The Gilkesons

As many of you know I had a sweet baby boy at the end of May. Five weeks later I was back at it and was delighted that my first wedding back was Steve's and Orla's. I may have been sleep deprived with a bad case of Mommy Brain, but I enjoyed every personal, intentional, love-saturated minute of their day. From the flowers all done by Orla's lovely mum and Steve's breathtaking song to his bride during the ceremony, to games for the kiddos and the table name designs all created by Orla, their wedding had an incredible amount of intimate details that showcased not only their creativity but their intentionality in their love for each other and everyone there.

The day started at Orla's family home. I love it when the bride gets ready in her childhood home! I love seeing her baby photos on the walls and her old bedroom. You get such a sense of not only who she is but of the people who made her who she is.


Their ceremony was full of worship and the sweetest readings and music by family and friends. My favorite moment of the ceremony was Steve singing Someone Like You by Van Morrison. There's nothing like a groom serenading his bride!

After their ceremony, Steve, Orla and I headed to the gorgeous Dundrum Castle up in the hills overlooking the Mourne Mountains and Dundrum Bay. We beat the rain were able to get some of the sweetest images for their first photos as husband and wife. I love creating a space for my couples to "catch up" with each other and celebrate during their wedding day as it can be such a blur!

Next it was off to the Slieve Donard Resort in Newcastle for the rest of the evening. Their speeches were some of the touching and soulful speeches I have heard. I also LOVED that not only Orla as the bride, but that all her bridesmaids each had a toast as well! Let's give the girls the mic more, y'all!

The night was finished off with an epic rain storm and a cracking dance floor! What a day. Huge thank you to the Gilkesons for letting me be a part of their wonderful day.

Here are some of my favorites from their day: