“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed
and every morning revealed new miracles.”
The classic story The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was my inspiration for this shoot and I was so fortunate to have had help from some amazing wedding artists to bring it to life. Working as a destination wedding photographer afforded me the opportunity to travel back “home” to Ireland this past June, so I organized this editorial for one of the days of my visit. These images were shot on location at a private Manor House with a Victorian walled garden in County Wicklow, Ireland on Fuji Pro 400h film.
Walk through the gates of the secret garden…
From the moment you walk down the garden path, shaded by canopy of leaves, and unlock the rusted gate with the ancient skeleton key, you can’t help but fall in love with the charm and whimsy of this magical place. There is no end to the delightful sights on the grounds of the manor house — from the resident ducks to the lush pond to a darling vintage bicycle — there is something enchanting around every corner!
A Magical Garden Wedding Cake
Jen Rojas of Cupcakes and Counting created the most beautiful 3-tiered cake with climbing vines and wildflowers from the garden as well.
Sustainable Irish Florals
The organic florals were all sustainably grown on-site in the walled garden and intentionally arranged by Fionnuala Fallon (The Irish Flower Farmer), who also hand-dyed the silk ribbons.
The most delicate garden vines and an exquisite diamond ring…
Bespoke Paper Goods
Hand-drawn floral sketches adorn the invitation suite, which combines romantic calligraphy with modern typesetting, all designed by Vita Popov Studios.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
I am so grateful for the help of all of the talented wedding artists from all over the world who helped make this Irish Garden Dream a reality. I’m so lucky to have connected with Fionnuala Fallon of the Irish Flower Farmer who helped arrange our dreamy location in addition to her stunning work on the florals for the shoot. Our wonderful and gracious host, Margaret, welcomed us to her property with such kindness and it felt like a gift to shoot there. Please pay a visit to the vendors from this shoot and see their stunning work…
Florals: The Irish Flower Farmer
Stylist: Lovebird Designs
Ring: Susie Saltzman
Cake: Cupcakes and Counting
Paper Goods: Vita Popov Studios
Hair Stylist: Claire Barry
Makeup Artist: Making Faces
Dress: Cathy Telle
Model: Lily Finlay
Film Lab: The FIND Lab