Marlay Park and Barberstown Castle were the places to be for this early summer wedding of Rebecca & Dudley.

Summer wedding at Barberstown Castle

With the family home close to Marlay Park, this was to be the obvious choice for one of our photo locations. Rebecca & Dudley were anxious to have a private ‘first look’ before their wedding ceremony and so a particular spot within the park was chosen in advance for this to happen. First stop for me though was the bridal preparations closeby where everybody was as cool as a cucumber and Rebecca who looked absolutely amazing was ready on time to head to the park. With Dudley patiently waiting in position on a lovely little bridge under the shade of some trees, Rebecca walked up behind and Dudley turned around to lay eyes on his beautiful bride.  I’ve done heaps of first looks on weddings that I’ve photographed on the continent and they are always so amazingly intimate. I think it’s great that they are finally catching on here in Ireland.

We then spent a little bit of time getting some photographs of the ‘about to be married’ couple in the park before Dudley and I headed off to Barberstown and Rebecca headed back to her hair and makeup artists to get some touch-ups before she travelled to the ceremony.

By the time we got to Barberstown castle, some of the guests had started to arrive and now that he had already had some time with Rebecca, Dudley had no post-ceremony nerves to deal with so the atmosphere in Barberstown prior to Rebecca arriving was fab.

Rebecca arrived and was accompanied up the aisle by her mother and proceedings commenced. The atrium part of the reception room in Barberstown where civil wedding ceremonies are held is a wonderful bright area with loads of natural light. Just what every photographer and videographer wants. After the ‘I do’s’ were over and done with, time was spent being congratulated by guests, champagne reception, some family photos and a few more photos of the bride and groom. It was a lovely relaxed afternoon as Rebecca and Dudley built in enough time to spend time with their guests and so nothing was rushed and no stress..!

I stayed to first dance so I was there to capture the speeches and a couple of shots at dusk of Rebecca and Dudley before they hit the dancefloor.

This wedding went perfectly – from planning the first look, to the beautiful Barberstown and its terrific staff, to the fantastic hot weather but ultimately to a fantastic couple who planned properly to ensure a great day was had.

Thank you so much to both Rebecca and Dudley for choosing me to be a photographer for their Barberstown Castle wedding.

If you’re looking for a photographer for your Kildare wedding, please get in touch and I’d be delighted to send you some more information. I am now taking bookings for 2019/20, so if you are still looking for a wedding photographer in Dublin, Ireland or a destination wedding photographer get in touch quickly as the most popular dates go fast!

Here is just a snippet of their day…