What an incredible day and an incredible mixed culture wedding at Markree Castle in Co Sligo for Chinese bride and Irish groom Songqing and Shane.

Wedding at Markree Castle

Although I’ve photographed quite a number of Chinese weddings abroad over the years, this one was on my own turf in one of my favourite Irish castles. Markree never disappoints and this wedding was no exception. Although heavily overcast for most of the day it was an amazing day with lovely light. Preparations were held in the castle and this is when I first got to see Songqing’s incredible wedding dress. Laid out it took up the entire bridal suite floor. Needless to say, plenty of tip toeing around trying not to walk on it.

Despite the mix of cultures it was primarily a traditional Irish wedding so no Chinese Tea Ceremony or gazillions of posed portraits. About 50 family and friends had travelled from China to attend the wedding and so new experiences for many. The religious ceremony was held in the lovely Saint Molasis Church in Grange, Co Sligo. Back then to Markree Castle for the reception. This was a wonderfully relaxed affair and you could really get a sense that guests were absolutely loving this venue along with the food and drink.

Speeches were translated by a very patient bridesmaid (fair play to her…!) followed by dancing with Songqing still in her dress (I think there maybe was another on standby).

Thanks a million to Songqing and Shane for choosing me to be their wedding photographer at Markree Castle. A brilliant down to earth and charming couple to work with. If you like what you see, to check my availability and current pricing options for your wedding click here.

Here are a few images from their wedding day.