Irish chef Clodagh McKenna wed English aristocrat Harry Herbert at St. Michael & All Angels Church in Highclere on August 14, 2021.

The couple tied the knot in a traditional church wedding in front of family and friends including Irish singer Imelda May, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, actor Richard E. Grant, and TV presenters Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling.

Clodagh joined Ray in studio on RTÉ Radio 1 for a post-honeymoon catch up to discuss her wedding day and her upcoming project.

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"I'm filming a mini-series for ITV called Clodagh's Ireland," she told Ray. "So I landed about a week ago in Ireland and we've been going all over doing seaweed baths, and learning to play the bodhrán, visiting the English market and Midleton farmer's market, and capturing all the beautiful things about Ireland."

"We started off Monday on Inch beach and it was 28 degrees," she says, praising the good weather during filming.

"The welcome and the warmth of everybody around Ireland when we visited them, I was just so proud. They couldn't have done enough for us the whole time. It just made the whole trip so much more special."

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Ray joked that her good fortune with the weather was probably down to the Child of Prague statue she used on her wedding day. As it turns out, he was on the money... as was the statue.

"I actually brought a Child of Prague with me, believe it or not," Clodagh laughs. "Supposedly, if you put a penny underneath it every day, you can use it for a week. I don't know if that's a real superstition or not but I did it!"

Speaking about the wedding, Ray praised the couple for looking so radiant on their special day.

"We got so lucky that people were able to travel from Ireland and America, and so it was gorgeous," she says. Guinness was being poured and there were Irish musicians, so Ireland was well represented."

"Imelda May sang which was, of course, so lovely," she adds. "She's just so talented, isn't she? She's so incredibly talented. For me, one of the best voices in the country if not the world. She's at her best, she's never sounded so incredible."

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For her big day, McKenna wore a full-length, white lace gown from Alice Temperley. Speaking with Ray about the shopping experience, the Cork woman says she didn't spend too much time worrying about it.

"I actually did it in two hours," she says. "I'm a very decisive person."

"I went on my own, I just thought I'd be less confused on my own and I'd just go in and just get it. For me, it was all about having everybody there on the day and less about the dress."

Clodagh's wedding guests were treated to a weekend of celebrations at Highclere Castle, which has belonged to the groom's family since the late 17th century, and is the birthplace of Harry who is Queen Elizabeth's godson.

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Of course, as a chef, expectations for the food for the weekend were high.

"I wanted it to be like as if we we were just having supper at home; I wanted it to be relaxed and convivial. We were able to get so much gorgeous produce over from Ireland like Gubbeen cheese - they sent all the cheese over from West Cork, and Carlingford Oysters - all the oysters arrived the day before, all the lovely people from Carlingford Oysters sent that over, and then we had lots of Guinness and lovely fish from Dorset."

"It was a simple, lovely mix of Irish and English."

To listen to Clodagh's chat with Ray in full, listen back to the audio at the top of the page.