Elinor and Shaun tied the knot in a beautiful outdoor wedding at Lough Eske Castle on the 10th September 2022. The weather was beautiful and the wedding guests had arrived from Wales, all over Ireland and from as far away as Canada and the excitement was building for a brilliant day from early morning.

Congratulations to Elinor and Shaun who met on a night out in the Thirsty Goat in Belfast, followed by romance and then a proposal in St Lucia!

The castle at Lough Eske is an ideal location for an outdoor wedding ceremony
Lough Eske Castle looking amazing on a sunny day in September

Bride Elinor Emerson got ready for this outdoor wedding at Lough Eske Castle in the Sir Basil Brooke suite. Tilly Ryan and Emma Hanson and both mums were on hand in the suite.

before the outdoor ceremony in lough eske bride Elinor takes a moment
Elinor takes a moment in the Sir Basil Brooke Suite in Lough Eske Castle before the beautiful outdoor ceremony

There was a lovely laid back atmosphere for the hair and makeup by Emma from Shear Bliss and Aine from AMG Makeup. The stunning wedding dress was from Creative Ideas Armagh and the jewellery was sourced from Clogau.

Groom Shaun gets ready at Lough Eske Castle

Meanwhile groom Shaun Ledwood was with goomsmen Jack Eveson and Cain Peacock also in one of the rooms in the Castle getting ready. Soon the guests started arriving to this historic Castle near Donegal Town and the scene was getting set outside.

A perfect space at the Castle for an outdoor ceremony

For this outdoor wedding ceremony at Lough Eske Castle Elinor and Shaun made use of the multi level garden between the forest and the reception room. The location was set off by amazing Floral displays by David McConkey Wedding Flowers and Wedding Planner and the sounds of the Arco String Quartet who set the mood wonderfully.

bride and father walk into outdoor wedding ceremony
Bride Elinor walks from the forest with dad Henry to make her grand entrance

The outdoor wedding ceremony at Lough Eske Castle was carried out by Enda Harte of Spiritual Ceremonies and included 2 readings, ring warming and exhange and a traditional handfasting ceremony. Jonny Howe read ‘Bob Marley – On Love’ and Louise Bennett read ‘Taylor Mali – How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog.’.

Celebrant Enda Harte of Spiritual Ceremonies conducts a lovely personal outdoor wedding at Lough Eske Castle

Photographer for the day was Sarah Fyffe ably assisted by second shooter Chris McSherry. After the photoshoot it was time to mingle then after the speeches and meal The Nooks were the evening’s entertainment. Party time ensued from then until the wee hours! 

Lough Eske Castle in the foothills of the Bluestacks Mountain range

Congratulations to Elinor and Shaun on their marriage and all the very best for a long and happy future together.

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