Jennifer and Arash met through work in Sydney and, for a few years, knew each other in a professional capacity. However, an impromptu work dinner in late 2012 led to their relationship developing. They ended up sitting next to each other at dinner, continued to hang out for the rest of the nigh and had a great time together. They met up again the following evening with some of Jennifer’s friends and very quickly realised it was something special.
We got engaged in April, 2015 in the Hunter Valley, which is a beautiful wine region north of Sydney. Arash took me there under the pretence of celebrating my birthday, which was a few days later. As we got ready for dinner that evening, Arash presented me with my birthday present, which was beautifully wrapped. I opened it and it was a book entitled, “Too Good To Be True”. In the meantime, Arash had taken out his guitar and had started to play and to sing. As I turned the pages of the book I could see that the words of the song were written down and alongside were photos telling the story of our relationship. The last line on the last page was, “Will you marry me?” It was a beautiful moment. I had to get him to play it a few more times before it started to sink in! And of course I replied, “Yes!”
We got married in Rathsallagh House in Co. Wicklow. We considered Sydney, Ireland and a couple of mid-way locations but it wasn’t long before our hearts decided on an Irish wedding. I started to do research on the net and searched for ‘romantic old Irish country houses’ and I came across Rathsallagh House. I had never heard of it but the pictures instantly took my breath away.
The month after we got engaged I was back briefly in Ireland for my cousin’s wedding so I visited Rathsallagh House and was sold almost from the start. It was perfect for us as we wanted to have an Irish wedding in a romantic country house and also show our Australian guests a beautiful part of the country. From the beginning, the staff at Rathsallagh House were exceptional. They were all professional, friendly and extremely helpful. They have so many years of experience with weddings and it really shows. Over the 2 days we were there, everything ran without a glitch. Rathsallagh House has just been awarded the ‘Historic Hotel Wedding Experience Award of Europe for 2017′. This award is richly deserved in my opinion.
I have so many favourite moments from the day! We had a dual wedding ceremony. Arash’s sister in law performed the Baha’i part of the ceremony, where she spoke beautifully and made it very personal. At that moment I felt it was just me and Arash. One of my other favourite moments was our first dance, which we didn’t take too seriously and just enjoyed it. After that we had endless hours of fun on the dance floor, which included both Irish and Persian dancing, followed by a great sing song in the bar.
Living in Australia, it was wonderful to come home to Ireland for the wedding. It was such an adventure and the best part was that our families spent the whole week together in the run up to the wedding. We had four days of official events around the wedding and it was very special to show Ireland to Arash’s family and friends. They loved every minute of it and we will all treasure those memories forever.
My favourite part of the planning was that it became a family effort with everyone helping us out. Hours of Skype calls to my parents and siblings made it loads of fun. My parents became planning experts. I also really enjoyed planning the various events around the wedding. I couldn’t wait to show our visitors a good time in Ireland. I would advise other couples to take whatever help is going :). Also, just relax and enjoy every minute of the day. If something goes wrong or a little different than how you had imagined it, just go with it.
I was really pleased and very impressed with all of our suppliers. They all contributed to making our day beyond what we could have ever imagined. We had limited opportunities to meet suppliers, which meant that we had less options than most. This was to our advantage in the end as decisions were made quickly and easily. Our morning started calmly with Joe Hayes (hair) and Hayley McGowan (make-up). who were wonderful. They really are experts in their fields. Our flowers were amazing, I loved how Melanie from Fussy Peacock decorated the orangery where we got married and the reception room. She is a very talented woman.
Stella Bass provided wonderful music and singing during our ceremony. The evening was full of fun with Spring Break, who are always brilliant, and the wonderful Irish dancers who impressed the entire room. Finally, our photographer, the wonderful Jenny, who kept everyone on their toes for the day and has left us with the most beautiful photos that we will cherish forever.