Love in a Victorian Garden
Real wedding by Savo Photography

Stunning dress and killer shoes? Check! Romantic garden theme? Check! Gorgeous couple and fantastic photographer? Check!

Combine these ingredients with plenty thoughtful details and lots of love and you have the beautiful wedding of Jenny and Andy in Tankardstown House in Co. Meath.

First meeting through mutual friends, Jenny and Andy were lucky enough to be friends for six or seven years before sparks finally flew on Jenny’s 30th birthday, where they shared their first kiss on a bridge overlooking the River Liffey!

The proposal took place in an equally romantic setting in The Lost Gardens of Heligan, in Cornwall. Jenny says

“We were on holidays in Cornwall and Andy spent the first 4 days of our 5 day holiday thinking how, where and when he was going to propose. He’d asked my dads permission before we left for Cornwall so my mum and dad were waiting and wondering if something had gone wrong! On the last day, at the final hour while visiting the Lost Gardens of Heligan, he proposed on a mossy wooden bench under a canopy of ferns. Of course I cried and said yes. We wandered around the beautiful gardens for the next hour in a blissful state of unawareness that the gardens had in fact closed and we were the only ones left!”

I must admit I had never heard of The Lost Gardens of Heligan before hearing Jenny and Andy’s lovely story, but who wouldn’t want to get engaged in a rediscovered secret garden! They chose this meaningful location as the perfect starting point for their big day, including Jenny’s stunning Jenny Packham dress!

I really think taking the time to style your day according to your own taste and experiences will allow your personality to shine through and give your guests an original and thoughtful wedding experience. All the hard work will be worth it in the end, and Jenny summed it up perfectly!

“Think about how you can personalize your wedding day to reflect your personalities. You won’t regret putting in the extra effort when you see your guests happy and entertained.”

“We designed all our own save the dates, invites and table cards to look vintagey, with a soft mauve colour and using images of the ferns from the Gardens of Heligan and beautiful hydrangeas. Following on this theme, I really wanted a unique and vintage inspired dress so immediately knew to look at Jenny Packham’s designs. The dress I chose reminded me of the era of fabulous evening wear and the Great Gatsby type parties!”

Don’t you think they make a gorgeous couple? Jenny looks every inch the radiant bride but I’m glad to see Andy rocked his own look on the day also, with a refreshingly contemporary suit.

As a violinist I’m always fascinated to hear what music people have chosen for their ceremony as I think it gives a great insight into their world! Jenny was lucky enough to have a string quartet in the family to play for the ceremony and chose to have one of their favourite pieces, the Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso played as she walked up the aisle

Other choices included:

Largo from Winter (Four Seasons) (Vivaldi)Flower duet (Delibes)Gabriel’s Oboe (Morricone)Intermezzo (Mascagni)Air on the G String (Bach), Ave Maria (Schubert)The Promise (Tracy Chapman)Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel)

I can say from my own experience having help from family members in different aspects of the day not only helps relieve some of the pressure but also makes the whole experience so much more personal and enjoyable. Apart from the music, Andy’s mum made their cake, a friend drove the wedding car, and Jenny’s brother Simon contributed towards the table decor.

“We collected up beach pebbles to use as place names for each guest and to reflect my background as a geologist. We asked my brother Simon to write the names, which turned out great and I think helped to make our guests feel special. We continued the theme from our vintage inspired stationary throughout the dining room set up in the place setting lists, the table names and general signs around the place. We called each table after a favourite outdoor place that we’ve visited together, such as the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Central Park in New York, The Claddagh in Galway etc. It got people talking and asking about each place, which was nice.”

How adorable and stylish is their cake topper above? Well wait til you hear that Jenny made it herself out of pegs! What a fantastic bit of DIY and a wonderful memento of the day. Clearly Jenny has the creative streak as she has just started her own chocolate business in the uk and used some of this expertise to make ribbon tied bags of homemade chocolates as favours for their guests.

I think Eric Savoie of Savo Photography did a wonderful job of capturing their personality, style and love throughout the whole day. I especially love the pictures above, such a striking setting!

Having clearly done such a lovely job, Jenny shares the lessons they learned along the way which I’m sure will be worth noting for all you engaged couples out there!

“Start thinking about what size wedding and what type of venue you’d like straight away as they book up fast! If the venue is important to you, go for your favourite place but try to do a deal on prices. If the venue isn’t important to you, shop around on price.

Think about what you consider absolutely necessary for you and your guests to enjoy the day. We cut out a videographer and a wedding car as these weren’t important to us. Our friend Lar drove us in his comfy Peugeot and it was so lovely to have a friendly face on hand when the nerves kicked in – highly recommend it.

If you’re getting married in a church, think about doing the pre marriage course and doing it early. We did ours about 8 months before the wedding and found it really useful for getting in the zone of being married! We also found it as a nice way to make time to listen to each others dreams, hopes and needs.

Don’t get too wrapped up in the minute details as the day will fly and you’ll only remember the bigger things, such as the cheers in the church when you’re finally declared husband and wife!”

I especially like her last point. While I am (clearly!) a sucker for the styling and all the little details, at the end of the day what matters is that there are two people who are declaring that they have chosen to remain true to each other and to share a lifetime of adventures ahead.

Wishing you both all the best!

Wedding details:

Make Up: Ciara Scannell | Hair:Carolyn Clinton | Wedding Dress: Cascade by Jenny Packham from Anabel Rose, Merrion Square, Dublin 2| Wedding Shoes: Direte in light grey by Rebecca Sanver from Soul, Dublin | Flowers: Windmill Flowers | Cake: Andy’s mum and Georges Patisserie Reception Music:  The Bentley Boys


Posted in Real Weddings | 6 Comments

6 Responses to Love in a Victorian Garden
Real wedding by Savo Photography

  1. Oh lovely! Love all the details. Have a wedding there next year and now I can’t wait!

  2. Thanks Style Serendipity for featuring Jenny & Andy’s wedding, it was an absolutly amazing day.

    @ Christina – Tankardstown is a really sweet venue, everything about works really well. You’ll love it.

  3. Great write up and beautiful wedding and stunning photos:)

  4. Wow the photos in the forest are fantastic. Beautiful wedding. Great Blog.

  5. Chi

    What a beautiful post, Ciara! It’s absolutely laden with romance. Great blog, too – I have a feeling I’ll be back. ;)

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