Sara’s Wedding Day

Simply put it was fantastic. Here are a few of the many hundred photos taken during the day. They were sent to me by family and friends. I would add a big thank you to everyone who helped make us look good,and everyone who attended the wedding.

Early Morning – Not exactly chaos, just busy

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We were momentarily side tracked by Bob who had to have his say:

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Finally we left for the ceremony, and it was hard not to cry with delight…

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Irish Wedding – The Day Before.

Friday the 12th of August was “D” day before Sara and Colm’s Wedding.

We were woken early by Bob, demanding breakfast. You would think he knew something strange was happening. And it got stranger because they (Ellie and Bob) both had a bath.

Though he showed his disgust at this pretty simply by ;  rolling on the grass.

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It was just as well we were up early because shortly after the invasion of helpers landed one after another and soon the house was a giggling mess of bridesmaids, groomsmen all intent on helping set up the venue.

With the van loaded, garden stripped of most of its blooming, daisies, hydrangea, roses and any thing else that looked interesting, we set off.

 

It was hard work, but with six of us working together we had the place ready in five hours.

Some new talents were discovered during the process, though some did take a nap every now and then.

 

 

It did look pretty amazing in the finish. What do you think?

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So it was home, with the boys to Dublin and the ladies (+Pat) home to relax and chill.

 

Preparations for an Irish Wedding – Part 1

Sara and Colm had decided on the date almost two years ago. It seems a long time now. However back then August 13 2016 appeared like a speck on the horizon.

The reason for the long delay is simple, weddings are a popular and huge occasion.  Often finding the correct venue is relatively simple but it is getting a booking for that venue that often slows up the process. Also there is a marriage course to attend, church to book (this can be another tricky thing to get), priest, band, florist etc. You get the picture.

Our bride to be is an artist, Sara illustrated my children’s book: The Runaway Schoolhouse

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This meant Sara knew what she wanted for her wedding. This simplified things for all of us. She and Colm began the search for a venue and the place they chose is in the County.

Durhamstown Castle, is a house with a history. It was built by the Normans back in the 1420’s and retains much of its original features.

The wedding reception would happen in the barn (seen through the archway).

So began the preparations. Here are a few odd pictures to show what was worked on during the past 12 months.

Signs for the roads, a blackboard for the venue (please note Bob’s input – pawprints) and table decorations, sprayed etc.

 

Flowers were planted, in boxes, in flower beds, as you all know the hen night was celebrated, ideas spotted for decorating a church door and most importantly, The Dress found – triple wrapped and protected from those dreaded mice.

All carefully watched by Bob and Ellie.