Thinking of getting hitched at home? Does it sounds like a logistical nightmare or an intimate dream? We talk to brides?who've been there, done that, to find out?
CIARA FLOOD & JONATHAN LEGGE
LOCATION: JONATHAN'S GRANDPARENT'S HOUSE, CO. DUBLIN
PHOTOGRAPHY: DOREEN KILFEATHER
Jonathan proposed to me in the garden at "Meander" an Christmas Eve. I knew how special the house was to him and this made it the natural choice. His mum, Cornelia, and his aunts, kindly gave us permission to use the house for the wedding.
Getting married at home means you have full creative control. It's personal and unique but it's a huge amount of work. Having full control means full responsibility - the marquee people, caterers, florist, musicians, lighting, toilet suppliers - all need to be on the same page and you're the link.
We used the backdrop of the house and garden as an extension of the marquee. The garden is quite wild so our florist, Mark from The Garden, worked brilliantly to make the interior of the marquee reflect the garden. While Jen Stafford from Salt Styling helped us style the event.
I was inspired by a picture of Jonathan's aunt's wedding in Meander in the 1970's. She cut her cake outside on the veranda and the pictures were beautiful. We recreated that moment and it was one of the highlights for me.
The biggest challenge we faced was when out caterer cancelled on us a month before the wedding. It was a real blow but luckily the amazing Eunice Power rose to the challenge.
When sourcing suppliers, if someone sounds like they'll be tricky to work with from the beginning, don't go there. Experience is really important. Our initial caterer was reluctant to do a tasting for us, so I should have seen the warning signs.
My parting word of advice is don't forget about the clear up. It's something I completely overlooked and Jonathan and I spent most of the day after the wedding folding linen, moving furniture and restoring order. I would definitely advise home brides to have a "take-down" plan!