Jen Power and Kate O'Dowd first met across a crowded cake table, when a mutual friend set them up as the perfect workmates. She knew her stuff.
Jen Power’s career has always centred around weddings. During her time in event start-up HipHip, Jen quickly learned the intricacies of event planning and was hooked. From there, she earned the role of events and style director at IMAGE Publications' BASH magazine, and after that, it was on to digital wedding publication One Fab Day, where she masterminded their inaugural wedding fair, The Glitter Studio... she's been busy!
In the past two years Jen has successfully founded events company Salt Styling, for which she has directed and styled some of Ireland's finest weddings and photo shoots. Quickly gaining admiration among clients and industry leaders, her work has been featured in the most lauded wedding media outlets, both in Ireland and internationally.
On any given day, you're likely to find Jen with a list in one hand and a spool of ribbon in the other. She breathes for time spent in nature and loves to weave its texture, colour and vibrancy into her work.
Apart from seeing the reaction on a clients’ face for the final reveal, Jen’s favourite part of any wedding is the speeches; check the corner - she'll be there, blubbing.
Kate O'Dowd's background is in magazine publishing. Following an MA in Fashion Journalism, at London College of Fashion, she joined the team at IMAGE Magazine, where she honed her skills as a feature writer and trend commentator, before taking on the challenge to conceive and launch a brand new wedding title, BASH... a special little magazine that industry acclaim and a fancy Magazine of the Year award, in its first year.
Alongside writing and editing, Kate has worked as a fashion and book stylist and has appeared, on numerous occasions, as a trend and wedding expert on television and in national newspapers, as well as hosting all of BASH's many events.
Kate thinks of each event as an issue of a magazine, with cover stars (that’s you) and tag lines; substantial content and the frivolous, too; and with each line written to make the reader (also you) happy.
She lives for the look in a client's eye as she describes to them what they want, but can't articulate – it's almost as good as watching that poor groom try not to cry, as his beloved sweeps up the aisle... with all his mates watching.
Photograph by Nathalie Marquez Courtney