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REAL WEDDING - Leonora and Derek in Dublin, Ireland

We have featured lots of real weddings in some amazing locations, but Leonora and Derek’s wedding is the first one we’ve seen in a hospital! Well, it’s not a working hospital, but Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital is home to Dublin’s civil registration service.

Leonora and Derek met 15 years ago and have been a couple for 10 years. They have two beautiful daughters who were a part of their special day. They were also joined by 50 guests, and say the limited guest list meant they were able to have a chat with everyone and have lots of fun.

Unbelievably, the wedding was planned in just four months, and Leonora admits that they are both very laid back people so there was no stress.

They had a small budget, but knew they wanted a nice meal for close family and friends. The wedding party went to a restaurant with an intimate and elegant atmosphere and then to one of the city's hotels. "Our main concern was having a really nice meal for our closest family and friends, so most of our budget went on the reception," Leonora said.

The bride knew what sort of dress she wanted, and found a 50s style dress designed by Justin Alexander which she travelled to Sligo for. Her red shoes added a bold touch to her look that we think compliments her perfectly. The groom wore a classic tuxedo which added a touch of old Hollywood glamour to the day. 

Hilariously, on the day itself the groom forgot almost everything he was supposed to bring, but the couple say that Derek is the same in everyday life. 

Walking through Temple Bar for photos, one of the busiest parts of Dublin, was great fun for the couple: "Walking through town was hilarious as everyone was congratulating us. Lots of people were taking their own photos! Temple bar gave us some amazing photos with the usual mixed bag of tourists and eccentrics." 

The couple ended the trip into the city with a romantic ride on a rickshaw through Temple Bar.

We think the photos really capture the essence of their day, and we love the urban setting and the use of some of Dublin's most famous locations as a backdrop. 


Photographs: Angela Halpin - Whisper I Do Photography | Venue: Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital | Flowers: Gosia Malgorzata | Dress: Justin Alexander | Videographer : Alec Moore


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