This wedding day started early on in Profile Hair Design (Mullingar) for hair and makeup – with June and her bridesmaids. Some of them work there – so it was an ideal place for this. We then drove to the brides’ family home in Castlepollard for some late breakfast and the next stage of the “getting ready”. As we had pre-planned a walk by the river in Trim, the bride had a new pair of bright fuchsia Hunter Wellingtons ready for this. You can’t plan the weather, and this was a good precaution against mud and wet ground.
Next of course was the wedding ceremony in St. Michael’s Church Castlepollard. An attractive church dating from about 1859, with a convenient balcony for some overview photos. Shane was waiting there with his parents and groomsmen, and I had time for a few photos before the arrival of the bride. Following the ceremony and the register signing, the couple left the church and had a GAA guard of honour outside – using hurleys to form an arch, of course.
We then headed on to Trim – and went straight to the river Boyne walk to take some riverside and Sheep Gate photos.Trim is my original hometown, so I am always particularly happy to work there. We walked along the river to the old Sheep Gate, getting some nice photos as we walked. Then June tried on her new boots for some extra photos. Luckily the weather was dry – so the boots weren’t needed for any practical purpose – this time. Always handy to have though.
The river is only a short distance from Trim Castle Hotel, where the reception was held. we went on there next, and had some free time for the family photos, before the start of the reception. We took advantage of the roof terrace with a great view of the castle, but it got cold very quickly, so we finished these off indoors.
In place of a standard Wedding Cake, there was an elaborate sweet table available, with something for everyone. A few people sampled some of these early on. The main reception then started, with one part of it involving a synchronised removal of the domes from the plates for everyone at the top table. The staff had obviously practiced this beforehand, and it was a nice extra touch.
Finally, we got to the first dance, with the song and music for this being performed by a friend. Then the main band – Spring Break – swung into action and the floor filled, and was still full when I was leaving, late in the night.