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Jo + Andrew - Ireland Destination Wedding - Part Five

Jan-21-16  |  Weddings



























'You took me to adventure and to love. We two have shared great joy and great sorrow.  
And now I stand at the gate of the paddock watching you run in an ecstasy of freedom,  
knowing you will return to stand quietly, loyally, beside me.' -Pam Brown 
 
After three beautiful days of celebration and on the morning after their wedding (see it here in Part Three + Part Four) Jo and Andrew said goodbye to many of their guests. Having enjoyed an extraordinary bottle of Chåteau Margaux with her father on the first day they arrived, Jo planned a horseback ride through the Ballyfin Estate with her mother following a farewell brunch. From atop a horse they could take in the magnificent spans of countryside and cantered through the sprawling hills together before pausing at the lake for some tea. Overlooking the lake they shared some of their favorite moments from the celebrations before getting back on their horses and preparing to head home.  
 
You can catch up on all of their celebrations here with Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four and in the Fall Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine
 
From the bottom of our hearts we would like to extend a huge thank you to Jo and Andrew for allowing us the privilege of capturing your celebrations. It was a treat for our eyes and senses and we will cherish it always. To Pearl & Godiva, you truly weaved Jo and Andrew's history, romance and story through your talent and design into each event of the wedding with such thought and artistry - it was unforgettable.  
 
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin Demense, Co. Laois, Ireland // Florals: Hanako + Honey of a Thousand Flowers
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Jo + Andrew - Ireland Destination Wedding - Part Four

Jan-13-16  |  Weddings



































































'There are many kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.' -F. Scott Fitzgerald 
 
Guests arrived an hour prior to Jo and Andrew's wedding ceremony and were greeted with mulled wine at the door. They were led through the library to the conservatory where the aisle was lined with candles and a tumbling ivy garland. A string quartet played and filled the intimate conservatory as Jo and Andrew exchanged vows.  
 
After the ceremony guests were served champagne and canapés as they explored Ballyfin's many rooms. Jo and Andrew took a quiet moment by the lake before joining their guests to mingle as the sun set. Dinner was served in the ballroom where Pearl & Godiva created the most elegant and romantic of settings. The tables were dressed with hand dyed linens, tapered candles and rich colored autumnal florals while the fire place flickered. Following dinner, guests were asked to join Jo and Andrew on the Portico. Under the stars, each guest held a candle as they watched the couple's first dance creating the most magical of scenes.  
 
Back in the conservatory Jo and Andrew cut their cake as their guests looked on. Champagne and cake was served in the library before guests returned to the ballroom to celebrate and dance the evening away...  
 
Next week I will sharing the last and final post of Jo + Andrew's magical four day wedding in Ireland. You can catch up on all of their celebrations here with Part One, Part Two, Part Three and in the Fall Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine
 
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin Demense, Co. Laois, Ireland // Florals: Hanako + Honey of a Thousand Flowers // Decor and linens supplied and created by: Pearl & Godiva // Stationery: Mr. Boddinton + Day of Stationery & Calligraphy by Tara Jones // Wedding Gown: Mira Zwillinger // Veil: Emily Riggs Bridal // Bridal Party Lace Robes: Emily Riggs Bridal // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: Glen Cullen // Cake: Ballyfin House // Ceremony Music: The Carolan String Quartet // Evening Band: The Black Magic Band
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Jo + Andrew - Ireland Destination Wedding - Part Three

Jan-06-16  |  Weddings














































The skies gave way to the full ascendence of morning and clouds skittered across the expanse,  
the variations on a nebulous theme woven on a celestial loom.  
-Michelle Franklin 
 
The next morning Jo and Andrew woke to clear skies and began their wedding day. To honor their last breakfast before marriage Ballyfin served them each their favorite meals on Ballyfin's private china. After getting ready separately they met in the estate's orchard for their first look. Matching the nature of the gardens and orchard it was quiet and intimate, a calm moment before the day's celebrations began. 
 
Shortly thereafter they were taken to the lake where a sprawling king's table had been set for an autumnal picnic with their bridal party and parents. The Italian-style family picnic included artisanal bread, charcuterie, cheeses and figs alongside the champagne, Dom Perignon 2012, a vintage from the year Jo and Andrew began dating. Following the picnic, the bridal party walked through the lush forest for portraits before they headed back to the Ballyfin house to prepare for the wedding ceremony...  
 
Check back next week for Part Four -- the wedding! -- of Jo and Andrew's destination wedding in Ireland and don't miss Part One and Part Two. You can also find this Irish adventure featured in the Fall Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine which is on stands now!  
 
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin Demense, Co. Laois, Ireland // Florals: Hanako + Honey of a Thousand Flowers // Decor and linens supplied and created by: Pearl & Godiva // Stationery: Mr. Boddinton + Day of Stationery & Calligraphy by Tara Jones // Wedding Gown: Mira Zwillinger // Veil: Emily Riggs Bridal // Bridal Party Lace Robes: Emily Riggs Bridal // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: Glen Cullen
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Jo + Andrew - Ireland Destination Wedding - Part Two

Dec-23-15  |  Weddings





























'There is nothing that makes me happier than sitting around the dinner table  
and talking until the candles are burned down.'  
-Madeline L'Engle 
 
After welcoming their friends and family to their Irish destination wedding with a rustic picnic lunch (see it all in Part One), Jo and Andrew invited guests to Ballyfin Demesne for a candle lit welcome dinner. Guests were greeted on the steps of the house with umbrellas and warm cider amidst the Irish drizzle. Once ushered out of the weather they stepped into the historic estate where a pianist's music filed the high ceilings and hallways. Guests were later guided to their seats marked with hand calligraphed ivy place cards where they would share a family style meal of Jo and Andrew's favorite traditional faire from the Ballyfin kitchen. The ambiance was beautifully warm and cheerful as guests became acquainted and shared stories of their relationships with Jo and Andrew.  
 
After dinner the festivities continued in the Library with the sounds of a traditional Irish Acoustic Band while trays of cigars and Irish Whiskey were passed. It was a beautiful scene and the perfect eve to their wedding celebrations...  
 
Check back next week for Part Three of this Irish Wedding Adventure, you can see Part One here. You can also find this wedding featured in the Fall Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine which is on stands now!  
 
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin Demense, Co. Laois, Ireland // Florals: Hanako + Honey of a Thousand Flowers // Cake: BakeMyCake // Stationery: Mr. Boddinton + Day of Stationery & Calligraphy by Tara Jones // Ivy Wreaths Calligraphy Placecards: Pretty Letters // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: Glen Cullen // Pianist for Drinks Reception: John Flanagan // Evening Band: The Whileaways 
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Jo + Andrew - Ireland Destination Wedding - Part One

Dec-16-15  |  Weddings

















































No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace 
as I have seen in one autumnal face.  
- John Donne 
 
On a crisp autumn afternoon London natives, Jo and Andrew, arrived at Ballyfin Demense which is comfortably settled in the rural county of Laois, Ireland. Greeted by an awaiting staff they ascended the grand steps up to the front of the historic mansion that would soon host their most intimate and important celebrations with family and friends.  
 
With great thought and care, and with the inspired vision of Pearl & Godiva, Jo and Andrew masterfully orchestrated each day to create the most intimate and memorable moments with those they care for most. Pearl & Godiva effortlessly married the wild nature of Ballyfin's sprawling estate to it's grandeur and elegance. A combination that so fittingly reflected the character and style of Jo and Andrew.  
 
On their first day, Jo and Andrew welcomed their immediate family with a luncheon under the glass of Ballyfin's sun soaked Conservatory. That afternoon the couple collected eggs from the estate's hen house with Jo's youngest siblings before setting off on a romantic boat ride across the estate's enchanting lake.  
 
To officially start the festivities, Jo and her father admired a grand view of the property from a hillside Water Cascade while sharing a special bottle of Chateau Margeaux together. Later, Andrew and the rest of the family would join them for an intimate dinner in the Ballyfin House. Later, the evening was capped with fireside cocktails and fairytales in the Library.  
 
By the following afternoon, friends and extended family members began to trickle in from all over the world. They were shuttled up a windy dirt path to the Ballyfin Picnic House for a welcome picnic with expansive views of the valley below. Guests were treated to warm drinks and light faire as the lush Irish countryside twinkled shades of autumn amidst a foggy afternoon drizzle. Once full of cider, guests were escorted back to Ballyfin where an elegant evening of celebration was soon to take place... 
 
Check back next week for Part Two of this Irish Wedding Adventure. You can also find it featured in the Fall Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine which is on stands now!  
 
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin Demense, Co. Laois, Ireland // Florals: Hanako + Honey of a Thousand Flowers // Cake: BakeMyCake // Stationery: Mr. Boddinton + Day of Stationery & Calligraphy by Tara Jones // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: Glen Cullen
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