For all the adrenaline and excitement that comes with styling an editorial shoot, you just can’t beat styling an event that people get to enjoy and linger over from start to finish. Celebrations can take many forms, but for me, the ultimate special occasion involves gathering your favourite people around a table for a meal. This engagement dinner was such a highlight of last winter, and the icing on the cake was to see it featured in the current issue of Hearth Magazine. With the calibre of Laura Murray and Signore e Mare on board, I knew once we found the perfect venue, everything would come together. Driving down a sweeping country lane that weaved and curved its way through fields and around ancient trees, you couldn’t but get the sense that something special was just around the corner. Ballyvolane House seemed as much a part of the landscape as all of the greenery around it, and it was this palette of nature, interwoven with elegant 18th century architecture, that I wanted to capture throughout the styling of the celebration. Freshly foraged moss gathered by Ann Marie O’Leary that morning from the woodland floor, was laced with Irish heather and bees wax candles to bring the outdoors in. The roaring fire and delicious feast created with all local ingredients ensured that the soft rain falling outside only added to the magical atmosphere, and let’s be honest, the hedgerow martinis certainly didn’t do any harm either! You can see the full spread (and many more beautiful features) in the current issue of Hearth, or here’s a little taste below!