Indika & Cathal didn’t get married just the once, they did it twice! Indika grew up in Australia and Cathal is Irish so they decided to have a wedding in each of their home countries.
They love photographs (which is always great to hear!) and that meant we started early on the day to ensure we made the most of every moment.
Indika and Cathal both got ready in the Powerscourt Hotel and we were greeted with a beautiful Irish Summer day filled with sunshine, blue sky and just a hint of cloud cover.
The arch on the balcony of the bedroom was such a great backdrop for the bride getting ready. Indika’s mum helped her into her beautiful white dress with incredible bodice detail. She accessorised with matching shoes, veil and headpiece.
As we shot some portraits of her, it became clear that family is dear to both of them as she showed me the wedding photos of her grandparents on her stunning bouquet, which was a simple and elegant blend of green and ivory flowers.
The boys got ready too in their braces and suits, and Cathal accessorised with custom cufflinks engraved with the date and time of their wedding. Before he left to find his bride he wrote her a card to give her on this, their second wedding day.
The ceremony was a little later than usual so the couple chose to do a quick ‘first look’ at the hotel, seeing each other for the first time in their finery before we headed off for their portrait session surrounded by the Wicklow Mountains in a seriously cool white Vintage Mercedes.
Seeing as Indika and Cathal had already had a wedding in Australia, they wanted these photos to really reflect the Irish landscape of this wedding, showing its uniqueness and wild nature. We headed towards the beautiful wicklow mountains for the photographs. The couple had a lot of fun walking through the long grass and heather for their shots.
After that, it was time for the traditional mass in a small local chapel in Enniskerry, where Indika’s mum gave her away surrounded by their family and friends. Then onto an awesome welcome at the reception from their guests at the stunning Summerhill House in Enniskerry.
Indika changed into her traditional Srilankan dress and jewellery for the evening in a lovely nod to her heritage. Her mum and bridesmaids all gathered around to help adorn her with such beautiful gold jewellery from headpieces to necklaces and bracelets. Now she was ready to party!
The couple rejoined their guests for their meal and speeches, before dancing the night away to some seriously good music.
Thank you Indika & Cathal for allowing us to be part of your special Powerscourt Hotel wedding day!
Second shooter Nina Val.
Summerhill House wedding Photography