On this day last year, I had the considerable privilege of photographing a family wedding at The Millhouse, Slane. After 27 years of dodging photos, and being the most obviously camera-shy member of the entire family, my lovely niece Lottie decided to turn round and ask me to photograph her wedding to Stephen. Jokes. Now, given the decades of photographic reticence, I obviously considered a flat refusal but, after a short pause, I decided not to be a complete prat and instead said an almost immediate yes! Joking aside, in short, this was the most moving and incredible job of my entire career. Wedding photography is, in part, social history, and it goes without saying that documenting a wedding for your own family is particularly meaningful.
Lottie & Stephen could have got married in a McDonald’s and it still would have been indescribably great but, because they are classy cats, they chose the Millhouse, Slane. The Millhouse is one of the most stunning and charming venues I’ve ever visited, combining an epic industrial feel with the picturesque beauty of the Meath countryside. Add the fact that Lottie & Stephen got the good genes and look like a Hollywood power-couple, and the end result was a wedding of ravishing style that felt incomparably special to shoot.
Nerves & Emotion
There are weddings that I end up talking about at length, but sometimes I struggle to find words sufficient to sum things up. I think this is one of those occasions and frankly, I’d rather let the photographs tell most of the story. Suffice to say that I was very nervous before the day, mostly because of the personal connection, but during the wedding itself I found myself singularly engaged and, at times, really rather emotional. Thank god for a camera to hide behind. I’d like to take a moment to say a few thank yous. To Stephen & Lottie for entrusting me with their pictures, to my sister for being lovely (and playing great calming music during the bridal prep), to Stephen and his family for being incredible hosts and universally decent, generous people. Grainne Kaneswaran for being one of the best makeup artists I’ve ever hung out with and ensuring everyone looked top-drawer and finally to the staff at The Millhouse, Slane for being welcoming, ‘yes-people’ pros.
Anyway, enough waffle from me, time for some photographs. You’ll find supplier details at the foot of the page, after the images. Lottie & Stephen, many congrats on your first anniversary! I’m sorry it’s in lockdown, but we’ll drink some champers this evening in honour of you all!
The Millhouse, Slane Wedding Photography
Want to see more stunning spring wedding photographs? Why not take a look at James & Faye’s gorgeous Elmore Court wedding or Laura & Andy’s cracker at Bury Court Barn? Fancy a total contrast? How about Simon & Rosie’s open-fire fuelled Christmas wedding at Stone Barn?
- Wedding Photography – Tony Hart Photo
- Wedding Venue – The Millhouse
- Catering – The Millhouse
- Dress – Pronovias from Pantiles Bride
- Shoes – Topshop
- Accessories – Appleby
- Makeup – Grainne Kaneswaran
- Hair – Sian Sharkey
- Bridesmaid Dresses – TFNC
- Groomswear – Remus Uomo
- Florist – Petite Fleurs
- Ceremony Music – Avoca String Quartet
- Band – Pearly Whites
- Cake – Primrose Lane Bakery
- Stationery – The Printed Image