Claire & James organised their big day from Qatar
Claire, from Co Kildare, met James from Lancashire shortly after she moved to Doha, Qatar, to teach. In 2014, the lovebirds crossed paths at a social function and soon discovered they shared a passion for art and photography. James swiftly bagged a date with Claire at Doha’s Museum of Islamic Arts and the rest is history.
When they headed to Ireland for their summer holidays in 2015, the plan was to travel the Wild Atlantic Way — but little did Claire know what James had in store. On the night of a meteorite shower, he proposed with his great-grandmother’s antique engagement ring.
Knowing they had only a week left in Ireland before returning to Doha, the couple quickly set about finding a venue, and the Cliff at Lyons in Celbridge, Co Kildare, was the only real contender. Close to Claire’s family home, the venue was ideal for their rustic-chic wedding and The Orangery lit up their elegant humanist ceremony.
Despite the fact that 80pc of the wedding was organised from Doha, crafty Claire designed and hand-painted the couple’s floral wedding invites, as well as hand-painting all of the guests’ placecards and a wish tree instead of a guestbook. The pair named their tables after their favourite whiskeys, planting an empty bottle as a vase on each one.
The bride’s Halfpenny London dress was sourced in The White Gallery in Co Down, while the groom let his Scottish roots shine through on the day by wearing his family tartans, which he had made in Glasgow.
Claire and James embarked on a fitting mini-moon, travelling through Scotland, and later honeymooned in the Maldives.
Words by Dee Finnerty. Photography by visit If you would like your wedding featured here, email