You could travel the world over, see every wonder and still be taken aback by a little village in Co. Wicklow. Not far from Blessington, one of the most beautiful parts of the country lies a tiny little village with such huge character it cannot be forgotten. Ballyknockan is known to some for the quality of craftmanship by the local stonemasons, others that may find the village on their travels would comment on the incredible scenery and that feeling you have gone back years in time to good old Ireland. Of course for those who visit after sun down they may not feel lost in old Ireland for Ballyknockan hides something else.
This small community holds a wealth of talent that would rarely be found within such small number. Of course with the quarry close by the most talented stone masons have learnt their trade through generations of their family craft, there is an art involved in such work so it is to little surprise that artists can be found also within this small community. However I have been lucky enough to witness the true talent of Ballyk, the town of musical genius. You would have a hard job finding a local who could neither sing nor play an instrument, almost as hard a time as finding a local who cannot trace relation to another and this is the beauty of the people. A people who live to laugh and love, smiles forever on their faces, honesty and integrity filled with loyalty and passion, a passion for music, a passion for life and a passion for each other.
Knowing all of this, the passion Jenny and Moz have for each other and their beautiful son and soon too arrive baby cannot be over estimated. For the past 10 years I have visited Ballyk with my husband and I can remember Jenny and Moz as long as I remember going there, I was the quiet one at times, in awe of all of these amazing and talented people, some of whom played a part in me developing my own talent, more so because of the inferiority I felt being surrounded by such musical awesomeness all of the time. It was many years before I even spoke to Jenny or Moz, and probably not as often as I would like, as with many other locals too, so their story came to me in bits and pieces all of the time but the one thing I was sure of was that they were a constant. If I saw Jenny I saw Moz, if I saw Moz, I saw Jenny, unless it was Marty and not really Moz, then I just got myself confused again ;)
A huge community spirit in a small town means huge hearts in the people, looking at the photos you will find it hard not to notice the depths of Jenny's gorgeous blue eyes, the width of Moz's smile and the happiness that oozes out of them, especially around the handsome Noah. They love with every beat of their hearts, luring you into their happiness with just a glance, almost begging you to join in the celebration of life, this is Jenny and Moz, this is Ballyk.
A wedding in this amazing place brings everyone together, someone recently said to me 'Dublin, the place of 3 degrees of seperation', well here it isn't that many. As confusing as it may sound we are all united in some way, just here it is magnified. Jenny's brothers play with Upload, Davy being the drummer, the bass and singer is Tony. Davy and Tony were part of Glyder with Bat, Bat married Tony's sister, whose other brother is Glen who married Jenny F., Bat was also part of Erin Maiden with Gerry and Darren, Darren was a neighbour of my husband who later joined Erin Maiden. The support this community has shown me to achieve my dreams has been amazing, the Glyder album shots are still one of my favourite shoots of all time in the Guinness Storehouse, Bat and Linda's was one of my first weddings, followed by Jenny and Glen, Darren and Michelle, Gerry and Suzanne, along with many others locally, I am pretty sure Tony and Leighann won't be too far away from the aisle either, hint Tony!!!
So many moments within the day took me aback despite knowing all I do about this awesome couple and their guests. One of the more memorable moments for me were Jenny's sisters singing during the service, the priest was a close relative of Moz, the church was decorated by Jenny and Glen, the music of course was locals along with Jenny's brothers, the venue was the local amazing resort of Tulfarris. In fact the more I think of it I may actually have been the only wedding supplier not connected through family somehow, strange as that sounds.
During the speeches we were told of their first meeting, apparently they ran around after each other like love struck teenagers, I'm not surprised though, I think there may be something in the air up there as there is a regular streak of madness, maybe thinner oxygen! Jenny & Moz have their own history though, they have a lifetime of stories to tell and a lifetime of stories to make. Having been a minor part of their story so far makes me feel immensely proud, it has been such an honour and I am delighted that this is just another way to connect the 2 most amazing communities I have ever come across in my life, the little town of Ballyknockan and AGP, the place where my heart now lies.
The highs of this amazing wedding will soon be taken over by a new found joy, the arrival of Jenny & Moz's baby has been long awaited. Though the feelings of this wedding day will never be forgotten, not a single moment that has passed will lessen in significance yet for a time will be completely overshadowed by this new and amazing experience of welcoming a second newborn baby into their lives. The joy a parent feels is comparable to none, you love your children with every ounce of your being as they love you. There is nothing more I can wish for the newest Mr. & Mrs. Melia apart from everything they already have and are about to share with each other. I don't need to ask as I know you will appreciate every single moment that comes along in your lives together, I have more faith than ever before of a forever love and I can't wait to share in more of your stories in the future.
All of my love to you both, Noah and new baby too.
With special thanks to all of the suppliers:
Hair: Mags Reid,
Band: Upload Ireland,
Car: Noel Hughes,
Dress: Aideen Cross Bridal Designer,
Church Decor: Jenny Cullen Weddings,
Church Music: Pete Fisher,
Church Singer: Lorraine Willoughby & Grainne Ryan.
Wedding Flowers: Sarah-Jane Tracey.