Meet the Catwalk Creative Management Team

The Designer Wedding Show Catwalk – partners with Empower Studio and Touch Perfect to form the creative catwalk team. This extremely talented team of creatives brings a wealth of experience in couture and high fashion styling to our fashion show, a first for bridal wedding shows in Ireland.

ABOUT – Empower MakeUp & Studio

The Empower Makeup Management Agency, created by rising Irish makeup star, Aisling Powell, provides the fashion and media industries with a choice of top flight makeup artists from a single source. Each artists has outstanding creative and technical skills and in-depth experience on the media scene.

Focused primarily on makeup, Empower also provides hairdressing, styling and other creative services including outsourcing for fashion and media events. For further information please log onto the soon to be launched Empower Studio website on

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ABOUT – Touch Perfect

Touch Perfect, also led by the talented Aisling Powell,  and specialises in make up for weddings, special events and corporate sector packages. Their dedicated wedding makeup team bring you acclaimed makeup artistry using only top quality make-up brands, including MAC, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Christian Dior, Makeup Forever and Inglot. Touch Perfect is Dublin based but can also work outside Dublin. For contact details and further information check out

Empower MakeUp are hosting a dedicated Masterclass during The Designer Wedding Show . This exciting class features two parts and is definitely a must-see for all brides to be!

Part 1: Long Lasting Facial Sculpting – Senior Artist for Empower MakeUp, Sheena O’Brien’s step by step guide to creating Kim Kardashian’s flawless contour.

Part 2: How to Create the Perfect Brow – Artistic Director for Empower MakeUp and Touch Perfect, Aisling Powell’s step by step guide to getting brows like Angelina Jolie.

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Killashee House Hotel

The clock is ticking but we still want to share some exhibitor profiles with you so let us introduce another stunning wedding venue – Killashee House Hotel.

Killashee House Hotel is a beautiful 4 star luxury hotel located just 30 kilometers from Dublin city just outside the charming, bustling Naas Town.

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Set amidst over 280 acres of historic and intriguing gardens, walkways and parkland the Estate offers much to do for outdoor enthusiasts and the gymnasium, 25 metre pool, sauna, steam room and restaurants and bars for the indoor enthusiasts!

The Original House is the perfect choice for an intimate reception at Killashee House Hotel. Catering for up to 99 guests, this former Victorian Hunting Lodge is over 150 years old, offers a Private Entrance, and includes a Banqueting Hall, several Ante-rooms with original features and fireplaces, as well as 12 Bedroom Suites filled with old world charm and antiques.

Also reserved for your exclusive use is the beautiful new gated ‘Butterfly Garden’ in aid of DEBRA Ireland. This garden, done in a Victorian style, features a stone and iron Pergola, a Water Fountain, Statuary and an ever changing display of colour with our seasonal plantings. It is simply a stunning backdrop to this exquisite venue.

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Killashee House also boasts a magnificent ballroom, The Thompson Suite, where weddings over 100 guests can be catered for in a beautifully appointed space with its own separate dance floor and bar area ensuring the utmost comfort for you and your guests.

Katie & Lisa from the Wedding Team look forward to meeting you and discussing how Killashee will be the perfect fit for your Special Day so be sure to stop by to say hello.



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Wedding Masterclass Series

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Masterclass Line-Up October 2012

We wanted to create more of an event than the traditional bridal shows offers, something a little bit special. We have brought together industry experts to share their unique skills and talents in the intimate Masters Quarters of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. 30 minute masterclasses will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday of the show. The classes will be strictly on a first come first served basis. Please see all the details about the amazing line-up below.

Wedding Planning Masterclass with White Sage Events

Renowned wedding planner Claire Barry will be sharing her thoughts on Wediquette, dispelling those Wedding Myths and providing great tips on how to hugely enhance your wedding day. A must-do class for all brides and grooms!

Saturday & Sunday 11.30pm

The Art of Wedding Styling Masterclass with Pearl & Godiva*

The talented team behind Pearl & Godiva will be sharing their creative insights and advice into the world of wedding styling and themes. You will learn how to infuse your wedding with memorable accents, personal touches and originality. Pearl & Godiva will be sharing beautiful ideas and inspiration from charming tablescapes, scrumptious dessert tables to stunning centrepieces and favour ideas.

*Saturday only 1pm

Wedding Dress Masterclass with The Courtyard for Brides*

Bridal boutique owner Susan Craddock will be sharing her insight into how to make the search for the perfect wedding dress a fun and memorable experience. Susan will share invaluable advice on how to shop for your dress, bridal boutique etiquette, body shapes, fabrics and styles.

*Sunday only 1pm

Wedding Cinematography Masterclass with Cinematic Weddings

Tomek Ciezki from Cinematic Weddings will cover the modern approach and documentary style story telling for weddings. It will be a great opportunity to gain some insight into the fascinating production process including research and preparation for the shoot, filming on the day and postproduction – everything you need to make the perfect wedding video.

Saturday & Sunday 1.30pm

MakeUp Artistry Masterclass with Empower MakeUp*

This exciting masterclass will have two parts:

Part 1: Long Lasting Facial Sculpting – Senior Artist for Empower MakeUp, Sheena O’Brien’s step by step guide to creating Kim Kardashian’s flawless contour.

Part 2: How to Create the Perfect Brow – Artistic Director for Empower MakeUp and Touch Perfect, Aisling Powell’s step by step guide to getting brows like Angelina Jolie.

*Saturday only 2.30pm

Photography Masterclass with Aspect Photography*

Award winning photographer Shane O’Neill will be sharing insights into the world of wedding photography. Objective and appreciative of personal taste and style, Shane will give valuable advice on finding the right photographer and getting the best from your wedding photography.

*Sunday only 2.30pm

Wedding Trends Masterclass with One Fab Day

Super Stylish in 2013: The hottest wedding trends and how to do them your way. Naoise McNally, Editor of introduces the hottest trends for 2013 and gives her insider insight into how to turn those dreams into your own one fab day.

Saturday & Sunday 3.15pm

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The DWS Show 2012

So it is time to start giving our visitors some teasers about what they can expect at The Designer Wedding Show.  Apart from our brilliant selection of handpicked wedding experts and a stunning catwalk show produced by some seriously talented creatives we also are launching our Wedding Masterclass Series where visitors can get insight, advice and tips from some of our amazing experts…and ALL of this for €15?! Oh also receive a COMPLIMENTARY copy of the current issue Irish Brides Magazine AND Image that is one hot ticket!!

Now you have your ticket you have to start planning your day so we are now delighted to announce the official show schedule. We will be elaborating more on both the Masterclass Series and the Catwalk Show so check back soon!

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Don’t forget we have complimentary carparking on site and the Royal Hospital Kilmainham  is a short walk from Heuston station. For all travel details please see our visitors section. Tickets are available to buy online or by cash on the door on the day.

We look forward to seeing you on the day and for up to the minute news please follow us on Twitter and like the show on Facebook.


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Fashion One TV


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Super exciting announcement for The Designer Wedding Show! A first for Ireland, Fashion One TV has agreed to film the event due to our amazing fashion show and our prestigious collection of companies offering everything for stylish weddings.

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With a viewer-ship of over 80 million viewers (WOW), Fashion One TV is a cutting edge global channel which broadcasts 24/7 in 130 countries with a presence in Paris, London, Milan, Los Angeles and Hong Kong to name a few!! Having Fashion One TV at the event is a great opportunity for The Designer Wedding Show and it also puts Ireland on the map when it comes to Irish wedding designers and services as they will be showcased, not only at our event, but now also globally through Fashion One TV.  Just another reason why you MUST come to the wedding event of the year!!!!!


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Roger Kenny Photography

The countdown has officially started for The Designer Wedding Show and we are so excited! Before we start announcing some of the exciting details about the show we wanted to profile one of our fantastic experts, photographer Roger Kenny.

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Roger Kenny is a contemporary lifestyle and people photographer. Keeping everything fresh and exciting is the secret to Roger’s memorable wedding photography. A member of the Irish Professional Photographers Association, Roger has photographed countless weddings over the last 10 years and his passion for creative photography is as strong as ever. Before Roger became a professional photographer he worked on feature films such as Angela’s Ashes and The Tailor of Panama as a camera assistant so has a keen eye for movement and timing. From the moment you meet Roger you will instantly feel at ease and he will make sure brides and grooms feel comfortable in front of the camera. As well as wedding photography, Roger shoots beautiful family portraits and professional head shots in his studio in Dun Laoghaire.

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Not only will you get a chance to meet Roger and his team at the show but they are also creating a cool mini-studio space where they will shoot portrait sessions with our brides and grooms to be, giving invaluable advice on posing, angles and ‘best sides’ and visitors will get a complimentary portrait from the day too. This is a must-see stand for all our visitors to the show so don’t miss out!


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Eliza Vale

We are into the final week before the wedding event of the year but we are trying to fit in a couple more amazing exhibitor profiles. Today we have a real delight to share with you; Eliza Vale is a Dublin based jewellery brand run by talented designer Katie Townsend.  Originally from Manchester, Katie graduated from Brighton University with a degree in Fashion Textiles Design. Katie’s creativity and style has benefited from a very diverse experience, from designing prints and embroideries in New York for both international high street brands and high-end designers to soft furnishings, apparel and accessories design in Dublin.


Nothing gives life to an outfit better than a bejewelled neckpiece or embellished headpiece. Named after her great-grandmother, Eliza Vale is a collection of handcrafted jewellery pieces, launched in Autumn/Winter 2011/12.  The collections give full expression to the concept statement accessories, creating an eclectic and unexpected aesthetic, lending the wearer a highly individual look.


Eliza Vale’s enviable bridal accessory range named ‘The Constellation collection’ was created for the discerning bride passionate about quality, design and accessories that are eye-catching and unique.  Katie understands that the modern woman’s sense of individuality is just as important, if not more so, on her special day and has created an exciting range of headpieces, necklaces, bracelets and sash belts with this in mind.

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Each piece from Eliza Vale is meticulously handmade using the highest quality components and silver-plated fastenings ensuring that the piece will be worn long after the big day. Whether to dress the bride, maids, matron of honour or mother of the bride many of the pieces are elegantly designed in such a way that they can be worn in number of different ways.  Making the transformation from a belt to hairpiece, wrist cuff to shoulder strap or by simply adding a birdcage veil, the design can be worked to meet the preference of each individual.

Eliza Vale will be delighted to talk you through their amazing pieces at the show, giving a real insight into these unique and special designs.


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We are so excited to feature one of Ireland’s most renowned and talented bridal designers, Caoimhe Keane, designer for fashion label QUE-VA.

Caoimhe’s bridal designs have a whimsical and romantic feel to them, inspired by movement, dance and nature but are made with great precision. She pairs these with her more structured often military inspired tailored jackets and coats in fine silks, wools and cashmere, with elements of menswear finishing in the structured shoulders and handstitched linings.

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“I don’t design clothes. I design dreams.” - Ralph Lauren

Her complex bias cut dresses look effortless, but are made with honed and understated skill whilst her garments are timeless classics, earthy yet chic.

As well as being an artist and designer, Caiomhe is a highly skilled craftsperson and works with experienced tailors, couturists, beaders, embellishers, textile artists and lace makers. Her garments will often have fine hand beaded designs, with embroidery, hand painting, hand made lace with images and symbols representing nature, calling on her background as an artist and painter. With a commitment to developing a sustainable business with fair trade ethos, Caoimhe uses natural, organic, fair trade and sustainable materials.

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As well as bridal designs, QUE-VA also designs collections for the modern groom with tailored suits in the finest European wools, cashmeres, silks, cottons and linens. Silk hand stitched and bright coloured linings are paired up with beautifully finished personalised shirts using Egyptian cotton, Sea Island and Italian cottons.

Caoimhe provides a personalised bespoke tailoring and design service from her Atelier and Showrooms in Dublin. Her approach to design is very warm and personal. She takes time to get to know her clients, to understand them and interpret what they want and translate that into a design that best embodies that their aspirations and personality.

QUE-VA is without a doubt one of Ireland’s most exciting design houses and we are delighted that visitors to the show have the opportunity to meet Caoimhe in person and view her stunning creations.




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The White Gallery

It’s time to preview another fabulous bridal boutique attending the show.

The White Gallery is a sumptuous, couture bridal boutique owned by the lovely Rachel Morgan located outside Newry, Co Down, just one hour from Dublin. This intimate boutique stocks some of the most fashion-forward designers including Yolan Cris, Sarah Janks and Elizabeth Stuart as well as vintage-inspired designer Lara Hannah. This exciting new boutique epitomises luxury, style and sophistication.

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‘The difference between style and fashion is quality’ - Giorgio Armani

International wedding dress designer Sarah Janks’ is exclusive to The White Gallery. Featuring luxurious fabrics – Italian coated laces, Italian shot taffeta and silk – these stunning wedding dresses drape, almost as if they’re floating. Effortlessly chic and contemporary this Sarah Janks’ collection epitomises the fashion-forward bride.

The Elizabeth Stuart wedding dress collection is also exclusive to The White Gallery and exudes femininity and grace. With couture elements and luxurious fabrications these wedding dresses are very special. The Elizabeth Stuart White Label Collection is perfect for brides-to-be who prefer a sophisticated and elegant slim-line dress as an alternative to a fuller skirt.

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For brides looking for some fabulous vintage glamour with a contemporary twist, the Lara Hannah and Yolan Cris collections at The White Gallery will certainly inspire and these exquisite designs are perfect for brides looking for a unique wedding dress.

We are delighted to welcome The White Gallery to the show and Rachel will be on hand to talk through her beautiful collections during the weekend so be sure to stop by and say hi!




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Niamh Ní Rourke Milliner

Time to introduce Niamh Ní Rourke, a very talented milliner who will be showcasing her stunning collections at the show.

We had the pleasure to work with Niamh on our recent shoot and you will have seen some of her amazing creations in our imagery and video.

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“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow” – John Lennon

Niamh specialises in bespoke millinery and bridal design.  Each piece is individually tailored to meet the specific needs of clients.  Niamh’s initial interest in hat couture came from a limited selection of avant-garde, unique headwear available to prospective Irish brides. Inspired by timeless designs from the world’s leading fashion houses, she has married her deep appreciation of haute couture with a natural flair for styling.

In her private consultations, she teases out the most detailed descriptions of exactly what each client has envisaged for herself. Using her unique creative vision and expertise, the result is an exclusively designed, handmade and hand-finished creation, beautifully complimenting the bride’s complete ensemble. Niamh chooses the finest, most luxurious fabrics and materials in her work, ensuring its uniqueness.  Many of her preferred designs combine silk dupions, velvets and Peachbloom felts, embellished with Chantilly and jacquard laces, Swarovski elements, fresh water pearls, hand-crafted silk roses and vintage veiling.

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Sympathetic to every bride’s desire for individuality, Niamh’s creations give expression to the gamut of emotions, from the audacious to the innocence of tradition, with the eloquence of an artist.

As for the accoutrements of bridal wear, Niamh Ní Rourke deals in bespoke veils, jewellery, garters, sashes, wrist-cuffs and lace gloves.  Designs and gifts for mothers of the brides, Maids and Matrons of Honour, or full bridal parties are also available upon request.

And if that isn’t enough, Niamh’s talents don’t end there – she is also a professional hair stylist and can also be hired to style your hair to compliment her bespoke millinery. Niamh will be on hand to talk you through her designs during the show but in the meantime you can check out her website here to get an insight into her collections.


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