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How the pros wed: Myrtle Ivory's Meghann ties the knot in Tinakilly House Hotel

Co-owner of bridal boutique Myrtle Ivory Meghann Mills O'Riordan weds fiancé Darragh in serious style in Wicklow

Most of us will only get up close and personal with the world of wedding planning but once or twice in our lifetime, receiving a crash course in the style, the decor, the venues and indeed the paperwork as we go and just hoping it all comes together in the end!

So it's of huge intrigue to us when the professionals - the ones who find themselves around big white dresses, button holes and flower walls in their day-to-day lives - tie the knot.

Have they always known what they would wear? Where do theydecide to say their vows? Do they second guess their decor?

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When the co-owner of Myrtle Ivory- one of the country's most stylish bridal boutiques - tied the knot, we were desperate to see when she wore, and of course Meghann, who runs the designer bridal store based in Dublin with her mother, was the epitome of modern bridal style as she walked down the aisle to marry her equally stylish fiancé Darragh.

This one is really special guys, so grab a cuppa, put the feet up, and delve into this delectable designer day, beautifully captured by Paula O'Hara Photography.

The style

Wanting something 'relaxed but fun' the couple took a cue from Meghann's ethereal wedding gown and went about creating a Midsummer's Dream feel to the day. For that, the venue was most important, with Tinakilly House ticking all the boxes.

"We are both such social creatures, and love to throw a good party. So choosing our venue was really important, and Tinakilly was the perfect setting. It has such charm and romance about it, and the gardens are beautiful."

And the planning? "I really enjoyed all the planning. I'm working in bridal as part of Myrtle Ivory for 10 years now, so I kind of knew a thing or two about how I would style our wedding. Wicklow is such a dreamy location.

When we were out looking at churches, we came across wild deer running through the forests, and on the grounds of Tinakilly they have a stag statue. From this I had our invites designed (by PrintFairy) with antlers & floral detailing."

The ceremony

The couple had a catholic ceremony, which Meghann described as her favourite part of the day.

"Our priest really was fantastic. When I had arrived up to the top of the aisle and standing beside Darragh for the first time, Fr Crotty told the congregation to introduce themselves to the person behind/in front of them, and tell them how they knew the bride or groom. And with that everyone starting chattering to the person in front or behind. Fr Crotty then leaned in, and winked at us and said "Now then, that takes the pressure off you both, you can relax, you're doing great!" And it really did, we were both so chilled. My oldest friend in the world Fauve did the music for our ceremony, this was another highlight for us both."

The decor

The couple's Midsummer's Dream theme was achieved through the use of beautiful decor touches such as a special mirror seating chart, which their dear friend Aly designed for the day. The light vintage touch was carried throughout the venue with other mirror décor featuring quotes such as a David Bowie lyric 'I will be King, & you will be Queen'.

"I love flowers, and Camelia from Austen flowers had me at 'flower curtain'" said the bride.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen

The bridesmaids wore stunning soft grey, antique-style lace gowns from ASOS, "I knew the silhouette would suit all five of the girls" said Meghann. Groom Darragh's suit was from Louis Copeland, while the groomen wore suits from James Herren.

The dress

Meghann's gown was of course from Myrtle Ivory, and the bride chose the beautiful Raven by Claire Pettibone.

And while the bride has spent the last decade helping brides in and out of gorgeous gowns on the hunt for the perfect one, she only tried one single dress on for her own!

"Dress shopping can be the hardest task in the world,," said Meghann, "or the easiest! I've seen so many brides over the years over do it, and they end up jaded by the process. I only tried on one. I had a feeling about this particular dress and the designer had her sample sent over to me from LA. I tried it on and just knew!"

The venue

"I used to go to Tinakilly quite a lot as a kid with my family," said Meghann. "It was the first venue we went to see, and it just fit the bill. The staff are incredible. The food is impeccable, and just the general feel we both got when we arrived, we just knew this was the place we wanted to host our wedding reception in. We spent three nights there; banquet meal on the Friday for close family and friends, wedding reception on Saturday and BBQ hoolie on the Sunday."

The advice

"Enjoy it all! And it should be all about what you both want, and nobody else. Don't sweat the small stuff, don't let people get into your head. At the end of the day, it's all about you guys. Just enjoy every minute of the lead up too, as that should be just as fun! Book everything early, so that you can sit back & just know it's done and not have it hang over you."

"We went off on a mini moon to Rome the weekend after, and we are heading away to Puerto Calero. We are also hitting up New York in November. I lived there for a short stint when I was 20 and haven't shut up about it to Darragh since, and I go with work quite a bit, so he surprised me with a trip! We're just going to do a lot of little trips over the year... Keep that honeymoon going!"

The stand-out moments

"There was a lovely moment, when we sat in the Halpin suite with just the bridesmaids and groomsmen. We all had a tipple, it was nice just to sit back and let it all soak in. This was just before they announced us into the room, which again was just magic! Everyone on their feet swinging their napkins around their head! Brilliant craic!"

"We had multiple bands play at our wedding, but Jo Petit & the Dreamband on the night of our wedding stand out big time. We love our music, and they just killed it! We never left the dancefloor, and boogied the night away!"

The vendors

Photographer: Paula O'Hara | Videographer: B&G productions | Celebrant: Fr Oliver Crotty | Ceremony location: St Kevins Church, Glendalough | Ceremony music: Fauve Chapman on vocals, Cello Claire Greene, Guitar Aoife Leigh | Wedding dress: Claire Pettibone Couture at Myrtle Ivory | Accessories: Marchesa bracelet & earrings, Stephanie Browne headpiece (Bridesmaids all wore Momuse earrings) | Engagement ring: Lorusso Jewellers Howth | Wedding ring: Momuse for Meg, Weirs for Darragh| Bridesmaids’ dresses: Asos | Grooms/groomsmen’s suits: Louis Copeland & James Herren | Flowers: Austen Flowers | Reception venue: TinakillyHouse Hotel | Hair and makeup: Hair – Lorriane Browne, Make up- Caoimhe Matthews, & Armani girls | Reception entertainment: Havana Trio, Kooky Ukes, Jo Petit & Dreamband and Eibhin Eviston | Extras: Rolling Donut, Rockfield Icecream – outside church | Cake – Baked by Denise Drum | Bridesmaid earrings: Momuse | Invites: Print Fairy, Printsave on Nassu street

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