Former Rose of Tralee Tara Talbot has wed her long-term beau in an “unforgettable” ceremony in Co. Meath.
The 31-year-old Australian, who won the renowned contest in 2011, tied the knot with Dubliner Fionan Henry over the weekend after dating for seven years.
The couple have always opted to keep their relationship low-key, and dated long-distance for several years before settling in Tara’s native Australia.
“We met in Dublin in 2008, and have been joint at the hip ever since,” the couple said ahead of their big day at Ballymagarvey Village.
“In 2009, after six months of dating, and a quick rendezvous in St. Tropez, we decided to take on the dreaded long distance relationship. Six years, and three hemisphere-crossings later, we are still loving life together and are truly grateful for the many adventures and incredible moments life has shown us thus far.”
In an exclusive interview with this month’s VIP Magazine, out in shops next Thursday, Tara told us her big day was one she’ll never forget, which she made as unique as possible with a silent disco and performance from a magician/comedian.
“The day was absolutely incredible! Despite torrential rain, and the wind blowing a gale, we had an absolute blast. Seeing everyone we love in one room was so special to us. It was the first time my whole family have been in Ireland together since we emigrated to Brisbane in 1989,” she said.
She told us she knew Fionan was the man she was going to marry after her Rose year in 2011/12.
“It was the most incredible, life-changing experience, but at times, it was tough on our relationship with all the travel and engagements away from each other. I was away from all my family and friends, and Fionan was incredibly supportive the whole year,” she said.
“I knew that if we could survive that experience, that he was a keeper! He also got the big tick of approval from Mum Dad and my big brother, Kevin, so that made things much easier!”
Tara added that there was a large presence on the day from her fellow Roses – and one notable person missing.
“My Dublin Rose, Siobheal was my bridesmaid, and a group of Roses came to the afters. I was also very touched that the parents of my Washington DC Rose, Dott Henggeler, were able to make it from the US. Dott passed away last year, so it was beautiful to see them as I walked down the aisle.”
The 27-year-old tragically passed away in 2014 following illness, and was brought “home” to Killarney to be buried.
“My bridesmaid dresses (Coralie Beatrix on Etsy) were all different shades of purple, which was a nod to Dott, as this was her favourite colour,” Tara added. “The girls looked stunning!”
For the full interview, check out June’s edition of VIP Magazine.