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Wedding Photographs from some of my favourite Irish Wedding Venues from all around the country. A great way to help with choosing the location for your wedding, getting some styling ideas, and viewing a wide variety of my photos in different locations and circumstances.

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Rathsallagh House Hotel Wedding Reception https://frankcourtney.com/rathsallagh-house-hotel-wedding/ https://frankcourtney.com/rathsallagh-house-hotel-wedding/#respond Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:39:08 +0000 https://frankcourtney.com/?p=26026 This wedding day started with the Bridal party getting ready in the Sutton Marine Hotel – conveniently located for the ceremony in Raheny Church. On the morning, the weather outlook wasn’t particularly hopeful, but things did improve later during the day. Apart from our wedding meetings, I had met Brigitte & Brendan previously, at a wedding […]

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This wedding day started with the Bridal party getting ready in the Sutton Marine Hotel – conveniently located for the ceremony in Raheny Church. On the morning, the weather outlook wasn’t particularly hopeful, but things did improve later during the day.

Apart from our wedding meetings, I had met Brigitte & Brendan previously, at a wedding for a friend of theirs. The Bridal party were all getting ready at the hotel, with the groom going directly to the church.

Bride's shoes and dress detsil

Bridal preparation, Wedding bouquets and shoes

The bridal party had a number of rooms for themselves, and one was dedicated to hair and makeup.

Wedding dress laid out on the bed

The wedding dress displayed on a bed in the bride’s room.

Bride having a quiet moment for herself, before putting-on the wedding dress

When her hair & makeup was finished, Brigitte had a few quiet minutes to herself while the bridesmaids continued their own preparations. By now, as you can see, the weather was looking much better – with blue skies and sunshine.

Bridesmaids and Mum help the bride to get ready and adjust the dress

Bride getting ready with a humorous accessory

No comment !

Bride & Mother

Father sees his daughter in her wedding dress

The above photos show the bride with her Mother & Father, before leaving for the church

Church of Our Lady Mother of Divine Grace in Raheny, Dublin

The Church of Our Lady Mother of Divine Grace in Raheny. Outdoors – still sunny, but cold

Groom and groomsmen at the church

The groom, Brendan, and his groomsmen

Bridal processional

Bride & her Father - processional

Couple during the wedding ceremony in Raheny Church

Church overview (with PomPoms), unity candle lighting

In this view of the church, you can see the PomPoms ready for use by the guests after the wedding

View of couple and guests during the wedding ceremony in Raheny Church

Bride & Groom exit the church - with PomPoms on display

Rather than the usual receiving line, all the guests exited first, and prepared for action. Lots of vigorous shaking of the PomPoms once the bride and groom emerged.

Photos outside the church - it was sunny, but cold

Something to keep the bride warm, while posing at the church

Bride & Groom leave the church in their weddiing car

Bride & Groom, outside the church – before setting off for the wedding reception in Rathsallagh House

Majestic tree in the grounds of Rathsallagh House Hotel - lit up at night

Prominent tree on the lawn in front of Rathsallagh

Entrance to Rathsallagh - Bride & Groom

Because the weather was a little dodgy, and there had been a few showers, we decided to get out into the grounds as soon as possible for photos

Portraits around the grounds

Brigitte’s sister watching proceedings from an upstairs window

Garden Photo in Rathsallagh

Bride showing the dress - on front of a tree in Rathsallagh

Couple portraits

Couple stroll in the Orangery

Couple in the orangery

Groom & Bride in the orangery

Another orangery couple portrait

Bride inspired to pose by one of the Rathsallagh bathrooms

Brigitte had chosen their bridal suite rooms because of the bathroom ! So, getting some photos there was too good an opportunity to miss

Bride & Groom with a tree at twilight - with an interesting sky for a background

The sun was setting by this stage – and we managed a few quick photos using the tree as a backdrop.

Bride and her father share a toast

Bridesmaids and bride

Some family and group photos

Wedding party photo at Rathsallagh

A sample of the family and wedding party photos taken indoors

Bride posed on a sofa

Bride posing on the sofa

Table settings int he Reception room at Rathsallagh

The reception room tables and layouts

Wedding "Cake" - a very French Croquembouce and two macaron towers

The wedding “cake” – actually a croquembouche and macaron towers

Wedding rings displayed on the cake

Wedding rings closeup using the cakes

Bride & Groom arrive for the reception

Bride and groom cut (break !) the croquembouch

Breaking, not cutting the cake !

General view of the guests in the reception room at Rathsallagh

Overview of the guests during the reception

Twilight view of Rathsallagh House Hotel from under the tree (which is outlined with lightbulbs)

Final view of Rathsallagh at night – a magical location

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A Wedding first for the National Maritime Museum https://frankcourtney.com/wedding-first-national-maritime-museum/ https://frankcourtney.com/wedding-first-national-maritime-museum/#respond Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:39:30 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=25887 Over the past few year or so, the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire had been quietly hosting wedding ceremonies, without much promotion. So, far, all of these had been performed by non-HSE registrars (e.g. Humanists). The event shown here was the very first wedding held there to be solemnised by a HSE (Civil) Solemniser. […]

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Over the past few year or so, the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire had been quietly hosting wedding ceremonies, without much promotion. So, far, all of these had been performed by non-HSE registrars (e.g. Humanists). The event shown here was the very first wedding held there to be solemnised by a HSE (Civil) Solemniser. Following a recent Wedding Fair, and growing word-of-mouth, I think this will become an even more popular venue in the future. It has many unique features as a venue – and is well worth visiting even apart from weddings. As a former church, it retains some traditional features, but operates as a completely secular venue. For those who don’t want a religious ceremony, but like the sense of occasion present in church buildings, this could combine the best of both worlds.

Johana & Conor had their ceremony there on an early Winter’s day. The clocks had already gone back, and it was getting dark by the time the ceremony was finished and the important family photos completed.

Wedding Ceremony, National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

Interior details before the ceremony

Conor arrived early to help setup some extra lanterns along the aisle

Groom photographed with his mother

Some pre-wedding family & friends photos

Groom forgot the wedding rings - got them from car

While waiting for the bride to arrive, Conor remembered that he had left the all-important wedding rings in his car boot ! Luckily, he made it back in time, before Johana arrived.

Bride and flower girls arrive

The lovely flower girls seemed to be impressed by the museum, but were freezing in the bitter wind. They did remove their coats briefly, for a few quick photos (below).

Bride and flower girls photographed outdoors

Walking to the rear entrance of the National Maritime Museum

Bride and Flower Girls walking in

Boat and sail as a background to the bride and flower girls arrival

Bide & Groom, inside the museum during the ceremony

Lighting the ceremonial candles

Civil wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony, with the impressive former Baily Lighthouse optic in the background. This is lit from the inside, and normally rotates – however, it is usually stopped during the wedding ceremony to avoid any distractions.

Now Husband and Wife - light the unity candle and kiss

Recessional - Bride & Groom

The newlyweds did a quick loop around the outside, and returned to greet their guests and for some family photos

Couple re-enter to greet the guests

Couple portraits near the DLR Lexicon

We moved very quickly down to the harbour, past the DLR Lexicon, as it was rapidly getting dark

Couple by the harbour at dusk

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Portrait

Couple with Sandycove int he background

Couple portrait beside the cannon on the East Pier, Dun Laoghaire

Some photos above with Sandycove in the background

By the outdoor gardens of the Haddington

The lights of The Haddington Garden, with the lights of Dún Laoghaire pier in the background

Cake and flowers int he Haddington Reception Room

General views of the Haddington reception room

Couple toast each other

Exterior of the Haddington in Dun Laoghaire

A final few photos outside the Haddington – showing some extra Christmas lights

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Pink Rolls Royce for a Trinity College and Radisson St. Helen’s Wedding https://frankcourtney.com/pink-rolls-royce-trinity-radisson-st-helens-wedding/ https://frankcourtney.com/pink-rolls-royce-trinity-radisson-st-helens-wedding/#respond Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:52:26 +0000 https://frankcourtney.com/?p=26365 Laura & Joe were married on a lovely, sunny, late Spring day in Dublin. It started off with the Wedding Party and Bride’s family getting ready in the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s hotel in Booterstown, followed by the wedding ceremony in Trinity College Chapel. One of the very noticeable features of the day was a vintage […]

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Laura & Joe were married on a lovely, sunny, late Spring day in Dublin. It started off with the Wedding Party and Bride’s family getting ready in the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s hotel in Booterstown, followed by the wedding ceremony in Trinity College Chapel. One of the very noticeable features of the day was a vintage pink Rolls Royce convertible (“Lady Penelope”), from a family contact. Following the ceremony, all returned to the hotel for drinks on the lawn, followed by the main reception and dancing.

Novelty wedding Gift

A “novelty” wedding gift

Wedding bouquet, dress shoes and other details

Wedding Party and family getting ready in the Radisson

Bridal portrait before leaving the hotel

Bride on balcony of Radisson Blu st. Helen's Hotel - overlooking the gardens and sea

View from the hotel room balcony – overlooking the formal gardens and with the sea in the distance

Wedding car - a Pink Rolls Royce at the hotel

The famous pink Rolls Royce

Trinity College Chapel lamp

Trinity college chapel

Groom & Groomsmen at Trinity College

Bride arriving at Trinity College

In the chapel - waiting for the bride to enter

Waiting for the bride (seen below with her brother)

Bridal processional - Trinity College Chapel

readers and couple during the Wedding Ceremony

Trinity College Chapel overview

Great interior of the chapel

Exchange of Rings

Couple lighting the unity candle

Couple - just married - leaving the chapel

Couple greeting guests

Wedding couple in Trinity College chapel grounds

Wedding Couple portraits

Wedding party walkabout in Trinity College

We had a walk around the Trinity grounds and stopped in a few places for photos. It was the day after the annual Trinity Ball, and the workmen were busy all over removing the temporary buildings used for it.

Bridal portrait with cherry blossom

Wedding guests in Trinity College

Couple back at the hotel

Then back to the hotel for the reception – in the Le Panto suite

Couple and fountain in the hotel grounds

In front of the feature fountain

Radisson Blu St. Helens wedding reception

Tables and reception room for wedding - Le Panto rooms

Wedding reception as the night goes on

As the evening wore on – time for the dancing (below)

Bride and Groom first dance

Guest dancing Le Panto library

General wedding reception dancing

 

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Autumn Wedding in the National Maritime Museum https://frankcourtney.com/national-maritime-museum-wedding/ https://frankcourtney.com/national-maritime-museum-wedding/#respond Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:35:01 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=25534 The National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire has undergone a huge refurbishment in recent years. Apart from its primary function as a museum, it’s now being used for a growing number of events and wedding ceremonies. For weddings, it has the novel feature of being housed in the Mariners Church, with much of […]

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The National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire has undergone a huge refurbishment in recent years. Apart from its primary function as a museum, it’s now being used for a growing number of events and wedding ceremonies. For weddings, it has the novel feature of being housed in the Mariners Church, with much of the familiar church layout, but now with a secular focus.

Aoife & Richard had their Humanist Wedding Ceremony here recently, on a lovely bright autumn day.

The National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire - former Mariners Church

Inside the museum - showing the setup for weddings

One of the very prominent features inside, is the 10-tonne revolving optic from the Baily Lighthouse. It is normally stationary during the ceremony, to avoid distraction !

Groom & his family

Bride with her father and wedding car

Bride & her father just arrived

Bide with her father and humanist celebrant Philip Byers

The bottom photo shows the bride discussing the ceremony with the Humanist officiant Philip Byers

Bide arrives, and walks up the aisle

Wedding readings

There were a few readings by extended family members during the ceremony. One of these was “How falling in Love is like owning a Dog”  (Taylor Mali) which was new to me, even though it’s probably very well known.

Wedding ceremony and vows

Tying the know - using a rope !

Following the main exchange of vows and rings a “Hand Fastening Ceremony” took place – literally “tying the knot”. It can be done in different ways, but here a rope was wrapped around  both their arms. Then it was gently separated to form a knot. It worked first time – but I’m sure they had practiced it before.

Bride and Groom recessional

a sample of the family photos

Portraits at an old museum doorway

Reflection in the DLR Lexicon ponds, followed by a walk down to the sea

Couple portraits with Olympics banner int he background (they met at the London Olympics)

The top left photo in this group is the gable of the National Yacht Club, with a banner celebrating Annalise Murphy’s Olympic medal win in Rio. This was particularly significant to them both as they first met while working at the London Olympics. The bottom image shows Sandycove and Joyce’s Tower in the background.

Couple on bandstand - East Pier Dun Laoghaire

Bandstand on Dún Laoghaire East Pier

Walking along the pier

Wedding couple portrait with cannon - Sandycove in the background

We stopped for a fun photo with a train poster (actually on a DART bridge) on the way to the Haddington Hotel

A quick fun photo on a DART bridge. we were on our way back to The Haddington at this stage

Walkign back to the Haddington Hotel

In the garden of the Haddington Hotel – overlooking Dún Laoghaire Harbour

Bride & Groom on the steps of the Library Bar - Haddington Hotel

Interior details, reception room

Oliveto and sign, Haddington hotel

The reception was held in Oliveto in The Haddington

Wedding Guests and couple in the reception room

Reception room overview - The Haddington Hotel

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Talbot Hotel Wedding for Valerie & Colin https://frankcourtney.com/talbot-hotel-wedding/ https://frankcourtney.com/talbot-hotel-wedding/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:25:22 +0000 https://frankcourtney.com/?p=27353 Valerie & Colin had their wedding in the well-known Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan (formerly the Stillorgan Park Hotel). The day started in the hotel with Valerie’s French relatives calling in to visit while she was getting ready. An occasionally boisterous and fun morning because of the children present. Once everyone was ready, this was followed […]

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Valerie & Colin had their wedding in the well-known Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan (formerly the Stillorgan Park Hotel). The day started in the hotel with Valerie’s French relatives calling in to visit while she was getting ready. An occasionally boisterous and fun morning because of the children present.

Once everyone was ready, this was followed by a very personal ceremony conducted by Niamh Davis  (who you might just notice was pregnant at the time of the wedding). There were the normal vows, and a few short readings, the exchange of rings and then on to the celebrations.

Talbot Hotel Stillorgan - formerly the Stillorgan Park Hotel

Wedding shoes and Wedding Dress during Bridal Preparation

Wedding Bouquet and hair piece

Bridal Portrait during the getting-ready

Getting ready in one of the hotel bedrooms

Wedding Ceremony room

French & English versions of the wedding booklet

There were Wedding Booklets in both French & English, with some readings in French and some in English to cater for all the guests

Groom and best man (his brother) wait for the bride

Just Married - couple and guests leaving the ceremony room

Greeting the guests following the marriage

The groom and his brother – who was also the best man

Couple portrait in the Talbot Hotel garden

A few quick photos in the hotel grounds

Guest photos before the main reception (yes – that’s an ice sculpture of a swan in the background)

Bride chatting with guests

Bride and groom have a quick kiss before entering for the main reception

A quiet kiss before going in to the main reception

Travel and city themed table names – all based on places of significance to the couple

The reception room and table settings in the hotel

A few speeches before the start of the meal

Bride listening to her father's speech

The wedding rings and bouquet

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Marino Church and Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim Wedding https://frankcourtney.com/marino-church-knightsbrook-hotel-trim-wedding/ https://frankcourtney.com/marino-church-knightsbrook-hotel-trim-wedding/#respond Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:27:32 +0000 https://frankcourtney.com/?p=26295 Tracey & Paul had their Summer Wedding in St. Vincent de Paul Church in Marino, followed by a wedding reception in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, Co. Meath. Incidentally, that’s my home town as well. I’ve photographed many parts of the town over the years, as well as weddings in other local venues. It was […]

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Tracey & Paul had their Summer Wedding in St. Vincent de Paul Church in Marino, followed by a wedding reception in the Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, Co. Meath. Incidentally, that’s my home town as well. I’ve photographed many parts of the town over the years, as well as weddings in other local venues.
It was a bright, sunny day as I arrived for the preparations at the bride’s house – and we knew we were going to have a great day for the wedding. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons why everyone was smiling so much all day.

Bride and getting ready details

Wedding shoes on a garage door outside

Wedding Bouquet for the bride

Bride & Bridesmaids getting ready in the kitchen. Glasses of bubbly at the ready.

Bride and some of her wedding accessories

Bride in Wedding Dress descends the stairs

Bride and some younger relatives

Bride & Bridesmaids

Groom & Groomsmen arriving at the church

Bride and Rolls-Royce wedding car arriving at the church

Bridal party and young assistants at the church

The young nieces and nephews of the bride did their job well, by keeping things in order (mostly, anyway).

Waiting for the bride

Bridal processional

During the ceremony - inside the church

Wedding Ceremony, including "tying the knot"

Part of the ceremony included “tying the knot” where a woven rope was used to symbolically tie the couple’s hands together.

Leaveing the church - now married

Couple outside the church - St. Vincent de Paul, Marino

Copule - kiss and toast in the wedding car

Couple at Trim Castle

Couple and wedding car in Trim, Co. Meath

The couple wanted to stop for a few photos on front of the castle – including one with the wedding car

Wedding Reception at Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath

Knightsbrook Hotel Trim – reception area

Inside the reception are of the Knightsbrook Hotel

Bride shows off the dress on the Knightsbrook Hotel stairs

Wedding party at Knightsbrook

Fun photos of the wedding party - sparked off by the children

This wasn’t exactly a planned photo ! I had intended to get the children to play some games – but then the bridesmaids and groomsmen decided to join in.

Wedding reception table settings at Knightsbrook

Wedding details in the reception room

Couple cutting the cake

Wedding party arrive for the main reception

Wedding couple at the top table

Wedding guests in the reception room at Knightsbrook Hotel

A fitting final photo – children playing on the dancefloor

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Creative Wedding reception at Ballymagarvey Village https://frankcourtney.com/creative-wedding-reception-at-ballymagarvey-village/ Tue, 23 Feb 2016 13:48:17 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3513 Claire & Tyson had their wedding a few weeks ago. It started with a ceremony in St. Columcille’s Church Kells, then on to Ballymagarvey Village, for the reception. Ballymagarvey has a secluded setting in the countryside – located between Ashbourne and Slane. It has an old Manor House, and a selection of rebuilt and restored buildings which […]

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Claire & Tyson had their wedding a few weeks ago. It started with a ceremony in St. Columcille’s Church Kells, then on to Ballymagarvey Village, for the reception. Ballymagarvey has a secluded setting in the countryside – located between Ashbourne and Slane. It has an old Manor House, and a selection of rebuilt and restored buildings which provide a great setting for a wedding reception.

I’ve selected a few of my favourite photos from their day below.

Wedding Bouquet, shoes and rosé champagne

The “getting ready” took place in Claire’s old family home – which is also a farm. Apart from the livestock, the “Child of Prague” did his best to make sure we all had a rain-free day. You can also see the ring-bearer – Danny – below, one of the stars of the event.

At the farm & the ring bearer "Ring Security" !

Bridesmaid and groomsmen got ready for the day in nearby houses, so I had the opportunity to photograph both.

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen before leaving for the church During the ceremony at the church in Kells Following the marriage ceremony and then off to Ballymagarvey in the car

Some photos of the idyllic surroundings at Ballymagarvey. It’s based around an old Manor House, with lots of picturesque converted and restored outbuildings.

Buildings, details and views at Ballymagarvey Village - Wedding Venue

Some of the bridal party, and Danny again – this time in his very smart wedding outfit.

Wedding Party photos - including the Ring Bearer

A few of the family photos at the entrance door to the Manor House

Family & Formal photos at the Manor House door

I was particularly impressed by the spectacular sweet table + heart – all arranged by family members of the couple. The impressive “heart” was made by a member of the bride’s family.

Reception details - including a big featured "Heart" loaded with ferrero-rocher chocolates

Fantastic atmosphere and decoration in the main banqueting hall. You can see how it was setup here for the evening.

Ballymagarvey Banqueting Hall overview and close-up details Bride & Groom (including the heart !) Bride & Groom portraits

Bride & Groom by the old mill pond

Bride & Groom by the pond at Ballymagarvey - lots of reeds

The singer is Rob Hughes, who entertained the guests before the main reception

Banqueting Hall at Ballymagarvey & Wedding Musician, Singer Rob Hughes Couple, Wedding Cake and wedding rings closeup Guests seated for the main reception During the wedding meal

View of the courtyard by moonlight (and a little help from some floodlights !). There were also a few wood-fired braziers dotted around the place (they were lit as the night went on)

Moonlit grounds of Ballymagarvey Late night photos - Bride & Groom

Now for the dancing.

First-Dance

Some final night-time photos of the location – with the Manor House at the bottom.

Nighttime photos of Ballymagarvey Village courtyard, grounds and buildings

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Humanist Wedding at Rosedale House https://frankcourtney.com/humanist-wedding-rosedale-house/ https://frankcourtney.com/humanist-wedding-rosedale-house/#respond Sat, 20 Feb 2016 14:03:04 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=25809 The weather on the day was a bit uncertain. Emer & Geoff had hoped to have their ceremony outdoors. Unfortunately, on the day it was too wet to go ahead with this plan. So, things were changed, and everything went ahead indoors. Fortunately, the weather later improved enough to sit outdoors, but that’s often the way […]

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The weather on the day was a bit uncertain. Emer & Geoff had hoped to have their ceremony outdoors. Unfortunately, on the day it was too wet to go ahead with this plan. So, things were changed, and everything went ahead indoors. Fortunately, the weather later improved enough to sit outdoors, but that’s often the way things go on a typical Irish wedding day.
They had chosen Rosedale House for their wedding, an elegant Georgian house in a unique location close to the sea in South Dublin. Apart from the house and grounds, there is also accommodation there for the wedding party. Some stayed in the house, and some in the nearby cottages.

Brooch and fabric wedding bouquets

Emer choose a striking brooch bouquet for herself, and fabric bouquets for the bridesmaids

Bridal preparation and makeup

Getting ready in one of the bedrooms in the main house – with a view out over the rear garden

Wedding & Bridesmaids dresses

Bride and Bridesmaids dresses

Wedding shoes - two styles

Two pairs of wedding shoes – one for before and one for after

Wedding details

Wedding party and bridesmaids

Wedding details and bird wallpaper

Wedding party portraits

Bridal portraits in Rosedale

Hallway wedding details

Some personal touches for guests in the entrance hall of Rosedale

Garden and Rosedale House

Some view from the rear of Rosedale House. There is also additional accommodation here, and the Groom and groomsmen were getting ready in one of the cottages

Gifts for the groom

A gift of cigars – among other things

Flowers in the hallway at Rosedale House

Lots of seasonal blossoms decorating the house

First Look at Rosedale House

The couple had decided to do a “first-look” that morning before the ceremony. So, we arranged this in the entrance hall of the house

Wedding room setup

Wedding Cocktail ingredients

Part of the ceremony included a symbolic wedding cocktail – which the couple blended following the main marriage ceremony.

Guests at the wedding ceremony

The Humanist ceremony was performed by Eithne Dempsey.

Humanist wedding ceremony at Rosedale

Blending a special Wedding Cocktail

Blending and drinking the cocktail. A bottle using the same mixture was also provided at the reception for every guest

Bride & Groom leaving to greet guests

Greeting guests in the hallway

Mirror reflections and celebratory drinks and food

Family portrait

Group photos - wedding party

Groomsmen having fun

Couple portraits in the Rosedale grounds

Bridal portraits at Rosedale House

Groom portrait and buttonhole

Wedding Cakes on the sideboard

Wedding cake details

Garden at Rosedale House

Guests int he garden at Rosedale

Out in the garden

Interior photos Rosedale

Wedding table centrepieces

Themed table centrepieces – famous film couples. The Mickey & Minnie one is for the top table

Wedding Rings

Wedding guests and top table

The day ended with a reception held in the covered courtyard of the house

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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 – Barberstown 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

 

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