I’m back from Ireland and it feels like it was all a dream! Blake and Lauren are truly a couple that deserved a fairytale wedding and they got one! I know I have many, many emails and calls to return, but I had to pick a few for Lauren’s news station to show when she is back on the air tomorrow…and they were kind enough to let me share them here first! (if you’re in Indianapolis, don’t ruin the surprise)
I will definitely be back with more…the ceremony, the flowers, the rooms, their friends and family, the people at the castle…were all amazing! I have so many stories to share!
First Castle Leslie, near the border with Northern Ireland…was so beautiful! And we couldn’t get enough of the history from the staff there. From the Leslie family being first cousins with Winston Churchill and seeing some of his memorabilia, to more recent history like trying to guess which of Paul McCartney’s guests stayed in my room for his wedding, and the story of Mick Jagger, the nuns and the school girls :) I think this was my favorite view (see the glass in the middle with the blue arched windows? That is the Conservatory where the ceremony was held):
Blake and Lauren’s first kiss at the ceremony. For most of the ceremony they sat at a table where they had to sign papers!
My other favorite spot…who doesn’t love an old iron gate, especially with a castle in the background? Such a gorgeous couple!
The beautiful bride:
I’m in love with the boathouse. And we lucked out for most of the picture taking with no rain…but when the first drops fell, Kevin (from the castle staff) appeared from behind a tree with an umbrella. I need Kevin to come over here and help with the rest of my weddings!
I had to include the cake cutting! It’s a Castle Leslie tradition to cut any cake with their sword (wedding, birthday, etc) Only you have to also have one foot on the table too! And one from their first dance, the Irish band was incredible! The young girl to the right of Lauren had a golden voice!
And one last one, I think my current favorite:
Congratulations to Lauren and Blake, love you guys!!