Rachel & James had a beautiful wedding at the Granary at Cabra Castle on Saturday 23rd September 2023. And it was a beautiful day for this lovely couple and their daughter Araleyah, doggy Shiela, and all the family and friends! We’re thrilled to share the wonderful highlights of this lovely wedding with you through the wedding video.
As I set out early on that Saturday morning from home in Donegal Town, I was filled with anticipation for my very first time filming at the new Granary at Cabra Castle. While I’ve had the privilege of capturing the beauty of this castle on numerous occasions, the Granary is a novel addition to this majestic estate.
It stands out as one of the premier luxury castle wedding venues in all of Ireland. What distinguishes the Granary is its ability to host both the ceremony and the reception. The Granary boasts an abundance of natural light, which floods through the grand feature windows at the room’s pinnacle. This luminosity lends an ethereal ambiance to the entire space, accentuated by the full-length windows that open up to a charming patio area. When Rachel and James informed me of their decision to hold their ceremony at the Granary I was delighted!
My first stop took me to James’s family home, just a short distance from Omagh. Best man Matthew Eccles and groomsman Paul-Dwane McMenamin were lending a hand to James as he prepared for the big day. Sarah, James’s sister, also had a role as a bridesmaid and was getting ready at the family home. Photographer Gemma G arrived shortly after me, and the morning began in style with the gentlemen donning their dapper suits.
After capturing some wonderful family portraits, it was time to head over to Cabra Castle, where the bridal preparations were in full swing. Hazel Armstrong, the maid of honor, had the important task of assisting, with Sinead Gaffney Hair and Nicola Murphy taking care of the makeup. Anne from Carrickmacross provided the stunning flowers for the occasion.
With preparations nearly complete, it was time to make our way to the ceremony. Celebrant Ann Dempsey, an One Spirit Interfaith Minister & Celebrant officiated the wedding at the Granary in Cabra Castle. The ceremony featured several touching elements, including a Realistic Wedding Poem read by Evan Darcy, who is Rachel’s nephew, a reading from St. Paul to the Corinthians by Maria Needham, James’ Auntie, a reading of “To Love is Not to Possess” by James Kavanagh, read by Pat Holland, James’ Godfather, and a Blessing of the Hands read by Catherine Smith, who is Rachel’s godmother, and had traveled all the way from Sydney, Australia. The beautiful music for the ceremony was provided by Robbie Darcy, Rachel’s brother.
Following the exchange of vows, rings, and that heartwarming first kiss, which drew enthusiastic cheers from the attendees, the newlyweds gracefully exited the Granary and warmly greeted their guests. The guests were then guided into the historic castle itself for a delightful drinks reception.
After the lovely meal it was soon time to start dancing! The Nooks band were in charge of the party for the night and kicked off the night and entertained the happy crowd.
We wish Rachel, James, and Araleyah many years filled with happiness and cherished moments. A heartfelt thanks for choosing me to capture your lovely wedding at the Granary at Cabra Castle.
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