Bryan & Olivia’s US Military Wedding at Lough Eske Castle

Today I’m taking you back to early May to the US Military wedding of Bryan and Olivia at one of my favourite venues Lough Eske Castle in Donegal.  Olivia, originally from Cookstown is a Pilates instructor.  Bryan is in the US Navy.  They selected the breath taking Solis Lough Eske Castle in Donegal as the venue for their Irish Wedding.

Over the last 12 years I’ve photographed many different types of weddings including Hindu blessings and Jewish weddings.  I love the culture and traditions associated with weddings and was very excited to learn more about the rituals associated with a  US Military wedding.

In many ways this wedding was like many others, dictated more by tradition than strict laws. Bryan wore his Military Uniform.  The main focal point for me as a photographer was the arch of Swords under which the bride and groom walked right after the service.  We chose the front of Lough Eske Castle for this to happen as I knew it would be a great photo opportunity! 

When the couple reached the end of the arch, the final sabers were dropped to the ground and the couple exchanged a kiss, this made for my favourite photo!!

The sabers were then sheathed again and the celebration continued. Bryan’s uniform, by tradition had no buttonhole just lots of medals!! He also changed into a really handsome black suit after dinner and presented an engraved sword to Olivia’s father, another tradition associated with military weddings. One thing not in the custom was Bryan arranging for the local Garda band to come to surprise Olivia halfway through their first dance when they picked up the song! Yes that’s what all the crazy expressions on the dance floor are!!

Needless to say this wedding was planned with military precision! Everything was thought out in great detail before hand. As a result the day ran very smoothly and Olivia’s relaxed demeanour complimented and softened everything about the day. 

Big thanks to everyone involved including my second shooter Peter Carvill. Monica Blain at the Wedding Consultant and the staff at Lough Eske Castle.

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