The Fashion-Forward Bride: Mary T + Genie's Trendsetting Wedding

First things first, we are seriously girl-crushing on this bridal party!

Taking a risk and rocking trousers instead of a traditional wedding gown, Mary T is without a doubt leading the way for the modern Irish bride. Breaking with the norm, her personal style and fashion-forward vision inspired her to put her own twist on the conventional wedding. The result; a spectacularly elegant affair marring trend and tradition perfectly. The little girl in her couldn’t wait to get married in the beautiful church where she was christened and made her Holy Communion & Confirmation. Celebrating this sentimentality, it was only fitting that Mary T brought the pair’s ceremony decor to the next level! Large three-foot yellow balloons led her up the aisle up to her man. These details were later transferred to their reception and cleverly used as centerpieces. Separating from their guests after saying their vows never appealed to the newlyweds, so instead of the standard bridal car, they opted to start the party early by hiring an open top bus to transfer everyone to their wedding venue.

Neither knew what the other had planned to wear on their very special day, and the surprise was captured perfectly by Dermot Sullivan Photography. The groom looked effortlessly handsome in a dapper cravat, while the bridal troop totally owned their chic red jumpsuits. Mary T’s romantic Bardot neckline with delicate lace met a cute peplum waistline and flowing train – the wow factor trouser element and her signature plaits stole the show! Just back from a month long adventure to Dubai, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, Mary T’s wedding trousers even made the long journey with them, where she proudly wore them while on honeymoon!

We know you will love this wedding as much as we do here at WeddingDates HQ. Enjoy!

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The Beginning…

“We first met at my 30th birthday back in 2012. It was a private function in The White Lady Kinsale and Genie came in for a pint with his housemate at the time, who was an old school friend of mine. He ended up staying for more than ‘just the one pint’ and numbers were swapped! It’s true what they say, you always meet someone when you least expect it!”

The Proposal…

“As we first met on my birthday, we marked that time of the year as our anniversary also. In May 2015, we headed off on our usual getaway at that time of the year – this time we did part of the Wild Atlantic Way, ending up in a bit of luxury for a grand finale at the g Hotel & Spa, Galway. I woke up on the morning of my birthday to Genie down on one knee. We had such an amazing and special time! He had even asked both my parents the week beforehand. With all the extra special anniversaries happening around my birthday, he now has no excuse to ever forget!”

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On The Photographer…

“Through my job at Powder & Plait, I’ve come across many amazing photographers. I had always known of Dermot Sullivan and his work but never had the pleasure to work with him! One of the many positives I heard about him was his time-keeping and ability to keep the show going, as well as his beautiful finishes with your photographs! It was so easy to work with him. We met and went through the schedule thoroughly and I was so confident in him. He didn’t let us down!”

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The Style…

“As I work with a lot with brides in my business Powder & Plait, when it was time to go dress shopping, I felt I had seen every dress before. It was like ‘this is the dress of my bride from two weeks ago’. Besides that, my own style is individual and I really wanted to reflect my own personality in what I wear. I knew the only way forward was to get the dress made. So, with a lot of research, I put together a design which I knew was very much me and brought it to the amazing Ernest Perryman Dress Designer in Cork who was excited to make the dress with a twist! The top was a bardot style fine corded french lace, with a satin silk skirt, and I guess the piece de resistance was the trouser element – which yes I will totally wear again!”

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The Highlights…

“Seeing each other at the altar was a massive highlight for us both as not only did Genie have no idea what my dress would be like, I had no idea what he would be wearing either! When we met at the top, I said ‘you’re not wearing a tie or dickie bow!’ and Genie said ‘you’re wearing TROUSERS!!’ – what a great moment!”

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You can check out Mary T’s beauty business on Facebook where she specializes in bridal make up, up-styling and much more. Or you can email maryt@powderandplait.com for more details.

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Ciara Moore is the Blog Editor & Social Media Manager at WeddingDates HQ. Anything you want to know about weddings and what is on trend - she's your woman!

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