Autumn weddings are some of my favourite. The leaves turning all sorts of colours, the days still warm but not so scorching, and of course the beautiful October light that makes everything look magical.

      Elaine and John didn’t expect to get married in autumn. They planned a large May wedding but the year 2020 didn’t care much about our plans! When they postponed to October we had absolutely no doubts that they’d be able to organize the wedding they originally wanted, just in a different season.

      Instead, after an optimistic summer, more lockdowns started to happen. October seemed to be a month of indecision and changes – are we doing phases or levels? How do county-based restrictions work? Who can travel for weddings? I know I was checking the news every single day so I can’t even imagine what it was like for the couples planning their weddings!

      With so much uncertainty and stress Elaine and John took it in their stride and did something amazing. They brought their wedding forward and pulled it off with 2 days to go! Their brilliant venue, Horetown House, was super helpful and accommodating. In the end, it was the most wonderful family-focused intimate day – even the weather played up!

      After a beautiful and emotional ceremony at the bride’s local church we went on for a lovely afternoon stroll on Courtown Beach near Gorey where Elaine had spent some of her happiest days as a kid. And then we were greeted with the most glorious sunset at Horetown House!

      Venue: Horetown House

      Flowers: Lennie Wallflower

      Dress: Embrace Bridal

      Videographer: Forget Me Not Weddings

      Makeup: Odharnait Kiernan

      Hair: Halford’s Hair Studio

      Reception Music: The HoneyVoom Duo