Amy and CP met as youngsters when they both were staying in the same youth hostel in Waterford. 10 years later, in slightly fancier surroundings in the executive suite at the Gibson Hotel! – with rose petals, prosecco and chocolates, CP asked Amy to marry him. Amy and CP chose Tankardstown House in Slane to celebrate their wedding day.

Anna and myself captured Amy and her bridesmaids getting ready in Bray. The bridesmaids dresses were so pretty with four different colours that blended together of soft purples and greys, while Amy’s beautiful wedding dress was found in Embrace Bridal in Gorey, Co Wexford. It was an epic moment when Amy’s dad Seymour saw her for the first time in her wedding dress.

The house itself was stunning with a large veranda looking out over a sunken garden. Minx the cat likes to sit up on top of the balcony with a substantial drop below but we have been reliably informed he has never fallen off. The house is very arty as Amy’s parents Clare and Seymour are both actors. So it was fun to look at all the ornaments, furniture and paintings on the walls. The family are very nostalgic, we saw the photographs of Seymour and Clare’s wedding and heard how Clare had been stung by a bee on the day which was rectified by gin???? We even saw a photo of Amy’s grandmother’s wedding day as well! And were chuffed to know we were involved in the next storytelling of their daughters wedding!

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Amy travelled in style in a 1950’s Bently by Cassidys Chauffers to Rathmichael Church in Shankill. The ceremony was performed by their family friend Minister Paul Perry who welcomed all the guests, especially CP’s relatives from South Africa. Aunt Karen told me she had suffered a long delay at the airport due to a heavy storm but that didn’t dampen her excitement at being at an Irish wedding! The church was so beautiful inside and it was nice to hear that Amy’s great great grandmother had embroidered the chairs that the bride and groom sat on during the ceremony. Once outside in the gardens of the church, we gathered everyone for a group photo and our bridal party stood by the Irish stone wall and recently cut wheat field for a nice photo backdrop. We then got on the road as soon as we could for the trip to Slane.

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As we arrived in the driveway of Tankardstown House, it was dark and very wet. It had been planned that Amy and CP would get out of the car for a photo. We never thought that they would still want to do this given the weather conditions. But, Amy and CP were a force to be reckoned with. While we wore big furry coats and hats, Amy and CP stood by the lamplight with their little wedding umbrella against the Irish weather. Fair play to them. I am sure they were delighted to be welcomed into the warmth of Tankardstown House, with the roaring fires and hot whiskies!

After some indoor photos with family and a photo by the cake that CP’s mum Cathy had made, Amy and CP braved the outdoors again and came out for a last photo by the house. I am sure they were looking forward to getting back in to be warmed up by dancing the night away to their band The Beat Boutique. The newleyweds had an action packed wedding and were smiling all day from ear to ear, I hope they got a few days chill out to recover!

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