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Real Wedding - Rachel and Connor in Idledale, Colorado

We love a castle wedding, so when we saw this beautiful Irish themed ceremony at this spectacular location, we were spellbound!

Although the groom is originally from San Diego, his family moved to Australia where he was nine. Connor later came back to college Colorado State University the States and that is where he met future wife Rachel!

“I was his waitress at a sports bar by campus,” Rachel says. “He left me his number and I called him. A year later we were living in Adelaide where Connor found work.

Although they got married, the couple never got engaged! “We skipped that part,” Rachel laughs. “I was facing visa over stay after my working holiday visa expired one year after I moved to Australia. Connor is a dual-citizen and we did not want to spend months apart while I awaited another visa approval. We first got married at a registers office June 17, 2011. Our wedding at the Dunafon was a renewal of vows but it meant the world to us to finally be able to share our love with our friends.”

The wedding (part two) was at the spectacular Dunafon Castle, Colorado and had an old world Irish theme as Rachel explains, “We wanted it to have a Royal and Historical feel. Connor wore his ancient O'Rourke family Tartan. Rather than doing a ring exchange, we had a hand fasting ceremony where a piece of Connor's tartan was wrapped in the infinity symbol around our held hands.”

The day was quite emotional and very special for everyone who was there. “The highlight for me was the ceremony and the speeches. As soon as I turned to face Connor down the aisle, I shuddered and began to cry. It was an overwhelming feeling of love and appreciation that this moment had finally arrived. Connor and I had waited three years to say vows properly to one another with all our loved ones present. My Opa (German) read a German poem to me during the speeches and that memory is etched in my mind very vividly.”

Take a look at the photographs taken by Mark Hayes Photography of their very special day.

 

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