Ann-Marie and Gary, when I sat down to put together this blog, I struggled. I had no idea where to start. Gary and I have known each other for years. We’ve been on the Irish track team together since our mid-teens. We went to the same college and travelled the world representing our country proudly at many European and World Championships and also Olympic Games. On the track and throughout his career, Gary was a highly motivated, ferocious and determined competitior. But off the track he is hands down one of the nicest, most thoughtful and considerate people you could ever hope to know.
His new wife Ann-Marie and I only met for the very first time the evening before their wedding, but instantly I liked her. Her smile was infectious and her personality bubbled over with warmth, but there was also an honestly in our conversation that let me know that this women does not play. She knows exactly what she wants and has the drive and determination to make it happen. But somehow she manages to do it all with a huge sense of adventure and fun. To say she was a perfect match for Gary would just be stating the obvious.
Ann-Marie and Gary…. I still feel like I’m struggling to find the right words to go along with this blog. I was so completely honored to be apart of your day. Together you are two of the most kind and optomistic people I have ever met. And despite the nasty presents of biblical winds and rain, you both showed up with a determination to have fun and face whatever the day threw your way, and for that reason your wedding day was perfect. I wish you both all of the happiness in the world. Shinks XO
This little Church has so much history for Ann-Marie’s family. Its the Church were her parents married and also where she was baptized.
Ann-Maire’s dad was a member of the Irish army, unfortunately he passed away 12 years ago, but the entire family made sure his presence was felt in every element of his daughters day.
The groom and his groomsmen kick the day off right, making time for a full-irish.
The simple and elegant details of the bride’s dress.
Proud mother-of-the-bride helps her daughter into her dress.
The proof that I wasn’t lying when I said it rained, hard. Believe it or not, there’s a little flower girl under that sheet.
Only Ann-Marie could arrive in weather like this….
…and still walk down the aisle beaming.
Gary couldn’t take his eyes off his beautiful bride throughout the entire ceremony.
The rings make it official.
The bride and groom exchanged some very personal gifts. Gary gave his new wife his European medal, and Ann-Marie gave her new husband 3 of her dad’s military medals.
Look at this little wedding photographer in the making.
By some miracle the rain stopped just as the bride and groom were exiting the church. So we raced to the reception site as fast as the legal limit would allow to try and grab some sunset photos before the heavens opened up again.
The bride’s mom and her sister also married at this Church, so it was only right that they toast to the legacy.
Never would we have anticipated a sunset like this. So grateful.
Ann-Maire’s gift to Gary were little athlete cufflinks. Loved it!
Oh yeah, the party is officially started.
Rocking the wellies. These smart ladies came prepared to handle all kinds of rain.
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