JILL + BEN
This classic, country garden wedding brought together guests from all over the world for a traditional Irish celebration
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!”
“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!”