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Q&A with Photographer Lynn Stanfield

Describe Dunadry Hotel & Gardens in 3 words

Relaxed, beautiful, bright

What is your favourite interior area to photograph?

So many to choose from! I think the ceremony room is lovely – its a pleasure to shoot ceremonies with the gorgeous natural light coming in the windows. The new ballroom is stunning too!

What is your favourite exterior area to photograph?

The gardens are fabulous, with that stunning tree, but stealing the couple away down to the river is probably my favourite and the little path under the trees is so romantic.

What makes Dunadry unique for you?

We had our own wedding there! We loved it and had an amazing day so every time I’m back photographing weddings I remember being there as a bride, wandering round the gardens in the sunshine, strolling beside the river, cutting our cake in front of the fireplace and dancing the night away in the ballroom. I love that our cork is still there too.

What personalities best fits with Dunadry?

I think Dunadry is perfect for a couple who want a relaxed, fun wedding and who want a lovely balance between having photos and spending time with guests. There is no need to go off somewhere else for photos as the grounds are so gorgeous with enough little hidden corners to steal away for some romantic moments together too.

What is your favourite season at the hotel?

I’ve photographed in all seasons and honestly love them all, from cosy winter weddings with the fire lit and twinkling candles, to hot summer days, or the gorgeous soft light of autumn. But my favourite is probably summer, with guests out in the gardens, live musicians playing and wandering round the grounds with the happy couple, before capturing some gorgeous evening light photos after dinner.

We believe you are part of the Dunadry family with your wedding cork living in the walls of the hotel from your wedding in 2014, describe your experience as a bride as opposed to a photographer

We loved everything about our day! Arriving to our glass of bubbly, mingling with guests in the copper bar, then off for our photos while our guests enjoyed the gardens, coming back to hearing the harp music floating across the garden, our large group photo and having that time together alone looking out over the river while guests were seated. The evening too – we danced and danced (I even had a second dress to change into for dancing!) – dancing is important to us and it was the fabulous floor in the ballroom that drew our attention to the Dunadry initially. The meal was amazing too. I could relax knowing all our guests were having a lovely day and good food. It went so fast – I wish I could do it all again! I just love that our cork is still there, it brings back lovely memories of our day every time we are there – we always go and look at it! I can recommend the Dunadry to other couples, based on our own lovely experiences of our wedding there!

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