Rachel & Nathan are living in London but decided to get married in the historic and atmospheric Barberstown Castle. Rachel is from the USA and Nathan from Sligo. I met them both in Dublin a few months prior to the wedding to discuss their wedding, then again on the day.

One great advantage of Barberstown is the light, bright conservatory where the ceremonies are usually held. It’s also a great location for indoor photos in the event of rain or other inclement weather. Luckily, in this case it wasn’t needed – as the weather was lovely. We were able to make use of the grounds for photos. Apart from the gardens, we also used various parts of the old castle as a background.

While chatting to the groomsmen in the morning, I found out that the groom’s uncle is a very well-know photographer. However, he was on his day off, and turned up with a standard “point ‘n’ shoot” camera – rather than an array of professional equipment. I did meet him on a few occasions during the day while I was working, and he was enjoying just being a guest.

Following the humanist ceremony, the Bride and Groom greeted their guests at the entrance to the large hall adjoining the medieval banqueting hall – where the main reception was to be held.

We walked around the grounds for some extra photos, while the guests stayed in the hall or the nearby courtyard. Finally, all the guests were seated for the main reception meal. Prominently displayed on front of the Wedding top table was a perfect castle-shaped wedding cake РBarberstown Castle, that is.

I should have to mention that Barberstown must get through huge quantities of candles ! They create a lovely atmosphere on darker days and as the daylight fades, and are positioned throughout all the wedding reception areas.

Photographs from the Barberstown Castle grounds

Bride & Bridesmaids getting ready

Wedding Dress & Shoes

Bridal preparation photos with mother

Rachel with her Mother.

Bridal bouquet and custom cufflinks

A set of cuff-links for everyone !

Grooms & groomsmen getting ready

Groom Portrait

Just before the ceremony start

Conservatory details - the ceremony was held here

pre-ceremony photos in the conservatory

Bride & Father arriving for the ceremony

View of the conservatory during the ceremony

Wedding vows in the conservatory at Barberstown Castle

Wedding Ceremony with humanist celebrant Sally O'Kelly

Bride & Groom leaving the conservatory after the humanist wedding ceremeny

Rings and other details at Barberstown

A few family photos with the old castle tower in the background

Bride & Groom walking in the grounds

Outside the castle with Autumnal red virginia creeper

Bride & Groom pictured under a weeping will tree in the grounds

Bride & Groom in the grounds

Groomsmen and big cigars

Reception details

Banqueting Hall setup and details

Waiting to enter the Banqueting Hall at Barberstown for the main reception

Barberstown Castle shaped Wedding Cake