Summer days in Ireland don’t get much more pleasant than the one Jeremy and Louisa chose to get married on. The drive from Dublin to the Village at Lyons in Kildare was beautiful and the clear blue skies boded well for the day ahead.

The wedding venue, the Village at Lyons, lies along the scenic towpath of the Grand Canal at Aylmers Bridge and Lyons Demesne. The demesne was the former home of the Aylmers, an old Kildare dynasty, and later the Lawless family who held the title of The Earl of Cloncurry. These traditional and stately surroundings had been given a contemporary alternative twist by Louisa’s flamboyant brother Stephen, who was in charge of the decorations and had concocted a fun theme featuring a mobile sweetshop and candy galore.

The ceremony was held in the Mill, an historically fascinating room with panelled walls offset by a soft and relaxing palette of neutral shades dominated by a dramatic 17th century fireplace. The relaxed and intimate atmosphere was offset beautifully by the soothing sounds of running water from the still-functional waterwheel and waterfall outside.

After the ceremony, we took a wander through the grounds with some funky oversized balloons before heading back to party the night away in the mezzanine level of the Mill.