentorships, and pursue projects that have been on my heart. It’s only up from here! Exciting things to come and I hope you will come along for the ride. Thanks for stopping by!

Where am I Getting Married….?

With it being a year and a half since our engagement, it’s not surprising that people are beginning to get curious about what is going on with our wedding plans. At the time we got engaged, we knew we would have a 2-year engagement. We needed time to plan things out. I already had a booked calendar for 2015 and waiting till the following year just felt right.
With that, I feel it’s time to let you all in on a bit more about our plans. The first thing being, where is the wedding happening? 
If you have been following me for awhile, it will come as no surprise that I will be getting married…..
in IRELAND!!!!!
at a CASTLE!!!!!
I’ve known this for quite some time now…but it still feels surreal to type that out!
The wedding will take place on September 12th, at a magical castle in Galway, Ireland. It will be a very small and intimate celebration and we are so excited! It’s less than 7 months away and things are slowly but surely coming together. We’ve got our venue, photographers, videographers, my dress, and our planner. We are still working on some of the other details and will be in Ireland next month, squaring away some of those things. Know an Irish vendor that I MUST check out? Send me their way! :)
After 6 years of photographing weddings, it feels absolutely crazy to be the bride myself. I am so excited about the new perspective I am gaining by being on this side of things. Wedding planning is hard work!
And so the countdown begins…. 209 days until I am married to my prince charming. I will continue to blog updates throughout this process. This will be my biggest project yet and I would love to share that journey with all of you!
For now, I leave you with our wedding logo, courtesy of Julie Story. As well as some photos of our castle.
Stay tuned! xo
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