Sneak Peek – Linda + Simon

castle oaks hotel limerick wedding photography

Linda and Simon tied the knot (literally) in a Humanist wedding in the Castle Oaks House Hotel on a beautiful sunny day last month. From the outset the theme of their wedding was Munster Rugby. Β They are both big fans and they definitely put their own mark on their wedding. From the invites (which were designed like match tickets), to the ceremony (which had a rugby themed reflection) to the speeches (which featured a note from the Munster lads themselves) and everything in between – they made the day their own.

The wedding was on Easter Sunday – which was the day they met 13 years earlier. Not only that but there was a full moon on the night they met and this was the first full moon on Easter Sunday since. So the the stars aligned in a way!

Things I loved about Linda and Simon’s wedding:

  • Their wedding invites which looked like a ticket to a Munster game.
  • How Linda’s house had been decorated for the morning with everything from balloons and banners to photographs of her and Simon down through the years.
  • Linda’s music selection – her laptop was set to shuffle and it was one great song after another.
  • White Converse shoes for the bride. Win!
  • Munster flags on the driveway up to the Castleoaks and personalised Munster champagne glasses.
  • How personal their marriage ceremony was – I was humming the theme tune to The Lord Of The Rings for three days afterwards!
  • The reflection – “…we hope that your new relationship proves to have strength and power of O’Connell, the passion of Donners, and the determination that is the trademark of the boys in red…”
  • The Easter egg hunt in the gardens of the hotel for the kids (and the big kids).
  • Managing to get down to the river for some photographs in between showers of rain.
  • A dancing toddler – every wedding should have one! πŸ˜‰

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

Sneak Peek – Rachel + Graham

adare wedding photography

Rachel and Graham were married in the Holy Trinity church in Adare and held their reception in the Dunraven Hotel just down the road. They are both teaching in the UK so I didn’t meet Graham until a few days before the wedding and Rachel until the morning of the big day. I immediately knew it was going to be a great day though. It’s not often you get to photograph the wedding of a former Guinness World Record holder! (And because I know people will ask, the record was for the largest collection of frog items!)

Things I loved about Rachel and Graham’s wedding:

  • Having a “virtual bridesmaid” join in the excitement of the day through skype.
  • How relaxed Rachel and her bridesmaids were on the morning of the wedding.
  • Fr. Chris O’Donnell’s sermon. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing one of his weddings in the past so I knew I was in for a treat.
  • Having the page boy and flower girls sign the marriage cert – on the back of course!
  • Two wedding guests made a cake and brought it over from the UK as carry on baggage on their flight. They flew Ryanair. Respect!
  • A new game to me was the put-the-after-eigth-on-your-forehead-and-try-to-get-it-into-your-mouth game. Hilarious!
  • Graham is a big Elvis fan, and he incorporated it brilliantly into his speech. I’m pretty sure it’s the first standing ovation I’ve ever seen for a groom’s speech.
  • Graham’s two brother’s speech was like watching Ant and Dec – it was so polished and used great photographs too. (And by great, I mean embarrassing!) They also presented Graham with a frog from his record breaking collection.
  • The dance floor was hopping when I left – some of the dance moves were shipped in especially from the UK. πŸ˜‰

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

Sneak Peek – Claire + William

armada hotel spanish point wedding photo

Claire and William were married in the The Wells church in Newmarket and held their reception in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point. When we met a few weeks before the wedding to talk through the plan for the day, Claire broke the news that her house wasn’t accessible due to the flooding after the storms. We came up with a back up plan, but thankfully we were able to get to the house on the day. Phew!

Things I loved about Claire and William’s wedding:

  • Random neighbours walking by Claire’s house on the morning of the wedding with their groceries – Claire’s parents had set up a walkway at the back of their house so that neighbours could get through the flooding to get out! Failing that, there was an emergency canoe at the bottom of their garden!
  • I try to blend in and make myself as invisible as possible, but Claire’s mother spotted me taking a reflection photo in the mirror of the sitting room. Within seconds the mirror was polished to a perfect shine! πŸ˜‰ Irish mammies are the best.
  • Fr. Tom’s ceremony was lovely. Really personal and welcoming and warm.
  • The most amazing accuracy when popping champagne – managing to hit the videographers car which was 50 yards away with the cork!
  • I love it when a plan comes together. I always scout the locations in the days leading up to the wedding to look for new angles. It doesn’t always work out due to weather and other factors, but this time it worked out perfectly! The bridal party photo session took less than 30 minutes and in that time we got a stunning range of photographs!
  • William’s reactions to the best man’s speech!
  • The dancefloor was hopping! It seemed like everywhere I turned, a “dance off” was kicking off! I wouldn’t like to have been the judge – there were some pretty impressive dance move pulled out that night!

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