"Wow! I don't even know what to say! The photos are so beautiful, couldn't have asked for more. You are amazing! Thank you soooo much from both of us!" ~ Danielle and Stephen
Tankardstown House wedding photography in Slane, Co.Meath, Ireland by Dasha Caffrey.
Danielle and Stephen got married and celebrated their wedding at the Tankardstown House in Slane, Meath. It was a pleasure as always to photograph at one of my favourite venues in Ireland, which is not far from home. The bride and groom's original choice of wedding destination was Italy. However, they eventually decided to get married in Ireland so both their 11 year old dogs, who are as much part of the family could attend. Tankardstown House is a pet friendly wedding venue and it meant so much to Danielle and Stephen to have their two dogs present at the ceremony in the Orangery and then wandering around the grounds during drinks reception outside in the garden.
If you are looking for an exclusive wedding venue in Ireland, then Tankardstown House Hotel could just be the spot. With its light and airy Orangery which seats up to 250 guests (and is a beautiful spot for photographs whatever the weather!), old walled garden and some of the best wedding food, it's a wonderful location for an elegant wedding. Upon arrival the guests were welcomed into the main house drawing room, then following down the winding staircase to the beautiful orangery for a spiritual ceremony. It was my first time photographing a spiritual ceremony in Ireland and I learned that it differs from a humanist ceremony. The definition of spirituality as quoted on Spiritual Ceremonies website is "Spirituality encompasses real self, of us.. truth of our inner self… the inner being, hence why our ceremonies always focus ON YOU". If you consider yourself a spiritual person who is not necessarily religious, you can learn more about the spiritual wedding ceremonies here. Danielle and Stephen's ceremony was very personal including some readings, the sand pouring and ring warming rituals.
The couple didn't have a specific wedding theme, just lots of flowers - flowers lining the aisle, flowers on table candelabras, and flower table plan. Instead of wedding favours the bride and groom made a donation to Dogs Trust - charity close to their heart as that's where they adopted their beloved pooches (check out the cute family photo with dogs below!). If you are thinking about whether or not to have pets at your wedding, I highly recommend it!
It was an absolute pleasure to be Danielle and Stephen's Tankardstown House wedding photographer. View a few of my favourite photos from their beautiful wedding day below: