This Ballybeg House Wedding was just a dream to photograph: Sunshine, gorgeous details and a beautiful couple surrounded by the love and support of family and friends. What else can you ask for?
Gail & Mark’s story started in Dublin at one of their favourite things…a party! They fast became friends and started to fall for each other and became truly inseparable. Mark popped the question on a temple roof top in Angkor Wat Cambodia and about a year and a half later they had the wedding of their dreams.
The couple had a clear vision of what they wanted for their wedding day: a two day event called “The Big I Do”. They chose to have their wedding at Ballybeg House due to the super informality and intimacy of the venue. It made them feel like they would be having their wedding at home. A home away from home.
The history of Ballybeg House dates back to the early 1700s and it is truly one of the most special venues I ever had the pleasure to photograph. It’s located in the heart of Wicklow, not far from Dublin, surrounded by stunning scenery, mountains and never-ending gardens. It has everything you need for your big day!
Both bride and groom had a super chilled morning while they were getting ready for their ceremony with their bridesmaids and groomsmen. Gail’s satin and tule wedding dress and flowers were just superb: simple and chic! It matched her style perfectly and her happiness shined through.
The bridesmaids dresses were also a big yes for me. The colour chosen suited them all really well and they all looked gorgeous.
The most special part of the day for Gail and Mark was the wedding ceremony itself. It was held in the Ayers Ceremony Room, the exposed brickwork and glowing candles set the mood and everyone could feel the energy and love in the room. The bride got a big cheer while walking down the aisle with her mom to meet her groom which was just unforgettable.
The couple wanted a non-religious ceremony. A meaningful one, which they wrote themselves, guided by a perfectly tuned in celebrant. They also wrote special vows to each other and kept them in secret until the ceremony. Everyone was emotional, including me.
Gail and Mark’s main priority was making sure that all of their friends and family had an unforgettable time and a whole lot of fun. And their mission was accomplished.
A cocktail bar served McLovin’s, a DJ played outdoor tunes all day and night while guests enjoyed the beautiful vintage van serving prosecco, an outdoor sweet buffet and had the craic at the photo and video boot.
They wanted their day to be an expression of their personalities. Gail loves details and the idea of personal touches and was delighted when everyone noticed the effort.
Gail and Mark chose to have their wedding photographs done during the reception and have some ‘alone’ time. While they enjoyed each others company during a walk to the woodland, we were there to photograph their love.
For dinner their wedding guests sat down in the stunning Victorian Marquee at tables decorated with flowers in jam jars, birdcage centre pieces and vintage china. The details were stunning. To keep with their informal theme, a yummy “help yourself” buffet was provided by a great chef, a cocktail bar by super bar staff and an irresistible cake buffet to “let them all eat cake” was hand baked by the bride’s sister.
After the hilarious and heartfelt speeches, the bride, groom and guests danced into the daylight hours. What a day ladies and gents!!
Gail and Mark, thank you so much for having us and sharing your wedding day with us!
Wedding Photography by Emmylie Cruz and Richie Stokes.