An Intimate Wedding Celebration Despite Covid

Articles, Real Weddings


“It was a beautiful and intimate and emotional wedding.”


Your Names: Ally Kiernan and James Cawley

Length of engagement: 2 years

Wedding Date: 2020-09-19

Wedding location: Bloomfield House Hotel

Photographer: Viliam Revtak Photography



Ally and James met online, and after four months they got engaged at the lake in Bloomfield!



“It was a beautiful and intimate and emotional wedding.” There were hints of pink throughout the decor as a special way of acknowledging and remembering James’ beloved sister, Nicky who passed away from breast cancer last September.



The ceremony was held in St Mels Cathedral, with music by Emer Barry Soprano and Fintan Farrelly Organist. Their celebrant was Father Michael McGrath.



James wore a burgundy suit from Spirit Clothing, and we love how the bridesmaids and groomsmen matched the colour scheme too!



Ally’s gorgeous wedding gown is an ivory dress from The Bridal Lounge in Mullingar back in 2018. She opted to have her hair done by her best friend and hairdresser, Aoife Boylan from EJB Hair. Her makeup was done by Maelissa, who she went to school with.



“Joanne and Nicola were our wedding coordinators and Sharon managed proceedings on the day. Bloomfield House Hotel and staff were amazing from start to finish. The venue is fabulous inside and out and fully wheelchair accessible. The gorgeous 5 course meal was held in the beautiful belvedere suite with music by The Afters.”



Ally and James have so many wonderful memories from their Big Day, but their favourite is being hand in hand as husband and wife. “It was sheer happiness!!”



“We originally had a wedding of 250 to 280. Obviously with Covid, numbers were reduced. We found the uncertainty of it all difficult. Our advice is to do what is best for yourselves not what everyone else thinks is best. We went from 280 to 45 and it was just perfect. Why wait? We felt we can always party with 280 another time. Think about yourselves.”




Wedding venue: Bloomfield House Hotel | Photographer: Viliam Revtak Photography | Planner/coordinator: Joanne and Nicola | Musician: Emer Barry and Fintan Farrelly | DJ: The Afters | Hair: EJB hair | Makeup: Friend of bride | Dress: Bridal Lounge Mullingar | Suits: Spirit Clothing Longford | Bridesmaids dresses: ASOS | Celebrant: Fr. Michael McGrath | Stationery: Handmade crafts and cards | Jewellery: Caelo Ri Jewellers Longford | Flowers: Flowers by Nicola