What could be more appropriate on the international day of love than to share a new wedding with you all.
This is the wedding of Claire and Barry. The setting, the Wicklow Hills. The venue, Ballybeg House. It’s stunning. I’ve only shot there once before and I wish I was there far more often because it’s a really beautiful place.
As this was the very last weekend of November we knew that light was going to be limited as the ceremony was at 3pm. So Claire and Barry agreed that they’d like to take their photographs before the ceremony. Perfect idea! Claire made sure she was ready a little earlier and then came up to Ballybeg to meet Barry who was patiently waiting in the walled garden. It’s still not really the done thing here in Ireland but I wish it was far more common because it’s so lovely. Claire and Barry had time to take each other in, catch up, get rid of all that nervous energy and emotion so that they could breathe and really enjoy the ceremony later. I have to say as well, it was freezing but these guys were “absolute legends!”. Not once did they complain about the cold – and trust me it really was cold.
Ballybeg were on hand with cups of soup and mulled wine to welcome us back inside and guests had some time to mingle and keep warm before heading over to the candle lit barn for the ceremony. As people walked into the barn you could hear them ohh and ahh at how gorgeous and romantic it was.
As Claire began walking down the aisle two very strange things happened… I’ll explain.
The first was that the priest, who was a bit of a character, kind of… erm..how do I put this, commentated as she walked down the aisle. “Ahh now, would you all take a look around there as Claire walks up the aisle with her father, that’s lovely!”. It was a first that’s for sure 🙂
The second – as Claire is coming down the aisle (commentary still on the go..), I turn to see Barry’s reaction. Expecting to see, I dunno, nerves or excitement on his face, maybe even a tear. Instead, I see him looking at me doing that – ‘cut it!’ hand wagging at the neck movement! Surely not! Surely this was not going to be that moment. You know the one – When someone doesn’t want to go through with things?! Not Barry and Claire! They were perfect out there earlier in the cold! But he was definitely looking at me and definitley making that gesture. I went over, still trying to photograph Claire coming down the aisle as I did so. He leaned in, whispered in my ear… “We don’t have the rings… they are still in our room… in a bag.. near the bed” Oh… I turned and said, “er..Don’t worry.. I’ll get them!” As Claire’s father handed her over and everyone settled down – I shot down the aisle, bolted out the door and ran after Tee who is the super efficient and organised wedding planner for Ballybeg. She was just as shocked and surprised to see me and I was to see Barry and his “cut it” gesture just a minute before! I quickly told her the story and where the rings were and off she went running in heels. She was good at it – I don’t think this was the first time she’s made such dashes. I made my way back inside and after a few minutes, I could see a curtain flap opening up – she was on the other side, rings in hand. Phew. Now all I had to do was slip them to the best man without Claire seeing a thing. Easy – her and Barry were way too interested in each other to worry what I was up to and the switch went perfectly.
I’m delighted to say that the rest of the day went perfectly. After the ceremony everyone could just relax in the lovely warm comfort of Ballybeg House and with no need for photographs in the afternoon Claire and Barry could enjoy the full experience with their guests. Perfect!
So here it is folks. The day in full. Enjoy!
Dress: Jenny Packham, Annabel Rose
Shoes: Nine West, Brown Thomas
Headpiece: Annabel Rose
Cuff: Aoife Harrison Design
Venue – Ballybeg House
Bridesmaid Dress: Coast
Suits: Richie Whelans, Naas
Make Up & Hair: Powder Room Girls (Lesley & Michelle)
Wedding cake: Sheridan Cheesemongers (decorated by Tee From Pairs and Peaches)
Band: House Party
Stylists and florists: Pairs and Peaches