Well, Neil and Breda’s wedding yesterday was a brilliant event. The hotel they’d booked for us in Thurles was a lovely place where it was great to catch up with friends and meet some of Neil’s family we didn’t know on the night before the big day. We actually had a restrained night, limiting ourselves to a few drinks in the hotel bar. Well, I did anyway. Dawn was on day 40 of her alcohol free challenge so supping nothing stronger than Heineken Zero anyway!
After having a leisurely breakfast in the hotel we drove to Neil’s house which was some 40 mins away to meet up with part of the wedding party before heading over to the church early as John, his stepfather was going to be singing at the wedding and needed to practice at a sound check beforehand. Acoustics in churches can be temperamental things, so you never leave anything to chance. It also gave me the opportunity to suss out lighting and angles for photographs. I’ve never taken pictures at an Irish Catholic wedding before but it was a delight. The priest was very relaxed about the whole affair so there were none of the restrictions that you sometimes face in England. The church was a lovely little place too, so it all went really well – apart from the weather, which was windy and wet.
No-one let the weather spoil the occasion, it just meant we had to get the family group shots in the sheltered gardens at the hotel when we had a window in the weather.
The evening meal was great fun due to the speeches which were witty rather than wordy. Then there was a surprise neither of the newlyweds know about in the form of two actor-singers whose performance had everyone clapping. The evening ended with a band playing the old classics which had many up and jiving until the early hours – although I only lasted until half past 12, by which time I’d taken nearly 950 pictures.
This morning we checked out of the hotel and began our holiday by driving down to Limerick. I’ve not been outside the station since 2002 so for me it’s a chance to rediscover the city.