Jamie & Steve's Ireland Wedding
Jamie & Steve were lucky enough to have two amazing weddings! Their first was the one you may have previously seen up on the blog at Melross Farm in the Kangaroo Valley then after that wedding, they travelled back to Jaime’s home town in Ireland, Kingscourt, for a special wedding where Jamie’s Granny and her other close family and friends could attend and watch the gorgeous couple say their I do’s again.
I was lucky enough to be invited into the family home to stay for the duration of my trip. Jamie’s mum and dad, Bernie & Martin, made me feel like I was a part of the family. I took a walk with them to see the local area. Both Bernie and Martin grew up the same area, so they showed me they houses that they grew up in, where they went to school and that they got married in which was the same church Jamie and Steve were about to get married in too.
I spent the day before the wedding with Bernie, Jamie’s mum. We went into a town called Carrickmacross (yes, so many Carrick names in Ireland - I never had to spell my name once!) to pick flowers form the local market, and have lunch with Jamie’s Granny and her Aunty. Jamie and Bernie then had the afternoon up on the mountain where they lived to pick a local wildflower called Heather, which was also going to feature heavily in the wedding florals. Jamie’s Granny loved Heather, and it grew plentiful in the nearby area, so this was a beautiful way to incorporate it in the day.
The wedding day came around. It was a little windy and overcast, but everyone was bubbling with excitement. Steve went up to Martin’s old home where they lit a fire in the fireplace and had the craic whilst Steve prepared for their day, using an old wash basin and mirror that Jamie’s Great Grandfather would have used.
The reception was held in a traditional Irish pub called Gartlans. Jamie’s Aunty and Uncle are the owners of this gorgeous little pub, and did such an amazing job at getting it ready for the wedding, after it had been going through extensive renovations only a couple of months before. There was traditional Irish music being played and almost 200 people squished in the tiny traditional pub rooms - it was definitely a cosy occasion! And no Irish wedding would be complete without Guinness being poured all round! Jamie and Steve opted for Guinness instead of bubbles for their celebratory drinks, and even got behind the bar themselves to pour their own.
I’m forever grateful to Jamie and Steve for inviting me to their second day. So many amazing memories that still give me the tingles that I will hold onto for the rest of my life.
Jamie’s dress - Lost In Paris
Ceremony - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Reception - Gartlans
Florals - Little Buds Florist
Cake - Ciste Milis
Catering - The Wishing Well Bar & Restaurant
Stationary - Niamh Gillespie Design
Rings - Chupi