Flower Filled Backyard Ireland Wedding

Though the pandemic may have messed up many couples’ plans, today’s couple ended up with their original dream of a backyard wedding. Covered with florals and draping, this couple’s family home was given an elegant secret garden upgrade for their summer wedding. Our favorite detail is the chinoiserie napkins tied in personalized velvet ribbon. Scroll to see more captured by DK Photography!

Our original dream was to get married at my family’s home, but with the numbers being invited it just wasn’t going to work so we chose to have it Mount Juliet on May 8, 2020 – but alas the pandemic put a kibosh on that! With the restricted numbers and uncertainty that the pandemic brought, we reverted back to our original dream of having the wedding at home – funny how things pan out.

The dress was a Suzanne Neville design. What drew me to the dress was the hand painted floral crianza skirt – it was in keeping with the secret garden theme and made me feel like a princess. It was the first dress I tried on. Originally we had been getting married in May and I was only going for my first dress fitting in March which was canceled due to Covid, so when we decided to go ahead with the wedding in July it all rested on whether we would be able to get the dress in time (5 weeks). They made it happen and I picked up my dress the day before the wedding from Sharon Hoeys.

The theme for the wedding was secret garden and huge amount of landscaping, gardening planning happened to make this happen! We had to adhere to new social distancing guidelines including for food service and music and ceremony seating. All guests were seated 2m apart, temperature had to be taken and all guest details kept for 30 days. Canapes and food service had to all be plated as either per individual or per couple. Signage was also modified to government guidelines.

As it turned out – Brian and I were much happier in the end having a smaller wedding, of course there were people we would have loved to have had there but we just couldn’t. Having a smaller wedding meant that we got to spend much more quality time together and with our guests, it was a very intimate special occasion that we will never forget and when asked if we felt we would have done anything different – we would not change a thing!

Photography: DK Photography | Design: Tara Fay Events | Floral: Mark Grehan | Tent: Pavilion Marquees | Rentals: Total Event Rental | Tableware: CaterHire. | Catering: Let’s Eat | Staff: Event Waiter | Lighting: Gorilla Design | Videography: Best Day Productions | Invitations: Grosvenor Stationery Company | Calligraphy: Three Bullet Calligraphy | Reception Musicians: Paul Harrington and Gordon Johnson | Ceremony Musicians: Palestrina Choir | Dress: Suzanne Neville from Sharon Hoey | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo from Covet | Hair: Batik Hair Studio | Makeup: Paula Callan | Submitted via Matchology