Oh. Before we begin – At the top of the blog, right before the images appear, there should be a music player. Hit play just as you’re about to start viewing the images. That music you’ll hear – It’s Rebecca’s bridesmaid Laura singing live during the first dance. She was goosebumpingly (real word) unreal and I just had to share it.
What you are about to witness on this blog is the wedding of two of the most downright gorgeous people you could wish to set your eyes upon. Get ready to feel inferior but don’t feel bad, this is real life and sometimes it’s out to teach us a hard lesson.
It’d be fine if there was just one lesson, but this wedding taught me a few. Here’s some.
So aside from their stunning good looks, I was also taught how to better treat your family – it’s simple, you hug them until they explode – or just hold back a little and make them cry happy tears instead. Then provide embroidered hankies.
Next lesson, friends and this also involves tears. Laugh when them until you cry, they cry, or better still you all cry together.
Exercise extreme humility – no matter how often you are told you look amazing, how much clapping of hands and jumping up and down people do when they see you – never let it go to your head. Grace and posture at all times.
How to treat stranger – I learnt this one at the very start of the day. Treat them like you couldn’t be happier to see them. Stop whatever it is you’re doing, no matter how important it is, approach them with a massive beaming smile and give them a huge hug. This goes a long way and I was lucky enough to be on the receiving end of this gesture right out of the gate. It didn’t just happen to me either and I remember thinking – these people are bloody lovely.
Lastly – How to show the person you love, just how much you love them. Give them a look that says it all. It happened, All. Day. Long.
Rebecca and Bruce – I can’t thank you enough for having me. To say shooting your day was a joy would be a massive understatement. Meeting you all and hanging out for a day gave me a taste of what it would be like to be in your circle of friends and what a lovely circle it is. Those who are in it are lucky and I’m sure they know it.
Thank you both for your amazing kindness and on the day, the generosity of your time, your openness and your kind words. None of it went unnoticed.
Press play and scroll for the feels.
Venue – Kinnitty Castle
Bride’s Preparation Location – High Park House Drumbane
Wedding dress: Eddy K (via BHLDN)
Hair: Heather Colohan (local hairdresser in Birr)
Makeup: Jodie McKenna (local makeup artist in Birr)
Shoes: Rachel Simpson
Wedding cake: Kelly Lou Cakes
Florist: All Occasions Florist in Portlaoise
Officiant: Chris Holzfeind (best friend of the groom)
First dance: “Once Upon a Dream” performed by Laura Fisher (best friend of the bride)
Ceremony music: “Ave Maria,” “Inisheer,” “My Lagan Love,” and “Haste to the Wedding” performed by Noel O’Donoghue (uncle of the bride) and Patricia O’Donoghue (aunt of the bride) of Tipperary Stew
Reception band: The Groomsmen (local band in Birr)
Cocktail music: Paddy Buckley and Mick Buckley of The Groomsmen