Designer Bláithín Ennis’ Detail-Rich Style

Designer Bláithín Ennis’ Detail-Rich Style

Planning what you’re going to wear over the course of your wedding is such an exciting process but it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. There are so many wonderful events to celebrate, besides the big day itself. From the pre-wedding day festivities (engagement party, bridal shower, hen party and rehearsal dinner/night before), to after the “I dos” have been said (Day Two, mini moon/honeymoon), tonnes of brain power (and time) can be used up curating your wedding wardrobe from start to finish.

That’s where our series My Wedding Wardrobe comes in, where we shine a spotlight on seriously stylish real brides and grooms we love. We are delighted to delve into the texture-laden wedding style of Irish jewellery designer Bláithín Ennis, to find out not only where she sourced her key pieces, but how she styled them and supported local designers all along the way. Brides who want to dress more sustainably will find so many useful tips too. Get ready to swoon over her dreamy big day with phenomenal imagery courtesy of Nina Val Photography.

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

Bride Bio

Name: Bláithín Ennis
Profession: Jewellery and accessory designer,
Wedding Date: December 23rd 2023
Wedding Venue: The Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Honeymoon: Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Instagram: @blaithinennis

Let’s get to know our bride… Bláithín and her husband met during the pandemic but their paths actually crossed a few years prior when she was selling her jewellery at the RDS Christmas fair in Dublin. “My husband’s little brother was a favourite customer of mine and had bought a selection of pieces from me over the years. He brought his older brother (my now-husband) to the fair and we met briefly. Let’s just say all my attention was focused on my very sweet little customer, so I can’t recall the moment precisely, but he remembers it. It was a lovely coincidence and a great conversation on our first date!”

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

As for their engagement story, it’s of the oh-so dreamy variety! “It was our first big trip together and we went to Mauritius. It was such an amazing holiday. We both love history, culture and nature so there was so much to see and do. From whale watching off the coast of the island to visiting the local tea plantations and rum distilleries, it was an incredible holiday… He proposed on the second week – the best surprise ever! He even managed the hide the ring for an entire week in his shoe!”

Bláithín describes her personal style as classic and with her textile background she has a love for good quality fabrics, well-designed pieces, texture and embellishments. All these details married exquisitely to inform her wedding day wardrobe which was nothing short of spectacular.

“As a business owner I was very keen to support Irish businesses and brands I love. My younger sister Niamh is a designer and stylist so we worked closely during the year on all of the finer details. I really enjoyed the wedding style process. While a lot of brides might find it stressful, this was my favourite and most enjoyable part of the year.”

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

She found the wedding dress of her dreams at luxury Dublin bridal boutique Sharon Hoey.

“I loved the wedding dress process with Sharon Hoey. The team are so dedicated to creating a lovely experience for the bride. They have a wealth of knowledge and are so helpful. In my opinion, there is nothing like the personal service and it’s something I take pride in in my own business too.”

While she wasn’t sure what type of gown she wanted initially, the minute she laid her eyes on the Alice Temperley bridal collection she knew she was ready to say yes to the dress! For her festive wedding at The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, she was breathtaking in the ornate Celeste gown which is crafted from tulle and boasts luminous hand-embellished crystal constellations and sparkling sequin starbursts with flowing sheer bishop sleeves, an open back finished with a satin bow and a graceful train.

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

“Alice Temperley’s attention to detail and use of colour, fabric and embellishment really gives an ethereal and bohemian sense to her work. I studied embroidery as a student in NCAD so I have a love and appreciation for the detail and work that would go into a dress like that. The glistening sparkles and clever placement of every bead added such a clever structure and iridescent glamour to the dress. I felt the style of dress suited the time of year and the classic venue we chose, it was so comfortable to wear and it very much represented me and my personal style. I also loved the hints of sparkle in the winter sunshine!”

She added the perfect finishing touches with couture earrings from her own jewellery collection and accessories from Place in Gorey, Wexford while her wedding shoes came from Dune. For the evening, she wore earrings by Alexis Bittar at Loulerie.

Her sisters Niamh and Tara and her husband’s sister Lauren acted as bridesmaids and they wore black long-sleeve fishtail gowns by British designer Kevan Jon that were sourced from a boutique in Gorey with earrings and necklaces from the Bláithín Ennis Topaz collection and silver leather Naterra clutch bags from Place Gorey.

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

She dazzled for the Day Two celebrations wearing a show-stopping custom champagne beaded and feather gown designed by none other than her sister Niamh Ennis!

“We sourced a beautiful, hand-beaded fabric from one of my suppliers in London and Niamh drafted up a design for my Day Two look. We have great memories together working on this!”

It was a sustainable accessories moment as Bláithín completed the ensemble with a pre-owned clutch from Place Gorey and she borrowed her sister’s heels which boasted perspex straps.

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

The couple jetted off on a sun-kissed honeymoon with the first stop being Sri Lanka. Bláithín needed her wardrobe to be highly functional as it was a very “up-and-go trip” which included safari trips, train hopping and even climbing the ancient rock fortress, Sigiriya Lion Rock. So while her daytime wardrobe was mainly T-shirts, shorts and Birkenstocks, as the country has a conservative dress etiquette, she ensured to pack plenty of long skirts and flowing silhouettes for temple visits and evenings out.

Abstract prints played a pivotal role, case in point being her look at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya where she teamed a navy polo knit from Place Gorey with a light blue floral print high-waist maxi skirt that she designed herself using material from Texture in Monkstown.

“I know so many designers and I’m fortunate to have worked with so many creative people. So I really try to give them the business whenever I’m looking for something. Anne in Texture is great because she uses such beautiful fabrics. My sister Niamh who is a fashion designer buys a lot of fabrics from her as well.”

She wore her wedding shoes, Bláithín Ennis Circle & Stem earrings and a cream clutch bag with a textured panel by Chilean-born, Irish-based accessories designer Ale Walsh.

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

Her jumpsuit with a chic geometric print and dainty ruching on the sleeves and waist was actually a “something borrowed” piece. It was her mum’s TK Maxx jumpsuit and she added a Lululemon belt bag and a navy bucket hat.

She shares the following tips with brides who are wondering what to pack for a hot weather honeymoon:

“Pack an array of clothing. You don’t really know what to expect and in some cultures dressing up is part of that culture. I focused on very light fabrics, pieces that were travel-friendly as you can pull them out of your suitcase and you don’t need to iron them. Pack versatile and good quality basics, like an M&S white T-shirt for example, that you can throw in a wash, don’t cost an arm and a leg, and you can style them with so many things. Don’t forget to bring comfortable heels too!”

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

From snorkeling to whale shark diving, the second leg of the couple’s honeymoon in the Maldives was equally action-packed but there was a little bit more chilling involved.

For a romantic dinner date, she wore a lace bandeau top with a semi-sheer peplum insert from TK Maxx which she paired with orange candy high-waisted trousers which she had made during a trip to Vietnam in 2022. She accessorised with her Ale Walsh bag and her wedding shoes once more, proving how the right accessories can have so much mileage when it comes to your honeymoon wardrobe.

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

The cherry on top of her ultra-chic ensemble? Her pretty pink bow earrings which came from her Barbie-inspired Margot jewellery collection. In fact, she so loved her honeymoon travels that she designed an entirely new jewellery collection inspired by “snorkelling in the Indian Ocean” aptly named Sea of Stars.

“I always bring jewellery when I travel, and as a jewellery designer, it’s really important because I really think that you can add a bit of glam with one or two nice pieces.”

Bláithín Ennis My Wedding Wardrobe

When it comes to curating a wedding wardrobe, Bláithín advises:

“Choose something that you love and feel comfortable wearing. It should represent you and your style. Support small, independent businesses or designers where possible. Many will stock cool, unique brands and pieces that you won’t find on the high street. When it comes to wedding dress shopping bring just one or two people who know you well and can be honest with you, and give you sound advice. It should be a positive, fun experience.”

A special thanks to our fabulous bride Bláithín. Check out the other instalments of the My Wedding Wardrobe series including Rebecca Shekleton’s Y2K & Carrie Bradshaw-Inspired Looks and Ellen’s Style Featuring Sweet Bardot Necklines & Slinky Silk Slips. If you know someone with incredible wedding style, contact us at to be part of our series. 

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