Claire & Fintan were recently married in Birr Church and the nearby historic Kinnitty Castle. It was on a lovely, typically Irish day – with sunny spells and (heavy !) scattered showers. The day started with hair & makeup in the O’Carroll Suite, which is very light and airy and was great for photos (even with overcast skies).

Getting ready in the O'Carroll Suite, Kinnitty Castle

Wedding Shoes and dresses in the bedroom

Adjusting earrings

Bride & Bridesmaids

Everyone was ready in plenty of time, and we had time for a few photos with the bridesmaids (all sisters of the bride)

Bridal portraits in the bedroom

The antique furniture provided the background for some early bridal portraits

Church in Birr and flower girls

The flower girls were nieces of the groom, and took their job very seriously – with always smiling faces

Groom & Groomsmen at St. Brendan's Church, Birr


Luckily the sun was out for the arrival for the arrival at the church (St. Brendan’s in Birr, Co. Offaly)


General view of the church

Recessional down the aisle

Quick photos outside the church

Portraits at the Church door in Birr

Wedding car arrival dat Kinnitty Castle during a heavy shower

Just as the bride arrived at Kinnity, the heavens opened. By the time everyone was safely indoors, the rain had stopped – just typical !

Portraits of the Wedding Party


The Drawing Room at Kinnitty provided a great indoor location with lavish furnishings and decorations. There was also a great floral display (mainly from the hotel, but with the addition of some bouquets)

Bride and Groom in the Kinnitty Hallway & a few suits-of-armour

Bridal portrai - the wedding dress had pockets !

A few portraits in the main entrance hall – complete with suits of armour

On the lawn at Kinnitty

Cars & Signs

I had a particular request to include the old family car “Nelly” in the photographs. It had been owned by all the bride’s sisters (the bridesmaids) at one stage or another – and had more than earned its keep by this stage. The reflection is of Kinnitty Castle in the headlamp of the wedding car (I make a minor guest appearance here)

Table settings for the main Reception Meal

The Great Hall was set up with long tables for the guests at the main reception

Sunlit candles

Bride & Groom have a quiet moment in the library bar, before the reception

A quiet moment in the Library Bar, while the guests were settling down for the main reception

Great Hall reception view & Bouquets

Balcony view of the “Great Hall of the O’Carrolls” with everyone seated

Bride & Groom at the top table

Bride & groom at the top table