Claire & James or­gan­ised their big day from Qatar

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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

cor­rinecren­nan­pho­tog­ra­ wed­dings@in­de­pen­


Cor­rine Cren­nan;

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