I remember the first time I chatted to Caoimhe and Simrat about their wedding plans. I was super excited by what they told me and was really hoping they’d book me. And then they did, and I just couldn’t wait for their big day to happen! I have a soft spot for international weddings, and this time I’d get to photograph not one but two celebrations!

      Caoimhe and Simrat first met while studying medicine in Dublin but you definitely wouldn’t call their story a common one. Simrat grew up in Canada in a traditional Sikh family so Caoimhe joined not one but two cultures at once. The couple eventually set up home in the States, so when they got engaged they decided to have several celebrations on both sides of the Atlantic. 

      Why Have Just One Ceremony When You Can Have Three?

      The Dublin party spread across two days: a traditional Sikh ceremony in the temple in Ballsbridge followed by a party at the fantastic Segrave Barns, Co. Louth the next day. I was really excited about both of these: seeing Caoimhe and Simrat in the stunning colourful Sikh outfits (and all their Irish, Canadian and Indian guests, too!), and then coming back to Segrave Barns – a venue I’m a big fan of. 

      There was a huge contrast between the two days. Can you believe that Caoimhe’s Sikh ceremony dress weighed 10kg?? Day One was all about tradition, religion and family, and it was gorgeous – if a bit hotter than we all expected in September! 

      By contrast, Day Two was super relaxed, full of laughter and party. Caoimhe happily swapped her heavy gown for a simple white dress that fit her beautifully. She and Simrat did a first look before the ceremony – scroll down to see their faces! They had a touching outdoor ceremony in the gorgeous woods at Segrave Barns, officiated by one of Caoimhe’s uncles. And then, as an absolute cherry on top, I got to photograph this stunning couple during one of the most beautiful sunsets of the year!