We were chuffed to be asked a fourth time to photograph for the Alexander and Delaney familes!!! We must be doing something right! At this stage, we know Ellie, James and their oh-so-cute daughter Tilly very well and were very excited to see everyone again.
Ellie and James are living in Australia and they decided to come home to Ireland for the big day. They chose the picturesque Durrow Castle in Durrow, Co Laois to seal the deal. We left early that morning to drive up to photograph Ellie, Tilly and her four bridesmaids Polly, Caroline, Jana and Eileen getting ready. It was a stunning sunrise so we knew the weather was going to be good! When we arrived Ellie told me she had to carry her dress onto the plane from Sydney and kept a close eye on it for the whole flight!!! She minded it well, and the stunning pleats at the back that opened up in a concertina style while she walked looked amazing.
Anna went to photograph the lads who were staying in the lodge house. They had plenty of time for some outdoor Autumn pictures, Mattie who is 6 but probably a mental age of 26 kept them laughing and even Tilly managed to show up for some photos with the boys as well before they headed off to the local Cullohill Church. Ellie was pretty keen to get to the church on time and was waiting at the top of the grand staricase for the guests to get to the church so that she could leave too.
The ceremony went off without a hitch, though the sacristan did tell me with that number of bridesmaids, she had to go home and bring back her own kitchen chairs to make sure there were enough chairs for such a large bridal party. Luckily, she wasn’t there for Jana and Ben’s wedding the year before with eight bridesmaids! After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed the autumn sunshine and chatted outside. While the guests all went back to Durrow, we went to a nearby whitewashed ruin on the main road for a few photo opportunities. The bridal party were great, and remembered their ‘green cross code’ and didn’t get knocked down while crossing over the road while being photographed.
Back at Durrow, we couldn’t resist a photo in the driveway with the leaves falling around them as they walked up the driveway to the picket fence. Once, they got into Durrow, they enjoyed chatting to guests and drinking champagne. We did manage to persuade them down to the new forest walk where they kissed in the sunlight. Then, we headed to the walled garden for some family photos. We managed to get a family photo for Polly and Rob who now have their hands full with twins! She was great to take on the task of chief bridesmaid for Ellie.
While the guests were called into dinner, we captured one last photo of Ellie and James on the staircase, then we left them for a well earned sit down on the sofa and a glass of bubbly. I am sure they had a blast that night – I wonder did Tilly dance the whole night too?