Aileen & Steve chose Seafield Hotel in Wexford as the location for their summer wedding, and it was a superb choice of venue. Helped, for sure, by the lovely weather that we have been spoiled with, but also one of those rare hotels that is on a beach, but also has plentiful gardens, thanks to the decommissioned golf course, it presents lots of opportunities for photos.
Visiting Aileen’s family home in the morning was a return visit for me – having photographed her sister Deirdre’s wedding a few years ago – and the house was that magic combination of busy but calm. As more kids arrived things got a bit noisier, and before we knew it the time had come to head for nearby Ashford and its beautiful church.
Following a lovely ceremony there was a very important stop off to be made to Aileen’s granny, who sadly couldn’t make the wedding. It was an important and indeed an emotional stop, and I was delighted to be able to include her in the photos of the day.
Aileen and Steve ended up with plenty of mingling time while I got to capture a mix of details from the function room, and candids of guests chatting. I loved the light all around Seafield – especially in the dual aspect function room but also in the corridor from the drinks reception to the hotel lobby.
Speeches were after the meal, and while the band setup we popped outside for a night portrait against the dusk sky. I used quite a simple lighting setup, enhanced by the location and the backdrop of the sky. Soon it was time for dancing, and The Panoramics weren’t slow about getting the party started and the dance floor full. As I left the venue I had to stop my car and grab my camera for one last photo of an amazing moon rise off to the East.
Seafield Hotel is definitely on the list of venues I want to return to, so if you’re getting married in that part of the world it is definitely worth a look.