Tankardstown House

Shona and Stephen celebrated their wedding last year in the luxurious Tankardstown House. It’s always a real treat shooting a wedding there. Having spent time with the couple for their engagement shoot, meeting them as their wedding photographer was just like catching up with old friends.

Pre-wedding preparations

Alison McCabe working her magic with the ladies’ hairstyles and with make up by the talented Sarah Keary. Shona looked absolutely radiant when she appeared in her dress and striking bouquet in front of her parents for the first time. In Swords, when the groom and his groomsmen were all suited, booted and looking their best, they took a walk to Nealon’s bar for a pint or two of Guinness together before the ceremony.

Vintage transport and exploring

The couple hired a really cool vintage bus to transport their bridesmaids and guests in style between the church and the venue. Then for the couple’s portraits, we took off on foot, exploring the green house and gardens behind Tankardstown House where we got some romantic and intimate shots among the grapevines and pear trees.

Banter and craic

The wedding took place on the weekend of the GAA final between Dublin and Mayo. This made for some fun banter because the groom’s family is from Dublin while the bride’s is from Mayo. The speeches were great craic, especially when the father of the bride presented his new son-in-law with a Mayo shirt.

After the dinner, everyone headed out to draw shapes in the night sky with sparklers. Things then got livelier when wedding band, The Poor Boys took to the stage and got the crowd out strutting their stuff on the dancefloor. Ray Yore recorded the day in video for the happy couple.

You can check out my images of Shona’s and Stephen’s big day below.


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