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Mount Druid Wedding

Bride and Groom standing together in the forest at Mount Druid

A Mount Druid Wedding by The Fennells

We had the pleasure of photographing Rebecca and Alan’s Mount Druid wedding in July last year. Mount Druid is an alternative wedding venue and it has some really unique attributes. It has a Tin Chapel on site where you can have your wedding ceremony. You can stay in one of their accommodation rooms which are certainly cool and quirky. They have yurt huts and you can even sleep in a converted bus. We asked Rebecca and Alan all about their wedding which they have kindly shared below.

Bride and groom standing and surrounded by blossom trees in the Tin Chapel in Mount Druid
The Tin Chapel at Mount Druid.

How did you both meet?

Alan and I met eleven years ago in Crete. We were both on holidays with friends staying in the same resort. On the first night we met we really hit it off but unfortunately the next day Alan landed himself in hospital. I was secretly disappointed as I didn’t know if I would see him again. 

Shortly after we landed home, I got an invite to Alan’s 20th Birthday. It’s amazing to think that we had to go all the way to Crete to meet when we grew up only 15mins away from each other. After a BBQ and a few pints of dutch courage in the famous BarCode, Alan went in for the kiss! I’m a firm believer that ‘everything happens when you least expect it’!

Outside of Kindalin House at Mount Druid
Kindalin House at Mount Druid is where the Bride got ready on the morning of the wedding.
Bride standing in her bridal dressing gown looking at her wedding dress
Bride laughing holding a bottle of Moet Champagne
Diamond engagement ring with his and hers wedding bands sitting on the ring box with their names engraved on the box

Tell us all about the wedding proposal…

Alan & I got engaged at Christmas at home in Ireland. On Christmas morning we woke up and Alan asked if I wanted to open one of my gifts. He said it was just something small and he wanted to give it to me before everyone woke up and went downstairs. I was sitting in my Elf pyjamas and thought nothing of it. When I looked around Alan was down on one knee with the biggest smile and he asked me to marry him.  

Alan had designed my beautiful ring with Cara jewellers in Dubai. He planned to pop the question at home at Christmas as it’s my favourite time of the year, surrounded by family & friends to celebrate. It was also my niece, Sophie’s first Christmas which made it extra special in our house. It was perfect!  

Bridesmaids in their bridal robes clinking champagne glasses
Bride getting her hair curled by the hairstylist
Rebecca had her hair styled by hairstylist Aisling Hamill.
The back of the Brides blonde wavy hairstyle for her wedding

Who did your hair and makeup?

My bridesmaids and I had the ‘dream team’ getting ready on the morning.  Our hair was styled by Aisling Hamill and the amazing Natasha Ray did our makeup.  We had a fun, chilled morning with champagne for breakfast. 

The Bride smiling to camera in her white lace wedding robe
Rebecca had her make-up done by make-up artist Natasha Ray.
Bridesmaids drying the wedding flower bouquets

How did your wedding planning go?

Prior to our wedding day in July, Alan and I got legally married in Dubai. We flew our parents over for a beautiful intimate ceremony. 

We both knew we wanted to celebrate our wedding day surrounded by our close family & friends in Ireland as ‘there’s no place like home!’ 

Myself and Alan knew from day one that we wanted a relaxed celebration with lots of fun, one big party!!  We weren’t too fussed about tradition or doing things just for the sake of it so we decided to do things our way.

Bride and bridesmaids clinking glasses outside in their bridal robes
The Brides white and green flower bouquet
The Bride in her wedding dress and white flower crown on her head holding her flower bouquet

Your wedding dress was beautiful, where did you get it?

I never had that vision of my wedding dress growing up so when I was choosing the design, I just knew I wanted something different and made for dancing. My wedding dress was custom made by Edel Tuite. Edel had made my sister’s wedding dress three years ago and I had no doubt she was going to make mine. 

Bride standing in the garden at Mount Druid in her wedding dress
Brides dad seeing her in her wedding dress for the first look
Rebecca’s dad seeing her for the first time in her wedding dress.
Bride and her dad hugging on the morning of her wedding

Why did you choose Mount Druid as your Wedding Venue?

We both fell in love with Mount Druid the first time we visited. It was so different to any other venue we had been to. The Barn had bundles of character, vintage furniture and wooden beams. The Tin Chapel blew us away; it was like something out of a story book. 

Mount Druid is set amongst beautiful forestry which has many quirky yurts and wooden huts hidden for the guests to stay in and the endless trails of fairy lights that surrounded it. We wanted our guests to experience something different and love it just as much as we did. 

Groom doing up his tie in the mirror
The Groom and groomsmen grey suits on the hangers and their black shoes on the floor
Groom putting on his grey wedding suit jacket

Where did Alan get his suit?

Alan’s suit was custom made by Sartor Tailors in Dubai. He went for a three-piece suit with a light grey jacket and waistcoat, white shirt and black slim-fit trousers. The suit was accompanied by a black skinny tie with white polka dots. The suit was embroidered with both of our names and the date of the wedding on the inside, which was a nice personal touch.

Groom in his three piece grey wedding suit
Mount Druid bike and map of venue
The entrance to the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
The Tin Chapel on the grounds on Mount Druid.
Inside the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
Inside the Tin Chapel on the grounds of Mount Druid.

What were your wedding theme colours?

Mixtures of greenery and white flowers was our colour scheme.  We wanted to bring as much of our love for nature and the outdoors, inside.  At the entrance into the Tin Chapel we had a vintage tandem bicycle overflowing with loose wild flowers from its basket which set the scene that awaited us inside!  The Chapel aisle was lined in tall white cherry blossom trees and a beautiful ivory carpet runner that led me to the top to meet Alan. I will never forget how I felt when I saw the Tin Chapel transformed.  It was absolutely magical! 

After our ceremony, the blossom trees were moved to The Barn where the meal and dancing took place. We loved this idea as it felt like the story / theme was continuing right the way through the day from start to finish. Edel from Vintage Affair, her attention to detail is incredible and she really went above and beyond for us. 

A welcome sign at the entrance of the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
The Groom and his Groomsmen standing outside the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid

Where did you get the Groomsmen’s suits?

The Groomsmen’s suits were also custom made by Sartor Tailors in Dubai. They matched Alan’s suit with the lads opting for different ties. We also got the suit jackets embroidered with the Groomsmen name and date of the wedding on the inside. Not only did we love this little personal touch, but it also made sure that the lads didn’t lose their jackets! (lol)

The Groom with his Groomsmen in the background
The inside of the grooms wedding jacket with his name and his wife name and wedding date embroidered on it
The Grooms wedding white flower button hole
Bride and her dad in the back of the wedding volkswagen van at Mount Druid
Bride laughing in the back of the volkswagen wedding van at Mount Druid
Bride stepping out of her wedding volkswagen van at Mount Druid
Bride and her dad and Bridesmaids standing outside the entrance to the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
Back of the Bride about to enter into the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
Bride and her dad looking at each other about to walk up the aisle at Mount Druid
Bride and her dad walking up the aisle at Mount Druid
The back of the Bride and her dad walking up the aisle at Mount Druid

How did you choose your photographer?

We follow The Fennells on Instagram and could see how amazing their work is.  Apart from how good they both are at their job, it was Mark and Fiona’s personality that really sold us on choosing them. They are both so much fun to be around and they both just make you feel so at ease and relaxed. The Fennells made our day and we really couldn’t recommend them highly enough. 

Bride and groom saying vows in the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom laughing while saying their wedding vows at their Mount Druid wedding
Bride and Groom smiling and looking at each other at Ballymagarvey Village

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The back of the Bride and groom standing at the top of the aisle in the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom sitting at the top of the aisle surrounded by cherry blossom trees in the Tin Chapel for their Mount Druid wedding
Bride and Groom walking down the aisle while their guests throw confetti over them
Silhouette photo of Bride and Groom kissing in the doors of the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom at the entrance of the Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
Bride and her Bridesmaids together holding flowers and smiling
Bride and her two flower girls all dressed in white
Bride and her bridesmaids wearing sun glasses and holding their flower bouquets in the air

Where did you buy the Bridesmaids dresses?

I decided to go with versatile bridesmaid dresses for the girls. I wanted them to love and most importantly feel comfortable in their dresses. The girls chose what style of dress they wanted. I picked beautiful sage green material and got the dresses made in Dubai.

Bride in white and her bridesmaids in green dresses holding their flower bouquets
Bride and her Bridesmaids holding their white flower bouquets
Bride and Groom and their bridal party at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom together in the Chapel for their Mount Druid wedding
The lake and Boathouse at Mount Druid
The Guests enjoying the drinks reception outside The Boathouse at Mount Druid.
Bride and groom popping champagne beside their white volkswagen wedding van
Bride and Groom standing under a Blossom Tree at mount Druid
Bride and Groom standing under a Blossom Tree at their mount Druid wedding
Bride and groom embracing on the grounds of Mount Druid
Bride and Groom holding hands walking through the forest at Mound Druid
Bride and Groom walking through the forest on the grounds of Mount Druid.
Bride and Groom laughing together at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom standing together in the forest at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom smiling and standing together in Mount Druid
Bride and Groom standing together in the forest at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom embracing on the grounds of Mount Druid
Bride and groom walking through the forest at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom dancing in the forest at Mount Druid
Groom holding up the train on the back of the Brides wedding dress
Bride and Groom standing by a stone wall on the grounds of Mount Druid

What was your wedding menu like at Mount Druid?

Keeping with the relaxed theme of the wedding, we opted for the BBQ option that Mount Druid have. We had heard great things about the food at Mount Druid and they definitely lived up to the reviews.  From the delicious pork belly to the fresh vegetables that are grown on site at Mount Druid. 

We had Irish dancers perform after the BBQ. I did Irish dancing growing up and love watching them perform; it still gives me goose bumps after all these years. It was great entertainment for after the meal and gave everyone a chance to let the food settle before hitting the dance floor. 

Bride and Groom walking by the lake at Mount Druid
Musician playing in the Boathouse at the Mount Druid wedding
Bride kissing her Grandad on the forehead
Groom and his friends carrying the Bride
Bride and her friends carrying the Groom

Did you have a Day Two celebration?

Yes we did and there was definitely a few sore heads the day after the wedding including Alan and myself (lol). We continued the celebrations at the roof top bar in The Marker Hotel in Dublin. It was nice to show guests who travelled to Ireland for the first time, the beautiful views of Dublin city. 

Bride and Groom clinking champagne glasses at their Mount Druid wedding
Bride and Groom laughing at the Best mans speech
The Barn at Mount Druid set up for wedding dinner
The Barn set up for the Mount Druid wedding.
Knife, Fork and napkin and place name card for wedding at Mount Druid
Bride and Bridesmaids laughing with their flowers held over their heads

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Wedding decoration for the Mount Druid Wedding

Tell us more about your Mount Druid wedding and how you decorated it…

Once we got over the excitement of our engagement, we began to search for our dream venue.  We wanted our Big Day to reflect our own individual style. Our wedding theme was a wild / natural / rustic type vibe coupled with great food and a chic – festival style party. 

As we were planning our Irish wedding from Dubai, I wanted a professional wedding stylist that would help bring our wedding vision together. I got in touch with Edel from Vintage Affair as I had been following her amazing work on Instagram.  Her styling and different ideas were exactly what we were after!  Vintage Affair did all our fresh flowers, they looked after the visual aspect of our wedding day and it made planning so much easier from Dubai.

Wedding Table Plan at Mount Druid
Wedding bicycle with flowers in the basket and Mr & Mrs bunting on it
Bride and Groom at the front door of the Barn at Mount Druid
The Bride and Groom outside the front door at the entrance to The Barn at Mount Druid.
Bride and Groom and their bridal party taking a selfie photo together
Bride and groom walking into their wedding dinner reception at Mount Druid

What was your favourite part of your Mount Druid wedding?

We were blessed with so many highlights throughout the day. One memory  that stands out for us, is when Mount Druid announced Alan and I as the new Mr & Mrs Sweeney for the first time, seeing everyone’s big smiles as we danced into the Barn to one of our favourite songs. Everyone was on their feet singing while swinging their napkins in the air, including my Granny & Grandad. This is a memory we will cherish forever.  

Bride and groom walking into their wedding dinner reception at Mount Druid
Bride and groom walking into their wedding dinner reception with their guests cheering at Mount Druid
Four Tier White and Gold Wedding Cake
Bride and Groom cutting their wedding cake in the Barn at Mount Druid

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We stayed in Ireland for a few days after the wedding to catch up with family & friends and reminisce on the big day before flying back to Dubai. With our suitcases packed, we headed back to the airport the next day to fly to Zanzibar in Tanzania Africa for our ‘mini-moon’.

It was a well needed break after all the madness and we had a few days of relaxation on the beach. We packed our wedding cards to read in our little hammock and took this opportunely to explore some of the beautiful island.

Zanibar was the perfect place to unwind and enjoy our first trip together as husband & wife. We plan to continue our honeymoon and travel this side of the world while we are still living in the UAE. We haven’t decided when we’ll be travelling yet but we can’t wait for our next adventure!

Bride and Groom walking onto the dance floor for their first dance at Mount Druid
Bride and Groom dancing their first dance at their Mount Druid Wedding

Any piece of advice for any other Brides?

It can be difficult and frustrating at times to plan a wedding from a different country. I believe choosing the right suppliers who are professional and who have experience in the wedding industry was a massive help and made us feel at ease. 

Try not to listen to people telling you what you should or shouldn’t do, it’s your special day so do whatever makes you happy. 

Lastly, take a glass of champagne and a few minutes with your new hubby to enjoy the moment and soak it all up. I know it sounds cliché but it was the best day of our lives! 

Bride and Groom hugging on the dance floor

Thank you to Rebecca and Alan for having us as your Mount Druid wedding photographers. We really had a great day with you all and you made us really feel a part of your wedding day.

Wedding Suppliers for this Mount Druid Wedding:

  • Photographer: The Fennells
  • Videographer: The Fennells
  • Venue: Mount Druid
  • Ceremony: The Tin Chapel at Mount Druid
  • Wedding Dress: Edel Tuite
  • Flower Crown: Sass and Halo
  • Grooms Suit: Sartor tailors, Dubai
  • Make-up: Natasha Ray
  • Hair: Aisling Hamill
  • Cake: Grooms sister
  • Treats & sweet jars: Treat Boutique Dublin
  • Ceremony & Reception Musician: Dough Sheridan
  • Wedding Stylist & Flowers: Vintage Affair
  • Rings: Cara, Dubai
  • Music band: The Beat Boutique
  • Saxaphone Player: DJ & Sax
  • Irish dancers: Celtic Rhythm Irish Dancers
  • Vintage Volkswagen Campervan: Volksweddings
  • Invites: Norma & Dorothy