Vintage Irish Wedding
at The Cliff At Lyons

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A French queen and a musician wed in the stunning all-time favourite Irish venue, Cliff at Lyons. A wedding that had vintage and royal flair, with decorations and styling that sends you right back in time.


Reece doing make up

Reece's wedding gown


Darienne & Reece

Reece is a talented individual. Not only was he a musician, but he also worked as a photographer and that’s how he met Darienne. Darienne was selected as queen at a local French Festival in Portarlington Co. Laois and Reece was the photographer that was supposed to follow her around all weekend, capturing her beauty. Reece proposed during their trip to Las Vegas and New York. On their last day in New York, Reece decided that it was the right time to get down on one knee. The love birds were engaged for 2 years before they had their beautiful wedding at one of Irish’s top location, The Cliff at Lyons.


stationery from Adorn Invitations

Reece with bridesmaid

Reece in bridal veil

bride first look with father

My dress was very simple, an ivory mikado silk ballgown with glass and pearl detailing and I fell in love with it immediately after trying it on.”

Classic and Vintage Wedding Cars Ireland

Irish wedding of Darienne & Reece


The Wedding Gown

Darienne has always dreamed of a gown that is form-fitting and full of lace for her big day, maybe something in a mermaid silhouette, but definitely not a ball gown. To her surprise, after trying on numerous dresses, she realized that what she dreamt of was not suitable for her at all. In the end, she ended up with an elegant ivory Mikado silk ballgown that her mother had suggested her to try on. Paired together with a traditional veil with laces, it fits perfectly and she was indeed a French queen in that gown. This gown complimented the couple’s simple and elegant wedding style flawlessly.


Bridesmaid arriving at St John’s Church, Killenard, Co.Laois


It’s so important to be able to sit down with your partner and be able to express how each of you are feeling without fearing that you won’t be heard.”


St John’s Church, Killenard, Co.Laois

St John’s Church, Killenard, Co.Laois

St John’s Church, Killenard, Co.Laois

Groomsmen at St John’s Church, Killenard, Co.Laois


St John’s Church – Ceremony

Darienne and Reece came from different religious backgrounds, so they opted for an interfaith religious ceremony with a priest and a reverend. Held at St John’s Church in Killernard Co.Laois, it was a personal ceremony where family and close friends did some readings.


bride march in with father

Bride & groom

Darienne & Reece kissing

 Darienne & Reece at ceremony

Candle ceremony – the couple taking a flame from their candles and lit one sole candle together, symbolizing them as a married couple

 Darienne & Reece with bridesmaid & groomsmen

I loved the moment when I walked into the church to walk up the aisle and I could see Reece for the first time that day, I must have been smiling from ear to ear!”

bride & groom kissing in the car

Reception at The Cliff At Lyons

Reception at The Cliff At Lyons

St John’s Church in Killernard Co.Laois

St John’s Church in Killernard Co.Laois

Edel Cooney from Vintage Affair completed the breathtaking decorations for the venue. She really worked her magic and everything was what I have imagined.”

Reception at The Cliff At Lyons

The Cliff At Lyons

Reception at The Cliff At Lyons

Reception at The Cliff At Lyons


Cliff at Lyons – Reception

Cliff at Lyons was the perfect location for the couples’ vintage style reception and they fell in love with it at first look. The venue boasted exquisite little cottages for guests to stay in, greenery, a tranquil lake and a courtyard with a book log burning pit. It was a location that could transport you back in time instantly.


Cliff at Lyons reception

Darienne giving a toast

Darienne & Reece at reception

Darienne & Reece at reception

Reece looking at Darienne

Your wedding day is about you and your future husband. Do what makes the two of you happy and don’t sweat the small stuff.”

wedding reception at The Cliff At Lyons

wedding cake from Tanya Ross- Novel-T Cakes

The top tier of the cake was a chocolate sponge, followed by lemon drizzle sponge and a final layer of chocolate biscuit.

cake cutting


Their wedding cake was black with white sugar craft lilies flowing down the side. It resembled Darienne’s hand bouquet which used white lilies, roses, ivy and fern in a teardrop shape. The cake also had an intricate gold tier to stand the cake on. Their cake supplier actually went the extra mile and included their dog’s face, a golden snitch from Harry Potter in the detailing of the gold tier.



reception at The Cliff At Lyons

first dance

sparkle exit


With 110 guests, Darienne and Reece’s wedding was nothing short of fabulous. Being surrounded by people who love and care for both of you is definitely the best feeling in the world. Just enjoy every bit of your big day as much as possible because you deserve it!



Special thanks to the team:

Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations

Makeup: Lydia Maher- Blush Beauty Bar

Hair: Jamie-Lee Kavanagh- Society Salon

Shoes: Asos Bride

Accessories: Lynda O’Brien

Bridesmaids Dresses: Rosie’s Closet

Groom’s Suit: Savoy Tailors Guild

Groomsmen Suit: Savoy Tailors Guild

Cake: Tanya Ross- Novel-T Cakes

Food: Venue – The Cliff At Lyons

Flowers: Coopers Florist

Photographer: DK Photography

Ceremony Venue: St John’s Church, Killenard, Co.Laois

Reception Venue: The Cliff At Lyons

Entertainment: Pink Champagne Wedding Band

Celebrant: Fr. Thomas Dooley and Rev. Leslie Stevenson

Transport: Classic and Vintage Wedding Cars Ireland

Event Stylist: Vintage Affair Décor


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