It’s no secret that the age-old tradition of marriage is firmly rooted in the patriarchy, which can sometimes make it difficult for modern couples to figure out a way to marry that works for them. However, Brid & Mike absolutely nailed it by adopting an equality-focussed approach, centred around a simple but very important theme - them, their shared life and their love of music.
Brid & Mike opted for a quirky, alternative wedding venue in their hometown of Dublin. Drury Buildings, an old factory come swanky bar, restaurant & events space was the perfect blank canvas for their laidback, intimate celebration. They decorated the space with homemade rainbow pompoms, 1000 hand-folded paper cranes and huge helium balloons that said “TEAM US”.
Brid looked utterly amazing in her Dirty Fabulous Vintage dress with her sparkly red Irregular Choice shoes and Crown & Glory birdcage veil. Both her mum and dad accompanied her down the aisle which was Brid’s way of honouring the important roles both parents had played in her life. They had a short, personal humanist ceremony, inviting all guests to participate in a ring warming – a great way to include all guests, allowing them to bring their own beliefs in a private and meaningful way. Brid & Mike’s mums both lit candles to symbolise both families and they incorporated personal readings from friends.
After the ceremony, Brid & Mike popped off to enjoy their first pint of Guinness as a married couple and of course, I wasn’t far behind with my camera (with permission of course!!) We couldn’t resist a few snaps in a nearby record shop before heading to one of their favourite bars with people showering them with well wishes all the way.
After a slap up meal and speeches from Brid, her dad, Mikes best man and a few words from Mike, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” provided the perfect soundtrack for their first dance with a serendipitous nod to Brid’s red wedding shoes and the night was partied away in style.