Felicia and Johnny – Tankardstown Wedding

Tankardstown House Wedding

Felicia and Johnny first met on their first day of medical school in Ireland. Originally from Toronto, Felicia had taken a leap of faith, choosing Ireland as the location to study medicine without having visited it before. Johnny is originally from Limerick and when their paths crossed during their studies at Limerick University, the rest was history.

Felicia and Johnny chose the always stunning, Tankardstown House for their wedding, which was perfect for the meeting of their family and friends from Canada and Ireland. Felicia began her preparations at the nearby, Fox Hollow with her bridal party before continuing the getting ready in the bridal suite at Tankardstown.

In a lovely tradition, Johnny walked down the aisle hand in hand with his parents before watching Felicia make her procession. The ceremony included the Irish tradition of handfasting along with a unique ritual where the bride and groom write notes about what they love about each other which they lock away in a chest along with a bottle of wine. They can only unlock the chest after their first argument or after 10 years of marriage, they can read the notes to each other and remind themselves of how they were feeling on the day they got married.

After the ceremony, we walked to the walled garden for their portrait session. There was beautiful music playing over the speakers and just as the rain was threatening overhead, Felicia and Johnny practised their first dance for the first time as husband and wife.

Shortly after, it was time for the speeches and with both sides of the family making speeches, there was a beautiful mix of both Irish and Canadian humour. There were plenty of laughs and tears throughout the Orangerie. It was then time for the first dance, both Felicia and Johnny danced with their father and mother, respectively before the rest of the guests descended onto the dancefloor.