JILL + BEN

This clas­sic, coun­try gar­den wed­ding brought to­gether guests from all over the world for a tra­di­tional Ir­ish cel­e­bra­tion

Cosmopolitan Bride (Australia) - - JUST MARRIED -

Af­ter Ben pro­posed while the cou­ple vis­ited Jill’s fam­ily in Ire­land, they both agreed they’d marry there to hon­our the bride’s Ir­ish roots. The day was blessed with sunshine, and once Jill saw her groom at the end of the aisle, she couldn’t take her eyes off him! Af­ter photos around the stun­ning prop­erty, it was on to the re­cep­tion. Their first dance felt like a dream, and the cel­e­bra­tion that fol­lowed turned into a huge party full of dancing, singing and love. The dance floor was rock­ing – there was even a ren­di­tion of River­dance! – be­fore guests con­tin­ued the party into the wee hours.

DATE July 18, 2015.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Mark Grif­fin (mark­griffin­photo.com). “He was sen­sa­tional and cap­tured the hap­pi­ness, love and fun of the day. I adore the photos.”

DRESS & VEIL Dress by Pronovias (pronovias.com/au), and veil from B Cou­ture (bcou­ture.ie). “It was my dream dress. I had to pinch my­self once it was on to be­lieve it was mine!”

JEW­ELLERY APM Monaco (apm.mc). “My mum had my ear­rings de­signed es­pe­cially for me in Monaco.”

HAIR & MAKEUP Hair by Tori Keane (torikeane.com), and makeup by The Pow­der Room (pow­der­room­stu­dio.ie).

GROOM’S SUIT Brig­gins (brig­gins.com. au). “Ben’s suit was a brighter shade of blue than the grooms­men’s.”

BRIDESMAID DRESSES Coast (coast­stores.com). “I wanted the girls to wear some­thing they loved, so left it to them.”

STA­TIONERY In­vites by Hours Af­ter (hour­safter.com.au). “We also de­signed our own stamp, in­cor­po­rat­ing our ini­tials and wed­ding date.”

FLOW­ERS Fussy Pea­cock De­sign (fussy­pea­cock.ie). “Me­lanie was a dream to work with. Ev­ery­thing was very clas­sic. The flow­ers on the ta­bles were from the gar­den at our venue.”

CER­E­MONY, RE­CEP­TION & CATER­ING

Marl­field House, County Wex­ford, Ire­land (marl­field­house.com). “It’s my favourite coun­try house ho­tel in Ire­land and I knew our guests from Aus­tralia would adore it. We en­joyed a five­course meal, and then fish and chip cones and a cheese­board at mid­night.”

CELEBRANT Miriam Fitzger­ald (spir­i­tu­al­cer­e­monies.ie).

CAKE Cup­cake King­dom (+353 87 283 8122). “It was a present from my two younger sis­ters and tasted even yum­mier be­cause it was from them!”

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT Cer­e­mony mu­sic by Éabha McMa­hon (face­book.com/eabha mu­si­cian), and The Bent­ley Boys band and DJ (bent­ley­boys.ie). “They were amaz­ing. The band had the en­tire dance floor rock­ing un­til 1am.”

FAVOURS “I hand-painted horse shoes gold, and put a tag on them with our stamp. An Ir­ish horse shoe is good luck – ev­ery house­hold should have one!”

GUESTS 95.

“The boys wore cus­tom­made suits.”

“My dress was a clas­sic shape with modern el­e­ments.”

“An out­door cer­e­mony is some­thing very few peo­ple do in Ire­land!”

“Or­gan­is­ing a wed­ding in Ire­land from Aus­tralia meant putting lots of trust in my won­der­ful brides­maids!”

“There was so much nat­u­ral beauty at the venue.”

“Marl­field House has sig­nif­i­cance for my fam­ily, so was a nat­u­ral choice.”

“Our theme was clas­sic coun­try manor wed­ding.”

“The at­mos­phere on the day? Love, love and more love!”

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