January 6, 2022

Andrea & Franke // Durhamstown Castle

I know I say this kind of thing every time I do a blog post, but the wedding gods have been very kind to me; I definitely get more than my fair share of relaxed couples.

Andrea and Franke’s day at Durhamstown Castle in Meath before Christmas is right up there with the most serene and atmospheric weddings I’ve had the pleasure to photograph.

I felt right at home at Durhamstown and made full use of my licence to roam around as everyone prepared for the ceremony. As everything was happening on-site, the morning ran smoothly, with family and friends arriving in twos and threes and being able to spend some time with the couple.

For their barn ceremony, a handful of their friends said a few words, recited a poem or sang a song and it all made for a very heartfelt, funny and personal celebration.

After saying their vows and walking down the aisle to ‘Fairytale of New York’ (performed by Franke’s brother Luke) it was back to the castle for the drinks reception, dinner and a joyous party.

It was great to catch up with past couple Jane and David over the course of the day too, and to see Jane’s cousin Carolyn (@thefloristonthehill) working her home-grown floral magic once again.

Thanks a million Andrea and Franke for having me along.

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.Photography Nerd Trivia;

Durhamstown Castle is owned and run by Dave and Sue Prickett, parents of the New York Times photojournalist Ivor Prickett. It’s his family home and if you look closely you’ll see several examples of his work on the walls throughout the blog.

Gear used;

Nikon Z6ii with 35mm f1.8S

Fujifilm XT2 with 56mm f1.2

Nikon F100 with 50mm 1.8D, Ilford Delta 400 film (some of the BW shots from drinks reception onward)