“We do not want merely to see beauty… we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.”
C.S. Lewis

Christina and Ross are a hilarious, full of life, massively giving, loyal and funny couple. Looking back over the laugh out loud emails on the lead up to their wedding in Balleek Castle, their love of the out doors can clearly be seen. Christina and Ross (a rogue of an irish man if ever there was) chose to come to Ireland to say their vows in front of an intimate group of friends and family. Although Christina is born and bred in Canada not even the lakes and Rockies were enough to keep her away from the mystical Irish landscape.  We talked over and back about the magic of Ireland. Christina mentioned that she loved the colours, the moss, the rocks and the trees, a mishmash of wonderful textures. There was no where else to be married, but here.

On the day of the wedding which was filled with so much laughter. Mammies chatted and giggled on the couch of the bridal sweet like best friends. Friends mingled and were made a new. Music filled the halls and tears gifts were exchanged. Silence fell around the Castle as Christina and Ross slipped away outside for few minutes together before the ceremony. The chatty Ross was left speechless as he turned to his bride to be. It was such a beautiful moment. There was a flurry of unsaid words exchanged as they gazed at each other. Like all their dreams and wishes coming true for now and always. To me that was the moment they became husband and wife in those few hushed moments.

The ceremony was filled with howls of laughter. We always love when a ceremony is more about the couple than the words on the page. Both allowed their personalities to shine brightly infant of family and friends, even premature “I do’s” and heckling from friends added to the hilarity and love in the room, instead of taking from the ceremony. Afterwards we  headed for the woods to capture this pixie and Irish rogue, in a natural setting. Its not many a couple that would agree to head up a muddy dirt track at the side of the road in a white dress. however, our couple followed our gaze and like magpies we all headed up to where the light fell on the mossy ground alive with soft ferns.  When I say headed, Christina and Ross were so in tune with what we were about to do they practically ran! We so loved this couple!

Portraits wrapped up it was time to go and party! We often find with intimate weddings that people are way more open and emotional. There is no need for internet jokes or embarrassing stories from the hen/stag parties. When it is smaller group people speak from the heart. The speeches that evening moved everyone to tears. Everyone spoke so honestly of happy memories and how grateful they were for what they had in life. with this couple and because of this couple.