Edel and Philip's Wedding - there was only one venue for them, overlooking Lough Eske. Photos: Angela Farragher

The Vow

Real Irish Weddings: For Edel and Philip, there was only one choice of venue

Edel, a milliner from Galway, and Philip, an accountant originally from Monaghan, met through mutual friends while having lunch on St Stephen's Green in Dublin.

After they discovered they were neighbours in Dublin for over two years, Edel invited Philip for lunch at the Taste of Dublin, where she was judging a best-dressed lady competition. Philip came prepared - sweetening the deal with a box of Leonidas chocolates. Love blossomed and these two soon found themselves knocking on each other's doors.

High above the grounds of his family home overlooking Lough Eske in Donegal, Philip built the couple a secret tree house and proposed to Edel there on Good Friday. Later the pair decided it was their only option for a venue.


"The beauty of Donegal just gets more breathtaking each time we go up there, so we never even had to look for a venue, we just knew we wanted to get married on the grounds of Philip's family home," says Edel.

Edel designed her own dress and had it made by a friend, pairing it with a headpiece she created, and jewellery from Loulerie; while Philip had bespoke tails made in charcoal grey by Armstrong and Kingston in Enniskillen, with a tie from Herm├Ęs. The couple decorated their venue with tree stumps, logs, candles and fairy lights, and left sparklers on each napkin with a note asking guests to light them for the first dance.

After their special day, Edel and Philip relaxed in Portugal for a week, but will travel to the Maldives in the new year for their dream honeymoon.

* Words by Dee Finnerty. Photos by Angela Farragher Photography, email angelafarragher photography@gmail.com

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