Claire & James had their wedding on a showery Summer’s day. Despite it being Summer, there was lots of cold blustery wind and a few heavy showers too. This is all part of the unpredictability of Irish weather – I’ve worked on beautiful days in December, and horrible days in August – and sometimes with both in one day.
Anyway, I arrived at the Lyrath Hotel where both the Bride & Groom were getting ready (separately of course, following tradition, with no chance of meeting) – and started with the preparatory photos. Then later I travelled on to the church in Inistioge – a beautiful & historic Kilkenny village.
A sample of the “bridal preparation” photos – together with the bridesmaids and the bride’s parents.
The Bride and Bridesmaids travelled in a vintage bus to the church.
By this stage, we were sheltering from the rain, so took some photos in the church entrance. Noone was keen to venture outside.
You can see the baptismal font here – at the end of the aisle. A lovely feature, but in a very inconvenient location for the entrance, exit and photos !.
Once again, due to the weather, we took most of the photos inside the church.
All Aboard ! for the return to the hotel.
It stayed dry for a short time (even if it was cold and windy) and we took the opportunity to get a few quick outdoor photos before the weather deteriorated even more.
Some photos here taking advantage of the historic 17th century part of the Lyrath Hotel.
Some detail photos showing the tables and setup for the main reception room.
Arriving for the main reception.
Speeches were held before the start of the meal. Others prefer them later on – but there are advantages and disadvantages to either option. It’s largely a matter of personal preference, though I think the majority still prefer to have them later in the meal.
A few more photos showing the rings and cake-cutting.