Mount Druid wedding photos – An Alternative wedding venue
I’d been looking forward to this wedding for quite sometime now. Ever since we met Hollie and Mark via Skype and they told us all about their amazing venue, I knew it was going to be great. They sold the day to us based on it being a relaxed day that was focused on hanging out with friends and having one big party, rather than a formal wedding. OK then… We’re in!!
Now it’s always a little harder when our couples live far away from us – We don’t get to meet as often or hang out but Hollie and Mark were awesome at making the effort to see us whenever they could. Whenever we were down in London, we dropped them a message and they were straight there for a coffee to say hello as we passed through the city. They even took me up on the offer of a super early Sunday morning stroll around Hackney with the camera before the city woke up. We wandered around, took a few photos, had some breakfast and just hung out getting to know each other a bit more. We love it when it’s like that – It means, that come the wedding day, it feels like we’re just there as friends, rather than “the guy with a camera”!!
The Wedding Day
So with the groundwork all set, everything was ready for a trip to Ireland to visit one of the coolest wedding venues around!
I jumped on a plane and jetted off to meet everyone at the venue the day before to take a look around. As I arrived, everyone was unloading the vans of wedding decorations. The place was alive with excitement, as more and more people turned up to spend an epic weekend together.
The wedding day certainly didn’t disappoint. Hollie was so chilled out in the morning while she was getting ready with her bridesmaids and Mark was having a blast with his mates in the pub down the road, sampling nothing other than a cold pint of Guinness. When in Ireland, right?!
Marks’s Auntie Martina had spent a year learning how to become a celebrant so she could conduct the wedding ceremony. Such a lovely touch. We heard all about how Mark and Hollie got together via a risqué karaoke performance, how Hollie had snook into the hospital every evening to keep Mark company overnight while he was ill and to hear all about how they’re the most perfect couple together. Not that we needed any convincing. What’s not to like about them both. They’re charismatic, funny, kind, beautiful inside and out and a pleasure to be around. Honestly, I had an amazing day there with you guys! I could go on and on about everything that happened throughout the day, but instead, take a look through the photos and hopefully they’ll tell the story for me.
An amazing venue, a day filled with many beautiful humans and an epic party to finish the evening off!!
Here are a few of our favourites while we work on your full gallery. My only rules are… Grab a glass of bubbly (or Guinness), turn it up LOUD, hit FULL SCREEN, and re-live your day over and over again!
The history of Mount Druid – An Alternative Wedding Venue
OK so Mount Druid isn’t really a wedding venue on a hill or a mountain as I thought it might be!! It’s actually 100 acres of just the most exquisite parkland in the pretty village of Castletown Geoghegan (no idea how to pronounce that!) in County Westmeath in Ireland, about an hour from Dublin. The village is a medieval settlement with quite a significant archaeological presence. It was the seat of the Geoghegan family and the remains of the ancient castle are still visable in the grounds of Mount Druid today. Now owned by the Murphy family, they have taken every chance to make this a truly unique Irish wedding venue. Under their ownership, they have planted over 200,000 trees, they grow as much organic food and fuel as they can, and Mount Druid is also a working organic sheep farm.
Mount Druid as a Wedding Venue
HOT DAMN this place is awesome!! I can’t even begin to describe how unique, unusual and beautiful Mount Druid is! There is purpose-built Tin Chapel, nestled among the pine trees it is ideal for a simple blessing or a full ceremony. Seating up to 180 guests it is perfect for most weddings!
There’s the Boathouse too. After the ceremony, all the wedding guests can take a little walk across the hill to the Boathouse for your drinks reception and canapés. This space is amazing, with loads of unique art and antique furniture. There’s a large wood-burning stove inside in case it rains, but when the sun shines everyone can enjoy time by the lakeside and summer house. A wood-fired pizza oven transforms the Boathouse into a relaxed dining space perfect for the day before or after the wedding day!
For a wedding breakfast for up to 230 guests, there’s the converted Barn. Decorated with a stunning combination of restored furniture, vintage chic, arts & craft wallpaper. Here you can have a relaxed BBQ or a more formal 3 course sit down meal. Either way, after your wedding breakfast, it transforms into the perfect place to dance the night away! The Garden Room has an open fire to sit and relax while taking in the lovingly restored Walled Garden.
“Morris” is their adorable Morris Minor. A wedding car that fits the venue perfectly – great for driving the bride & grom around the venue! LOVE IT!!
We love to photograph weddings at Mount Druid so if you are looking to get married here, GET IN TOUCH!!
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