Love Stories: Emma & Colin’s Woodland Ceremony at Lisnavagh House

Today’s couple Emma and Colin were wed at Lisnavagh House, Co Carlow in an incredibly atmospheric grove of yew trees beside the house. Both Irish but currently living in New Zealand with their little girl Ivy, they spent a treasured couple of weeks at home with friends and family and managed to pull of an amazing wedding day, even from the other side of the world. Christine wrote and performed their ceremony which was funny and light-hearted and had in it a traditional Handfasting ceremony.


The sun peeped through the trees throughout and Ivy did her best to steal the show, dancing around in the mud and singing away to herself.  A friend read the 1927 poem Max Ehrmann poem Desiderata, an unusual reading for weddings which actually worked beautifully and was a very poignant choice.

Being true music fans they entered to the enigmatic ‘Into my Arms’ by Nick Cave and skipped back down the Aisle to ‘Baby I Love You’ by The Ramones. Dave from DMC Events played an absolute blinder and totally ‘got them’.


Emma loved her DJ, she explains, “Even though we only met him 2 days before the wedding, working from Skype and email prior to that!  He was AMAZING .. some friends commented the next day, that they were praying he’d play a crap song so we could just sit down for a breather and a drink!  He also organised some games etc. for the kids during the drinks reception – always good.  He was amazingly professional but so down to earth and fabulous to deal with.”



Emma and her crew were styled by hairdresser Tina from Color Therapy in Kimmage. Her bouquet was made by Vintage specialist florist Louise Gavin.  Honeydew Catering put on an incredible spread and Colin and Emma give them an excellent review.



Music: Dave from DMC events

Venue: Lisnavagh House, Carlow

Food and event management: Honeydew Catering (Natasha Mann)

Flowers: Louise Gavin

Hair: Color Therapy

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