Approximately a year since Orlaith made Ciara O' Doherty's wedding dress here is a throwback to her blog before and after the big day.
I was two years old when my mother, sensing a bonny baby show opportunity at the local town fair, harnessed my pudgy wriggling body into a neon frilly dress replete with frilly bonnet, frilly bloomers, frilly socks and co-ordinating frilly hairband. Did I mention they were frilly? Lest there be any gender confusion, it was, of course, a shade of pink. This was the 80s. Girls wore pink dresses and boys blue romper suits! No discussion. My mother swears I spent the whole day twirling and curtseying, mesmerised by her sartorial choices.
Thankfully at the age of 35 I’ve left the bonnet and bloomers behind me but that day instilled a love in me for this type of attire. I’m a divil for a dress. Perhaps that’s why the search for ‘THE’ dress to beat all dresses was destined to be fraught. Like all things wedding related, my initial move was the wrong one, a google search with the words ‘incredible awe-inspiring flattering one-off never seen before completely original wedding dress limited budget’.
Two weeks, four shops and 20 dresses later, I was a little confused. I wanted tulle, silk, lace, duchesse satin, strapless, off-the-shoulder, high-necked, low backed, straight cut, mermaid finish, princess style dress. In other words, I wanted everything. There’s such beautiful dresses out there but I finally settled on one. One designer that is. In my heart of hearts I knew if I was ever to replicate the joy of the neon pink frilly number, I’d want input in the dress design. As soon as I met Orlaith Carroll, I felt confident that she was the one to take on the challenge. Based in The Attic Boutique in Limerick, Orlaith Carroll is a name to watch. Stocking the sensational Anna Georgina and Elbeth Gillis labels, Orlaith also designs and makes bespoke dresses working closely with brides-to-be to deliver dream dresses. Last week I had my first fitting. To be honest I was nervous but I trust Orlaith. She’s as passionate about this dress as I am. Having recently said ‘I do’ to her own Mr Right, Orlaith understands how important this is to all brides-to-be. Over the next eight weeks, she’ll work night and day to move the dress from the mock up I saw this week to the finished product. I can’t tell you much now but I’ll show you a picture at a later date I promise! I can give you one clue. It’s not pink.
My wedding day became very real before I left for Spain when I went down to The Attic Bridalwear Boutique in Limerick to collect my wedding dress from designer Orlaith Carroll. I’d shown her pictures of dresses that I loved and asked her to come up with a design just right for me – she did. But what I wanted was a hand-beaded bespoke dress that would require hours of slow, painstaking work. For Orlaith and her lovely assistant Roisín, it was a challenge that they relished. It paid off. I loved wearing it throughout the day. When I eventually took it off at sunrise on the morning after my wedding day I shed a tear. It sounds silly but I’d never worn anything so perfect for me. Orlaith is an incredibly talented Irish designer and has a big future ahead of her. I’m glad and proud to have been part of that for one small moment.
She walked down the aisle in a gorgeous gown designed for her by Orlaith Carroll in The Attic Bridal in Co Limerick. She looked stunning in her bespoke dress, which was an intricately beaded, strapless dress, finished off with scalloped details.
Although many details of their impending nuptials have been kept under wraps, Ciara shared an image to her Twitter account picking up her bespoke bridal gown from Limerick based bridal boutique ‘The Attic’. In the picture posted to fans, the dress is concealed within a dress bag as the blonde beauty poses alongside the dress designer Orlaith Carroll, and it has been revealed that the dress is traditional in its style.
THE BEST BRIDAL BOUTIQUES IN IRELAND
The Attic Bridalwear Boutique in Co. Limerick
A completely unique bridal boutique in the heart of Limerick city, The Attic Bridalwear Boutique is a great choice for a bride that wants a true rustic wedding. The boutique is intimate and quirky and has a garden/forest theme throughout.
The bridal party are welcomed to sit back and enjoy some tea from vintage mix and match teacups while the bride gets a one to one with the owner Orlaith who has a background with top fashion houses including Alexander McQueen in London and Derek Lam in New York.
Who they stock: Elbeth Gillis, Anna Georgina, Herms, Enzoani
Thank you to the Wedding style Collective for picking us as one of the top Bridal Boutiques in Ireland