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.
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 !
Bride & her father just arrived
The bottom photo shows the bride discussing the ceremony with the Humanist officiant Philip Byers
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.
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.
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.
Bandstand on Dún Laoghaire East Pier
A quick fun photo on a DART bridge. we were on our way back to The Haddington at this stage
In the garden of the Haddington Hotel – overlooking Dún Laoghaire Harbour
The reception was held in Oliveto in The Haddington