After years of living right under each others noses without knowing each other, Audrey and Tim (the local publican in Grace’s Pub in Naas) were introduced, just one night after Audrey came home from travelling. Tim proposed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on the night of Audrey’s birthday. Romantic!
Tim & I got married on July 30th 2016 in Tankardstown House in Slane, Co.Meath. We really liked the concept of Tankardstown – an impressive 18th Century Manor House & Orangery with a central courtyard of Cottage Suites for guests to stay in. Gillian, the wedding co-ordinator, was so professional from the get go and when she showed us the Orangery where the meal would held, we knew we had to have it! We worried they wouldn’t have the date available as we wanted to get married in the summer and preferably on a bank holiday weekend so we could have a Day 2. It was fate. The August bank holiday was one of their only free dates; we couldn’t believe our luck!
In the 18 months before the wedding, we really enjoyed both celebrating our engagement with friends and family and using any excuse to have a glass of champagne! “Yay we booked the photographer!” Clink! “We booked the band!” Clink!” It was such an exciting and happy time. I enjoyed working with the super talented florist, Joeanna Caffrey. It was so girly and fun to browse through all the beautiful arrangements with her and decide what would work for our day.
Our favourite moment on the wedding day was getting a helicopter from the Church of Our Lady and St.David in Naas to Tankardstown House. It made the day extra special! It worked out great as we arrived at Tankardstown before any of our guests so we got the majority of our photographs taken then, which left us to enjoy the drinks reception with our guests once they arrived. It was lovely to have that alone time too as the day does go so fast.
Since getting married, people always ask us if we’ve any tips. We would always say to simply enjoy it! All of our suppliers were such professionals and that made it so effortless. Jenny McCarthy, our photographer, was one of the most helpful for us as a couple and for me as the bride. She was like a second bridesmaid, both in the lead up to the wedding and on the day. Jenny has done hundreds of weddings and is with the bride from start to finish so she knows what she’s talking about!