Canoeist Jenny Egan marries childhood sweetheart and trainer Jon Simmons


Canoeist Jenny Egan married her childhood sweetheart and trainer Jonathan Simmons in a stunning ceremony at Brooklodge and Macreddin Village in County Wicklow last weekend.

Dublin’s Jenny, who was the first Irish athlete to win a medal at the Senior Canoe Marathon World Championships, hosted an interfaith ceremony in the on-site chapel before having a drink in the beautiful Brook Hall.

She told RSVP Live: “We fell in love with the place from the moment we saw it – the Ballycrean River that surrounded the village, with the bridge overlooking it to the beautiful little chapel.

“The site staff were also extremely friendly and added a personal touch knowing my athletic career when I first met them.”

Jenny stunned in a bespoke wedding dress designed by Kathy De Stafford, paired with a matching veil.

“Kathy named my dress The Geneviève,” Jenny continued.

“My mom and I really enjoyed the whole process of making the dress and seeing my dress come to life. I cannot thank Kathy and all the staff at De Stafford Bridal enough for the time and effort she put into making this dress come to life. my dress. Kathy is an amazing designer and a beautiful lady. “

Jenny Egan's big day
Jenny Egan’s big day

Sharing some of her highlights from the big day, Jenny added: “I will never forget when my dad first saw me, I was waiting for him to come to the bridal suite and I was full of emotion, I could feel my eyes full of tears, then he opened the door and said ‘WOW’ with open arms and tears in his eyes, kissing me with a big hug.

“A scary moment that I’ll never forget is when dad and I first walked into the chapel and I saw Jon up the aisle with tears in his eyes and all these people gathered there. to celebrate our wedding. I remember thinking “We did it, we made it!”

“We had a paddle arch made by our canoeist friends outside the chapel as we crossed the bridge. It is a tradition with canoeists when they get married and it was very special to us. had many international athlete friends from the UK, Denmark, Austria and Canada to celebrate with us that day and helped shape this paddle arch. “

Jenny and Jon have been together since they were teenagers and the Dubliner said he was “very persistent” in making her date him.

“We are both canoeists and my mom arranged for me to attend a training camp in Nottingham, UK, that’s when I first spoke to Jon because he was there as part of the Great Britain Junior Squad.

“Jon kept telling me how amazing I was and he was very persistent over the next few months chasing after me!

“We became a couple in 2002 – I was only 15 and Jon was 16.”

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