One of the most precious and sweet elements of any wedding is the waving and cheers from neighbours and strangers as the couple pass on the way to or from the ceremony. This simple statement of joy and congratulations never fails to bring a smile to everyone's faces. Today's wedding couple Finian and Fiona enjoyed an even more special reaction on their wedding day as they celebrated with a ceremony in Trinity College Chapel. As Fiona and the wedding party arrived they were cheered by crowds of tourists making Fiona feel almost overwhelmed... "It was quite surreal to have a crowd of tourists getting me on arrival and to hear them cheer as I got out of the car – I felt like a royal! What a way to start a wedding! Today's wedding film by Mario Vaitkus gives a little glimpse of a unique experience for a fabulous couple...
The couple chose Trinity Chapel for their ceremony as College is a very special place for them as Fiona explained... "We met as 3rd year undergraduates in Trinity back in 2004. We were studying Microbiology and were put together as laboratory partners on the first day of term (our names both begin with “F” so I guess they arranged us alphabetically). I was late to the lab lesson, which didn't impress Finian, and then I set my hair on fire during our experiments! We became friends from then on, but didn’t hook up until 2009, when we were both back in Trinity as Postgraduate students."
After 10 years together, the couple got engaged in Mayo on New Years Day... "We had gone down to my parents cottage (near my Mother’s home place) for a few days of escape. On the morning of January 1st, Finian suggested we take a walk to the nearby ruins of Raith Castle to check if “our stones” were still there. We had visited the ruins about 8 years previously and placed some large stones into the shape of the letter “F”. We had to cross over a number of electric fences in the drizzle to get there, but lo and behold, the stones remained exactly where we left them all those years before (albeit covered in moss and grass). While at the secluded and peaceful setting of the ruins, he dropped to one knee and pulled out the most perfect diamond ring. I thought he was joking at first so my initial response was “Are you messing? Are they real diamonds? Did you ask my Dad?” and then finally Yes, Yes, Yes!"
After enjoying the good wishes of the crowds outside the chapel, Finian and Fiona made their way to Barberstown to start the celebrations, which included lots of touches to incorporate their extended family especially those who had passed.
Feature image: Touch Photography