Introducing a Nautical style wedding at Royal Marine Hotel
When I met Mairead & Steven, I realised these guys were a laid back, no need for fuss type couple. Especially, when I heard Mairead didn’t even want an engagement ring. I took to them immediately. We chatted about our plans for the photos for their wedding at Royal Marine Hotel. They had an awesome plan – they were planning a late enough wedding ceremony at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in Dun Laoghaire just beside the Royal Marine Hotel. So in order to spend more time with their guests after the ceremony, they agreed to do a first look before the ceremony at the Maritime Museum and then do their family photos before the ceremony kicked off.
Mairead got ready in their own new house in Kilmainham with all the girls. It was so bright and spacious and even colour coordinated with the bridesmaids’ dresses. Their morning was very relaxed and it was lovely to see Mairead step into her wedding dress from Barnardos. And look so stunning. The only setback to the day was that it was literally blowing a gale outside. As sailors would say, the sea area forecast was not looking good. In fact, it was Storm Anna that day. So our first look was done indoors. It was so cute to see Mairead greet Steven in the Museum, and to lighten the moment, a little pug stepped in from the street and ran around their feet.
I did not expect the two of them to agree to walk outside in this gale but Mairead and Steven being that type of couple that just ‘go with the flow’ said no problem. We battled the wind, poor Mairead’s hair was blown every which way. But, they got a few wedding photos they wanted near Dun Laoghaire pier and around the more sheltered areas of the new DLR Lexicon building.
Then they had a bit of time to recompose themselves, Mairead probably redid her hair herself! and had a lovely humanist wedding ceremony at the Maritime Museum, performed by Pat Coyle. The flowers were stunning in the museum, all prepared by Steven’s mum.
The rain started and the guests hurried back to the shelter of the Royal Marine and got stuck into some pints and canapes before heading in for a fabulous dinner. I hear they danced the night away fo the Bentley Boys, and they are planning a nice getaway to the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford. Let’s hope the wind drops and they can enjoy looking at the views over the cliff tops. To view more photos from a wedding at Royal Marine hotel, click here.