“The wow of the day for me was seeing Tracey as a bride. My bride. She was amazing!”
Could this wedding be any more romantic? Swoon! Nigel and Tracey exchanged vows on the 14th of August 2015 at the stunning Ballyseede Castle in Co Kerry. The bride looked delicately radiant in an intricate lace gown and beautifully flowing veil. The love and laughter between this pair is so heartfelt, there were smiles all around as they celebrated with family and friends.
Keeping their theme understated yet elegant, they opted to let the charming character of their venue do the talking – and these photos captured throughout their special day are simply sensational!
“We first met in 2002 and at the time we were both involved with other people, so despite a mutual attraction nothing materialised. For the next eight years we were off doing our own things. We both went abroad, Tracey went to art college and I became a father. It wasn’t until 2010 that our paths crossed again when I got friend request on Facebook from Tracey Lilley – just as I was preparing to emigrate! Seeing her relationship status was single, I couldn’t let the opportunity pass and we arranged to meet up. A few interesting dates later and I knew I had met someone special and the rest is history.”
“The proposal was the most nervous I have ever been. It was a really cold and windy December morning, I had told Tracey that I had to go to Kerry to meet a guy about machinery and she was happy to go for the drive as I told her we would have time to go to Ballyheigue Beach which is a favourite spot of ours. When we arrived it was gale force winds so I had to coax her to brave the elements and go for a walk on the beach. We couldn’t hear each other with the wind and when the heavens opened and we were getting pelted with hailstones I knew it had to be now or the moment would pass. She had a look out to the sea and when she turned I was on my knee asking her to marry me. She couldn’t hear a word but got the message and screamed yes!”
“Ballyseede Castle was the first venue we visited. As soon as we entered the grounds and drove up to the castle we didn’t even speak, we just looked at each other with excitement. Inside we just fell in love with all its charm and we both knew this was where we wanted to be married. We booked it that day!”
“Tracey and some of the bridal party stayed the night before the wedding and got to experience all that Ballyseede Castle had to offer. We had our evening meal outside in the gardens relaxing with some guests before I left to stay in a nearby hotel. The location is so tranquil, it just set the mood perfectly. From the moment we arrived the staff really did everything they could to make our day special. The attention to detail in every aspect of the day was superb, a member of staff even went out to the local town to get Superglue when Tracey dropped her jewellery and a piece broke off! There was always someone nearby to keep the day running smoothly. A lot of the guests commented that having the ceremony on the grounds really made the day, it was intimate and the atmosphere was relaxed being greeted at the door by this beautiful great Irish Wolfhound.”
“Our photographer Sean Clarke was the first person we booked when we chose our venue after having looked at his website. We wanted someone to capture the day as it happened – naturally and with little fuss. Sean was the perfect choice for us as he just went with the flow of the day and captured some truly beautiful moments. The fact that Sean is a true gentleman would put any nerves at ease. We are delighted with our pictures and still can’t decide on a favourite.”
A huge thank you to Nigel and Tracey for sharing their wedding day with us and to Sean Clarke Photography for capturing some beautiful and truly heart-warming moments. See more of his work at www.seanclarkephotography.com