Ballintaggart House Wedding
Aaaah! There is nothing as romantic or beautiful as Ballintaggart House Wedding. The 300 year Manor sits majestically over looking Dingle Bay. It is definitely one of our favourite places to photograph. We adore the Ballintaggart experience, after all we married there in 2010 and we always love to get back. The people, the food, the colors, the history, it’s an incredible place.
We arrive to find the ever gentle and lovable Hannah with her girls getting in a room soaked in morning sunlight. The mood is joyous and the play list just wants to make you get up and dance. Family wander about the house enjoying the unmistakable experience that John and his team offer. A home from home. Fires are crackling in the drawing rooms. Jonathan and friends enjoy a little nip of Paddys before they leave for the intimate Inch Church over the hills.
The ceremony itself is filled with music and song from wonderful musicians and indeed from Hannahs father and sisters. Hannahs face could lights up the world when she sees Jonathan at the top of the aisle. They had wanted to wait to see each other for the first time. There was something magical about this moment. I could swear the little chapel radiated with love in that moment.
There is so much laughter through out is hard to keep track of all the stories. One that does stick out is Wedding Dog. A fluffy lab that bounds down the country road to meet his new friends from Chicago. He randomly appeared for their wedding rehearsal, was present at the door as the couple said their vows. Wedding dog was there to mingle with guests as they gathered out side in the winter sunshine. Wedding dog is determined to be in the family photos too which causes even more laughter. I don’t think that we will ever be able to pass this we church again with out thinking of this adorable doggie.
Jonathan and Hannah are runners and hikers, so it is not bother to them to climb up with us in into the hillside to capture their portraits. With the winter sun now hanging low in the sky it illuminates our couple against this ever magical backdrop which is a deep rusty red. As the sun drops we stroll down over to the dunes to the famous Inch Beach. Where an inch is a mile.
We head back into town to the infamous Dick Macs bar. A local band have been warming up the crowd waiting for the arrival of these two love birds. The craic is mighty as Hannahs dad and many other guests literally join in with the band. We have never seen the likes of it. The roof is literally blasted off the bar as locals, tourists, wedding guests friends old and new chime into Sweet Home Alabamba… the coach driver just winks and lets us know he is outside when they already.
That is the charm and magic of getting married in Dingle.