Romantic winter wedding in Castle Durrow

This lovely winter wedding started off in Miriam’s house in Fethard, Clonmel, in South Tipperary and was to find it’s destination for the marriage celebrations in the amazing Castle Durrow House Hotel in Co. Laois. I arrived early to get a few impressions of the bridal preparations, some detail shots of flowers, the sapphire engagement ring and the wedding dress. It was a very dark day and the big old windows spilled only little light into the room, which made me work with a very high ISO and fully open aperture most of the time. Still, I do love that mysterious and moody look of the wedding images here…

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Start of a beautiful wedding day…
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The stunning looking bride – breathtaking!

Just before leaving to church we took a few more portraits and snapshots of the bride’s little page boy and nephew. I love the photo shot through the mirror and the fact that it gathers so much detail beside the main persons in it: the bride and her mum. It almost seems to me as if the little fox and the two children pictured in the painting behind are all looking at mother and daughter on her wedding day… :) I thought Miriam’s dress was amazing as it was so simple and without any frills, yet very majestic and beautiful. The mother of the bride was pure style! I loved the colour combination of the beige and blue, the floral design of her dress and her matching blue coated finger nails! Total classic!

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Bride with nephew and with mum.

It was time to head to church! Killusty Church was only a few minutes away from Miriam’s house. It was a rainy day and very cold, so everybody rushed into the festive and well heated church for the wedding ceremony. Below the bride and groom are lighting the unity candle which symbolises their unity as a couple. And below a group shot of all the wedding party inside the church.

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Wedding ceremony at Killusty Church of the Sacred heart  in Co. Tipperary.

Straight after the wedding ceremony in South Tipperary we drove up to the most romantic wedding venue Castle Durrow. Castle Durrow is one of Ireland’s most luxurious Country House Hotels, located on the N8 old Dublin – Cork Road, only one hour from Dublin, in the midlands of Ireland, adjoining the quaint little village of Durrow in Co Laois. After a long journey the staff was welcoming the arriving newly married couple with punch and champagne and delicious finger food.

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Arrival at Castle Durrow.

The light was fading fast and we only had time for a few shots. It was our luck that Castle Durrow has this wonderful timber structure, that allows some outdoor wedding photography for a more natural feel and relaxing atmosphere – even on a rainy day! Bride and groom are walking towards the festive banquet hall of the exclusive wedding venue…

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Romantic walk through the garden in Castle Durrow.
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Overlooking the castle garden in Durrow at sunset…

Finally arrived at the wonderfully decorated banquet hall for the traditional photo of the cutting of thye cake – or the fake cake photo, as I always call it… It’s something that each Irish wedding photo album finished off, unless the photographer stays until the first dances. I normally do cover the speeches and first dance of the bride and groom, but in this case I finished early and took the cake shot before the meal. I love the turquoise – pink – white colour theme of the cake and the real flowers decorating it. A few minutes later we went back to the wedding party for family photographs and casual photos with friends. At that stage the light was gone entirely, as you can see in the last photo in the arch way…

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Cutting the wedding cake.



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