After sharing a kiss on Frankie’s parents couch over six and a half years ago, Emily was smitten. The two of them were made for each other – with their great sense of adventure. The pair of them travelled to Australia to drive farm machinery for a living. Emily got a crash course from Frankie and took to it no bother. She now works in a bombs factory, making bombs for the Australian army, so a girl to be reckoned with! They told me they have a lovely life now in the countryside with a whole community of friends and Buzz their dog.
But when it came to getting married, they wanted to come back home to Mayo. They chose Breaffy house for their wedding day celebrations. Emily and Frankie fell in love with our photography and having chatted to us online, decided to have her Dublin photographers come down the night before especially to cover her day. We were chuffed to be asked.
We were able to cover Emily getting ready in her house in Ballina. It was so touching to see Emily tear up while reading a letter from Frankie. We all started laughing when she was handed a roll of toilet paper to dry her eyes.
We loved the purple theme of the bridesmaids and Emily’s fab dress from Lamelia Bridal Studio in Sligo. The bouquet even had wheat in it which Frankie would cut in his job on the farm, so very apt.
Aidan popped over to the boys who were at Frankie’s parents house on the way to the church. Frankie wasn’t going to lose out on the opportunity of surprising Emily with their large homemade signs wishing good luck to Emily as she drove past in her Bentley on the way to the church.
My bride and groom were making sure they were well married with two priests on the altar. Uncle Tommy Maloney sang, he was incredible. Just as Emily reached Frankie at the top of the altar, the veil came off her head, as it got stood on. It broke the ice, and had everyone chuckling.
Outside the church, flower girl Aoibheann and page boy Conor were delighted to see an ice cream van. But, had to queue with the rest of the guests, as the 99’s proved very popular. Even, Emily and Frankie made sure they had time for one.
Emily and Frankie had done their homework and brought us and the bridal party to a stunning spot for photos. In order to get permission to photograph at this historical building, Frankie had helped the owner by fixing his tractor and filled in a few potholes. The girls were very prepared with their wellies and didn’t mind stepping over sheep droppings to get a few photos. We loved the old Morris Minor car just left in the field.
It was very windy but Emily just laughed when her dress and veil blew in all directions. We walked back to the car, and everyone took some time out for a glass of bubbly and a few sandwiches before the drive back to Breaffy House in Castlebar.
The weather changed for the worst and it was pretty showery, so we took the family photos indoors and got a chance to see the wedding cake, a joint collaboration between Aunty Kathleen who made the chocolate biscuit layer and Frankie’s mum who made her famous drizzle lemon cake layer.
We left our newleyweds with their bridal party taking some time out before re-energising for the night ahead, with The Weightless Astronauts planned to get the crowd on the dance floor. Emily and Frankie are planning a trip to America and a cruise with a bit of visiting friends and family, a lovely three weeks of bliss.