Pauline & Mukesh were married in Dún Laoghaire on a sunny, hot August day. The ceremony and the reception all took place close to the town, and we managed to visit two different harbours during the morning. As an intercultural wedding, there were elements of both Irish and Indian traditions incorporated throughout the day.
The day started with Pauline getting ready in the “Frank Sinatra Suite” of the Royal Marine Hotel. This is an extremely spacious suite located at the top of the hotel, with great views over the harbour and across the bay to Howth Head. Following this, we had arranged a “first look” where the Bride & Groom met before the ceremony. This took place in Bulloch Harbour – and I drove Mukesh there to wait for the Wedding Car with Pauline to arrive. It’s a much quieter and more private location for this, than the main Dún Laoghaire piers – though we visited the East Pier later anyway.
Following their emotion-filled meeting, we returned to the Royal Marine Hotel, for a short break, before the Wedding Ceremony itself. This was a civil ceremony in the bright Assembly Hall of the Old Town Hall on Marine Road. This is now incorporated into the modern council offices. However, it retains traces of its origins with the KTC (for Kingstown Town Council) acronym still present in parts. You can see how the rest of the day proceeded described along with the photos which follow below.
Waiting down by Bulloch Harbour for the bride to arrive for the “First Look”.
The Old Town Hall in Dún Laoghaire – showing the some reminders of Kingstown Town Council
Inside the Assembly Hall in the (now) DLR Council Offices
A “handfasting” element was included at the end of the ceremony, with family members from both sides participating
Following the ceremony, there was time for some photos with the picturesque original spiral staircase in the Old Town Hall
A little confetti throwing outside the main entrance
Photos on Queens Road, along the seafront
No visit to Dún Laoghaire would be complete without a Teddy’s Ice Cream – even on a wedding day – here we found a convenient van along the East Pier
Bowl of flower petals for the “Ring Game” or “Fish the Ring”. This is a traditional and fun game where the rings are hidden at the bottom of the bowl. The Bride & Groom then try to retrieve the rings. Whoever gets them first is set to have the upper hand in the relationship ! Of course the families join in to thwart the opposite partner and help their own. It’s just for fun and helps to break the ice between the two families.