Declan & Laura – The International Brighton


Have you ever had an Irishman tell you a tale? We think there’s something quite mesmerising about it, poetic, we’re just instantly captivated. So you can imagine our delight when celebrant, Michael Dillion, was chosen to tell the beautiful story of Laura & Declan.

Their relaxed summer wedding was held on the 29th of December 2016, during that amazingly blissful stage in between Christmas & New Years, where everyone just wants to have a good time surrounded by their family & friends.


Laura’s morning began at her & Declan’s family home. There was a very calm vibe amongst everyone, we were all just looking forward to seeing Laura marry her childhood sweetheart. Once Melissa Helena had completed our bride’s stunning make-up, Laura, along with Luciana (their adorable daughter) & her bridesmaids spent the rest of the morning giggling & dancing around the living room.


On the other side of town, Declan, our devoted Arsenal fan, was waiting at the impeccably styled International Brighton. According to a lot of the guests, they don’t know if he had been this excited since the last time Arsenal was a premier league champion! As Laura walked down the lavish aisle, scattered with white rose petals, we saw Declan’s face genuinely light up. You can really tell these two were made for each other. As they exchanged their personal handwritten vowels with Luciana by their side, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! We also need to mention celebrant Michael Dillion’s poem he wrote about the couple.. it really completed their ceremony, so much so that we knew we had to base their highlight around it!


Accompanied by our good friend Brendan, from Lavan Photography, we then made our way down to Brighton beach to capture some happy snaps with the newlyweds. Clearly a couple that are so comfortable & at home with each other, it really wasn’t hard to find those natural & candid moments.


Finally to get the real party started, we made our way back to the International Brighton for Laura & Declan’s reception. The lively night was filled with drinking & lots of Irish dancing. It was a night that we know these childhood sweethearts won’t forget & definitely one that we sure won’t!


Photographer: Lavan Photography

Celebrant: Michael Dillon

Make Up: Melissa Helena

Singer: Rachel Costanzo