Doreen & James

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Doreen and James were married in Churchtown and had their reception in Vienna Woods Hotel in Cork. On our way to the reception we stopped off in Blarney Castle & Gardens and it was wonderful! The flowers were in bloom, the weather was perfect and love was in the air! 😉

Things I loved about Doreen and James’ wedding:

  • Getting to hang out that morning with Doreen’s family. It was a lot of fun, and they have to be one of the loveliest (and most loving) families I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
  • Doreen’s dog who was dressed up with an actual lucky horseshoe.
  • Jack, aka The Lord Of The Rings!
  • James’ selfie with his best man at the top of the aisle. 🙂
  • Michelle & Olivia (the two bridesmaids) singing during the ceremony. It’s so much more personal when friends and family join in.
  • Blarney gardens. Wow. I’d been there the week before to find some nice locations and I was blown away by it. Thankfully the weather was great on the day and we got to make the most of it.
  • James managing to work all of the table names into his speech.

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Sinéad & John

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Sinéad and John had the difficult task of organising their wedding from sunny Brisbane. It’s never easy organising something from the opposite side of the world, but they did an amazing job. (I think both Mum’s may be honorary wedding planners after it all!) The details and thought put into the day were huge and it definitely paid off.

Things I loved about Sinéad & John’s wedding:

  • Getting married exactly 10 years after their first date!
  • The combination of their wedding day and the fact that they were home surrounded by friends and family that had Sinéad and John smiling the entire day long.
  • The obvious bond between Sinéad and her granny who lives just next door.
  • A family uniting for the first time ever. Amazing.
  • Complimentary coloured bridesmaid dresses.
  • Managing to get some photographs outside in between the showers – with the help from umbrellas, shade under trees and a great couple who didn’t mind a few drops here and there!
  • All the details – not only that but the detail in the details – using the same font, colours and style across all the printed materials (which happened to tie in with the bridesmaids colours) – genius!

Some kind words from Sinéad & John:

Thanks so much for everything – you did a fantastic job and you were so easy to work with, I was never more comfortable in front of a camera and that says a lot!

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Amanda & Ronan – Ormonde Hotel

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Occasionally I like to do weddings that are a bit further away. It’s nice to go to new locations, meet new people and find nice places to take photographs. When I first met Amanda and Ronan way back in early 2013 I loved their story and their plan for their wedding. They have been going out with each other FOREVER and they had loads of little personal touches during the day. The fact that Ronan is a talented cabinet maker was an advantage!

Their day was jam packed. Usually there is only time for one pit stop for photographs, but we managed to squeeze three in! Firstly, it was across the road to the most fascinating pub/grocery I’ve ever been in – whether you wanted a pint of Guinness, lawn seed or 10 litres of white emulsion paint they had it all! After that, we went to Ronan and Amanda’s house to see their precious pet dogs and finally we went to Woodstock Gardens – phew!

Things I loved about Amanda & Ronan’ wedding:

  • Amanda’s Mum’s wedding dress hanging side by side with Amanda’s dress.
  • The note Ronan sent Amanda that morning. It was emotional!
  • The hospitality in Amanda’s house that morning. Honestly, it was like I was a long lost friend. In fact, I soon found out it was easier to just accept everything I was offered because if my hands were empty I was going to be offered again within ten seconds!!
  • Ronan’s handiwork – from the candle holders in the church to the table plan and cake stand at the reception. He was busy!
  • Chasing after Amanda and Ronan in their golf cart! If I’d know how far away we were going I wouldn’t even have considered it! It was very funny though. Thanks to Noel, the videographer, for giving me a lift for the second leg. 😉
  • Kenny’s speech. It was the most honest, natural speech ever (probably because he forgot his notes!) and it was hilarious.
  • The singing waiter. He went down a storm, not to mention Ronan’s solo finale!

Some kind words from Amanda & Ronan:

It was a pleasure to have you capture the special moments from our big day. I always knew that I wanted an easy going approach to taking our photos but little did I think that seeing the photos on the slide show would be one of the highlights. Everyone absolutely loved this part of the day and they’re still raving about it! Numerous people have said how lucky we are you have you as our photographer and I couldn’t agree more.

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Tracy & Seamus – Hotel Doolin

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Tracy and Seamus’ wedding day surpassed my expectations – and I had high expectations! When my wife asked how their wedding went the only way I could describe it was like it a comedian convention with a marriage thrown in for good measure! I can’t remember the last time I laughed as much. The witty one liners as the guys were getting ready, the funny stories the girls were sharing that morning, Tracy’s dad’s jokes when we went taking photographs down at the pier, Colm’s speech, in fact all of the speeches… it was nonstop! (In fact, you can see people literally wiping tears from their eyes during the speeches below!)

Things I loved about Tracy and Seamus’ wedding:

  • Everything happening in one location – Hotel Doolin – the preparations, the ceremony and the reception.
  • Seamus trusting me to bring along some of his Lego Star Wars collection. It made for one of my favourite wedding ring images ever.
  • They had a sand ceremony, but to make it even more personal they went and got sand from the beaches they used to go to as children. What a great idea.
  • Tracy’s that’s-what-she-said moment during the vows – I’ve sworn to Tracy I wouldn’t repeat what she actually said, but it was very funny!
  • A random passing kid joining the traditional musicians with his ukulele! He even had his eyes closed for added emotional impact! 😉
  • Getting down to the coast with the bridal party and getting a great sky to work with.
  • The Siege of Ennis. It started perfectly (after a little tutorial from the band) but it was chaos within minutes!

Some kind words from Tracy & Seamus:

Thank you so much for all the hard work you did in Doolin. We had a fantastic day and we are so glad that you were there to capture it. All our guests were raving about the photos from the sneak peek that evening. A great day was had by all helped in no small amount by your friendliness and professionalism. From the first meeting we knew that you were the right person for the job. You have a fantastic talent.

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Alva & Brian – Ballyseede Castle

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When I first met Alva and Brian they promised me they would be the most laid back couple I would ever photograph. On the day they were true to their word – relaxed and taking it all in surrounded by family and close friends. They were married in St. Brendan’s church in Curraheen and held their reception in Ballyseede Castle.

On our way to their reception we visited Derrymore Strand for twenty minutes for a romantic stroll on the beach and some champagne. We practically had the beach to ourselves and the sun hid behind some clouds at the perfect time to get some lovely photographs.

Things I loved about Alva and Brian’s wedding:

  • The fun and jokes as Brian and his groomsmen got ready that morning – I knew I was in for a good day!
  • How relaxed Alva was – it can be easy to get caught up in all the commotion but she didn’t have a bother in the world.
  • The setting of the church in Curraheen – stunning. The weather was good too so the guests had a chance to mingle while enjoying the view.
  • How Alva and Brian married each other. Fr. Jack joined the congregation while Alva and Brian stood on their own, made their vows to each other and exchanged rings. It was lovely.
  • Ballyseede Castle, it’s fab. It was my first wedding there and I already can’t wait to get back there again. The sun was out, the gardens were in full bloom and the champagne was flowing – you can’t ask for more than that!
  • John’s best man speech. That man can tell a story! His tale of Brian’s first (and last!) game as a rugby referee had me, and everyone else, in stitches!

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Kathleen & Brian

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When Kathleen emailed me from Dallas to say that she was planning an intimate wedding in Fanningstown Castle in Adare I was very excited. It’s one of my favourite places to photograph weddings, not just because of the amazing location but also because the wedding there tend to be very intimate, personal and meaningful. Kathleen and Brian’s wedding was exactly that – a handful of guests, a willow tree and a promise.

I met Kathleen and Brian when they arrived in Ireland to have a chat about their wedding day plans. After Brian shared a few funny stories about his Irish driving experiences they admitted that all they wanted was one EPIC wedding photograph. No pressure then! The weather forecast was not good, so we weren’t sure whether we would be able to have the planned outdoor ceremony let alone go somewhere nice for that epic photograph! Thankfully, just as the ceremony was about to begin the sun came out. Phew!

Things I loved about Kathleen and Brian’s wedding:

  • Their relaxed attitude to the day. Kathleen made her own bouquet that morning and Brian cooked everyone dinner that night. Definitely one of the most chilled out weddings I’ve been at. 🙂
  • Carmen and Giulia who not only kept everyone entertained with their humour but also complimented every single person who came along to help on the wedding day.
  • Being welcomed into the group like I was one of the family.
  • Finding a field that morning which had just been cut and still had the gate open so that we could go get that epic photo!
  • Being given absolute free reign and trust to do whatever I thought would make a good photograph.
  • Getting lucky with the weather!
  • Kathleen and Brian’s first dance, on the lawn, beneath the willow tree where they said their vows.

Thanks to Kathleen for leaving a lovely review on my Facebook page too:

“I cannot rave enough about Kevin’s work! My husband hates taking pictures but that was pre-Kevin Murphy! He’s the best there is and my rating is 100 stars!!! Thank you Kevin for making our wedding day nothing short of a fairytale!!!”

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Sneak Peek – Ciara + Paul

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I’ve been looking forward to Ciara and Paul’s wedding since I first met them. Each time we met, we ended up spending more time laughing than talking so I knew it was going to be a fun wedding! And it was! The weather was sunny, the guests were happy (thanks to an ice cream cart no doubt) and Ciara and Paul were enjoying every single minute. They were married in their local church in Monaleen and had their reception in the Castle Oaks House Hotel in Castleconnell.

Things I loved about Ciara and Paul’s wedding:

  • Ciara’s shoes which were specifically commissioned to be the blingiest (is that even a word?!) shoes ever. They certainly gave here turtle slippers a run for their money! 😉
  • Ciara and Paul’s house. Honestly, it’s like something out of an interior design brochure. I was spoilt for choice for interesting backgrounds.
  • How relaxed and natural Ciara and Paul were during the ceremony, helped along by Fr. Dan’s witty banter.
  • The personalised coasters at their reception which had photographs of them together through the years.
  • Selfies! They were all the rage – in fact I even got dragged into one myself!

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Sneak Peek – Stephani + Eanna

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I’ve known Stephani and Eanna for a few years now so I was delighted to be asked to photograph their wedding. It was one of the most fun weddings I’ve ever photographed! You might think I’m biased – but I’ve got proof! They were married in a humanist ceremony in Sneem Hotel, and had their reception there too. The weather was amazing, the location was stunning and the guests were in party mode!

Things I loved about Stephani and Eanna’s wedding:

  • Where do I start…. having a good Irish breakfast especially cooked in Senan’s campervan was a pretty good start to the day!
  • Eanna arranged to have a card and a gift delivered to Stephani that morning by a “mystery man” wearing nothing but pants, cuffs and a horse’s head! (Quite possibly the most surreal moment I’ll ever photograph.)
  • The best man swapped out the rings from the box and replaced them with a bottle cap from a Schweppes bottle of water. Why? Because he reckoned “Eanna schwepped Stephani off her feet”!
  • Everyone got some confetti to throw over the bride and groom as they walked down the aisle, but somebody got a little over excited after the rings were exchanged and set off a chain reaction of impromptu confetti! It made for a great photograph though. 🙂
  • Probably the best opening line of a best man’s speech ever.
  • The dance floor. It was the best possible kind of crazy! Make sure you scroll all the way down! 😉

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…