Wednesday 28 June 2017

Real Irish Weddings: A Royal affair for Debs and Glenn

The Royal Hospital Kilimainham was perfect for Deborah and Glenn's wedding. Photographs: Ewa Figaszewska, Creative Wedding Photography, weddingsindublin.com
The Royal Hospital Kilimainham was perfect for Deborah and Glenn's wedding. Photographs: Ewa Figaszewska, Creative Wedding Photography, weddingsindublin.com

Dee Finnerty

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham was the perfect wedding venue for Debs and Glenn.

Debs, from Dublin and Glenn, from Suffolk, in England met in 2013. After their first date in a Cambridge pub, Glenn decided to really woo Debs with a day at the coast because she had mentioned how much she loved to be near the sea. Glenn was sure Debs was the one for him and, a year later, he whisked her away to Turkey where he got down on one knee on the beach at sunset.

The bridal party for Deborah and Glenn's wedding. Photographs: Ewa Figaszewska, Creative Wedding Photography, weddingsindublin.com
The bridal party for Deborah and Glenn's wedding. Photographs: Ewa Figaszewska, Creative Wedding Photography, weddingsindublin.com

The pair soon set about finding a venue that would accommodate all of their guests in Debs' hometown of Dublin. The couple didn't want a hotel but needed somewhere that would have everything they required for a wedding, with the convenience of being near the city for guests travelling from abroad. "The Royal Hospital Kilmainham ticked all of those boxes," Debs says. "It has a beautiful Baroque Chapel, stunning gardens and an amazing Great Hall - and it is also easy to get to."

The couple held a humanist ceremony and went to great lengths to make their day personal, with Debs designing and making the invitations and advice cards for the tables. She also fashioned the centrepieces, made the framed table plan and created her own brooch bouquet. The couple had an artist paint a picture of the venue for their guestbook, and they made mixed cds as favours for their guests. Even the tiers of the wedding cake were unique for this couple - each one featured a different skyline, representative of a city that they had a personal connection to.

The cake featuring different tiers. Photo: Ewa Figaszewska.
The cake featuring different tiers. Photo: Ewa Figaszewska.

The bride found her dress at Charlie Brear, London, while the groom opted for a suit from Asos with a waistcoat from Ted Baker, a tie from Jaeger and tie pin from Vivienne Westwood.

Glenn says that the best moment of the day for him was when he "first saw Debs in her dress she looked absolutely stunning and I thought to myself 'you are a lucky man - cherish this moment'."

Deborah and Glenn held a humanist ceremony. Photo: Ewa Figaszewska.
Deborah and Glenn held a humanist ceremony. Photo: Ewa Figaszewska.

Straight after the wedding, Debs and Glenn took a road trip around Ireland for a week, and at a later date they travelled to Madagascar to enjoy their dream honeymoon.

* To see the full wedding album by Ewa Figaszewska, Creative Wedding Photography visit weddingsindublin.com

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