love shoot #60: irish blessing {pam & rick}

Today I have a really special wedding to share with you.  Pam & Rick married in an intimate Irish blessing, with just their four children as witnesses.  The simplicty, elegance and overwhelming sense of love and togetherness that come across in the wonderful images from Lisa O’Dwyer make this wedding truly beautiful.  Pam and Rick travelled all the way from Denver, Colorado to get married at the stunning Waterford Castle after falling in love with it’s magnificent interiors and gardens.  They chose to get married in a simple ceremony on the lawn with their children giving readings and taking part in a symbolic sand ceremony, followed by a relaxed and intimate family dinner in the conservatory.

The ‘theme’ of this wedding, if you like, is most certainly love.  The excitement and emotion that Pam & Rick look at each other with, the inclusion of their children in every moment is absolutely heartwarming.  The details are provided by the wonderful castle, it’s setting and the perfect personal touches like matching shoes for the girls, and suits for the boys.  Pam’s beautiful dress, simple & elegant with a little bit of sparkle, really sums up their day.

We met two and a half years ago through a mutual friend. It was love at first sight, reinforced with the first email and confirmed with the first phone call. There was an instant connection and comfort with each other as we quickly discovered how are family values, sense of humor, philosophies and hobbies were in sync with each other. I knew after our first trip together that Rick was ‘the one’. We had fun talking through our long drive and finding enjoyment together as we explored new places. We always have fun together and it really showed during the trip.

Rick says ~  There was an immediate chemistry and attraction for one another that went beyond physical.  We just “clicked” like we had known each other all our lives – it was a comfort that goes with knowing we would always get along.

Rick surprised me with a limo ride to the site of our first date – Clement Park in Colorado.  He got down on one knee and proposed.   All went smoothly until we got back to the limo to find that it had some fuse problems that shut down the lighting system, and a directionally challenged driver! Instead of a romantic drive in the mountains, we had a quick trip with the driver, who was quite the character and a non-stop talker, so it was memorable on all fronts!

Rick had already been planning a trip to Ireland with his children, when making reservations to stay at the Waterford Castle, he noticed they advertised wedding ceremonies.  Realizing we did not want to have a “Broadway production” back home, he suggested we combine the wedding and the trip. We started planning about a month prior to the trip to Ireland with the coordinator at Waterford Castle.

We flew in to Dublin the day before so there was a bit of jetlag. We drove down the day of the wedding, stopping at historic sites along the way. It was our first full day of driving on, for us, the wrong side of the road. No near misses or disasters, just a lot of adrenaline to keep us going. The only challenge was trying to get ready at the castle – showering in a claw tub and trying to iron the wedding dress that had been packed in a suitcase for several days. Water all over the floor from the tubs and the groom having to hold the dress while the bride ironed, made for a little different twist on normal wedding preparations!  Having our children there to share in the ceremony meant a lot to both Rick and I, to share the experience with them and join the two families together.

Any advice for future brides?

Plan as much detail as you are able, but once there, “let go” and go with the flow.  Have fun, it is your day!

Congratulations to Pam and Rick, and your beautiful family.  Of course a big thank you to Lisa O’Dwyer for sharing her wonderful images.  Lisa is based in County Kildare, Ireland and would love to shoot your wedding! She has a sweet and nostalgic style with an artistic eye.  You can see more of Lisa’s recent weddings here.



Dress ~ JS Boutique at Nordstrom

Brides & bridesmaids shoes ~ BP. Platinum at Nordstrom

Bridesmaids dresses ~ JS Boutique at Nordstrom=

Jewellery ~  Earrings custom designed by Pam Stinson at Goddess Within

Venue ~ Waterford Castle

Coordinator ~ Waterford Castle

Flowers/Decor ~ Flowers by Lucy Waterford, Ireland

Groom’s Suit ~ Jones of New York at Men’s Warehouse

Catering ~ Waterford Castle

Cake ~ Waterford Castle


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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