The day started on a wet Irish afternoon, in the lush landscape of Cavan.
Cabra Castle is set back in the estate after a meandering drive from the front gate through the golf course.
The girls were in their own cozy little bubble inside the hotel getting ready for the big event, even the rain wasn’t going to dampen their spirits.
We had use of the banquet hall for photographs to capture a few photos of Julia, the bride, and her bridesmaids. The room is lovely and warmly lit, giving a real coziness to the photos.
After I felt we had all the shots needed, we moved up to the bridal suite to get a few more. On entering the room, the first thing that struck me was the elegance of it all. The bath was set next to a large window where the light was simply stunning, this was our first port of call for photos and moving on to the bed for a few more.
It was time to head down for the ceremony
The lads were eagerly awaiting the girls to arrive when I got there with Ian, the groom looking a little nervous and the groomsmen cracking jokes all the while.
The ceremony kicked off with the groomsmen leading the bridesmaids down the aisle before Julia was led down by her father, Rob.
The civil ceremony took 20 minutes in total, with readings from bridesmaids and close friends. The harpist set the mood with lovely renditions of classical songs along with a few modern numbers.
With the vows and rings exchanged, the couple signed the register before making their way down to greet their guests.
The couple was led upstairs by the resident bagpiper to the gallery where a drinks reception was waiting for them.
I decided to get some of the detail photos of the room out the way first while the couple enjoyed a drink or two, before moving on to family photos and groups.
The weather held off just long enough to gets these in the bag, without having to resort to heading indoors. With the views of the hotel from the outside, this was a real bonus.
Moving on with the newlyweds photos to complete the photo session so they could get back to their guests and enjoy the evening. My sessions are usually kept short so couples can enjoy more of their day.
Shortly after the dinner bell rang to signal the guests to the dining hall. A first course was served and then made way for the round of speeches. Lots of jokes cracked at the expense of Ian, the groom, and some lovely touching words from other members of the bridal party.
The first dance kicked off the party time soon after the band was setup. Everyone joined in shortly after.
Please enjoy a few photos from the day in the video slideshow.