Today I have the most stunning real wedding for you lucky P&P readers, shot by the very talented Nicola Webster.  Emma & Andrew were married in Dublin the end of last year and have some beautiful pictures.  I LOVE Emma's bold choice of orange & purple as her colour palette.  Stunning!

Not only is Emma gorgeous, she's wearing one of my fav style wedding dresses from one of my very fav wedding dress designers, David Fielden.  Ooooo wedding envy :)

I've asked Emma to tell us a little bit more about her & Andrew's big day....

♥ So tell us about the proposal!

We were on holiday with my family in France, in August 2010 in a rented villa in the middle of the French countryside. Andrew kept on suggesting that we go on a day trip on our own, but the weather was so good that I didn't want to tear myself away from the pool. At the first sight of a cloud we decided to take a lunch trip to St Emillion. Andrew proposed after lunch on the narrow cobbled streets of St Emillion, with a beautiful ring he had chosen himself. Now every time we have a bottle of red from St Emillion, it brings us back to the proposal!

♥ General décor, was there anything special that you organised?

The flowers were important to me - our church was quite large and so needed to have flowers that made an impact. But, I didn't want anything that looked too formal. Our florist was so creative and imaginative - my bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets were breathtakingly beautiful and she carried the floral theme from the church through to the reception.

♥ What dress did you wear? How did you know it was the ‘one’? Did you want a particular style?

I had no idea of what I wanted - just what I didn't want - ie strapless, a-line, boring. When I bought my first bridal magazine I saw a gorgeous dress by David Fielden. Then in my second and third magazines, I saw more dresses, all different, that I thought were amazing- and every time I looked at the photo credits, they were by David Fielden . He opened his flagship store in London a couple of months after I got engaged so my mother and I took that as an opportunity to visit. I had visited two bridal shops before visiting David Fielden and had found nothing even vaguely interesting. But, as soon as I walked in to David Fielden's shop I found a dozen dresses that I would have happily walked up the aisle in. But when I found my dress, it couldn't be any other- it was different than any other wedding dress I'd ever seen and not only did I feel beautiful in it - but I felt like a bit of a rockstar too! The fact that David himself was there, and complimented me in my dress, as well as offering accessories advice, made the whole occasion even more special. I have to admit, I was a little star struck.

♥ What was the most memorable moment of your wedding day?

Walking up the aisle holding back the tears when I could hear my Dad getting emotional, the choir singing and the band.

♥ Anything else you would like to share about your wedding?

I am crazy about my cat, so my friend and colleague drew a gorgeous picture of the three of us for the cover of the Order of Service - it was a cute touch that made us all laugh.

♥ First dance, what song did you choose? What made you pick it?

"At Last", Etta James. We thought it was a beautiful song, and apt too, as we were dating for six years before we got married.

♥ Do you have any advice you can offer Peonies & Pearls readers? 

Don't feel like you have to fret over decisions, or have to live up to other people's perceptions of a fussy and bedraggled bride. I made loads of decisions on the spot because I knew they were the right ones for example; the bridesmaids dresses, head piece etc. I bought the bridesmaids dresses when only one of them was with me- it was risky- but worked out perfectly and saved a lot of changing room stress. 

 ♥ Any regrets? Or best decisions made? 

We had no regrets at all - if the weather had complied, we might have got some beautiful photographs outdoors at Powerscourt, but the rain just meant that we got some interesting, indoor quirky ones instead. We also had a pig on a spit organised for the evening reception but the torrential rain meant that it had to be cooked indoors, which was a pity. The best decision overall was definitely to get a videographer. Before I saw Tiny Ark's work, I had no interest in a boring wedding video, until I realised that videographers, well at least some of them, had moved with the times. Our videographer was so talented, and so unobtrusive- the end result of his incredibly hard work was our entire wedding day captured in eight magical minutes - it has brought even the most hard-hearted of our friends to tears.

Photo Credit: Nicola Webster

Ceremony Venue: Christ Church Taney, Dundrum
Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton, Powerscourt, Co Wicklow
Photography: Nicola Webster
Videographer: TinyArk 
Florist: The Flower Box, Mount Merrion, Dublin
Cake: Yvonne Rogers, friend
Bride's Dress: David Fielden
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik 
Bride’s Headwear/Veil: Matt Doody
Bridesmaid Dresses: LK Bennett
Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Rented from Chaplin's, Dundrum Town Centre
Rings: Emma Stewart Liberty
Makeup Artist: Kate Synott
Hairstylist: Paul Davey
Invites/Stationary: Invitations by Project Wedding
Band: Smash Hits


  1. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BRIDE!!! SHE LOOKS GORGEOUS!!! I absolutely love the cake!!! This is so beautiful!!