Ok this was a bit of a sureal one that requires some backstory… I hail from the beautiful little village of Glasson (just north of Athlone) but I’ve lived in Co. Cork for the past 12 years. A few weeks ago I shot a wedding in Co. Louth. I knew the bride was from somewhere around Athlone and that she knew a cousin of mine but I thought that was it. Nope… so Kelley knows my Mom and most my Aunts and is a hairdresser to many of them. Her husband-to-be as it turns out lives a few minutes up the road from me. His brother was the year ahead of me in school and his parents know my family well. One of the guests was the sister of the groom from my first wedding. It didn’t stop there, as the guests started to arrive they started doing double takes on seeing me. Yup, half the parish was at this wedding and people I hadn’t seen since school days were looking at me in faint recognition… “Andrew?”. This all taking place in a far corner of LOUTH!
Enough about all that though! I’ve GOT to talk about this wedding. I love all my couples and their wedding days and picking a favourite is like picking a favourite child (which is easier as I only have the one) but Kelley and David’s day in Seagrave House is up there. I love the story of how this venue has evolved to become what it is today. The main house is just stunning, the whole estate has been converted so that a long narrow shed hosts civil ceremonys, glamping tents dot the grounds and the gardens are immaculately kept. The highlight is that barn though where the reception is held. I’ve not been to anything like it before. It bowled me over and I think it had the same impact on all the guests. Kelley and David were looking for something with a bit of “wow” and they got it.
The “wow” wasn’t only reserved to the venue though. Kelley’s dress was something out of the movies. The detail on it was amazing and between the dress and the manor house I was in photo heaven :) It was a really sweet, personal morning with Kelley, her mom, sisters and daughter as they got ready. Meanwhile, over in the Ash Tree barn David was getting prep’d in the middle of all the action. Tea was being mass produced, cakes were being organised, kids were fidget spinning, colouring, rock collecting, and (my favourite) asking to have a go on my camera :p
Oh, I got to do my first “first look” too! With a later civil ceremony, it was lovely to do and meant the guys could spend more time in the afternoon with their guests. One might think a first look might take away from that moment they see each other on the alter for the first time but I’ve no way to judge that on this occasion because Kelley made the entrance of all entrances. While all the guests were straining catch a first glimpse as she walked in from the back… BOOM! the barn doors swing open at the front, Kelley and her mom outside striding up to where David stood waiting. It was pretty damn epic.
Congrats again Kelley and David! Thanks for having me as part of your amazing day!