The Ivy restaurant on Dawson Street in Dublin is where Daniel and Maria decided to have their small intimate wedding reception over the Christmas period lat last year.

It was a day full of joy and emotion as, like many couples, Daniel and Maria had endured a rollercoaster of “on-off” dates due to the pandemic in 2020.

A wedding initially scheduled for the National concert hall got postponed and changed as they were only allowed 25 guests.

The Ivy restaurant Dawson Street Dublin

Like a lot of my small weddings last year, the size of the crowd did not diminish the occasion.

In fact, I found all of the smaller weddings I have filmed have been more emotional and the guests and families seem to have a stronger “connection” on the day.
More unity for the couple, perhaps.

The Ivy

Small weddings, big in heart.

Daniel is Portuguese and his family, including his mother and grandmother, travelled over to Ireland 2 weeks prior to the wedding so they could quarantine and be allowed to attend the special day.

After a lovely church ceremony in Swords, we headed off to Maria’s brother’s house for the private drinks reception before heading on to the city centre and The Ivy restaurant on Dawson street.

While the crowd got settled in the beautiful The Jonathan Swift Room in The Ivy, photographer Gareth McGaughey and myself took the loved up couple over to Grafton Street for the last few portraits and to capture the essence of a small wedding in Dublin.