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Sinead & Aidan

 

Sinead and Aidan – so good they were married twice! Firstly they had an intimate church ceremony in nearby Terryglass church and afterwards they had a second outdoor ceremony in the secret garden in Coolbawn Quay. Their wedding day was at the tail end of storm Doris so the weather was wild, wet and windy – but the cosy bar and marquee kept all the guest warm and chatting. Sinead and Aidan are genuinely two of the nicest, friendliest, down to earth people I’ve met and it was a pleasure to be there to document their wedding.

Some things I loved about Sinead and Aidan’s wedding day were:

  • The atmosphere in the guest house as Sinead and the girls got ready. Cousins hugging their distant cousin, shared funny stories and loads of fun.
  • An excited page boy’s countdown timer going off moments before leaving for the church.
  • The marryoke – can’t wait to see how it turned out. Can’t beat a bit of Whitney Houston every 10 minutes!! 😉
  • Fr. Larkin instantly putting everyone at ease in the church.
  • An embarrassed mother of a flower girl who decided to give her opinion on the music during the silence when it ended.
  • The randomness of the ceremony in Coolbawn – including an impromptu performance by Fr. Larkin.
  • The singing waiters during dessert.

Some kind words from Sinead and Aidan…

I cannot honestly thank you enough for everything on the day. From your first email I just knew you were the right person for myself and Aidan and you were unreal. You put us both at such ease and made everything so easy. Everyone was talking about the slide show on the day and the amazing pictures that you captured. Thanks you sooo much again for everything…

Here is a small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Laura & Gareth

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Laura and Gareth were married in the Holy Trinity church in Adare and held their reception just down the road in the Woodlands House Hotel. From start to finish it was a day full of fun, hijinks and general tomfoolery! 😉

 

Some things I loved about Laura and Gareth’s wedding day were:

  • Mini, the camera shy cat and their three dogs.
  • The smashed champagne flute the minute the pros left the room. Couldn’t leave them alone for two seconds!
  • The bridesmaids smiling for photographs with their backs turned to me!
  • A certain groomsman’s attempt to attach flowers to the lapels.
  • Gareth’s funny lighting of candles improvisation.
  • Getting to meet “Helga” – the life and soul of the hen party – Ayyayaya coco jambo!
  • A special message from Nathan Carter to his fan
  • Sweets. Everywhere. It was as if Willy Wonka himself was getting married!
  • The first time I’ve ever witnessed somebody being thanked during the speeches for “being a pain in the hole”.

 

Here is a small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Sinead & Phil

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Sinead and Phil were married in Mountshannon church and held their reception in the Lakeside Hotel. It was a blend of Irish and Scottish with a big dollop of their own personalities thrown in and it was a fantastic mixture.

 

Some things I loved about Sinead and Phil’s wedding day were:

  • The laughter at Sinead’s house that morning. From Timmy Dooley to other outrageous stories I had a sore face from laughing by the time I left!
  • Sinead’s Charlotte Mills wedding shoes, with their something old, new, borrowed and blue.
  • Having brooches from Sinead and Phil’s grandmothers attached to Sinead’s bouquet.
  • The gift box Phil sent to Sinead that morning – including a bottle of champagne from the year she was born.
  • Phil having his father as his best man.
  • Phil wearing his grandfather’s cuff links and using his great grandfathers suitcase to hold the mass booklets.
  • Fr John’s sermon which was all the more personal having know Sinead since she was an altar server.
  • The confetti cones. I’m still finding bits of lavender weeks later! 😉
  • The wooden tree stumps, vintage bottles and handmade blackboards made from driftwood by Phil.
  • The birthday piñata!

Some kind words from Sinead and Phil:

Thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding. You were amazing throughout the whole day and had everyone commenting on how nice you were also. It meant a lot to us to have such a relaxed photographer and you made us, as well as our family and friends, feel so at ease. The slideshow at the end of the day actually made me cry, it was so special. You captured the day so well and it was everything we could have hoped for and more.

Here is a small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

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Emer & Luke

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Emer and Luke were married in a humanist ceremony in the Castleoaks House Hotel.They had their first date way back in 2012 and three years later, on Valentine’s Day, Luke proposed in Paris with a Haribo ring! It’s these kind of quirky things that I loved most about Emer and Luke, and their wedding day was packed with thoughtful and personal ideas. For starters, Emer wore an amazing, vintage Limerick Lace wedding dress (which is over 100 years old!). Other things included the ring cushion that Emer’s aunt embroidered, their vintage wedding car (organised by Emer’s dad who was dishing out double armed hugs for the day! 😉 ), sand from their childhood beaches for the sand pouring ceremony and stirred with a Welsh spoon, a ring warming, a seat reserved for those who could not be there, a vintage typewriter for the guests to leave notes on (incredible, right?!), my all time favourite Dr. Seuss reading, an emotional song by Emer’s cousin, ice cream in the sunshine, a BEAUTIFUL walk down by the river, Victor’s Mr & Mrs quiz, the list goes on. It was such a great day and I felt privileged to be there to document it.

Here is a tiny selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

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Diane & Kevin

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Diane and Kevin were married in Cratloe church and held their reception in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon. Apart from it raining at the one time in the day we wanted to take photographs on the beach (typical!) it was a perfect day. Diane and Kevin put a huge effort into the planning so there was a lot to enjoy on the day – the flower girl sign, the biggest fry I’ve ever seen delivered, the brooch in Diane’s bouquet, Kevin’s shoes, the intimate ceremony in Cratloe, Bernie’s champagne opening skills, the county flags outside the Falls, one of the most amazing seating plans ever, superhero socks, Diane’s new jersey, the list goes on and on…

Here is a very small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

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Grace & Alan

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Grace and Alan were married in Annacarty church and held their reception in Ballykisteen Hotel. They met when they were both studying in U.L. and Grace invited Alan to a house party on the way home from the Old Lodge – a house party that to Alan’s surprise was taking place in his own house!

Their wedding was a fun filled day, from the humour and relentless slagging in Grace’s house that morning, to the outdoor drinks reception all the way through to the photographs during the speeches. It will be a day Alan never forgets because he also passed his golf buggy driving test that day! 😉

Here is a very small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

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Hazel & Garett

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Hazel and Garett were married in the Holy Trinity Abbey in Adare and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel. It was a wedding I had been looking forward to for a while. Every meeting I had with them was good fun so I figured the wedding would be great altogether! And it was. I arrived to the most relaxed bride and bridesmaids ever! Hair and makeup was done and dusted a good three hours before the ceremony so they were sitting around playing games. What a great start. After a game of dare Jenga, it was the longest game of Snakes & Ladders I’ve ever witnessed. So long in fact that after Christine won, she eventually got bored and started again and won a SECOND TIME before anyone else managed to finish. (I always though Snakes & Ladders was just a game of luck until I saw it played by such a pro! ;)).

When I went to the church to meet the lads, I found them gather around a Delorean – why not?! A quick drink in Auntie Lena’s and it was time to get down to business.

There was so much to love about their wedding – the red shoes, the “something old” (a thumbs up from one of Nana’s dress gloves), the American version of I’m a Little Teapot, Hazel’s embroidered hankie for her dad (and his reaction to it), the open top wedding car, the groomsmen mix and match socks, the outdoor reception in the Woodlands, the €20 toilet paper, Briain’s directorial debut, stick on eye balls, getting the dancing started before the band had even set up – I could go on and on – it was epic.

Here is a very small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

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Emma & Sean

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Emma and Sean flew home from Australia to get married in Inagh church. With them was their son Oisín, on his first trip to Ireland to meet his family here. It was great to see the love for Oisin from everyone. It was like he was getting a years worth of love all concentrated into a few days.

After the ceremony we went to Emma’s home farm to take some photographs (I could have stayed there for hours!) and then we made the trip back to the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point for the reception.

Emma and Sean put a huge amount of effort into the day from signs and props, to ideas for photos (including having some round bales in the field outside the house as well as a ladder ready to climb up on them!) and it all paid off.

Here is a very small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Aisling & Dave

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Aisling and Dave were married in the Star of the Sea church in Quilty and held their reception in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, love birds were chirping – what could possibly go wrong? The groom getting a vomitting bug, that’s what! What are the chances? Thankfully a hero of a doctor arrived with a magic potion up his sleeve and Dave was back on the dancefloor in no time flat. Apart from that minor hiccup, it was a fun filled day with a great bunch of people.

Some things I loved about Aisling and Dave’s wedding day were:

  • The views from Aislinn’s house during hair and makeup that morning.
  • The flower girls giving it socks on the trampoline.
  • Dave and the groomsmen’s local transport to the church (nothing like gorse to spruce up a tractor!)
  • The Kerry and Dublin flags flying high outside the church.
  • Just how relaxed the entire day was. It was lovely.
  • Having the craic in the sand dunes – and realising how drawing a heart on the beach isn’t as easy as you’d think!
  • The winking bridesmaid. 😉
  • A lovely, chilled, outdoor reception – complete with ice cream, sunshine and great views.
  • Gino, the chef, who celebrated his last day in the kitchen with a sing song – Aisling and Dave’s reaction was priceless. 🙂
  • That video. Top class.
  • The Harlem Shake first dance.

Here is a small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…