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Bride and her bridesmaids styling sunglasses together on her summer wedding day at Tankardstown House.

A Joyful Summer Wedding at Tankardstown House, Co. Meath





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Anne's Cottage, near Tankardstown House on the morning of the wedding.

This wedding at Tankardstown House was filled with joy – everyone was in such great spirits and we loved Sinead and James’ fun-loving energy. We met Sinead and her family in a cottage near Slane, County Louth on a fickle June morning. With the pandemic keeping families apart for so long, everyone in the house was electric with excitement!

“Ivana and Sam were a dream to have capture our wedding day. They really listened to what we wanted, delivering beautiful bright, natural, candid photos!”

Sinead McGirr

The Start of a Spirited Summer Wedding

Details of the bride's shoes and bouquet on the morning of her summer wedding day.
Bride Sinead and her cheering bridesmaids popping champagne on the morning of her wedding.
Portraits of Bride Sinead admiring her beautiful dress.
Black and white profile portrait of bride Sinead with her pearl earring.
Mother and father of the bride getting into their finery.
Bride's father proudly polishes his car on the morning of his daughter's summer wedding.
Bride and her mother laughing on the morning of her summer wedding. What a loving family!

While James got ready in his family home in Dublin, Sinead’s cottage was buzzing with bridesmaids and well-wishing visitors. Her whole family was so jovial and any nervous energy was filtered through uproarious laughter! The whole cottage was ringing with joy.

Once Sinead, her sister, and her bridal party were ready, she stunned her father with a “first look”. First Looks create opportunity for natural reactions and photos of your loved ones that will only become more treasured as time goes on!

Father's first look at his daughter on her wedding day.

It was a joy to see Sinead and her bridesmaids having such fun together; they loved our suggestions and subtle direction to make these images happen naturally. Everyone got on like a house on fire – Sinead and her sister were like best friends too.

Pro Tip: By having everybody dressed and ready at least an hour before leaving, you facilitate moments like these to happen naturally. This simply doesn’t happen when everyone is rushed and late out the door.

Bride Sinead is finally dressed up and surrounded by her bridesmaids in their cottage.

Wedding Vows and Ice Cream Cones

Groom with his groomsmen marching up to the church for their wedding ceremony.

With morning prep done and dusted, we all headed down to Rathfeigh church. The place was packed, clearly there was a lot of love for Sinead and James!

Bride and her father walk down the aisle to greet the groom for their wedding ceremony.
Summer wedding ceremony in church, with the bride and groom seated side by side.
A family of gigglers enjoying the wedding ceremony.

The two exchanged their vows in front of their loved ones and shared many laughs throughout the ceremony. I don’t think anybody managed to stop smiling!

The bride and groom tie the knot to a cheering crowd on their summer wedding day.
Husband and wife are cheered on down the aisle after their church wedding ceremony.
Great celebration and cheer outside the church in the bright summer air after their wedding ceremony.

There was a great atmosphere, and the love that Sinead and James shared for each other was palpable. After the ceremony, the pair received warm greetings from their many guests in the warm summer air. An opportunistic ice cream vendor wanted to join the celebration too!

Wedding guests queue for ice cream after the church wedding ceremony.

Truly a Great Day for a Tankardstown House Wedding

We then headed over to Tankardstown House, where Sinead and James were warmly greeted with champagne and delicious canapés. That fickle weather continued and for a moment, it thundered down while everyone hid inside. Thankfully, the sun broke through and the shining, dewy garden made a perfect backdrop for the family photos! It was a joy to capture this happy family’s big smiles and hearty laughs.

Tankardstown House on a warm summery day.
Bride and her bridesmaids styling sunglasses together on her summer wedding day at Tankardstown House.

With the formal family photos done, we took full advantage of the stunning, shiny flora in Tankardstown’s Walled Garden. After the rain, all the colours came out! The scenery at Tankardstown House was beaming and bright; their photos were filled with love, laughter, and pure joy.

Summer portraits of newlyweds in the Walled Garden of Tankardstown House.
Gorgeous summer wedding day portraits of bride Sinead in the Walled Garden.
Husband and wife walk towards one another on their summer wedding day in the Walled Garden.
Newlyweds enjoy a romantic portrait session together in Tankardstown House's Walled Garden.
Newlyweds embrace for a kiss on their summer wedding day at Tankardstown House.

The sun was out and spirits were high; the guests gave a great cheer at the newlywed’s return! Everyone gathered for the reception on the back porch, before migrating to the stunning Orangery for dinner.

Guests cheer the return of the newlyweds after their wedding portraits in Tankardstown House.

Thank you to Sinead and James for sharing your joyous day with us, it was a pleasure to capture all your laughs and smiles. We wish you a long and happy marriage!

Delicious wedding cake inside the bright Orangery at Tankardstown House.

Want to see more weddings at Tankardstown House? Check out our intimate Autumn wedding and the delightfully laughter-filled same-sex wedding on our blog!



Tankardstown House Wedding Vendors:

Photographers: Ivana & Sam
Bridal Prep B&B: Annie’s Cottage (@anniescottagecreewod)
Hair: Lou Merriweather (@loumerryweatherhair)
Makeup: Lisa Shannon (@_lisa_shannon_makeup)
Videographer: Days to Remember (@daystoremember.ie)
Bridal Boutique: Kathy DeStafford (@destaffordbridal)
Florals: Flowers by Moira (@flowersbymoira)
Singer: Ingrid Madsen (@ingridmadsen_weddingsinger)
Venue: Tankardstown House ( check out this Venue Guide)

  1. Sienna says:

    Wow, the colors here are gorgeous, and this wedding looks so full of whimsy! What a fun way to spend a summer day.

  2. Danielle says:

    These are great, I love the colors! Gorgeous photos!

  3. Danielle says:

    omg gorgeous photos I love the colors!

  4. Daria says:

    So many precious moments captured wonderfully, and each photo literally breathes love and joy. You did a fantastic job documenting the day 🙂

  5. Jen says:

    Your style is so beautifully timeless! What a colorful and joyful summer wedding at Tankardstown House.

  6. Naomi Levit says:

    I love all of the details and natural moments you captured for this summer wedding! Perfect edits too!

  7. Such a beautiful wedding! Gorgeous venue with the greeneries. The bridesmaids are rocking their pink-themed dressed.
    You did amazing with the photos. I love the film aesthetics and the pastel color palette. Well done!

  8. Marta says:

    So many sweet moments and so much joy! What a beautiful wedding and so gorgeously captured!

  9. Dakotah says:

    Love how colorful, fun, and full of life these photos are – thanks for sharing this Tankardstown House wedding!

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