Clare and Duncan dreamt of getting married in the iconic Dublin City Hall but it’s not so easy to find an available date there. They almost gave up and opted for a registry office wedding when suddenly the City Hall had a cancellation, and on a Saturday too! If you want a wedding with city vibes you couldn’t pick a more impressive location. Surrounded by marble walls, columns and murals, it’s an especially elegant building. No more elegant than Claire herself though! Her Folkster Bridal gown fits her like a glove.
The Bridal Morning Swim
Clare and Duncan’s awesomeness doesn’t stop there, by the way! The bridal morning was one of the most exciting I got to photograph. It started by the bathing spots in Bull Island. Clare brought all of her family and the bridal party for a morning swim! I can’t help admire Irish people even though I’d never dare get into the cold water myself 🙂 Both Clare and Duncan are keen swimmers, it’s no wonder they decided to name their wedding tables after swimming spots around Ireland. Such a cool idea!
Brother Hubbard Wedding Reception
As Dublin City Hall does not provide space for an evening meal, most weddings are held in restaurants in Dublin City centre. I was really excited when I learnt that Claire and Duncan’s wedding dinner would take place in one of the most beloved brunch spots – the famous Brother Hubbard on Capel Street! Clare and Duncan approached the restaurant about hosting their wedding there, and the guys totally jumped on board the idea. They put on a Middle Eastern feast for almost 200 of their friends and family!
We had a bit of time between the ceremony and the dinner at Brother Hubbard. What followed was a relaxing stroll through the streets of Dublin. Or as relaxing as it can be on a Saturday afternoon with a hurling match on! We discovered that most of the time Dublin people prefer not to draw attention with cheering or clapping but Dame Lane and the Temple Bar are the exceptions. If you want lots of love from total strangers, head there in your wedding attire 🙂 So much fun!
An hour later, we ended up in Brother Hubbard on Capel Street, and the place looked absolutely transformed. It’s a bright and airy space filled with greenery and decorated with gilded Moroccan-style mirrors. The terrace is really inviting and was bustling with guests by the time we got in. The table decorations looked gorgeous. Having been to the restaurant for brunch on several occasions, I couldn’t imagine how they would fit almost 200 people for their first Brother Hubbard wedding. Yet they absolutely did! The place felt really spacious with the multiple windows and skylights. I hope Brother Hubbard becomes a new cool wedding venue in Dublin because I can’t wait to be back there!