In that lull between Christmas and New Year, Maeve and Paul finally got to have their summer wedding-turned winter wedding. It took place in the beautiful surroundings of Maryborough House in Cork. I don’t get to shoot in Maryborough as much as I’d like to, because it really is a stunning venue. It has a beautiful orangerie that works really well for ceremonies and drinks receptions. These days it is the perfect space to host smaller wedding receptions. With 25 guests, Maeve and Paul spent their afternoon and evening in that orangerie with their closest family members around them.
The day had started in Carrigaline where both of them grew up. They each got ready at home before making their way to Carrigaline church just a couple of minutes drive away.
The weather was perfect (not warm, but as good as you get for December). After the ceremony friends of the couple were outside the church to wish them well. One of the great things about Maryborough is its grounds which offer all you need for photos. We just jumped in the cars and went straight to the hotel once the family photos were done at the church.
Smaller weddings, while perhaps not everyone’s first choice, do have a few perks – one of which is time. The couple end up with much more time in the middle of the day. On this occasion Maeve and Paul had plenty of time to join their guests at the drinks reception on arrival at the hotel to let it all sink in. During the afternoon we popped outside for a little while with the bridal party. We captured some bridal party photos without anyone getting too cold. Then we took a few minutes with just the two of them to get some couple shots. In terms of light, the timing was perfect and the avenue at Maryborough was looking absolutely stunning.
Being December I was able to capture A Shot In The Dark for them just before they started into the pre-dinner speeches. Every speech was a gem, and I left them to their evening with family and some delicious food. It was my last wedding of what was the strangest year I’ve ever had, but one that finished it very much on a high.