Wednesday 7 December 2016

Newly wedded bliss: Stunning photos of one of Ireland's first same sex marriages

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 18/11/2015 | 16:53

Lough Eske can be seen in the background as the newly-weds gaze into each others eyes
Credit: Paul McGinty of Ghorm Photography.
Lough Eske can be seen in the background as the newly-weds gaze into each others eyes Credit: Paul McGinty of Ghorm Photography.

These stunning pictures of one of Ireland's first same sex weddings were shot on the grounds of Harvey's Point Hotel in Donegal yesterday.

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Wayne Gough, a station manager at Dublin Airport and DJ O'Hanlon, an accountant, had already celebrated their Civil Partnership in the same hotel a few months ago.

Wayne Gough (left) and DJ O'Hanlon (right) signing the register after their marriage yesterday
Credit: Paul McGinty of Ghorm Photography
Wayne Gough (left) and DJ O'Hanlon (right) signing the register after their marriage yesterday Credit: Paul McGinty of Ghorm Photography

Both men hail from Lordship in Co. Louth.

They stumbled on the venue one day while out for a drive and vowed that if they ever had the opportunity to marry it would be the perfect place to swap vows.

Even the rain can't dampen the happy couple's spirits
Credit: Paul McGinty of Ghorm Photography.
Even the rain can't dampen the happy couple's spirits Credit: Paul McGinty of Ghorm Photography.

Having their marriage recognised properly was "a fantastic feeling", the newly-wed couple said.

They said being married made them feel "accepted like every other married couple and all that it entails".

Two stunning bridesmaids completed the wedding party
Credit:Paul McGinty of Ghorm Photography.
Two stunning bridesmaids completed the wedding party Credit:Paul McGinty of Ghorm Photography.

Wedding registrar Siobhan Brown presided over the ceremony.

General manager of Harvey's Point said it was a great day for Ireland.

"We once again make a very strong statement about equality and fairness and the world will take note.

"We lived in the shadows too long and I will have a very special welcome for all same sex couples getting married at Harvey’s Point.

"Today we rolled out a very special pink carpet," he said.

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