Star-crossed lovers survive unthinkable tragedy, wed serendiptiously in charming Irish Countryside
One year after her heart stopped on the operators table Jayden stood before us, a bride freshly married to the love of her life clothed in white lace and bathing in golden sunlight as it set over the Cliffs of Moher.
Have you ever seen anyone look more alive yet like an angel at the same time?
On May 28th of 2018, Jayden Meville and Jeffery Herbert exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony surrounded only by the walls of a charming 11th century castle and the Irish countryside. The pair traveled from their home in Canada to elope in Ireland, a place which they dream of planting roots and starting a family in one day.
They celebrated their nuptials over multiple days as we traveled around Ireland via the Wild Atlantic Way. This gave us a chance to capture heirloom wedding photographs at a more intentional, purposeful pace; not a single soul in Ireland is in a hurry, anyway.
Their elopement was a serendipitous fairytale and everything they deserved after overcoming extreme adversities. These two share a story of tragedy, hope, and a love that, since day one, has been stead-fast through sickness and health.
Prepare a tissue (or box of tissues) before reading their captivating story.
From the Bride;
Their Elopement Story
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Strolling through the Irish countryside is an aromatic feast.
It definitely wasn’t too difficult for Jayden to forage the entirety of her wedding bouquet.
They hid away from each other while getting suited up before the first look. Jayden wore two wedding dresses; one traditional style for their castle elopement, and one more free-flowing and inspired by the wild Irish landscape from Sweet Pea and Noelle that she wore on the Cliffs. Jeff designed his dapper custom suit from David’s and I think it matches every square-inch of Ireland. Her earrings were made and purchased in Ireland. They found many of their stationary pieces in antique shops in Dublin.
On the morning of their wedding the pair shared a slow-paced traditional Irish breakfast together in a quaint garden.
The Vows & Eve
They had their first-look in the castle walls. They exchanged rings and the sweetest handwritten vows. The pair now keeps their vow books from Paper Ocelot in their bedside table and they read them to each other on a regular basis. Jeff constantly recites his to Jayden as she continually battles her heart condition and new diagnoses.
After they enjoyed their first meal together in an endearing family eatery, they shared their first dance on a random street in a little town in the middle of Ireland. The music was the sound of their voices singing and humming a mashup of all of the love songs that reminded them of one another.
In the days following they explored around some pretty jaw dropping locations. The newlyweds honeymooned and soaked in every moment slowly and with intention.
The Cliffs of Moher
On one of our last days in Ireland, Jayden and I snuck away into the countryside to secluded castle ruins for a bridal boudoir session. We both value the intimacy in natural, vulnerabile photographs that celebrate femininity. During this session we were filled with gratitude of the amazing experience that their elopement had been, and how endlessly thankful we both were that she survived and had made it to this place. We both broke into tears, and I captured this raw and pure photograph of Jayden.
Though she will forever battle her heart condition, which greatly reduces her life-expectacy, Jeff will be by her side to eternity.
Jayden is the president of student nurses and has dedicated her life to taking care of people. Jeffery is a pharmacist and the pair work in the same hospital together.
Jayden has been my best friend since we were 12 years old. Alike how Uncle Marc and Aunt Chantelle are Jayden’s inspiration for love, Jayden and Jeff are my inspiration for love.