In the hustle and bustle of a wedding morning, when a photographer can only be in one place at any one time that place is usually by the bride’s side. You don’t always get to see the groom’s morning preparations so it was a quirky surprise to begin this wedding day in Knights Barbers as Peter and his brothers prepared for the biggest day of Peter’s life.
Onwards to Sinead’s family home where the army jeep outside (being decorated with white ribbons by her father and sister) told us it was going to be a fun wedding. Sinead and Peter are warm and welcoming people and meeting their families (and turning down the very tempting offer of a full Irish breakfast!) shows you where they get it from. This was a day not just about Sinead and Peter and their love story but also all about family. Sinead’s mother and grandmother provided the pearls she wore to her wedding in Rathfarnham Church where her parents themselves had been married. The wedding date was the same week as both sets of parents’ wedding anniversaries. Even the priest was one of warmest and most welcoming celebrants I’ve encountered. I’ve certainly never seen the entire congregation at a wedding in the aisle doing a mexican wave before - a wave of solidarity with Peter’s colleagues in the armed forces on peacekeeping missions around the world. The ceremony ended with another kind of family - Peter’s army colleagues provided a guard of honour as the newlyweds went on their way to their reception in Trim Castle Hotel.
Glorious sunshine and the magnificent Trim Castle provided the backdrop to the bridal party photographs and another little surprise - a large group of Gaeltacht students on a tour to the castle spotted the bride and groom strolling around the grounds and quickly assembled into the second guard of honour of the day just to say “Cogairdeachas!” - a fitting end to a wonderful wedding day. Congratulations Sinead and Peter! I loved being part of your wonderful day, photographing with the very talented David Frain. Here are some of my favourites of the photographs I took on the day.