I first met Karen and Pat a few days before their wedding date. As they lived in California we had been in touch via phone and email. Karen is originally from Dublin and Pat from Philadelphia. The minute I met them I felt a huge warmth. They are both keen athletes and met over two years ago. Pat was running a marathon in Ventura where they both live in California. Karen was giving out water and refreshments at the twenty mile mark. As Pat passed Karen gave him special attention, she must have known he was the “one” she invited him to come back to her at her water station when he completed the marathon, he did…….they went for drinks and haven’t been apart since!
A lot of Pat’s family had never visited Ireland before including his parents. They took the chance to tour around and see all the beauty that our country has to offer including sampling St. Patrick’s day Irish style.
The big day arrived and all roads led to the stunning Carton House. .Karen looked amazing, she bought her dress in America, her mother had travelled to California to help her choose. All was calm in the house. Pat got ready with his family in Carton House.
When Karen arrived with her Dad I must say even I felt a little teary eyed. He was so full of emotion as he walked her down the aisle.
We went off for our photo-shoot and what fun, so spoiled for choice for wonderful locations. We especially enjoyed the stunning bridal suite where we got some quirky shots. One little mystery which hasn’t been solved….if you look at the photos you will see one with a green handkerchief, it is embroidered with the words…to my Irish sweetheart. It belonged to Pat’s grandfather who was stationed in Ireland during the war. We will never know who his sweetheart was but I’m sure he would be delighted to know it has found its way back to Ireland and his grandson’s sweetheart!
After some lovely speeches from both sides of the pond and a lot of Guinness toasts Karen and Pat partied the night away with all of their family and friends. This was a day they will treasure forever!