This was a slightly different wedding for me – the ceremony was just before Christmas and the reception afterwards on St. Stephen’s day. Laura & John were married in the historic church of St. Patrick’s in Kilquade, Co. Wicklow. The church is a lovely country church which has been rebuilt and restored a number  of times, but still retains many of its original features. The ceremony was a family affair, with a small number of guests for this part of the event. A harpist also played and the some family members sang during the ceremony. Following this, everyone went on to nearby Tinakilly House for a family meal and first phase of the celebrations. Naturally, there were lots of Christmas decorations in both places – but Tinakilly seemed to have particularly cornered the market in everything red and Christmassy !

Following the ceremony, I prepared a slideshow of the highlights – about 100 slides – which was played a few days later on a large screen during the drinks reception at Carton House. The weather at Carton was “Wintry” to say the least – with lots of cold, misty rain as we and the guests arrived. Inside though was different, and the reception rooms and the spectacular Gold Salon more than made up for this.

Although the weather prevented any outside photos, we did manage one quick shot at the main entrance. Then, following some general photos of the family and other guests, the Bride & Groom walked down to the modern wing of the hotel where the reception room and the wedding cake were located. We took some photos there, including a few with the wedding cake and from the adjacent modern staircase. The layout works well in that all the guests mingle in the old part of the house, before moving en-masse to the new wing for the main reception.

Once all were seated for the main reception, the Bride & Groom made their entrance to the top table. A few more general photos – and I left them to enjoy their meal, and the rest of the celebrations.


Historic St. Patrick's Church in Kilquade, Co. Wicklow

Couple during the ceremony with harpist

Standing couple form the end of the church - with the celebrants

Exchange of rings during the wedding ceremony

Couple light the unity candle

Wedding party photo following the ceremony - then the recessional

Couple leave the church in their wedding car

Arriving and relaxing in Tinakilly House - lots of Christmas Decorations in evidence

Portraits on the Tinakilly staircase

Outdoor & Indoor Christmas trees at Carton House Hotel

Couple photographed at the main door to Carton House

Bouquet and interior decorations

Bridal portraits Carton House

Bride & Groom portraits

Couple in the magnificent Gold Salon at Carton House

Bride and bridesmaids

Wedding Reception overview in Carton

Gold Salon in Carton House with wedding guests

Portrait in the glass corridor joing the old and modern areas at Carton

Cutting the Wedding Cake

Bride & Groom photographed from above

Reception room details

Candles, wedding rings and other details

Couple enter and are seated for the main reception

Reception room at Carton House with Christmas tree and guests