Wedding reception in Áras Chrónáin – A wonderful private venue for your wedding

Not so long ago I received an email from Celine, whose partner John’s brother used me for his wedding in Dun Laoghaire last year and loved my work and was asking for my availability. I accepted her booking which was going to happen in an unusual wedding venue called Áras Chrónáin in Clondalkin village. I had never heard of it. The place is known for its Irish Language and culture and offers Irish music, song and dance for people of all ages.

On the day of the wedding I arrived a little early to photograph Celine and John getting ready at their house…yes it was unusual to see both of them there but what did it matter. It was what they wanted and to keep things simple and stress free. When John in his dashing suit from Dorian Black, left on his way to the venue, I took photos of Celine in her lovely wedding dress by The Bridal Outlet and her guests who were there to give her a hand.
When it was time to leave I was given a lift to the venue and got there first to take photos of the bride coming out of the car. The door of the venue opened to let Celine in and when she looked back John was waiting there from behind the door. Both looked at each other with a huge smile on their faces, not believing that it was truly real that they were about to marry. They held each other’s hands and watched in awe of each other wondering what it would be like for the rest of their days together.

Inside the Georgian house of Áras Chrónáin, I had to make my way into the reception room which was basically a room which was beautifully decorated with blue and green lanterns and pompoms. In came the bride and groom holding hands while all the family and guests smiled happily at their arrival. The solemniser started the ceremony which lasted about forty minutes. Rings by Chris Parry and Cubby & Fox were exchanged and, proceeded to the hallway, the guests congratulated the new husband and wife in the hallway.

While the family and guests stayed in the hallway being served with finger food and drinks, I nipped into the dining room to take photos of the décor. Once I got inside I could not believe how gorgeous the whole set up was. It was completely transformed from a basic hall into a colourful venue suitable for weddings and parties. The hall was decorated in blue and green to compliment the colour of the poms poms which were hung high up the ceiling. There were also light beams on the stage showing blue light in the background and two big lanterns with candles on. I loved it and could not wait for the reaction of the bride and groom who had yet to see the staging.

When it was time for the bride and groom to be photographed alone before the reception meal started they came into the dining hall and were so happy with the décor that they could not get enough of it. I photographed them from above in order to have full view of the décor and then we went out into the garden to relax and enjoy their companionship.

A feast of food from the buffet was served by the chef John from the ‘Wholehog’ which was absolutely gorgeous, and desserts like ice cream and buns were to follow. My day lasted well into the first few dances for me. I enjoyed the private venue as I’m sure Celine and John did too.

Congratulations to the Husband and Wife who gave me a lovely review


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  • Jackie NolanJuly 6, 2015 - 10:04 pm

    Beautiful pics, but it’s not the first wedding held thereReplyCancel

  • JohnJuly 7, 2015 - 1:04 am

    I think it’s the photographers first wedding reception in Aras Chrónain, not the first wedding there. Great place though!ReplyCancel

    • bipoJuly 7, 2015 - 12:46 pm

      Yes you are right. Have corrected the title of the page. Thanks for spotting it John.ReplyCancel

  • Birthe Pollmeier PhotographerJuly 7, 2015 - 11:50 am

    Thanks for your kind comment Jackie. And you’re right it is not the first wedding held there. It was my first time at the venue to shoot the weddingReplyCancel