Kate and Andy all the way from Syracuse, USA embraced a wild adventure and got married on the top of Howth at the Martello Tower, followed by a reception at the traditional Irish pub; the Abbey Tavern.  Neither of them has been to Ireland but a visit by Kate’s parents Richard and Eileen to Ireland in 2010 on a CIE bus tour took them to Howth and they thought what a great place for a wedding, not knowing they be back there again for their daughters’ wedding in 2017 With the help of the amazing Annie Byrne of Aislinn Events, they planned the destination wedding of a lifetime. With Andy’s ancestors from Scotland, it was only right that he wore his family tartan. The passers by on Camden Street were intrigued by the groomsmen taking a stroll down the street in all their regalia being followed by 2 mad photographers! Meanwhile, Kate and her bridesmaids got ready in the Camden Court Hotel. We loved the earthy and forest like feel to the wedding, with fresh flowers in Kate’s hair and lots of green and white colours. Kate and Andy thought it would be nice to have a ‘first look’ before heading over to Howth. So, we arranged for Andy to be waiting with Anna in the local park; the Iveagh Gardens while Ros walked over with Kate. It was lovely for them to take time out to be together before it all kicked off. Poor Kate had to walk back through the underground carpark to avoid being seen by guests at the hotel. She took this all in her stride and we avoided the oil spillages on the ground. The guests along with the groomsmen all got on double decker bus to Howth, and it wasnt long before Kate arrived with the bridesmaids. She had never been up to the Martello Tower so it was a complete suprise for her. It was stunning, with breathtaking views over Howth to Ireland’s Eye. With fantastic weather, the guests all sat on the wedding chairs taking the views in. Kate and Andy had a handfasting ceremony performed by Graham from Spiritual Ceremonies. After the ceremony, we took some photos with family with the backdrop of the Howth pier. Andy couldn’t resist a chance to lift his kilt to the bridal party! We persuaded the couple to travel in our jeep to the Summit in Howth for a lighthouse photo. And, then we headed down to the pier for a few photos as well. We got them back quickly to their guests who were welcoming them with pints of Guinness. The tables were beautifully dressed with natural moss centrepieces with nameplates for the tables engraved onto wood. After the meal, speeches, cake cutting and first dance, the party got underway with the trad band playing on the banjo and fiddle. Then, the irish dancers came out to perform a few numbers. It was an action packed evening, I am sure the visitors hadn’t a moment to draw breath…..Let’s hope, they all go home with the feeling that Ireland is a cool place to be.

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