Truly Timeless Kildare Wedding In Milla Nova Gown

❤️ The TWC Effect – Our brides, their way ❤️

Harriet & Tadhg threw the ultimate timeless wedding bash, an elegant palette and classic entertainment will have them beaming every time they remember their big day! Here’s all the gorgeous details..

How did you meet? 

Tadhg and I first found out about each other through mutual friends. We did the usual follow on Instagram and a few likes here and there but properly met on a night out in a bar called 10 Mill Lane in Cardiff on Saturday, 13th January 2018. 

Was it love at first sight?

It was definitely love at first sight, we were inseparable all evening and ever since. 

Who proposed and how? Lovely details, please!

Tadhg made a beautiful private proposal in our home on Sunday, 6th December 2020. We’d been apart for 3 weeks during the rugby autumn internationals and he’d arrived home with a bunch of flowers.

We went and picked our Christmas tree and once we were done with all the decorations Tadhg got down on one knee in our living room with our dog Otis at our feet and asked me to marry him. I had to ask 20 minutes later if I had even said yes as I was in such shock! He then whisked me away for a gorgeous night in Adare Manor, Limerick, for a few too many bottles of champagne.

Did you have a theme for your wedding? How did it come about?

Our theme was very classic and elegant, satin ballgown and tuxes with a neutral colour palette. We felt with the venue being so beautiful we wanted to keep colours muted with white and foliage. I always knew I wanted something timeless so that when we look back in 20 years it wouldn’t have aged. 

Location and how you found it? 

Our venue was Kilkea Castle, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland. As we got engaged during the lockdown period we were unable to view any venues for months. We liked the look of our venue online and were very fortunate that one of our friends knew the manager, so once restrictions were lifted slightly they allowed us to look around the grounds. We instantly knew it was our venue as it had everything we needed for a three day wedding with travelling guests and we booked within the week. 

How did you find The Wedding Club? Tell us about that moment when you found and chose your dress – how did it make you feel when you put it on for the first time?

My friend purchased her wedding dress with The Wedding Club and highly recommended it. I always knew I wanted a ball gown as it is the one day in your whole life you can really wear one.

Once Milla Nova came out with their collection Olive, Greece, Love and I saw Beata I knew it was for me. I flew in from Ireland especially to visit the London South Kensington boutique and couldn’t wait to try the dress on. I instantly knew it was my dress and my mums’ and sisters’ emotional reactions confirmed it. The women working were a joy to be with and the whole morning was a wonderful, special experience.

Which designer did you wear?

I was very proud to be wearing a Milla Nova gown by the female-led Ukrainian bridal brand. 

Where is the suit from? Why was it the perfect fit?

Tadhg’s tux was from Louis Copeland in Dublin. Tadhg being 6ft6 we knew they would get the tux perfectly tailored.

Did you have speeches? Who performed them? 

We did the speeches after the dinner, that way the room was well fed and able to enjoy them. Speeches were by Father of the Bride, Father of the Groom, the Groom and the Best Man. All the speeches were a wonderful mix of happy tears and laughter. We were also surprised by Tadhg’s extremely talented sister who performed a song written by herself on the piano which brought the room to tears. 

Did you have a first dance? What song did you choose and why? How was the performance?

Our first dance was (This Will Be) An Everlasting Love by Natalie Cole. We chose this as we wanted something upbeat and happy, and we felt the lyrics fit us perfectly. We didn’t have any practice but did a few twirls and then all our friends and family surrounded us on the dance floor.

How was the party?

The party was wild! It began with a surprise from my Father in Law who had arranged for five dancers doing a phenomenal River Dance performance. All of the Welsh and Irish guests were up on their feet trying to imitate the amazing skill. Following this performance our band and singer, Jo Petit & The Dream Band, had everyone on the dancefloor all night singing and dancing. 

Wedding planning advice for brides to be?

The best advice I received and will pass on is to trust your suppliers. I knew to relax as the professionals hired around us do weddings for a living and did not let us down, in fact they all went above and beyond. Another piece of advice for the wedding day is to take half an hour with your new spouse, ideally when everyone is being seated for dinner. Go to a quiet room in the venue with a glass of your favourite drink and enjoy the last bit of alone time for the rest of the day.

One moment you’ll never forget:

One moment I won’t forget is being in the middle of the dance floor surrounded by our loved ones dancing and my new husband threw me up on his shoulders. It was the start to the very wild night that followed.


Dress – Milla Nova available at The Wedding Club South Kensington & Birmingham
Jewellery – Keanes Jewellers
Hair & Makeup – Audrey Cashman & Dearbhla Keenan
Suit – Louis Copelan
Venue – Kilkea Castle
Wedding Planner – Elaine McFadden, Kilkea Castle
Photography & Videography – Lloyd Williams & Forget Me Not Weddings
Cake – Anna Burke Cakes
Decor – Frog Prince Wedding & Events