Capturing Your Dream Wedding in an Irish Castle: A Guide to Wedding Photography

Stephanie and Jack had a beautiful bohemian-style wedding at Markree Castle in Collooney, Co. Sligo. Here’s a to-do list for winter wedding couples.

If you’re planning to have your dream wedding at Markree Castle in Ireland, there’s no better way to capture your special day than with stunning photographs taken in a historic Irish castle. Ireland is home to some of the most beautiful and romantic castles in the world, each with its unique charm and character. From stunning landscapes to breathtaking architecture, an Irish castle wedding offers the perfect backdrop for a magical day.

However, choosing the right castle for your wedding photoshoot can be a daunting task. Additionally, you may be wondering what to expect from your wedding photographer. In this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about wedding photography in an Irish castle.

Choosing the Right Castle for Your Wedding Photoshoot

If you’re planning a wedding photoshoot and want to choose a beautiful castle as your backdrop, it can be overwhelming to decide which one to go for. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice:

  1. Consider the location – Do you want a castle that’s close to the city, or do you prefer a more rural setting? Think about the location of the castle and how it will fit with your overall wedding plans.
  2. Look for unique features – Each castle has its own unique features and architecture. Look for a castle with features that align with your wedding theme and style.
  3. Think about lighting – Lighting is a critical element in wedding photography. Look for a castle with plenty of natural light or features that can be used to create stunning lighting effects.
  4. Check the availability – Castles can be popular wedding venues, so make sure you book early to secure your preferred date and time.

What to Expect from Your Wedding Photographer

When it comes to wedding photography, it is crucial to choose a photographer who has experience shooting in castles and can capture the unique beauty of your chosen venue. Here are some things to consider when selecting a wedding photographer for your Irish castle wedding:

  1. Experience – Look for a photographer who has experience shooting weddings in castles and can provide examples of their work.
  2. Style – Every photographer has their own unique style. Look for a photographer whose style aligns with your wedding theme and style.
  3. Equipment – Shooting in a castle can present unique challenges, so make sure your photographer has the right equipment to capture stunning images in any lighting conditions.
  4. Communication – Make sure your photographer understands your vision and expectations for the wedding day. Good communication is key to ensuring that your photographer captures all the important moments and details.
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An Irish castle wedding offers a truly magical and romantic setting for your special day. With the right castle and a skilled wedding photographer, you can capture stunning images that will last a lifetime. So, start planning your dream wedding in an Irish castle today and make sure to choose a photographer who can help you capture every moment of your unforgettable day.

Markree Castle Stephanie and Jack Wedding info:

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Where was the wedding held: Markree Castle, Co. Sligo

Where to buy it:

  • Venue: Internet search 
  • Wedding dress designer/label: Antique, 19th C piano shawl dress with embroidery and fringing 
  • Bridal boutique/store:
  • Bridal shoes:
  • Bridal accessories: Custom headband by Earley hats ( Jewellery:
  • Groom’s suit: EJ menswear Co. Sligo
  • Bridesmaids dresses/shoes: vintage 1930s dresses from
  • Groomsmen suits: EJ menswear Co. Sligo
  • Flower girl outfits:
  • Page boy outfits:
  • Flowers: Dried and made by the bride
  • Bouquets and Boutonnieres: dried and made by the bride
  • Cake: Laura Cawley 
  • Transport:
  • Wedding Favours:
  • Stationery: Designed by Hannah Large (bride’s sister)
  • Makeup:
  • Hair: stylist: Janine Moran of Kelly’s hair salon Castlebar Co. Mayo
  • Wedding Rings: Bride: Weldons

Groom: Eddie Egan 

  • Ceremony/Reception Music: bohemian strings
  • Band: Gorilla radio
  • DJ: Gorilla radio 
  • Photographer: Darek Novak
  • Videographer: Adam Traynor “we as one” 
  • Planning/Styling: bride and bridesmaids 
  • Rentals/Decor:
  • Celebrant: Enda Harte
  • Anything else…

How did you meet originally and get together?

  • Introduced through friends to only realise we were also neighbours! 

How did the proposal go, if there was one?

  • New Year’s eve, just the two of us and some candles 

Could you sum up your wedding in a couple of sentences – how would you describe the look/theme of the day and the overall vibe?

  • The overall look was an antique and vintage aesthetic with contemporary elements to reflect our personal style. From the dresses to the invites, everything is related to one another through colour, style and texture. The month very much influenced the choices made. February whilst spring can feel quite chilly still. We kept a fresh colour palette with elements of darker tones to ground everything. Blending different textures and materials throughout the clothing, flowers and accessories helped create harmony and balance without everything “matching”. 

What was important to you about your wedding – what were your priorities from the very beginning?

  • Stay true to who we are and to make sure all our guests and we had the best time! 

What made your venue “the one”? 

  • The setting and every small detail of Markree Castle really were everything we hoped for. The character and integrity of the castle have been superbly renovated to reflect an old world and opulent feel. The Chapel inside the castle really was the winning ticket for us. Absolutely stunning! It allowed for us to have a wonderfully intimate ceremony with our closest friends and family in an utterly beautiful setting.

What inspired your wedding aesthetic?

  • Authentically vintage and antique elements with an overall natural and relaxed feel to the day. The season and venue also influenced a lot of our choices too. 

What made the day really special and personal to you? (Things you included, unusual elements, things that people made or did for you, etc.)

  • Looking back, we are so delighted with how everything turned out. On the day everything seemed to fall into place and run seamlessly without any stress! I think overall we tried to not “over plan” and just make a conscious decision to enjoy every minute. The staff at the hotel were fantastic and made everything so easy! A really lovely touch for us was having “bohemian strings” the string quartet for the ceremony. Their music created the perfect mood. Personal and special touches for us were the bride’s sister designing the invites and the bride making the Bouquets and buttonholes (well ahead of time!) It was a lovely creative outlet that turned out to be surprisingly stress-free!

What was your first dance?

  • Bell X1 “Eve the apple of my eye”

What was your favourite ceremony reading or piece of music?

  • The grooms did a reading that was also used a voice-over for our video 

What advice would you give to other couples planning their day?

  • Enjoy it to the fullest, and stay true to who you are.