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 Haddington House 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