I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Weddings are about people. Details are nice. People are everything.
For Rita and Anthony, this could not have been truer.
Rita and Anthony were due to get married in Connemara. A place very close to their hearts, surrounded by both their families in a beautiful part of Ireland. Anthony’s family were travelling all the way from Sydney and the setting of Connemara was going to be breathtaking for everyone. They’d hoped for photos in the amazing landscapes that Connemara has to offer. They couldn’t wait for the food in their chosen venue. This was going to be great. They couldn’t wait. I couldn’t wait.
And then, life happened.
Rita got in touch with me a couple of months before their date to say that her dad ran into serious health problems. I’ll hold back on the details. Needless to say, this was completely out of the blue and had taken her family completely by shock. The wedding in Connemara was off but they were determined. A new plan was needed and something a little closer to home should Rita’s dad be able to make the ceremony if the recovery went well.
The crazy part in all of this was Rita’s apologies to me. As if somehow she was letting me down. She has bigger concerns than me to worry about me but it showed her level of concern for everyone involved in the wedding. She is such a lady.
A short while later, a new date was set for a wedding in Dublin. It went something like this.
Rita and Anthony would get ready together in a small hotel in Dublin. Their mums were there. It was like being in the family home to some extent. A quick taxi cab brought us to a small intimate wedding in the registry office with drinks and a quick bite to eat in a nearby pub afterwards.
We knew this next part might be tough. We all jumped in the car and to visit Rita’s dad in the hospital.
As I followed Rita and Anthony into the hospital I thought to myself “I’ve been in this position before. Following my couples into hospitals to visit loved ones. These are moments of a lifetime. These are the moments that matter.” This is what I was talking about in my opening paragraph.
As we walked into that room I don’t need to tell you how emotionally charged that room was but what I will say is this, there was the most incredible feeling of love. With hugs, kisses and tears. Lots of tears. But it was the comfort being given with just a touch of a hand and a gaze that totally got me. This is what weddings are about. Families, coming together, showing their support in more ways than could ever be measured by the size of a gift.
These are the moments that matter and this is Rita and Anthony’s wedding day.
Thank you guys.
Dublin City Wedding at The Cliff Townhouse.
Morning preparation at Kelly’s Hotel, Dublin
Hair by Karen at The Hive Salon
Make up Artist Lyndsey Cavanagh at The Hive Salon
Ceremony at Dublin Registry Office
For camera geeks. As always all images shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X100