Wrights Anglers Rest wedding always has a certain magic to it – it’s relaxed, cosy and warm. I was so excited when Mey and Paddy asked me to photograph their big day there, not least because I love capturing intimate weddings. After a long chat over a coffee I got to know their romantic long-distance story. Born in Taiwan and growing up in Toronto, Canada, Mey met Paddy on a trip in South America! Since that day they’ve been enjoying a whirlwind intercontinental romance. This definitely sounds like the illustration of “the world is our playground”! When I met them, Mey was working in Sweden while trying to get all the necessary paperwork from all over the world to marry Paddy in Ireland! 🙂 I know paperwork is never fun but somehow it sounds incredibly romantic! They chose to have a Wrights Anglers Rest wedding to gather their friends and family from the four corners of the world. And of course show them true Irish hospitality.
First Look in Phoenix Park
Not a couple for the most traditional relationship, they surely didn’t go with a traditional wedding. I mentioned the idea of doing the first look in Phoenix Park before the ceremony and they both loved it! There was a bit of logistics involved with the timing. Then the day before we checked the forecast and saw heavy rains forecast for the whole afternoon! We prayed to all Gods we could think of for the skies to hold off until we got to the ceremony.
It all worked perfectly. Having Phoenix Park almost to yourself was amazing, and I loved seeing Paddy’s face as he saw Mey for the first time. They laughed through the whole morning and didn’t care in the slightest about the occasional rain drops! Then, when the time came to head for Wrights Anglers Rest, the skies finally got tired of waiting and poured rain onto Dublin. By that point we didn’t care! Just look at Mey and her maid of honour enjoying a pint before the ceremony. You don’t always see a bride so relaxed, but that’s exactly the way to have an amazing wedding day!
Wrights Anglers Rest Wedding Ceremony
The rain continued all throughout the day (I bet it was the wettest day in September!). But when you’re inside Wrights Anglers Rest you don’t want to leave anyway. The open fires are so warm and the whole place is so inviting, you’ll have an amazing day no matter the weather. The wedding decor was travel-themed and masterfully implemented by Once Upon a Wedding. Just look at that dreamy table seating plan! I loved how international the party was. Mey’s parents even brought Chinese pastries to share at the drinks reception! There was so much laughter and so many happy tears it was definitely one of the warmest wedding receptions I’d had the honour to capture <3