An Uber-Chic Winter Industrial Wedding at The Millhouse

An Uber-Chic Winter Industrial Wedding at The Millhouse

Today’s real wedding couple Abigail and Éanna dreamed of tying the knot on a crisp winter’s day bathed in golden December sunlight. 120 of their loved ones joined them for their exceptionally stylish Christmas nuptials at The Millhouse in Slane, Co. Meath. The halls were decked in all their festive splendour, fires roared and neutral flowers formed the bedrock of their industrial-style aesthetic. Prepare to swoon over their love story and delight over the details of their special day with gorgeous imagery by Naomi Kamat Photography.

Abigail is from Mullingar and Éanna is from Galway but their love story began in Dublin, where they live today. They were both new to the capital and having recently moved back to Ireland after living abroad they matched on Tinder in September 2014. Sparks flew instantly so they quickly too their conversations offline.

Abigail tells us, “We met off the Luas on Harcourt street, and as cheesy as it sounds, we were both instantly smitten. We went to the Bernard Shaw (the original R.I.P) for a couple of drinks and then onto Anseo on Camden Street where we shared our first kiss. It was one of those magical dates where you do not want the night to end, and I knew as we said our goodbyes after Anseo that this was the start of something special. Our dates continued and increased in frequency over the next few months, and we made it official in March 2015. I remember Éanna asking me to be his girlfriend on the dancefloor in Workman’s, I was delighted.”

The couple moved in together in 2016. Éanna reflects on their engagement journey, “I had been thinking about proposing to Abigail for a while and was waiting until she was finally finished with the seemingly endless amounts of study and exams. I bought the promise ring in 2019 and had a few different plans percolating but decided to do it while we were staying at a boutique hotel (a converted lighthouse) on our upcoming trip to La Palma in the Canary Islands. Unfortunately, a week before we were due to fly out a global pandemic brought everything, including my grand plans, to a standstill. Travel restrictions made the holiday impossible to reschedule so we decided to go on some staycations once the country reopened in the summer of 2020.”

After suggesting a trip to Monart in August Éanna decided he would propose on the first night so he facetimed Abigail’s parents in advance and also got the blessing from her older sister who was due to get married shortly after the proposal. While Abigail was suspicious after her mum and sister told her to pack “nice bits” for the trip she had no idea Éanna was going to propose. How dreamy was the couple’s first look photo?

Now, back to their gorgeous proposal! “After a day of pure relaxation and a lovely dinner Éanna suggested a walk in the garden and led me to a secluded area illuminated by fairy lights and it was only when he started waxing lyrical about our relationship, did I finally suspect that ‘something’ might be afoot. It was one of the happiest moments of my life when Éanna dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife, and also still gives us a good laugh to this day that I said, ‘thank you’ before saying ‘yes’. We really enjoyed getting engaged and spent the next few weeks celebrating with family and drinking champagne.”

Bride wearing white wedding dress with floral embroidery sleeves outside during industrial wedding

The couple wanted their big day to have an industrial aesthetic with a chic and cosy vibe. With a shared love of period properties, the fact they own a Victorian home in Dublin, and Éanna’s architecture background, they fell head over heels for The Millhouse. They loved the architecture of the venue and they wanted to let that speak for itself.

Abigail looked absolutely sensational in a sleek off the shoulder Alexandra Grecco gown which was given a delightfully ethereal edge with detachable floral embroidered tulle puff sleeves which she accessorised with Monica Vinader pearl earrings and bridal heels from Harlo. Éanna exuded timeless elegance in a tuxedo from Louis Copeland & Sons.

Seasonal, neutral floral displays by Smyth and Bloom played a starring role in the styling and created a magical snow-dusted aesthetic while plenty of candles helped create a vividly romantic glow. The old mill, which has original brick work, chandeliers and oodles of rustic charm, proved to be the stunning and atmospheric location for their humanist ceremony.

As Abigail and “We made sure each of our parents and our siblings had a role to play on the day be it a reading, a poem, a song, a speech – that was really special and something I know we will both treasure forever.” We had the good fortune of having Billy as our celebrant and together we crafted the most beautiful and intimate humanist ceremony.”

Abigail sourced her beautiful wedding ring from Paul Sheeran Jewellers and her bridal party aced mix and match bridesmaid dressing choosing a mix of dark block colours and materials such as lame and feathers with midis from Rotate, H&M, Warehouse, Forever New, and Next.

Getting the atmosphere perfect was imperative with a massive dinner party followed by endless hours on the dancefloor. “We wanted the wedding to be seriously good craic. We spent ages deliberating on the table plans, making sure the tables were not too big or wide so people could talk easily to one and other. We also picked a band that was very lively and brought the party atmosphere and literally ran one song into the next, it was insane. We spent a long time pulling together songs for the DJ’s playlist, so every tune was a ‘banger’.”

After planning their own utterly gorgeous big day, they tell engage couples to celebrate all the little planning milestones. “The day itself comes and goes in the blink of an eye. So, we made sure to have a glass of bubbles each time we made a big decision. Also stay true to yourself and prepare yourself for lots of unsolicited advice People are generally well intentioned and mean well but it can also be overwhelming and confusing. Remember that it is your wedding day and try to approach the wedding planning with that mindset, as the phrase goes, ‘You do you’.”

The couple flew to Saint Lucia for their honeymoon for 10 days of “sun, sea and snoozes” on the beach. “The island was beautiful, and the relaxed Caribbean vibe was exactly what we needed to unwind after the whirlwind of the wedding!” They were keen to go on their ill-fated proposal holiday and Éanna finally got to whisk Abigail to La Palma which included the long-awaited lighthouse visit.

As soon as they set their wedding date, Abigail leapt on the change to arrange a particularly dazzling element of their celebration. “We had surprise fireworks after dinner before our first dance. We had arranged for everyone to come outside for sparklers and then the fireworks started – I think they gave everyone a fright at first, which was pretty funny – but the display was brilliant!” Abigail added an ostrich feather cover-up to her look to keep the chill at bay oh-so chicly!

The couple are serious music lovers who adore going to festivals and concerts, so it was really important to them that their first dance song was performed live and they chose I Dare You by The XX. Éanna adds, “Everyone brought the party, people were in great form and one of my fondest memories of the wedding is ending the night on the dancefloor, encircled by our closest friends and family, dancing to LCD Soundsystem’s All My Friends.”

A very special thank you to Abigail, Éanna and Naomi Kamat Photography for sharing this fabulous industrial wedding at The Millhouse with One Fab Day!

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