Ballybeg House, Ireland Wedding // Mel + Marty

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.





1 comment
  • Melanie FullardJuly 30, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    Anna we couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. You managed to capture the day perfectly and I never even noticed you were there most of the time, except of course when you were helping us relax and making our day even more fun! We plan on writing you a much longer and glowing recommendation but really, in all honesty you don’t even need it, the pictures say it all xxxx.ReplyCancel