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Intimate Weddings

Planning an Intimate Celebration...

Always thinking outside the box, our creative team thrive on breaking boundaries and curating new and exciting wedding concepts. Emma and Bart’s stunning destination wedding was a pursuit of perfection and really showcased their love for each other in the spectacular surroundings of Ashford Castle in Ireland.

We were so honoured to bring their vision to life in true fairytale style. With a small number of guests joining them from the US for their special day, their intimate ceremony took place in a private hideaway on the castle grounds overlooking Lough Corrib. An incredible installation of white roses, the bride’s favourite, provided a magnificent backdrop for the ceremony by framing the beautiful islands behind. The stunning floral aisle pathway, which brought the couple together to begin their new life, was perfectly complemented by the picturesque lakeside and serene surroundings of the authentic Irish castle setting.

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CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING IN 2020

Party Planning Tips for Thanksgiving Decor, Traditions and wonderful recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner.

As we enter into the holiday season, so many are experiencing much uncertainty as we begin to wonder what family gatherings are going to look like. It is so important to surround yourself with positivity. Positivity is infectious. When we are surrounded by people, places or things that make us feel safe, we are in a better position to be happy and light-hearted. While reconnecting with family, friends and yourself, be sure to take time to engage in interactions that are positive. This could be as simple as a phone call or text message with someone positive in your life, or even as involved as volunteering in your community in order to bring some positivity into the lives of others.

Autumn/Winter Wedding Trends 2020

The latest seasonal trends and Autumn/Winter Wedding inspiration for your big day..

2020 has brought us more surprises than we could have ever imagined, but at last, we see a beautiful change in the air. While many weddings are now being postponed to a later date, we are so happy to see so many of our lovely couples celebrate intimate and special experiences with their nearest and dearest. Intimate weddings have such a special atmosphere and provide truly magical moments. They are so much more than the number of people; they are a true celebration of your personalities as a couple. By surrounding yourself with your loved ones and those who know you best, you will feel so relaxed when you welcome your guests for an intimate celebration.

We caught up with the lovely team at Wedding Suppliers to bring you a complete round up of the Autumn/Winter wedding trends we are seeing (and loving!) this year. Read on to find out more about the latest seasonal trends and get some inspiration for your big day!

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BE OUR GUEST

A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF WEDDINGS...

Your wedding ceremony is a time for you, as a couple, to declare your love and commitment to each other by making promises and vows in front of your family and friends. The person standing with you in front of all your guests, welcoming them and officiating your ceremony, will be one of the most significant people at your wedding.

Your celebrant’s role is to work with you to create the ceremony that reflects you both collectively as a couple. A wedding celebrant should be a good listener, communicator, writer, planner, speaker, and at all times maintain a calm and supportive manner. That is a lot of boxes to tick, so it is important to do your research to find the perfect celebrant for your special day. Offering couples a wedding ceremony which is personalised, meaningful and memorable, Coastal Ceremonies share their unique insight into the wonderful world of weddings as our special guest this month.

ADAPTING TO OUR NEW WORLD OF WEDDINGS

IRELANDS LEVEL 5 WEDDING RESTRICTIONS

More important than the quest for certainty, is the quest for clarity…
As Ireland moved to the highest level of the Living with Covid-19 framework this week for an estimated six weeks, we have been inundated with questions and queries as to what Level 5 means for weddings in Ireland. Following several requests for detailed clarification, Fáilte Ireland received an update from The Department of the Taoiseach relating to weddings in Level 5 of the Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19 on 21st October 2020.

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WRITING YOUR WEDDING VOWS

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE..

The act of love and the art of romance has inspired writers, poets and musicians for generations. From the poetry of the Ancient Romans and Greeks to modern day movies, our fascination with love is part of what makes us human. Before you get started with your wedding planning, it is important to take time to think about what you want your wedding to represent. Different people have different ideas of what they want their ceremony to be. For some, they choose short and symbolic, for others it is about celebrating strength and unity.

OUR WONDERFUL WORLD OF CREATIVITY

THIS EDITION OF OUR WONDERFUL WORLD OF CREATIVITY SERIES SHINES A SPOTLIGHT ON GAVIN GALLAGHER AND DREAMCATCHER PRODUCTIONS.

This edition of Our Wonderful World of Creativity series shines a spotlight on Gavin Gallagher and Dreamcatcher Productions. Renowned as one of Ireland’s leading wedding film and video production companies, Dreamcatcher Productions have captured magical love stories and award-winning films for so many of our wonderful clients.

We are delighted that Gavin has taken the time to share some wonderful insights with us in this series. We hope you enjoy!

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE

ADAPTING TO OUR NEW WORLD OF WEDDINGS DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

Surrender to what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

For those of you that have been forced to postpone or cancel your upcoming nuptials as a result of COVID-19, we are so sorry that your special day has been affected by the latest restrictions and government guidelines. We understand that you are experiencing anxious moments and unforeseen stress during this time and we hope in some way that our thoughts and words will help you through the worry of the unknown. All we can do is our best to get through this, one day at a time.

CHOOSING YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY MUSIC

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

We are all universally connected by the language of music. A hugely important part of our life, music is a way of expressing our feelings and our emotions. It can transport us to a familiar and comforting place in time. It has a way of letting our thoughts run free to feel the significance and sentiment of a special moment.

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BE OUR GUEST

A CAPTIVATING INSIGHT INTO THE WONDERFUL
WORLD OF WEDDINGS

Capturing memories of a lifetime through timeless images, award-winning photographer Bruno Rosa shares his unique insight into the wonderful world of weddings as our special guest this month.

A master of telling stories through captivating and compelling portraits, Bruno produces works of art that are simply awe-inspiring. Pouring his heart and soul into creating unique photographs that transcend both time and place, Bruno has a unique ability to think outside the box.

OUR WONDERFUL WORLD OF CREATIVITY

This edition of Our Wonderful World of Creativity series shines a spotlight on Emmy award-winning producer J.B. Miller.

President & CEO of Empire Entertainment, J. B. Miller has over three decades of experience as an executive producer of major live and broadcast events. We have been so fortunate to work with J.B. and his team to bring international headline artists to our events in Ireland and throughout Europe. We have built a great working relationship and a fabulous friendship with J.B. over the years. We have enjoyed many brainstorming sessions in his beautiful studio in New York and witnessed first-hand how his fascinating collaborations come to life.

We are so honoured that J.B. has taken the time to share some wonderful insights with us in this series. We hope you enjoy!

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OLIVIA AND BRYAN

Olivia and Bryan's Magical Wedding Journey

One year ago today I started a brand new chapter with my husband Bryan. We celebrated our wedding vows surrounded by our beloved family and friends, something that we will always treasure and hold dearly in our hearts.

For those of you that have been forced to postpone your upcoming nuptials as a result COVID-19, I truly feel for you. I cannot even imagine the emotions you are going through dealing with this unprecedented situation. I know now how blessed I was to be able to celebrate my wedding this time last year, to share the most simple things like hugs with loved ones.

Looking back at our wedding, I really wish to share a little of my journey for the very first time, to give you a sense of all the lovely experiences you have yet to enjoy. Sometimes, the anticipation is so wonderful, and maybe if I can bring you in to this place it will help you build your faith in all this again. I want you to get excited again and feel the joy for all the wonderful things that await you..

AN INTIMATE ROYAL WEDDING

PRINCESS BEATRICE OF YORK MARRIES EDOARDO MAPELLI MOZZI IN A SURPRISE CEREMONY ON JULY 17TH.

What can we say, we just love royal weddings! As luxury wedding planners, we love seeing all the exquisite details, dreamy décor and regal style that is part of such a special and public occasion.

Celebrating the ultimate quarantine wedding, Princess Beatrice’s intimate nuptials marked the end of a cycle of royal weddings across Europe for at least a decade. With six royal weddings taking place over the last nine years, this is likely to be the last royal wedding that The Queen and her 99-year-old husband will be able to attend as all of their grown-up grandchildren are now married. Buckingham Palace released a small number of photographs of the newlyweds the day after the wedding and Beatrice's proud grandparents were featured in a beautiful portrait as the bride and groom left the church.

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OUR WONDERFUL WORLD OF CREATIVITY

Peter Langner

As a boutique Wedding and Event Management company in Ireland, we are so fortunate to work with such passionate, inspiring, and creative people in our world of weddings and events and we are delighted to share our journey of discovery with you as we speak to our friends from around the globe.

This edition of 'Our Wonderful World of Creativity' series puts a spotlight on fashion designer Peter Langner. For 30 years, the name Peter Langner has been synonymous with excellence, refinement, and couture tailoring. We have been so fortunate to have shared wonderful times with Peter in Milan, especially at his exquisite atelier with his wonderfully talented team. Peter is a true gentleman and a craft master with incredible passion for his work.

We are delighted Peter has taken the time to share some wonderful insights with us in this series, we hope you enjoy!.

OUR WONDERFUL WORLD OF CREATIVITY

REEM ACRA

Over the coming months, we will be sharing a glimpse of our magical world as we go behind the scenes and explore the infinite possibilities of the people and places we work with to make our events truly unique and one-of-a-kind experiences. We are so fortunate to work with such passionate and creative people in our world of events and we are delighted to share our journey of discovery with you as we speak to our friends from around the globe.

We begin this very special series with internationally renowned dress designer Reem Acra. A beautiful lady who we are so privileged to call our friend, and cares deeply about creating dreams for her clients, her eponymous bridal gown line and ready-to-wear collection combines tradition with a modern aesthetic. We have been so blessed to have worked with Reem in the past seeing first hand how she designs exquisite couture creations to give our clients the dress of their dreams.

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GUIDE TO PLANNING A DESTINATION WEDDING IN IRELAND

Steps to take when planning your dream destination wedding in Ireland

We are so lucky to live in a world of infinite possibilities. We can do anything we want to do and achieve everything we want to achieve. The key to transforming your dreams into reality is to take things one step at a time. Before you can reach the pinnacle of your vision, take a step back and really think about what you want your wedding to represent. If you have always dreamed of getting married in Ireland, embrace this. Celebrating a destination wedding is an incredible experience. Sharing the most special time of your life with your family and friends by your side is something you will always remember as you create unforgettable memories that you will treasure forever.

Destination Wedding Planner Advice

Expert advice for planning your dream destination wedding in Ireland

Are you dreaming of a destination wedding in Ireland? From the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, to our enchanting medieval castles and everything in between, there is no better place than Ireland to tie the knot in truly magnificent style.

If getting married in Ireland is something you really want to do, go for it! Everything you can imagine can be real. Think of all of the amazing opportunities and endless possibilities that await you in the Emerald Isle. If you can dream it, you can do it!

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SAVE THE (NEW) DATE

Have your special celebrations to be postponed due to the Coronavirus?

Our relationship with the outside world, to each other, and to society, has changed. A paradigm shift like no other, the actions and effects of COVID-19 have magnified what we see, what we feel, and what we take for granted. Interestingly, some might say, it may be all for the greater good.

Now is our chance to master the art of slowing down and switching off from the relentless pace of everyday life. It is a time to be accountable and productive and to live within the boundaries that we will not let define us. A time to marvel at the wonder of what surrounds us and appreciate all that is good in our lives. Let us be at one with nature and acknowledge that everything is as it should be. Nature epitomises slow living. Everything moves and grows in its own time, and now so should we..

The greatest gift of Easter is hope

Easter decor, table setting, recipes and party inspiration

A symbol of hope, renewal and new life, Easter falls on the first Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox. With even more hours of light in our day, we welcome the arrival of the sun with open arms.

As we embrace the challenge of a new way of living, we are slowly experiencing a fundamental shift in the way we live our lives. COVID-19 will teach us many things along the way, most notably it will show us that we can adapt and adjust to whatever measures are necessary to protect us from harm. We have come to value our friends and family with a new depth and understanding. It is also important to take time to reflect on all the positive aspects of the beauty and magic that surrounds us as we celebrate the arrival of a brand new season. Birds are singing, trees are budding and flowers are blooming. As morning breaks and light fills up the skies, our natural world’s most revered concert magically echoes the sound of silence.

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PLANNING YOUR DREAM DESTINATION WEDDING IN IRELAND

Irish Wedding Traditions, choosing your wedding venue and the legal requirements

In light of St Patrick's day, a global celebration of Irish culture, we would like to place a spotlight on why Ireland is such an incredibly popular Wedding destination. With Irish diaspora all over the globe celebrating Irish cultures and symbolism on St Patrick’s day, it really is a wonderful testament to how our little island of Ireland is received so warmly across the globe.

As highly experienced Destination Wedding Planners in Ireland, we have had wonderful experiences in helping our clients across the globe bring their wishes to reality in celebrating their destination wedding.

We at Olivia Buckley International would like to share some great advice and tips on how to start planning your dream destination wedding in the beautiful Emerald Isle.

Luxury Wedding Venues in Ireland

A spotlight on 7 Luxury Wedding Venues in Ireland

We are so fortunate to have worked at many luxurious wedding venues and spectacular locations around the world. We wholeheartedly believe that Ireland is home to some of the most incredible luxury wedding venues in the world and are unparalleled when it comes to history, uniqueness and most importantly romance!

In light of Olivia Buckley Internationals very special 7th Birthday celebrations, we have put a spotlight on seven very special luxury wedding venues in Ireland, where we have had the pleasure of creating dream weddings and events for our wonderful clients.

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Irish Castle Weddings

Choosing Ireland as your Destination Wedding Location

If you’ve always dreamed about having your wedding in an Irish Castle, you are not alone! There is something about our mystical landscape and traditions that lends seamlessly to romantic and magical weddings.

Getting Married in Ireland

A guide to Planning your dream destination wedding in Ireland

Are you considering getting married in Ireland? Home to beautiful countryside, rolling hills and a rugged, romantic wilderness found nowhere else on earth, it’s easy to see why getting married in Ireland is steadily becoming more and more popular. There is simply no other place in the world that can encompass so many different factors that come together to make your wedding truly magical.

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Wedding Planning List

A guide to planning your dream destination wedding in Ireland

Beginning the task of planning your dream wedding may seem daunting at first but we have created a list of important first steps to help get you started.

Wedding Venues in Ireland

How to choose your wedding venue or location in Ireland

Choosing a wedding venue in Ireland may seem like a daunting experience. From luxury 5 star properties to historic sites and old world castles to period manors, the choice can seem overwhelming!

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Famous Wedding Planners

Choosing the right Wedding Planner for your Destination Wedding

When it comes to wedding planning, sometimes only the best will do. The list of famous wedding planners across the globe is endless. The Knot recently featured Wedding Advice From Global Wedding planners and we were delighted to be asked to contribute. Read more below on the importance of choosing the right wedding planner for you and our top five famous wedding planners in the industry.

A Dream Destination Wedding in Ireland

Adare Manor Wedding

We are delighted to be able to share this very special Olivia Buckley International wedding at Adare Manor that was recently featured on Wedding Chicks. We asked our wonderful clients Jennifer and James to sum up their experience of their dream destination wedding in Ireland.

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East meets West - Why Chinese couples are choosing Ireland for their dream destination wedding

Chinese Wedding Traditions

Ireland is quickly becoming a premier destination wedding location for the Chinese market. We take a look at why Ireland is a dream destination for couples who wish to merge ancient Chinese rituals with traditional Irish practices for their wedding day.

The Lure of Irish Castle Weddings

Irish Wedding Blessings and choosing an Irish Castle as your wedding location

With Ireland home to beautiful countryside, with rolling hills and a rugged, romantic wilderness found nowhere else on earth, as well as countless European honeymoon destinations on the doorstep, it’s easy to see why Irish Castle Weddings remain among the most sought after wedding venues in the world.

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Juliana and Ryan's dream wedding at Ashford Castle in Ireland

We have been so fortunate to work with incredibly beautiful couples over the years; couples who have gone on to become life-long friends of ours. Juliana and Ryan are such a couple and we are delighted to be able to share their thoughts about their fairytale wedding at Ashford Castle in Ireland. It was such a privilege to create this stunning experience for these two very special people.

Reflection & Retrospect - The Royal Wedding

In light of the Royal Wedding and Harry & Meghan fever grips the world ahead of the biggest wedding spectacle of 2018, Olivia writes about how essential it is for the Bride and Groom to find their private moments within the whirlwind that is a wedding in the public eye. Photography credits: Alexi Lubomirski

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IRISH WELCOME DINNER

AN EVENING OF CELEBRATION AT ONE OF IRELAND’S MOST AUTHENTIC CASTLES

It was our great honour to host a very special Irish Welcome Dinner at Dromoland Castle for our Industry Colleagues and Friends who travelled to Ireland recently. We designed a taste of Ireland for guests to savour and left them with lasting memories of our beautiful country and traditions.

OLIVIA BUCKLEY - LEADING IRISH WEDDING PLANNER

Wedding Planner Olivia Buckley shares insights on her experiences in the event industry

In honour of "National Women's Enterprise Day", Voltedge Management celebrated six Irish female executives, each of whom have achieved outstanding accomplishments in their area of expertise. They asked Olivia to share some insights on her experiences and how she draws inspiration from the environment around her, role models she has had during her career and what she sees as the biggest challenge facing leaders today.

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The Irish Examiner

Future growth for Olivia Buckley International

Olivia Buckley was delighted to talk with Pádraig Hoare of The Irish Examiner about the re-brand to Olivia Buckley International and what that says about her plans for future growth.  

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February 2018 - It was wonderful to be featured in Ergo by Samantha McCaughren, Business Editor for The Sunday Independent, about the growth of Olivia Buckley International and the delights of Ashford Castle.

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Behind the Scenes at our OBI 5th Birthday Photoshoot

Olivia Buckley International photoshoot

After a whirlwind of a year, we decided to celebrate the 5th Birthday of Olivia Buckley International in style - click through for your backstage pass to our glamorous team photoshoot at Bond Street Studios in Dublin! 

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Olivia Buckley International were delighted to be included in "Ireland's Blossoming Tycoons" in the Sunday Business Post recently. Click to read the full article! 

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Wedding Planning advice in RSVP Magazine

Guide to planning your wedding in Ireland

RSVP Magazine asked Olivia Buckley for some top tips to guide the bride and groom as they plan their very special day. From tying down key suppliers, booking a venue, choosing a dream wedding dress, to colour schemes and the finer details, we have the only wedding checklist you will need!

Fate, Destiny and Pursuing your dreams

Olivia Buckley International

After an incredible 2017 for us at Olivia Buckley International and as we embark on an exciting year ahead, I feel overwhelming gratitude for the wonderful experiences that we have had. I took some time to reflect on what it is that drives my business ambition and love for what I do.

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