Gillian met David at a New Year’s eve ball in the Burlington Hotel and a few weeks later asked her out. With Dave being described by Gillian as a big kid; it was in keeping that Dave said to Gillian “will we get the ring?” and after 10 years together, Gillian had just one day in Applebys to choose it.
When Dave tried to suss out from their very cute daughter Lucy what type of dress mummy had in mind, Lucy described it as an “octupus” dress. So Dave was none the wiser! Gillian chose her elegant dress from The White Room in Mullingar. As for Dave, he was very keen to choose his bow tie for the wedding and in the weeks leading up to the wedding, brought back about 10 dicky bow ties, and in the end Gillian just informed him – don’t worry I got you the perfect one online!
I went up to Gillian’s parents house in Celbridge to document the morning preparations, while Tom documented the boys who got dressed in Cliff at Lyons. The atmosphere was very relaxed, Lucy got time to have a quick cat nap and then did a few jigsaws with bridesmaid Jean while Gillian got her make up and hair done. We loved the pretty tea set belonged to Gillian’s Granny which we used to photograph the rings. The only hectic moment was trying to button Gillian into her lovely dress. Gillian’s dad Sean took matters into his own hands, and attempted to use what I think was a wooden salad server!
Luckily, Gillian wasn’t too far away from her church, St Patrick’s Church in Celbridge town. The ceremony went well with fabulous singing from the lead singer of the Dublin Gospel choir.
Gillian and Dave headed back to Cliff at Lyons in their Bentley and had their photo taken outside the Mill. We left them to enjoy chatting to their friends, and after about a half an hour, we photographed the families, who proved to be very patient as we had to keep changing the plan with the showers of rain! It cleared up enough, to head out with the bridal party to the gardens and fountain for some scenic photos.
We headed back indoors so that Gillian and David could spend some time with lovely Lucy. Meanwhile, we got a chance to photograph the lovely cake supplied by Thunders. Gillian personalised it with ribbon and a floral arrangement on top. We loved the calligraphy that Dee, Gillian’s brothers girlfriend designed on the tables. The favours generously gifted by Gillian’s friend Bernice of the The Be Sweet Company finished off the table settings perfectly
We stayed to hear the speeches – it was hilarious to hear Padraig, David’s bestman tell everyone how David had headlocked him in the school yard when he was 14 to ask him one day to be his bestman at his wedding. So David got his wish, over 20 years later!