Looking for inspiration for your wedding day? Our bridal parties share their Rock Farm wedding photo stories with you here
Katie and Tim August 2015
Katie and Tim got married in August 2015 here at Rock Farm. It was a wonderful sunny Summer’s day. All the guests arrived the night before and stayed in the yurts, shepherd huts and bell tents. Guests were able totake a quick dip in the hot tub before the ceremony started.
Katie and Tim tell us about their special day and give advise on what to expect from an outdoor wedding
Back in 2013 we had been together for about 3 years and had planned our first epic holiday to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Passing through so many stunning spots, Tim was spoilt for choice on where to propose but held out until the last night in Thailand where we took a boat trip to a tiny deserted island to watch the sunset. There he pretended we were getting our picture taken together and then got down on one knee – making sure the moment was captured on camera!
We live in London but had decided Ireland was the place we wanted to get married as Tim is originally from Armagh and I loved the idea of getting married abroad. Location was important so places near Dublin airport were top of the list. After viewing several venues we found Rock Farm, a little boutique campsite and working farm with yurts, a campfire and even a hot-tub! We instantly fell in love with the stunning views overlooking Slane castle and it seemed the perfect place to have our alternative style wedding and spend a long weekend eating, drinking and partying with our friends and family.
The spot we chose for the ceremony was in the centre of the campsite in a beautiful grove of trees. Rock Farm helped us to form an aisle and make seating from haybales with blankets thrown over and the area was covered with a canopy to provide some shelter. The wedding car was Tim’s sister-in-law’s campervan ‘Moonbeam’ and his nieces were the very cute flower girls! We even made use of the Fairy Thorn that was nearby to tie a ribbon onto as part of our ceremony. I think people liked that it was different to what you would normally expect and very personal to us.
The whole day was wonderful from start to finish and flowed so well with everything going smoothly. If we had to pick one highlight (apart from the ceremony itself) it would be everyone gathered around the campfire after midnight singing along to the acoustic band that had joined us from the local pub in Slane. We toasted marshmallows too! So many people came up to us to say that part had topped off the day perfectly.
The week before the wedding, we were obsessively checking the weather forecast! Lucky for us, it had been really warm and dry in the week before and on the day it was no exception (apart from a very small shower later on). Be prepared for rain as there is always a chance, we had a canopy for the ceremony and the marquee there to provide shelter when needed. Also, think about the acoustics outside, as you may need a PA to carry people’s voices. We had live guitar music being played in the background as the guests arrived which helped create a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere and kept them entertained while they waited.
List of Suppliers:
Videographer – Paul Daniel (A friend of a friend)
Marquee provider – LPM Bohemia
Photographer – Mike and Jill O’Dwyer Dublin Wedding Photography
Dress – David’s Bridal
Hair – Reita Muldoon The Powder Room Girls
Make up – Carrie King (A friend)
Caterer & Cake – Honey Dew
Flowers – Blooming Amazing
Band & DJ – The Full Moon Boogie Band
Campfire Band & Pay Bar – Boyles Pub
Micky and Isabel’s Wedding July 2014
Tell us about the wedding proposal
Micky took me on a surprise mid-week camping holiday to Cornwall. We camped on a beach just north of St Ives and one evening Micky suggested we go for a picnic on the beach. He laid out a blanket, opened a bottle of wine and turned an ipod on with all our favourite songs from the 12 years we’d been together. He popped the question as the sun went down and we ended up staying there for hours, which meant we had to scramble over the cliffs in the dark to find our tent.
Tell us about your wedding planning and why you chose Rock Farm
We didn’t really want to have a traditional wedding in a hotel with lots of people so we were on the lookout for something different. We liked the idea of something outdoors and somewhere relaxed where all our guests could stay together for a few days, without them having to pay over the odds for wedding accommodation. We had been to a few venues that ticked some of our boxes but there was always something that didn’t quite work. When we arrived at Rock Farm we just knew it was the perfect venue, even though we had to imagine where everything would be because most of the site had been taken down for the winter. The setting was just beautiful and the staff were so helpful and had so many ideas about how we could create our perfect day.
We got married in a beautiful church in Monknewtown, a couple of miles from Rock Farm. It was very small and our 100 guests just about fitted in so it was really intimate and personal.
The highlight of the day
When we finished the main celebration in the marquee, we came outside to a completely clear sky filled with thousands of stars and another band playing around the campfire. We brought out some blankets, buckets of marshmallows and a few more beers and had a good old sing song until the sun came up.
What advice would you give a couple when planning an outdoor wedding
I think you have to consider how much you’re willing to let the weather affect your day. If you’re going to take the risk of an outdoor wedding then obviously you need to make contingency plans and be sure that you’re happy with the indoor alternatives. We knew how amazing Rock Farm would be on a good day so we were willing to take the risk rather than settle for something indoors that wasn’t quite the wedding we wanted. Also, indoors at Rock Farm just meant that people would spend more time in the marquee, but from there you could look out over the fields to Slane castle, which was almost as beautiful in the rain as it was in the sun. That said, with most of our guests camping and having to cross fields to get to the marquee there was a concern about how much fun it would be in the rain, so we made sure we sent out a list of things to bring with the invites and had plenty of umbrellas on hand just in case. The main advice I would give is not to worry about the weather, I was checking the forecasts months in advance which was completely pointless, they’re not accurate and there’s nothing you can do, you just have to get on with whatever happens on the day.
List of suppliers
Photographer – Chris Hutson www.chrishustonphoto.co.uk
Marquee provider – LPM Bohemia
Dress – I actually ordered this online from China as it wasn’t high on my list of priorities! – DylanQueen
Hair and make up – Bridal Vanity
Cake – Victoria’s Heavenly Cupcakes
Flowers – Freda’s Florist
In the church Andrew Cassidy and Shannon from Boyles Pub sang and played guitar.
In the afternoon a local trad group from Navan played – Bill Slattery 087 6280615.
Evening band were called Inside Job, they were from Drogheda and again organised by Andrew. Contact was Paddy 087 7975919
At midnight Andrew and his acoustic band from Boyles played around the campfire.
DJ – we used an ipod playlist for an hour after the band finished.
Invites were made by an online designer based in Cardiff. They were really easy to deal with and good value.
Something Kinda Cute
For the wedding wristbands we used this site, also quick and easy to deal with
For the lanyards/name tags, we made the badges ourselves and ordered the lanyards from ebay.