How did you get engaged and how long after getting engaged did you start planning your wedding?
“We got engaged in the Cotswolds while away on a short break. It was a perfect summer’s evening and Johnny got down on one knee at the idyllic garden house we were staying in.
We started to plan pretty much immediately and actually started with our guestlist on the boat home. The first thing we chose was Tullyveery House as this got the ball rolling having a confirmed date.”
How did you pick your venue? What swayed your decision making and did you both agree about your venue choice?
“We wanted somewhere which felt like a home away from home – which was special enough but also had a cosy atmosphere. We viewed quite a few places before but we just didn’t connect. As soon as we visited Tullyveery it felt so warm and welcoming and we felt part of their story rather than just another bride and groom.”
How did you go about choosing a caterer for your wedding?
“We knew we wanted something tailored to us and to not feel like the usual package deal. We got sent a few quotes and again all felt slightly impersonal. The caterer we chose invited us to meet in person first and it felt like they really got to know us, designing a menu around our personal preferences – a tasting afternoon sealed the deal.”
What were you looking forward to most on your wedding day/what was most important to you?
“We were most looking forward to getting the chance to have a massive party with all of our favourite people – this was totally taken for granted pre-pandemic. It was also important that we all felt comfortable throughout the day. Again as Tullyveery felt so like home this put us at ease. Having our own bridal room to retire to when we needed a moment or had a dress emergency was a life saver.”
Did you enjoy the planning process? Would you go about the planning in a different way in hindsight?
“I loved planning everything and I am lucky in that it came naturally as I had always had ideas of how I wanted my wedding to look like. The only thing I would change would be to not worry as much as everything turned out how it was meant to be in the end.”
You had a ‘first look’ before the service – would you recommend this to other couples?
“Definitely – this was one of the highlights of our day. It was such a special and intimate moment. It was one of the only times together on our own and it meant the ceremony didn’t feel as daunting. “
Were you an organised planner or did the venue/suppliers help guide you?
“Yes we both were very organised and my husband even put together excel sheets to help. It made it even clearer why I was marrying him haha. The vendors and suppliers were a fantastic help with logistical planning and fine tuning everything. I couldn’t have brought it all together without everyone’s help.”
Was the organisation overwhelming?
“At times yes it was because unforseen things can happen but we made sure to just try to concentrate on one aspect at a time and made endless amounts of lists.”
How did you make the venue your own? Did you have a theme?
“We didn’t have a particular theme as such but as it was Autumn we wanted it to really reflect the season. It was more a modern take with a neutral colour scheme of sage green, grey and white. I designed every aspect myself and used my own props and items from home which ensured it felt personal to us.”
How did you pick your suppliers?
“We went to a few wedding fairs which helped narrow down choices. I found most through instagram and word of mouth. As we got married in Autumn we had good availability for our date so luckily got first choice on everything.”
What, if anything, would you change about your wedding?
“Absolutely nothing – I just wish we could do it all over again.”
What was your favourite part of the day?
“Sneaking out to have our photographs taken – you could just hear all of the buzz in the background, the light was perfect and it just felt so magical in that special moment when it was just us two.”
What would be your top 5 tips for future Tullyveery couples?
- Take time out for just you two
- Make sure to enjoy the food and keep over cake for afterwards
- Get your dress/shoes professionally cleaned immediately
- Send your photographer a list of photos that you want taken
- Have a copy of your invitation and save the date for flat lay photos
All photographs used in this blog post are by Sam Wolsey
Bridal Bouquets by Foxtrail Flowers
Venue flowers and styling by bride Terri Wilson
Celebrant: Jean Barrett Quinn
Wedding Cake: Gemma’s Cakes
Catering: French Village
Dress: La Boda Bridal
Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero
Hair: Mary M Hair
Make-up Artist: Fiona Murphy Make-up
Car: Brides Father