What a celebration of love, friendship and family! Delighted to have been asked to record this Bellingham Castle Wedding Video for Rebecca and Kevin in this historic Irish Country House in Co Louth.
In 1905 Bellingham Castle hosted the remarkable wedding of Augusta Mary Monica Bellingham to the 4th Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart. The Marquis, who was one of the wealthiest men in the British Isles at the time, treated his bride and guests to a lavish celebration. As the society event of the year, the wedding attracted worldwide media attention, from California to New Zealand. Footage from the wedding celebrations still exists!
The world has changed a lot in the 116 years that have passed. However the core celebration of love, family and friendship is still as obvious with Rebecca and Kevin, as in the historical weddings that have come before, in this exclusive wedding venue in Co Louth in Ireland’s Ancient East.
Bride Rebecca got ready in the bridal suite overlooking the beautiful outdoor patio where the wedding would take place later that day. Martina King Hair started the preparations off early in the morning for Rebecca and her attendants: Kellie Garry – Maid Of Honour; Lucy Edwards – Sister & Bridesmaid; Ellen Ralph – Cousin & Bridesmaid; Emer Tansey – Grooms sister & Bridesmaid; Isla Byrne – Niece & Flower Girl; Mother of The Bride – Sheila Edwards; and Mother of the Groom Geraldine Tansey.
Groom Kevin Tansey was getting ready a few rooms away also on the top floor of the castle. This was ideal for me as I could pop between rooms to capture scenes from both morning wedding preparations. Getting ready for the big day ahead here was Aaron Egan – Best Man; Daniel Barry McLernon – Groomsman; Charlie Crompton – Bride’s brother & Groomsman; Eoin Tansey – Groom’s brother & Groomsman. And also getting ready here were the fathers Sean Tansey, David Crompron and David Edwards.
The bride and groom exchanged gifts and beautiful heart-felt letter to each other and then presented presents to their bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Celebrant Enda Harte was getting everything set up in the courtyard for the ceremony to come and from 1pm the guests started arriving at the Castle. And right on time at 2pm the stunning Bride Rebecca made her way downstairs to make her entrance.
The ceremony was a beautiful and personalised event. There were 3 carefully chosen readings from friends and family, the mother’s lit symbolic candles, the couple exchanged, then locked away their vows, then presented their rings, before signing the registry to become legally married! The beautiful music was by Louise Courtney Music who gave a lovely rendition of Firestone which is a song loved by the happy couple.
After the ceremony was completed it was party time! The drinks reception was lit up by the performance of Musician Sean Magee who really entertained everyone at the patio outdoors in the Castle grounds. Sean is an All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and his mix of songs, instruments and tempo kept the crowd very well entertained.
It was soon time for the evening part of the wedding day celebrations so it was back into the Castle for the Meal followed by the speeches and then Midland DJ kept the celebrations going.
Many happy years ahead to Rebecca and Kevin and thanks for choosing me to record this Bellingham Castle Wedding Video for you both in one of Ireland’s famous historic houses!