Dorothy & Padraig Friday 13th September 2019

Beautiful hoops we created . Our moongate was booked so we came up with this idea for Dorothy- We prepared x 3 large sections which featured as the main Backdrop in the marquee at their reception at The Aran Islands Hotel , Inis Mór, Aran Islands, Co Galway


Dorothy McMahon, is One half of The Wedding Marketers in Galway. I was lucky to meet Dorothy through my Friend Sinéad Nic Gabhann who is the other half of this very talented duo. Sinéad is a beautiful award winning wedding singer and herself and Dorothy were school pals. I assisted the girls with one of their clients The Ardilaun Hotel In Galway on Wedding tips for their couples and prop ideas for this infamous Galway Landmark. This is how i first met Dorothy.

And the wedding plans begin!

Dorothy was also preparing for own wedding to her sweetheart Padraig who owns and runs another famous Galway landmark, McDonagh’s Fish & Chips! In my Galway College days this was a haunt of ours . The Fish & chips with a side of Mushy peas from McDonaghs ! Pure food Love!

So i was thrilled to be asked to prepare their wedding flowers . And defying superstition this beautiful couple were married on Friday 13th september 2019.

The flowers

Dorothy was a joy to deal with as She said she would love bird cages and really bright flowers – So Balla Florists were allowed what we do best . We could be creative! be flamboyant! be colourful! and use all our favourite flowers! Dahlias, ranunculas, stock, lisianthus, peonies and delphiniums! A dream come through -.

The Venue

Our back drop to the Aran Islands ( Oileáin Árann) , the Atlantic Ocean really cultivated our wedding theme – Lots of natural flowers with copper and earthy utensils.

Transport via Water

We sent everything over via ferry with the year-round ferry passenger service Aran Island Ferries from Galway Harbour.

Their wedding came together so well – beautiful wedding bouquets, Florals hoops for flowergirls and stunning buttonholes.

Beautiful flower girls holding Dorothy’s wedding bouquet
bridesmaid’s hoops


Dorothy’s centrepieces were divine. We provided our Tall gold stands. They are amazing for adding height and a WOW factor to a room. Here a lush arrangement with bright florals and a mix of beautifully scented roses, ranunculus, Peony roses and lisianthus . We also used alternating lower centrepieces filling our gold birdcages with beautiful florals . They filled the room with scent and romance. The stands can be set out along tables or to form a top table arrangement. Smaller vases and candlesticks along the table finish the look.

Dorothy and her bridesmaids – Inis Mór, Aran islands

our tall gold stands enhance any room
staggering the room layout with lower centrepieces of gold bird cages filled with beautiful flowers

Some of the amazing Suppliers

About Balla Florists

Balla florists are an award winning florist based in central Mayo – With over 30 years experience we have a flair and well known friendly service that captures every couples imagination. If you would like to Chat with us and would like us to help you to create the wedding flowers and decor of your dreams give us a shout on [email protected] or fill in our enquiry form

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