This is not a sports blog. This is a wedding at Clonabreany House. However, it kinda starts out like a sports blog I love that it starts out this way. For the groom and his groomsmen, wedding mornings can mean early starts and sometimes the guys are not sure what to be doing with themselves. This is what I’ve ben telling grooms on the lead up to the wedding day – “I’ll be there early, so there’s no need to get into your suit only to have to get out of it when I leave. Instead do whatever it is you want to do that’ll keep you busy.” Lately it’s been walking up mountains, going for treks in the forest, hitting the local greasy spoon for a slap up breakfast with mates. Today – or on the day below anyway – it was a game of rugby complete with scrums, dives, mad sprints and spear tackles. Everyone survived. And it was the perfect way to start the day, get the blood pumping and release any tension. Even I got a workout running up and down the pitch 🙂
Helen’s morning on the other hand was a little more sedate. She quite rightly was at her parents home getting pampered with on the hair and makeup chairs by Joanne Kelly, Clare Hogan and Mary Ellen Darby – girls who are true masters of their crafts and have great personalities to boot. The house has full of family and friends and only got busier and busier as the morning gathered pace but yet things never really felt chaotic and you’ll see from Helen’s smile all throughout the morning that this bride wasn’t feeling one bit rushed or panicked. She was loving it!
The church ceremony was only a few hundred yards down the road in The Holy Trinity Church in Ratoath. A lovely big church with great light helped by the sun shining hard through the big glass windows. As Helen arrived through the church doors you only had to take one look at Richie to see a man that could not have been happier. The old cliche of a smile from ear to ear has never been more true. At one point he stood with his eyes closed – the emotion obviously getting to him – as you could imagine, and then opening his eyes only to look again at Helen and his smile widening ever more as she got ever closer. It was so lovely to see and would give you a lump in your throat to witness – I never really tire of seeing moments like that.
After the ceremony we had a bit of a drive ahead of us to get to Clonabreany House but not before so many laughs at the church grounds with selfies to put Ellen to shame, a wall of groomsmen escorting Helen to the car to protect her from the crazy wind and the missing car key (which shouldn’t have been funny but was). After hot-wiring the car (just kidding) we headed on our drive but stopped just before Clonabreany to take some shots at the old workers cottages for a minute or two. I want to live in one of those houses.
As soon as we arrived at Clonabreany, Helen, Richie and went off to take the couple shots as the sunlight was just right and it meant they’d have no distractions from then on. That little session was so good. For just those few minutes they were alone with little or no distraction. They could focus on just each other and the fact they were now man and wife. We talked about that and you could see what that meant to them. They were in a bubble that was not for bursting.
Before too long though that session was over and we went back to the house where they could mingle with their guests and be part of their party as all brides and grooms should be. Everyone was having a great time except maybe for Richie’s father who was outside in Clonabreany’s black taxi making last minute amendments to his speech. I hope he had a drink cause he was there for a while 🙂
The speeches were amazing and the utterly incredible video made by one of his groomsmen in the style of a movie trailer was unreal. I need to find a copy of that so if it’s on Youtube please let me know as I’d love to watch that again or even post it here if you’re willing to share and endure the embarrassment one last time 🙂
As for the dancing – the less said the better – let’s just say that the black and white checkered floor is slippy! 😉
Guys – thank you so, so much! It was brilliant to be a part of your day and I hope you enjoy looking back and reliving these moments for a long, long time!