Real Irish Weddings: From Germany to Kildare for Alex and Linda
Alex, from Frankfurt and Linda from Kildare, met in Bayreuth, Germany, through mutual friends on a night out.
It was just a week after Linda had arrived in the town to work at the local university. It wasn't long before the pair developed feelings for each other - and several years later Alex popped the question while they sat on a park bench on a visit to Amsterdam.
Alex and Linda decided on a traditional church ceremony in St Mary and Laurence Church in Ballitore, Co Kildare. Afterwards, the couple and their guests travelled the short distance to Killashee hotel, in Naas, for their reception.
Following a German tradition whereby newlyweds are set a challenge - which represents the first obstacle the couple overcome together in marriage - Alex's best man, Olli, set Linda and Alex the task of cutting a heart from a fabric banner outside the church, using only two small scissors.
Linda found her Ronald Joyce dress in Amarra Bridal Boutique in Newbridge, while her mother made her veil, lovingly hand-stitching each pearl on. Linda also got creative, making the bows for the church pews with the aid of some of the wedding party, and calligraphing the place cards for the table.
After their Big Day, Alex and Linda made their way to Bad Hofgastein in Salzburgerland, Austria, where they spent two weeks hiking, biking, swimming and eating great food.
* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by Christopher Dolinny, visit dolinnyphotography.ie
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