Sneak Peek – Noelle + Cian

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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…


Happy New Year everyone! My first post of 2014 is this photo of a pure gentleman. Malacky was the driver of the wedding car at Rosie and Colm’s wedding. He is a very close friend of the family so it was great that he was the driver on the day. I made this quick portrait…

Sneak Peek – Deirdre + John

limerick wedding photography st camillusDeirdre & John had a civil service in St Camillus’ registry office, but beforehand I joined them in King John’s Castle to take some natural photographs of them with their families. It was really lovely – so natural, relaxed, personal and intimate. I loved it! And we got a great sunset after the ceremony – bonus!

King John’s castle has had a major revamp since the last time I photographed a wedding there. It’s really nicely done and worth a visit.

Things I loved about Deirdre and John’s wedding:

  • How relaxed and easy going everybody was. There was no stress, rushing around or worrying – it was great.
  • Deirdre and John’s children Riogain and Naoise were absolute stars – so well behaved and happy.
  • We had almost exclusive use of the castle which kept the kids entertained and afterwards we had time to get a nice cup of coffee to warm up.
  • The Autumn leaves were just about still hanging on the trees which made for a great backdrop.
  • Even the official family photograph had their stamp on it, when Riogain refused a motherly kiss and ended up forced to the ground in a fit of giggles!

Here’s a little taster of their day…

2013 Awards

As 2013 draws to close I’m looking back over the year to evaualte how I got on and plan on how I can do even better for 2014. It’s an annual review, but as well as being the employee I’m also the boss! I’ve been a member of the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait…

Sneak Peek – Emma & Declan

ardagh limerick wedding photography photoEmma and Declan were married in Ardagh Church in Co. Limerick and had their reception in the Woodlands Hotel in Adare. They are living in Australia but unfortunately they didn’t bring the weather home with them! It was the wettest wedding I’ve photographed so far but everyone was in high spirits and we made the most of it. In the end, I used a little sheltered area so that Emma and Declan were kept dry while I got some photographs of them just as darkness fell. We got a lovely deep blue dusk sky as a background to camouflage the weather!

Things I loved about Emma & Declan’s wedding:

  • Emma was a bridesmaid at Noreen and Patrick’s wedding so it was great to meet up with familiar faces again.
  • Emma handing over the key to the house to her Dad as she left.
  • How positive Emma and Declan were despite the weather. They made the most of their day – even though they were “trapped” in a pub they never stopped smiling.
  • The ducks on the wedding cake. Genius!
  • The Siege of Ennis – I think there were some dizzy heads after it!

Here’s a little taster of their day…

Sneak Peek – Bridget & David

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Bridget and David were married in Ardagh Church in Co. Limerick and had their reception in the Brehon Hotel in Killarney. I’m often asked for advice by couples on the lead up to their wedding and one thing I always say is that there’s a good chance that not everything  will go exactly to plan, but to just roll with it and enjoy the day. All kinds of things can happen on a wedding day. The weather can suddenly turn nasty in the middle of taking photographs of the bridal party. The wedding car could get a punctured tire. A groomsman could end up in hospital (so you need to find a friend who is the same size to fit the suit!). Traffic could be totally gridlocked on the way to the hotel so everyone is sitting in traffic for 20 minutes. The wedding dress could prove more difficult to tie up than imagined. Unfortunately, ALL of these things happened on Bridget and David’s wedding day! Crazy! But I was so impressed with how they rolled with it, laughed at it and continued to enjoy their day with a smile on their faces. They are an amazing couple.

Things I loved about Bridget and David’s wedding:

  • Their laid back, happy go lucky approach to the day
  • The friendliness at Bridget’s house that morning. I’ve often been offered a cup of tea when I arrive at the brides house, but it was my first time being offered a full Irish breakfast!
  • The craic and stories while Catherine helped Bridget get ready. Hilarious!
  • When Bridget walked out into the kitchen and her family saw her dressed for the first time. It was emotional.
  • The flower girls. I think they had more fun than anyone that day!
  • The personalised Smarties wedding favours (which had their faces printed on them!)
  • One flower girl diva taking over the singing duties from the band.

Here’s a little taster of their day…