This is one of my favorite weddings. The location: the historic church at Multyfarnham Franciscan Friary located in the lush countryside of Ireland.
The dinner / reception / party venue – the Middleton Park House Hotel which really is one of Ireland’s premier wedding venues, one that was painstakingly restored to a very high standard by a wonderful family. It is a place I know well as it brings back so many happy memories of so many wonderful friends.
The weather: typical Irish, glorious sunshine one minute, gray and rainy the next and then a rain shower bathed in golden light that came out at just the right time as the beautiful Mara awaited for the start of the official portrait session. BTW, in Ireland, the official portraits are really a big deal and the Middleton provides a striking location with that incredibly staircase and those paintings.
The people? This is Ireland, you know you are going to have a wonderful, fun filled, emotional and very intimate time and the bonus: Mara and her lovely family are from Brazil so it was quite lively with her family & friends in attendance.
And the couple: Mara & Billy, two very sweet, endearing, wonderful people who are obviously greatly loved and adored by so many.
It was in a word: beautiful. One of my highlights, Mara & Billy dancing a jig(?) as Mara’s maid of honor and I were both fighting off a very friendly large dog who demanded to be photographed with them and nearly on them. Or the wonderful sentiments expressed during the speeches. Or simply driving through the heartbreakingly beautiful Irish countryside as we headed to County Westmeath in a convoy of cars happily honking their horns as the befuddled cows stood by watching. Or Mara sharing a huge hug with her next door neighbor… or the lads and Billy sharing a laugh in the snooker room.
Moments like these truly are priceless. I hope that when Mara & Billy review these images with their children one day that they will relive those wonderful memories and experience those emotions again – and I sincerely hope it brings a smile to their faces.
Thank you again Mara & Billy for choosing me to share in this special moment of your lives. And congratulations on the new addition to your family. Dorota and I will certainly visit you one day and naturally we would love to welcome your family into our home here in Prague as well.
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