Back in the Spring, Amanda & Stephen wanted to have a very personal ceremony in Ireland. So they chose Clontarf Castle as the location for their wedding, and Dara Molloy to perform the ceremony. This romantic ceremony was strong on Celtic influence, and included a ‘handfasting’ section using a traditional Irish crios (belt). There were many other personal touches as well, with a background of Celtic Harp music.

All the guests had flown in from the USA for the ceremony and were introduced to the atmospheric surroundings of Clontarf Castle. It suited the mood of the ceremony perfectly. Here are some photos from the wedding. The Bridal Party got ready with a four-poster bed in the background, and later on fun photos with the suit of armour were particularly popular !

Helmet from suit of armour in the entrance hallway

Lots of help Getting ready in the bridal suite

Wedding Shoes and Wedding Rings

Flowers, shoes and dress on the four-poster bed

Quick portraits in the Bridal Suite

Part of the marriage ceremony - handfasting using a crios (belt)

Couple photographed with Clontarf Castle Hotel in the background

Newlyweds portrait (sepia tone)

Portrait showing old part of the castle

Couple stroll in the grounds & in the reception area

wedding couple kissing with ivy-clad wall in the background

Posing on the stairs, with window light

Family photo - complete with added suit of armour

Wedding cake with shield and sword (for cutting !)

We're Married ! Couple's entrance for the main reception meal.