Sneak Peek – Liz + Podge

newcastle west wedding photography

Liz and Podge were married in Ardagh church in Co. Limerick and held their reception in the Devon Inn Hotel. Unfortunately the weather on the day wasn’t the best, but we did manage to get a twenty minute dry spell as we were driving through Newcastle West which gave us enough time for some bridal party photographs by the river.

Things I loved about Liz and Podge’s wedding:

  • The view from Podge’s house on the morning of the wedding before the rain blew in. (I also realised that wind farms are noisy – that had never occurred to me!)
  • Having a friend of Liz join in the fun of the day through Skype!
  • Val and Emma who were looking after hair and makeup and keeping the show on the road.
  • The two page boys and two flower girls who kept everyone entertained.
  • Superman socks!
  • The ring stitched onto Liz’s bouquet.
  • Liz phoning the day after the wedding to say thanks. I think that summarises Liz and Podge, two lovely, honest to goodness people who think of others before themselves. They are well matched!

Here are a few of my favourites to give you a taste of their day…

Sneak Peek – Aisling + Tony

bunratty wedding photography

Aisling and Tony were married in The Wells church and had their reception in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick. We popped into Bunratty Castle and Folk Park to get some bridal party photographs as we were passing.

Things I loved about Aisling and Tony’s wedding:

  • How relaxed and laid back Aisling and Tony were. It’s easy to get worked up but they just sat back and took it all in.
  • Three of the most giddy and excited bridemaids ever!
  • Fr. Nash’s story about how Tony accidentally called him on his mobile during his stag party!
  • The Bunratty Folk Park which was still decorated for Christmas.
  • The speeches and especially the pink elephant.
  • The page boys really showing up the adults on the dancefloor when it came to showing off their moves!

Here’s a taster of their day…

Sneak Peek – Emily + Billy

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Emily and Billy were married on New Year’s Eve in Newmarket church in Co. Cork and had their reception in Dromhall hotel in Killarney. From our very first meeting I knew their wedding was going to be great – and it was!

Things I loved about Emily and Billy’s wedding:

  • The craic. From start to finish it was one of the most fun weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing.
  • The human bicycle. Definitely the funniest groomsman photograph I’ve ever taken. It’s going to be difficult to top!
  • The welcome in Emily’s house on the morning of the wedding. It was a bit like walking into a maternity ward but everyone was really natural and relaxed.
  • Emily’s wedding speech written in Excel. Emily is the undisputed queen of spreadsheets! Her photo selection for the album is the most organised I’ve ever received! Love it!
  • Our last minute dash to Kanturk castle to get some bridal party photographs just before it got dark.
  • The best mans speech was one of the funniest ever. I had a pain in my face from laughing.
  • The photo below of a random guy dancing on the dance floor wearing a horse’s head pretty much sums up the partying atmosphere!
  • The new years eve countdown balloon madness extravaganza!

Here’s the story of their day…

Sneak Peek – Michaela + Tom

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Michaela and Tom were married in Doneraile Church and had their reception in the Charleville Park Hotel. From our very first meeting I knew their wedding was going to be good – even at that early stage they had so many great ideas and little personal touches planned. The one catch, of course, is that the more moving parts there are the higher the odds that something will go wrong on the day. Unfortunately, for Tom and Michaela, one of those moving parts didn’t move – the vintage camper van they had hired! Undeterred, Michaela and Tom made it a feature of their wedding – adding ribbons, putting cardboard cutouts in as the drivers and bringing it with them for the day on a trailer! And I loved them for it. If life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

Things I loved about Michaela and Tom’s wedding:

  • The breakfast the boys had the morning of the wedding was the best I’ve ever seen. (Although, I think Tom’s mother has an advantage seeing as she runs a B&B!)
  • Tom’s cufflinks. Check them out below, the geeky side of me loved them.
  • The music in the church was like nothing I’d heard before. It was traditional but contemporary at the same time. (They were called Arundo if you’re looking for something a bit different.)
  • The Cork / Down rivalry! It started before I arrived and I’m sure it continued long after I left!
  • Michaela and Tom live in Brussels so Belgian beer was a theme for the day, with the lads having a different beer each that morning, as well as personalised belgian beer on the head table and more varieties than I could count on the guest tables. It was like Charlie’s Chocolate Factory for adults! 😉
  • The hooley when Michaela and Tom arrived at the Charleville Park Hotel. The band from the church had set up at the hotel and they were so good that it ended up with a big ceili in the hotel reception!
  • Having presents for all of the children at the wedding underneath the hotel Christmas tree.
  • Michaela’s brother and first cousin played a cover of The Lumineers as the first dance song, it was epic.

Here’s a little taster of their day…

Sneak Peek – Noelle + Cian

dromoland castle wedding photography

Noelle and Cian were married in Raheen Church in Limerick and held their reception in  Dromoland Castle in Clare. Remember those crazy storms we had just after Christmas with all the flooding and chaos? Well, their wedding was in the middle of that! It didn’t dampen the spirits on the day – it was one of the most emotional weddings I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. Noelle and Cian met way back in secondary school when a boy asked a girl to go out with him. The boy obviously knew what he was doing because ten years later they are stronger than ever and their wedding was a real celebration of that.

Things I loved about Noelle and Cian’s wedding:

  • There’s something a little magic about Christmas weddings. Maybe it’s all the fairy lights! I think there’s a lovely warmth and cosiness to it and that was definitely the feeling at Noelle and Cian’s wedding.
  • Cian’s expression as Noelle walked down the aisle and his reaction to seeing her. It was a hugely emotional moment.
  • Having both of their mothers light the candles at the beginning of the ceremony was a lovely touch, as was having their grandparents bring up the gifts.
  • Going to the walled garden to take photographs even though it was flooded and windy and cold – but it was so much fun. 🙂
  • After Noelle threw her bouquet, Cian (who is a great rugby player) threw a rugby ball with the words “you’re next” on it into the crowd of guests!
  • The speeches. How do I describe them. They were the most heartfelt speeches ever. So tender and thoughtful and thankful. I’m pretty sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
  • After the speeches we photographed all of the guests grouped by the month they were born in. 12 photographs which will make a really great calendar.

Here’s a little taster of their day…

Sneak Peek – Rosie + Colm

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Rosie and Colm were married in Quin Church and held their reception in the Old Ground hotel in Ennis.  Rosie and Colm are both living in New York at the moment so I had just met Rosie a few days before the wedding. However, Rosie’s mum was the wedding planner extraordinaire for the weddings so I felt like I knew Rosie before we ever met. She would definitely give Franc a run for his money! 😉

Things I loved about Rosie and Colm’s wedding:

  • Rosie and Colm just beamed happiness the whole day. It made my job easy!
  • TJ getting all dressed up with his bowtie.
  • The reaction to the wedding car Rosie’s mum had organised as a surprise.
  • Personalised hurleys for the gaurd of honour.
  • The hand painted Christmas bauble wedding favours. I’d never seen something like this before, what a great idea. I bet these will still be hanging on trees around Clare for years to come.
  • Managing to come across two books in the library of the Old Ground that summed up the couple.
  • David’s speech which started out about a young man from Clare who wanted to play hurling in London and got funnier and funnier as it went on.

Here’s a little taster of their day…