Last weekend I popped off to Ireland for a week for my step-brother’s wedding. Mel and Marty met in the UAE where they’ve both been working for years – him as a kart-track manager and her as a teacher. But they flew back to Mel’s home country of Ireland for the bash of the year (“Oh my god it’s so green! I miss trees!” they both exclaimed as soon as they touched down).
The whole thing was immense: they’d nabbed the incredible Ballybeg House in Co. Wicklow as their venue, and had a ceilidh, a sparkler-surrounded first dance, singers, musicians, hay bales, a gypsy caravan, a hot tub and the best table plan ever – a Tube map with people’s names instead of stations, and on each table it simply had a picture you had to use to guess which station you were sitting at – Amy Winehouse was High Barnet etc.
I also set up a Polaroid guest book photobooth outside, complete with silly props (the horse’s head was by far the most popular), which turned into a big drunken game (the guestbook comments got more and more amusing) – it was a lot of fun and went down really well. They also had Mel’s parent’s two soppy-grinned dogs in attendance, as well as the cutest flower girls I’ve ever seen.
After partying hard till about 4am (I dropped out at 2.30 – I can’t take the pace) everyone was up again the next day for a barbecue with all the wedding guests and more. It was an amazing couple of days, and such an honour to photograph such an awesome couple.