Imagine being told that the bride and groom, Annette and Niall, have known each other for 17 years! Who would have thought that they met in school! How lovely.
It was a rainy day when I travelled from Ardboyne hotel in Navan, to the bride’s house. While she was getting her make up done, I went about my business photographing the details of the bride’s dress, the flowers and the shoes. I was greeted by Annette’s two lovely daughters, the flowergirls Caoimhe and Roisin, and the rest of the family. Annette was very relaxed, happy and didn’t care much about the weather. I continued taking photos until it was time for me to leave for the church to catch the groom Niall, best man and arriving guests.
At St Patrick’s Church in Tierwork, Co Cavan, while I was waiting for the bride to arrive after the guests settled inside, I asked Niall what he thought of Annette when he met her for the first time 17 years ago. He thought for a moment and replied “I don’t know”. Well – who would blame him. It was a long time ago and both of them were very young.
The arrival of a beautiful classic red car started the action, and the guests watched the arrival of the flower girls, the page boy holding the bridesmaid’s hands and the bride holding her father’s arm while walking down the aisle.
When the ceremony ended, there was no chance to take photos outside as it was lashing rain. I proceeded to drive to the wedding venue – Ardboyne Hotel. I was there in plenty of time to introduce myself to one of the wedding co-ordinators.
As Annette and Niall arrived, they stepped on to a red carpet and were handed a glass of champagne, champagne for all! And I took photos of family and friends in various locations inside the hotel as well as of the happy couple alone in the reception area where it was lovely and warm and decorated in the ‘Ferrero Rocher’ theme. I was impressed.
Despite the wet and dreary weather, the wedding day turned out to be happy, warm and full of laughter among the family and friends. Congratulations to husband and wife!