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A Tankardstown House Wedding

Groom leading Bride through a tunnel of sparklers with their guests

Tankardstown House Wedding by The Fennells

Sarah and Dec had their Tankardstown House wedding on a gorgeous sunny day in August. It was a day full of music and style. We asked them to share in more detail with us about their wedding day. Enjoy and hopefully you pick up some wedding tips!

Bride and Groom standing in front of green gates at Tankardstown House

How did he Propose?

Dec brought me to New York for my 30th birthday and he proposed while we were on a boat in the middle of a lake in Central Park.

Bride getting makeup applied by mrs makeup at Tankardstown House bridal suite
MRS Makeup applying Sarah’s makeup
Close up of Bridal makeup at Tankardstown House
Bride and girls in pyjamas laughing with champagne on bed
Brides dark hair wedding upstyle
Sarah’s hair was styled by Sinead Mc Goldrick
Brides jimmy Choo wedding shoes
Sarah’s Jimmy Choo wedding shoes
detail shot of engagement and wedding rings

How would you sum up your wedding in a few words?

In two words I would say, Contemporary elegance!

Bride sitting in wedding dress on bed with heart balloons
Brides flower bouquet of roses on buttoned footstool
Wedding Flowers were by Aster Flowers
Bride standing looking out window at Tankardstown House
Sarah’s wedding dress was a Hayley Paige Wedding Dress
Wedding car waiting outside for the Tankardstown House wedding
Rolls Royce Wedding Car was from Vintage Wedding Cars

What was the best resource when planning your wedding?

Instagram. My sister made me join when I got engaged and it was so easy to find so many ideas in one place. We also found the wedding fair in the RDS very helpful.

Groom and groomsmen arriving to church for his wedding
Church with guests outside for wedding
Their Wedding Ceremony was at The Holy Trinity Church, Rataoth
Father of the Bride & Bride in back of wedding car arriving at Church
Bride and father of the Bride walking down church aisle
The back of Bride and her dad walking down the church aisle
Bride and Groom just married laughing in the Church
Bride and Groom laughing walking down aisle

How did you choose your wedding photographer?

I was following The Fennells on Social Media and loved their style. I also thought it was a great idea to have two photographers because they would be able to capture a lot more special moments during the day.

Black and white photo of Bride and Groom in the door at Church
Wedding Car arriving at Tankardstown House
Bride and Groom clinking champagne glasses at front of Tankardstown House


Bride and Groom walking holding hands in gardens of Tankardstown House
Bride and Bridesmaid in pink dress standing in front of gates for her Tankardstown House Wedding
The Bridesmaids dress was from Rosie’s Closet
Bride and groom walking while Bride is looking back at camera at Tankardstown House

What was important to you about your wedding – what were your priorities from the very beginning? 

Our priority was to have great entertainment because we are both musicians. The music and music choice throughout the wedding was important to us. We also wanted a private venue with great food for our guests and a fab photographer to capture it all.

Bride sitting on swing for her Tankardstown House Wedding
The swing on the grounds of Tankardstown House
Bride and Groom laughing in the gardens of Tankardstown House
Guests at drinks reception outside for the Tankardstown House Wedding
Wedding Guests outside enjoying the drinks reception at Tankardstown House
Bride walking down the stairs to groom at Tankardstown House

What made you choose Tankardstown House as your venue?

We were very excited about Tankardstown House when we went to view the venue. Everything about the place was perfect for us from the minute we drove up the beautiful driveway to the moment we stood in the Orangery and the string quartet were playing in the background.

The venue is just magical and the staff are amazing, They really couldn’t do enough for us. Our wedding planner Sarah was fantastic and no request was too big for her. We didn’t feel like we were just another wedding couple or business transaction when we went to Tankardstown House, Tadgh, Fran and Sarah made us feel very welcome and we felt like we were the only couple getting married there. 

Empty Wedding reception room set out for the Tankardstown House wedding
The Wedding Reception Room at Tankardstown House
Bride and groom smiling entering the room for their dinner at Tankardstown house
Speeches in the reception room at the Tankardstown House Wedding
Bride laughing and looking up at groom while he gives his speech

What made the day really special and personal to you?

We had everything we wanted, Sarah’s dad playing at the wedding reception and Sarah singing with her Dad was a very special moment. Our wedding coordinator from Tankardstown House, Sarah, was fantastic. Also with both of us being musicians, our music choice was very important to us, so the music throughout the day was very personal and special to us.

White wedding cake with gold trim and pink roses at Tankardsown House
Wedding Cake was by Creative Cakes
Bride and Groom cutting wedding cake at Tankardstown House
Groom leading Bride through a tunnel of sparklers with their guests at Tankardstown House

Where are you planning on going on honeymoon? 

We are going to Dubai at some stage, unfortunately it was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But we are looking forward to when we eventually get there.

Bride and grooms first dance at the Tankardstown House wedding
Bride and Grooms first dance at their Tankardstown House wedding

Thank you Sarah and Declan for choosing us as your Tankardstown House Wedding photographers

List of Wedding Suppliers for this Tankardstown House Wedding:

  • Photographer: The Fennells
  • Venue: Tankardstown House
  • Church: Holy Trinity Church, Rataoth
  • Hair: Sinead Mc Godrick
  • Makeup: Mrsmakeup
  • Flowers: Aster Flowers
  • Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige
  • Wedding Rings: Rocks
  • Shoes: JimmyChoo
  • Suit: Protocol
  • Bridesmaids Dress: Rosie’s Closet
  • Reception Music: Keith O’Connell – Piano Player
  • Band: The Kaye Twins
  • DJ: Lance Vance through ‘Total Entertainment’
  • Saxophone Player – Vlad through ‘Total Entertainment’
  • Cake: Creativecakes
  • Car: Vintage Wedding Cars
  • Videographer: Richard Gill
  • Dancers – Celtic Rhythm

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