Written by Melissa Woods
Photography by Shot By Amy
This colourful DIY wedding set in Dublin's Drury Buildings in guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
The stylish and alternative venue was beautifully decorated by the bride and groom themselves, Brid & Mike, who painstakingly crafted over 1000 origami birds! If that is not a labour of love then tell me, what is?!
Brid & Mike first met through mutual friends where they both used to work in London. Mike finally plucked up the guts to make a move on Brid at a friends leaving do, after a fair few drinks!
''We expect the blue plaque to be erected outside the Slug and Lettuce, Oxford Circus in time for our first wedding anniversary.''
Many a drink later... Mike popped the question on a foggy but romantic stroll in Tipperary.
''I was genuinely surprised and delighted when he presented me with his grandmother's ring.
I have no idea what he said and he can’t remember as he was so nervous.''
Not wanting too long an engagement, the couple set a €6000 budget and started planning the wedding for 10 months later.
''Once we found the venue, Drury Buildings, and booked the date it all pretty much fell into place after that.''
In true 'un-wedding' spirit, when asked about their inspiration behind the wedding they simply answered:
''Us, our shared life, our love of music''
When it comes to the planning, both Mike & Brid had a similar ideas... personal, intimate and, most importantly, a short ceremony!
Neither are religious so, a humanist ceremony seemed the only way to go with a simple candle lighting ritual and beautiful readings from friends.
The couples nod to tradition went as far as having a wedding dress, best man, and bridesmaid but aside from that, Brid & Mike did things they way they wanted to.
''I was walked down the aisle by both my parents as I wanted to honour both of their roles in getting me to this point in my life.
Both our mothers lit candles to symbolise both our families too.''
Instead of posing for the usual photos, Brid & Mike took to the streets of Dublin using the city's natural charm as a backdrop and even stopping off for a browse in a record shop, as you do!
The couple described this a real highlight of the day.
'' Everyone was so kind and wishing us well as we walked through the streets. One man came up to me and told me that on his wedding day he was gifted a piece of silver for luck and so he wanted to pass on the favour and gifted me a €2 coin, which I still have and treasure. ''
When asked if they would do anything differently, both Brid & Mike gave a unanimous...
'' Not a single thing!
Maybe build a time machine and do it all again? Is that allowed? ''
Finishing off, the couple have a solid bit of advice for couples about to embark on their wedding planning journe:
'' Don't invite anyone you wouldn’t normally take out for dinner, really helps cut down that guest list. ''
See more from their bright and colourful day in the full gallery below, along with a list of all the suppliers involved.
How cool is Dublin's Drury Buildings as an alternative wedding venue?! If anyone else is planning a DIY wedding somewhere unique then I would love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below!