Wow, 2019 is coming to a close fast! This will most likely be my last wedding blog for the year, and I couldn’t ask for a better way to cap it off than Tara and Padraig in Athlone. We’ve got castles (well one), epic churches (again, just the one), Ireland’s oldest pub, and the fantastic setting of Hodson Bay Hotel. Not to mention the happy couple themselves. Avid followers of the blog - cause if wedding photographer websites have anything, it’s a devoted following :) - may recognise a few faces from Karen & Stephen’s Wineport wedding last year. It was lovely catching up with Karen and her family, as her brother makes the big step into married life.
On Tara’s side, it was all new faces, friendly, welcoming faces. Bridesmaid’s busy working their ‘selfie game’, hair and makeup stations in full swing, and a father of the groom blessed among women. I even learned all about LOL Dolls thanks to our resident flower girl. Apparentely, it’s “L O L Dolls”, not “LOL Dolls”… you learn something new every day. Tara, anyway, in the middle of it all was cool, calm and collected and enjoying the buzz that surrounded her. It’s always a joy to visit bride’s in their family homes, and I was immediately hit with the importance of photos in her family, as their family is chronicled on every wall… challenge accepted.
St. Peter & Paul’s church in Athlone is a stunning building, and makes for quite a walk down the aisle for Tara and her crew. There’s even a drinks station half way down serving wine and little bread discs. Very yum. Tara and Padraig, married by Tara’s uncle btw, weren’t the only happy couple on the day, with… I wanna say… her aunt celebrating her wedding anniversary with her husband. They even got a moment on the alter and a special mention in the speeches.
The fine Autumn weather was on our side as we popped over to Athlone Castle, last visited by me on some school tour in the 90s. It was the perfect setting, with the Shannon and St. Peter and Pauls in the backdrop, not to mention the Telecom Eireann (sorry Eir) radio tower - Athlone’s answer to the Eiffel Tower. The bonus of it all was the wind, and Tara’s veil was determined to make the most of it and steal the show. Seriously, I could just have posted an entire blog of veil shots. So so much fun! A quick pint in Sean’s Bar (the aforementioned oldest bar in Ireland) and we were off to Hodson Bay for a few more snaps and the on to the reception, speeches and dancing.
I’m just going to say one more thing… it’s two in a row for the fathers of the bride and coming up with some great lines. This time, Tara’s Dad came out with this to his new son-in-law as he was giving his best wishes to their future. Again, I’ve probably butchered the wording, sorry - Tara please send me a transcript of his speech please :)
I held her first, I kissed her first, I loved her first.
Thank you Tara and Padraig for having me as part of your day, and remember, when a family books 3 weddings you get a tenner off the 3rd one so I hope to see ye all again in the next few years ;)