Tara and Daniel: Irish Charm
There’s something delicately romantic about Christmas time. Perhaps it’s the sea of twinkling lights that floods the streets or the smell of fresh pine in the air but, in Tara’s case, it was a man and an extra-special proposition he was about to make.
Set in Ireland, this particular year of Tara’s Christmas festivities exuded love and passion more so than any other. Tara first met her husband-to-be, Daniel, in Dublin while she was travelling. After both decided it was time they tie the knot, Daniel proposed in the very city in which they met. Admittedly, the couple knew they would end up getting married. They’d endured a quite laborious long-distance relationship, missing countless anniversaries, and found themselves regularly moving back and forth between their ever-changing home countries — Ireland, Peru and Australia.
But, despite their jet-setting ways, the couple settled on the New South Wales South Coast, where they stood at the altar in early 2015. Tara’s parents own an estate in Foxground, which the couple agreed was the perfect place to wed as it closely resembled the Irish countryside where their love first sparked. Like many brides, Tara had established somewhat of a vision for the big day. “We wanted a vintage-rustic theme, something that would work well with both Foxground and with us,” the bride says.
“We are both relaxed and wanted the day to feel like that.” There were clear vintage threads weaved throughout the details, including Tara’s engagement ring, which they bought in a vintage jewellery shop in Dublin, and a number of antique heirlooms from Tara’s parents used in the decorating.
Adorned with lace and embellished with a crystal-encrusted belt, Tara’s Johanna Johnson gown tied in perfectly with the rustic theme. The groom and his groomsmen looked equally as classic in their bow ties, tweed vests and flat caps.
Handmade bunting and “welcome” signs ensured the ceremony’s rustic charm flowed into the reception, and guests were encouraged to participate in a variety of lawn games, before enjoying the homemade drinks and sweets stations. Daniel also crafted a wooden swing and a number of terrariums, which were hung and used for the
Both Tara and Daniel look back on their wedding day with warm nostalgia, highlighting a number of special moments that combined to make the perfect day. “I loved so many moments,” explains Tara, from her first steps into the church to the amusement of having alpacas intrude on their wedding photos. The couple also admits that a few unsuspecting surprises on the day made for a lot of fun. Tara’s parents secretly organised a three-piece orchestra and Irish dancer as a gift to the newlyweds, while Tara arranged for a bagpiper play for her husband.
Arguably the most unexpected surprise for everyone at the reception was having the generator cut out near the end of the night. Daniel admits that he tried to fix it but was unsuccessful, however got completely soaked in the attempt. Tara and Daniel didn’t let it phase them, though, as they continued dancing with their guests and enjoying themselves beneath the stars.
Words: Lydia Crates
Photography: Chalk And Cheese Photography
Bride’s gown: Johanna Johnson Groom’s suit: ASOS
Stationery/bomboniere: Once Upon A Paper
Hair: Hair By Bonnie
Makeup: Chantel Elliott Makeup Artist
Jewellery: CM Weldon Dublin
Flowers: Elisma Rose Floral Designs
Cake: It’s Homebaked
Transport: Kombi Occasions
Entertainment: Alex Hardy, DJ Michol Salilig