How they met
Ken and Jean-Anne met at Electric Picnic in 2012. Jean-Anne: “I was there with a friend who knew Ken and his mates, and we ended up hanging out for the weekend. Neither of us ever imagined that it would turn into a wedding four years later,” laughs Jean-Anne.
Jean-Anne wasn’t expecting a proposal when they went for a walk in Wicklow on afternoon. Jean-Anne: “From time to time, we head down to Wicklow for walks so when Ken suggested we go down to do a hike one Sunday last year, I didn’t think anything of it. At the top of the mountain, called Tonlagee, there is a beautiful view of a lake, which is shaped like a heart, and that’s where Ken proposed”.
They decided to get married in Italy – a big decision to get married abroad. Jean-Anne and Ken: “We both attended a friend’s wedding in Tuscany a few years back and that planted a seed”.
How they married
Planning a Tuscany wedding when you’re based in Ireland is a big task, so they enlisted the help of a local planner Jean-Anne: “After we found our amazing wedding planner, Neve Faustini from Wed in Florence, we arranged a couple of days in Italy to view some venues but the choice was really easy in the end. Borgo di Castelvecchio just blew us away! Beautiful villa dating back to the 18th century, a swimming pool, great food, and wine grown in its own vineyard but most of all, the surroundings and views from it were just incredible and it has the most relaxed, laid-back feel that immediately felt right”.
While the couple knew that planning a Tuscany wedding meant not everyone would be able to make it, it worked out well in the end. Jean-Anne and Ken: “Everyone that could make it did and we ultimately felt we had the perfect number with our 96 guests. The ceremony was so special and so full of emotion for both of us and our families. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day – to be surrounded by our closest friends and family in the beautiful surroundings of the hills of Chianti was truly amazing”.
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