Our Wedding Journey...

Cara McAvoy recently wed Patrick Greenan in Cara’s local church, St Johns Hilltown. They then made the small journey to the stunning Cabra Castle for their reception- based in the homeland of Patrick. Before they head off to Dubai for their honeymoon – we got the lowdown about their amazing wedding adventure…

How did you first meet and get together?

We first met at a night club and then bumped into each other again in Carlingford on Easter Sunday. Patrick then asked me on a date and it all sparked from there.

Cara and her bridemaids enjoying a glass of bubbly during the bridal prep

Tell us about the proposal – where, when, how?

We got engaged on Christmas Eve 2020. We had only moved into our new house during covid and he had the ring in a clear bauble on the Christmas tree ♥️ It was such a lovely surprise when he got down on one knee as we were about to open our presents. I hadn’t expected it to happen at that time especially during Covid.

Birde's engagement ring completing the scrabble letter to spell LOVE

"Our wedding day went all too quick...if only we could do it again!"

— Cara & Patrick

The Wedding Planning...

Where and how did you choose your dress?

I got my dress in La bodal in Banbridge. Once I tried the dress on I knew it was the right one for me. I also bought extra material and had an overskirt made by Emma Murnion Design as I wanted two different looks for the service and the reception.

Bride getting her make-up done
Bridemaids and Mother of the bride fixing the dress during the bridal prep
Last look between Mum & daughter before she leaves to get married

How did you find the experience?

It was such an exciting time going shopping for my wedding dress along with my mum and my bridesmaids. All the wedding dress shops make it such an memorable occasion and everyone can’t do enough to help. The girls in La Boda were so lovely to deal with and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Bride and her father walking up the aisle as the groom looks on
Bride finally reaches the groom and embraces at the top of the aisle

What was the best part of planning your big day?

The best part was seeing the fairytale wedding that we had dreamed of come true and being able to have all our family and friends there for one big party.

And the most stressful part?

The most stressful part is actually compiling the guest list as you don’t want to offend anyone by leaving them out.

Bride & groom leaving the church after tieing the knot

"The best part was seeing the fairytale wedding that we had dreamed of come true."

— Cara & Patrick

The Wedding Day...

Bride standing in the aisle after the ceremony
Bride standing in the aisle as the groom looks on lovingly behind her

How did the day go?

It was brilliant! From start to finish it couldn’t have went any better.. but it all went too quick! Oh if we could do it all again!! It was also extra special as we had our son their to share the day with us ♥️

Bride & Groom sitting in the vintage car before departing for Cabra Castle
Bride & Groom arrive at the wonderful Cabra Castle

Our Favourites...

Cara, Patrick and their son standing outside the church after the service
Patricks and his son prior to the wedding

Why did you book us as your photographers?

Going through Ciaran’s Instagram his photos looked amazing and speaking to people they told us he was great to work with so we booked him and he did not disappoint – he is brilliant.

Couple kissing as fireworks go off in the night
Couple embracing in the Gold Room of Cabra Castle

Do you think we, as your photographers, helped you enjoy your day?

Yes ciaran was absolutely brilliant and helped us both stay calm and relaxed to enjoy our day! He was great craic and kept us right with all the posing 😂

Bride sitting in the window of Cabra Castle

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

Enjoy all the run up to your wedding and the day of your wedding it all goes by in a flash!

Couple hugging on the staircase in Cabra Castle
Couple braving the cold for a night time shot outside of Cabra Castle

We loved all the action shots of us having a great time ☺️

- Cara & Patrick