Turns out a rainy day wedding at Clonabreany House is just as good as any other wedding. How do I know this? Well it may have rained literally all day for Isobel and Martin’s springtime wedding, but that did not dampen spirits for the bride and groom or indeed for their guests. In fact, I don’t know that they really noticed. This was a day with family and friends that was all about relaxed, enjoyable time together and it delivered in spades on that front.
Having had hair and makeup done at home, Isobel arrived to Clonabreany a little after Martin to get ready in the bridal suite while he and his groomsmen got themselves ready in the beautiful on-site accommodation off the courtyard that is so familiar to anyone who has been to Clonabreany.
The weather may have been poor, but the light was perfect and played ball all day – especially in the moments before dinner when we grabbed a quick couple of portraits in the main house, now clear of guests who had taken their seats in the permanent marquee that hosts receptions at Clonabreany House.
Sandra Losty had overseen a lovely ceremony with plenty of contributions from family and friends, include one of Isobel’s bridesmaids playing harp, which was a first for me. Things I learnt: you need flat shoes to play a harp.
We did family photos inside the ceremony space once guests moved to the drinks reception and flew through a long list in not time – it was especially lovely to photograph a wedding with 5 grandparents in attendance. A quick stop during a 2 minute break in the rain in the garden was cut short when more drops started falling, so we took cover outside the bar (thanks to Liutus on video for that suggestion) and made a beeline for the house under the cover of umbrellas.
After a vanity fair bridal party shot, and of course some dinner, speeches were given and dancing was done. Between the two I got A Shot In The Dark for Isobel and Martin in Clonabreany’s new (and very welcome) conservatory-style extension. And so finished a lovely day with a fab couple.
Some of my favourites from this rainy day wedding at Clonabreany House are below.