THE ONE WHEN WE WENT TO THE DEAN.
ALTERNATIVE WEDDINGS: THE DEAN DUBLIN
WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN DUBLIN
Continuing on our series of alternative wedding venues in Ireland, this week sees one close to our hearts; The Dean boutique hotel in Dublin.
We most absolutely fell in love here; with each other ( 1.2.3…awwww ) and the hotel itself. We’ve stayed here a total of 4 times now in the last 2 years. Our first trip was a romantic weekend away in 2015. I’m not sure how I happened upon it but imagine my excitement to find a hotel seemingly decorated JUST for me; neon signs (oh that neon sign), blue grey walls, industrial decor, shelves housing cameras and photo books, MOOD. It was pretty much made for me. Sers.
I lived in Dublin when I was a kid. My dad is from there so I make the trip down from Derry to see him and the grandfolks a couple of times a year. This normally means staying with the grandparents, having lunch in my nan’s favourite restaurant and pretty much just hanging out with them for a couple of days. In recent years, I’m getting the chance to properly discover Dublin and all it has to offer. Every time Chris and I make the trip to Dublin, we make a point of staying at The Dean. It’s cool AF, it’s comfortable AF (I’ve yet to mention how INSANELY comfortable those beds are. Like really, the BEST sleep I have ever had) and we just don’t want to leave. Ever.
Based on Harcourt Street, The Dean is located right beside St. Stephen’s Green and a couple of minutes walk to Grafton Street. The rooms are kitted out with the best beds ever (did I mention the beds?), a Smeg fridge, a record player with some Irish bands for you to listen to, a Marshall speaker which comes in super handy to play music from your phone, Irish snacks (popcorn!) and all the artwork on the walls are from Irish artists and available to buy! Terrific idea. It’s the perfect location for a city break but more importanly, how AMAZING would this place be for your wedding!
They actually cater to weddings of up to 120 people in their aptly named ‘Blue Room’. The light in various parts of The Dean is so gorgeous, it could only make for amazing wedding portraits. The room is yours to decorate as you please. Endless styling possibilities. There are two dedicated outdoor balcony spaces off The Blue Room for you to use as well as access to the Rooftop Terrace. We had a lovely cosy evening here enjoying a tipple after having a bite to eat in Sophie’s rooftop restaurant (which is very yummy by the way). It seems like the perfect venue.
I’m dying to get my hands on this venue for a wedding! I just might have to have my own there. Eh Chris? 😉
I don’t think there’s any question about that, to be fair.
Our most recent trip to The Dean was just this last weekend. Chris surprised me with a 2 day trip to Dublin for my 30th birthday. What a guy he is. ❤️ We made our way down early evening, landing down just in time for a quick bite in The Lobby before heading off to catch another Derry head, Ryan Vail, performing in The Liquor Rooms; another super cool venue CLEARLY decorated JUST for me. 😉 Dimly lit, red velvet chairs, vintage lampshades, tacky 70’s ceiling, taxidermy, more neon signs and RED VELVET CURTAINS. GoddamgoddamnGODDAMN.
Before sleepy times, I opened my birthday presents from Christopher; a Twin Peaks LP and framed picture (this would look nice on your wall), a book on Berlin and a Bessa R2! All packaged in a chevron bag, no less. He’s a swell guy, he is.
We took a jaunt to Georges Street Arcade the next day where I normally purchase a couple of prints from the wonderful photographer, Neil Jude Armstrong. Only he gifted me one of his little prints (my fave shot of his) for my birthday. So very sweet of him. Check out his stall when you’re down!
One of our stays at The Dean was when we went to see Richard Hawley play Iveagh Gardens; another gorgeous spot for wedding photos. You’re really spoiled for choice in this area. Although we didn’t get a chance to chill out in the grounds, we had a swell time at the concert. We had spotted an old auction house nearby called ‘Morrissey’s’. Being fans of The Smiths, we had to get a photo in front of it of course.
One of our trips down was to see In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited in the National Concert Hall. Photography wasn’t allowed so we played by the rules and kept our cameras back at The Dean. It was a great show though. Although most of our trips to The Dean are for leisure, Chris does play Dublin every now and again; one of those times was in Whelans with Ports. A quick Eddie Rockets is always in order pre-gig. And no trip to Dublin would be complete without our typical visit to Tower Records and Hodges Figgis to peruse the photography section; something we’re seriously lacking here in Derry. We might have to open that book/ record/ coffee shop after all.
If not for your wedding, I would highly recommend The Dean when staying in Dublin. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every stay here. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to be married there though!
Although we have stayed at The Dean a handful of times, we still managed to take very few photos of the actual hotel! Time flies when you’re having fun I guess. We’ll definitely make a point of capturing the rest of the hotel in all it’s glory next time; maybe when we’re down for Mac Demarco next month but I’ll leave you with a few phone shots for the craic!