Mairead & Dave were married in St. Patrick’s Church in Donabate before travelling on to Barberstown Castle for the wedding reception.
We started in the morning, at the family home in Donabate. All the wedding party wore coordinated white T-Shirts – with appropriate personal messages. My own favourite was Mairead’s – “Because I’m the Bride, that’s why” ! Following on from the “getting ready” photos there, I went to the church to meet the groom and groomsmen. Dave was there in good time, and well-prepared with a His & Hers box for the rings and coins (used for the symbolic exchange of coins).
We were lucky to have lots of bright sunshine at the church. It’s a lovely church inside and includes a Harry Clarke designed stained-glass window. Mairead arrived shortly afterwards, and was escorted up the the aisle by her brother Stephen, to a happy and emotional response from those waiting. Following the ceremony, the register signing and a few quick kisses we all headed outside for a break in the sun before moving on to Barberstown Castle – via bus for the guests and wedding cars for the main wedding party.
The arrival at Barberstown got off to a good start with a Champagne reception. Due to the continuing good weather, many of the guests chose to sit outside in the sun. Following this, the wedding party assembled with the old castle tower in the background for the family and bridal portraits. One specific request was for a silhouette portrait of the bride and her mother – and you can see that below.
Barberstown castle itself has a large, bright banqueting hall, with a reception hall alongside. They’re also very fond of candles – which lend a lot of atmosphere as the light fades. Following the main reception meal, cake cutting and speeches, the couple took to the floor for the first dance. Music was by the Long John Jump Band. Within a few minutes, the rest of the guests joined the couple on the dance floor – and were still going strong when I left.