Wedding Elegance at Cabra Castle

Wedding Elegance at Cabra Castle


'Woohoo' was the word of the day at the recent wedding of Sinead and Niall. Sinead was one of the most excited brides we have ever photographed, she was so thrilled at every stage and breezed through the day with 'Woohoo' chanted at every opportunity. With many brides being stressed on their big day Sinead's attitude was contagious and made everyone around feel at ease and excited, including ourselves. Sinead was a dream bride to photograph and was open to different poses as well as having some beautiful ideas of her own.

Wedding preparations started Sinead's parents, where we could have spent the whole day taking photographs. It was like something out of an OK Magazine shoot.  The grounds around the house had mature landscapes and Dad had even created a mini putting area. Unfortunately like most wedding, the church and groom were calling and it was time to move on . Sinead reminded me of one of the Estee Lauder brides.   Her look was classic elegance and the look was created by Gifted Hair and Beauty from Meigh, and makeup by Tara Doran Make Up. Even with the rush of everyone getting ready their was still a calming attitude throughout the house as an excited Sinead prepared to put on her dress. Sinead told us the story of how she went to McElhinneys Bridal Rooms looking to purchase a fitted wedding dress for the day that her and everyone else had anticipated to see her in. It wasn't until they were in the bridal studio picking dresses that she was asked to try on this a different style. When Sinead walked out of the room, she knew this was the dress when her mum burst into tears and the bridal assistant got emotional. The dress was then complimented by a cathedral length veil, headpiece from Bespoke by Roslyn and Carvela Shoes. The bridesmaids wore lace dresses from Bridal by Seven Newry and all carried neutral toned flower bouquets from Lily and Lace Flowers Camlough

Jolene Feenan from Gifted Hair and Beauty Meigh bridal hair

Bride to be hair by gifted meigh and headpiece bespoke by roslyn

Bride and bridemaids window pose

Bride staircase window timeless photo with elegance

Elegant and classy wedding cabra castle

Elegant bride and bridemaids chandelier staircase

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There were lots of beautiful details in the house.  Dads cufflinks were personalised and so cute and check out the card she gave him - tears and emotions were flowing.   One member of the family could not be left out - the unofficial 5th bridesmaids.  Dressed in matching white - Lola the dog strutted her stuff around the house all morning. 

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Bride and parents dress from mcelhinneys bridal rooms

Bridal party dog wedding

Meanwhile the groom Niall and his groomsmen were getting dressed in his parents house, were they wore elegant tailcoat suits from McCartan Brothers Newry. Niall was the only boy in the family so you can imagine how big a day it was for the whole family.   Niall and his bridal party then travelled to  the spectacular Newry Cathedral.

Groom and proud parents mirror wedding photography

Groom headshot wedding elegance

Groom and groomsmen hipflask design

Groom groomsmen bridal party newry cathedral suits mccartan bros

No pressure for other guys this year getting married ; but Niall was quite the romantic and had a gift delivered to Sinead the morning of their wedding. This was a lovely personalised 'Our Love Story Book'  which had key dates in their relationship and various things that they had done throughout their time together. Sinead was overwhelmed with this.  All the girls including myself were uber impresed by the amount of thought and preparation that went into this.

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Bridal red carpet leaving house

Arriving at Newry Cathedral, Sinead's bridesmaids helped get her dress fixed ready to walk up the aisle. Sinead and her father met Niall at the altar as ARCO string quartet's notes filled the air. The vows were said and the newlyweds had the opportunity to get some beautiful photographs with backdrop of the Cathedrals stained glass windows and arched doorways. Such a beautiful setting for the elegant theme of this wedding. Outside the church their guests awaiting to greet the newlyweds, with a sea of beautiful colours of dresses, headpieces, shoes and more.  The Church was also decorated with various styles of flowers which then followed through to the reception at Cabra Castle.

Bride and Bridesmaids McElhinneys Bridal Room Bridal by Seven

Bridal veil and dress mcelhinneys bridal rooms

Newry Cathedral Wedding groom greets brides father

Newry Cathedral newlyweds wedding

Newry cathedral wedding signing the register

Newry cathedral wedding pew end church flowers stained glass windows

Newry cathedral arch bride and groom

Newry Cathedral bridal party with Fr Joseph Ralph

Stylish wedding of fascinators and headpieces at Newry Cathedral

All the ladies in this shot wore headpieces by the very talented Donna Mackin Millinery

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We photograph in Cabra Castle alot.  It is always exciting when we have a wedding there.  I always set myself a little goal to create a shot I have never taken there before.  I don't think I will ever run out of places to create new images as the photo opportunities at the castle are immense.  We work in Cabra alot and we also work alongside Declan and Caoimhe from FilmIt Studios in Newry alot.   Today was slightly different as Decal is the cousin of Sinead.   Caoimhe arrived in the most stunning blue fitted dress (not the normal attire when we are out working at a wedding)   The little tight dress was a great reveal to all to let everyone know that they are expecting their first baby.   I am so excited for them both.  They will be an amazing mummy and daddy. 

Sinead and Niall in a vintage car supplied by Groom Wedding Cars.  I live in a standard sized home, and Lucy our Bichon Frise is perfect for our lifestyle.  When you have a castle you need a dog to match and Oscar the Irish Hound is Cabra Castle's Dog.  Oscar normally potters about and walks into the photographs but when we arrived he decided to pose for the photographs.  Not his normal style. Once the rain decided to make an appearance we moved the photographs inside Cabra Castle. Some people get upset when rain comes on during their wedding day but you need to remember when you have  rooms like the "Gold Room" with such  opulence and regal surrounding for photographs, it is no big deal.

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Bride and Groom with wedding car from groom car hire

Cabra Castle Oscar the Dog bridal party

Bridal mirror shot cabra castle

Cabra Castle timeless wedding photo bride and groom

Cabra castle wedding bridal party elegant wedding

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After the wedding, they were planning on more fun for the honeymoon and are off to Disneyland.  To add a little subtle nod to the next chapter, they had a little Mickey and Mini amidst the flowers on the top table.  Talking of flowers, whao - The way the flower panels filled the aisle in the chapel and then draped down from the candelabras in Cabra were designed very cleverly.  Such a talent from the team at Camlough -  Lily and Lace Flowers.  As with alot of castles, they present a ceremonial sword for the cutting of the cake.  Every groom becomes little boy when he is handed a real sword to wield around a real castle.   With this fun couple we got some great shots with the cake and the sword.   The cake was made by M&M Cakes and followed through perfectly with the theme of the day.

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Minnie and mickey disneyland wedding mr and mrs

Cabra castle flowers by lily and lace camlough

Bride and Groom cut M&M cakes with sword and castle wedding

Bride and Groom cut cake with sword at Cabra castle wedding M&M cakes

Wedding cake balloon

We would like to congratulate Sinead and Nial on their beautiful wedding and hope they have the most fun filled honeymoon in Disneyland.

List of Suppliers and Wedding Details:

Venue: Cabra Castle

Makeup Artist: Tara Doran Makeup

Hair Dresser: Gifted Hair and Beauty Meigh

Wedding Dress: McElhinneys Bridal Rooms

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal by Seven

Bridal Shoes: Carvela

Jewellery/Headpiece: Bespoke by Roslyn 

Rings: Lunns

Groomswear: McCartan Brothers Newry

Flowers: Lily and Lace Flowers

Cake: M&M Cakes

Videographer: Film It Studios

Car Supplier: Groom Wedding Cars

Church Entertainment: ARCO String Quartet

Entertainment at Venue: Sugartown Road


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