You know the way you meet someone and click instantly, feeling as if you’ve known each other for years? This was the way I felt when I met Mary-Ellen and Ali for their engagement session on a cold and dark December morning. It was freezing temperatures (which doesn’t often happen in Ireland), and the guys rocked up in leather jackets! We had an absolute blast, and I loved getting to know them and their beautiful love story. Their Marlfield House wedding the following year was promising to be epic. I still have goosebumps when I look back to it!
Mary-Ellen has three loves in her life: Ali, vintage fashion and peacocks! Check out her awesome peacock tatoo. Marlfied House was the only venue they looked at before calling it the one – it’s like stepping back in time. It’s both vintage and luxurious, and they have their own resident peacock roaming the grounds! Besides the venue, Mary-Ellen incorporated the vintage theme in her bridal style. She went for an authentic American vintage dress from Dirty Fabulous. Ali wore a fantastic sky-blue suit – I wish more grooms would be daring with colour! The suit was even the perfect match for their wedding car. I’m usually not a big fan of cars (I can tell colours, does that count?) but this time it was quite something! Originally from Cuba, Ali came to Ireland as a teenager. Incorporating Cuban elements into their wedding was a must! Not only did they have cigars, but they also found a beautiful American Vintage Chevy for their Marlfield House wedding! How classy is that??
I was lucky to capture this Marlfield House wedding in October, and the colour of the leaves is absolutely stunning. Just look at the orange and red trees reflected in the pond! Around the house itself there are plenty of beautiful nooks and textured walls. Mary-Ellen and Ali took a lovely romantic stroll away from everyone’s eyes after the ceremony to enjoy some intimate time together. This venue truly has one of the most romantic settings I’ve seen!
You can plan the way your wedding will look as long as you want but it’s the people who make the day. I can’t remember photographing a more emotional and fun-filled wedding. Starting with the priest, who engaged the whole congregation into the memorable mass. He added a lot of personal touches and walked up and down the aisle, asking the guests to give advice! The speeches were so emotional that there wasn’t a dry eye in the room, including the bride and groom’s. And then came the first dance. Ali plays in a band, so they couldn’t possibly do a traditional slow piece. Instead, they had taken classes and choreographed an awesome dance to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Absolutely mindblowing!
I honestly edited the whole wedding over the next 3 days (couldn’t stop myself). And then Mary-Ellen’s words made my day: