Real Irish Weddings: A bohemian beachside day for Kathryn & Chris
Kathryn and Chris met while they were both teaching in a primary school in Cardiff, Wales. Friends at first, their romance blossomed after a year or two and the pair would spend a lot of time surfing together.
Kathryn had always wanted to climb Croagh Patrick so when Chris took her to Mayo for the trek, he got down on one knee once they had reached the summit, proposing with a ring he had carved from a seashell.
The couple had their ceremony in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Quilty, Co Clare, and chose The Armada Hotel at Spanish Point for their reception.
"We wanted a very relaxed and fun day. Our theme was laid back, bohemian festival with lots of spring wild flowers. We were surfing in Spanish Point one day and ran in to The Armada to warm up and fell in love with the views from the function room," says Kathryn.
The bride's delicate dress was from designer Claire Pettibone, while her jewellery was her own as well as borrowed from family, and her floral crown was by Floral and Hardy in Milltown Malbay.
The bridal party made the bouquets of flowers themselves, while Chris made driftwood candle lanterns for the tables, and a very special family member was assigned to meet and greet guests at the church - the couple's Old English Sheepdog, Harri.
Kathryn and Chris took a week-long break in Portugal after their big day and later went on a backpacking trip of a lifetime through South America.
* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photos by Iwona and Greg at IG Studio Photography, visit igstudio.ie
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