Jessie & James

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Jessie and James travelled home from Sydney to get married in their local church in Cordal. They grew up within a stone’s throw of each other so it was nice to call into both houses on the morning of the wedding. James is one of the nicest guys you could meet and Jessie, well she’s lovely and fair as the rose of the Summer. 😉 We had great plans for photographs in Killarney, but they didn’t bring the Australian weather with them! Despite the rain, it was a great day and it was a lot of fun (especially on the dance floor!).

Here are some things I loved about Jessie and James’ wedding:

  • The amount of hair spray used in Jessie’s house that morning – my hair hasn’t budged since!
  • Amelie’s default camera star pose.
  • The locket Jessie attached to her bouquet.
  • Pockets on bridesmaids dresses. Win!
  • Getting a photo with Joe’s shoe – Joe was in crutches so his spare shoe didn’t get to make it to the wedding. 🙁
  • Ellie’s sign.
  • How much Jessie and James enjoy each other’s company.
  • Finding some nice places to take photographs in the hotel.
  • The speeches were great and the dance floor was even better – the longer the day went on the better it got!

Some kind words from Jessie and James…

It really was the best day and we can’t thank you enough for taking our pictures. You were an absolute pleasure and we loved having you with us on the day. I lost count how many times people asked who you were because they were so impressed and I think my family want to kidnap you.

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

Aisling & Brian

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Aisling and Brian were married in Cratloe church and held their reception in the Bunratty Castle Hotel. From the very first meeting, I knew this wedding was going to be a good one. Aisling loves Christmas so that set the tone for the planning – and it ended up being the Christmassiest of Christmas weddings! 😉 From being walked up the aisle by Santa Claus himself, through to having snow during the photographs and even picking up an elf along the way!

Here are some things I loved about Aisling and Brian’s wedding:

  • Hanging out with the girls as they got ready in Altamoda – I loved the unusual hair styles and headpieces.
  • Quickly visiting Brian and the guys as they got ready in the Old Ground Hotel. I think most of the time I was there was spent figuring out how to attach the pocket watch! (What did people do before they could google it?!)
  • Due to Brian splashing out on his wedding suit there needed to be cutbacks – to the sleeves of Fintan’s suit! 😉
  • Watching two people who had never boiled an egg try to figure out how to boil an egg! 😉
  • Morgan – what a star.
  • Carrots for Rudolf at the door of the church.
  • Being walked up the aisle by Santa Claus himself!
  • The most emotional reflection I’ve ever heard. There wasn’t a dry eye in the church.
  • Going to the folk park with the bridal party was so much fun. It was in full festive mode which fitted the wedding theme perfectly and Aisling and Brian were like celebrities (or princesses) to the children there who randomly gave them high fives and waves as they passed. AND we got snow! Perfect!
  • Aisling leaving her wedding bouquet on her mother’s grave.
  • Santa showing up every time anyone turned their back – when they rang the bell for the meal I heard someone saying “here comes Santa again”!
  • The “Aherne Team” entrance music.
  • Brian handing Aisling a sick bag for the emotional part of his speech – and proceeding to mortify her! 😉
  • THAT first dance.

 

Some kind words from Aisling and Brian…

Where do we start?!!  Thank you so much for all your help and advice in making our wedding day so special!  From the moment we met you, we knew that you would be a pleasure to deal with.  Even though we were expecting a professional and courteous service, you met our high expectations and exceeded them.  We cannot thank you enough.  I still cannot believe the magical moments you captured for us in the Folk Park.  I knew it would be a special place, but my gosh, you had everything researched and your attention to detail and creative eye will make for the most fabulous images and memories we will cherish in the years to come.  We were so thrilled with the slide show, which was one of the highlights of the reception.  We are so delighted to have met you and had you to capture what was the best day of our lives.

 

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

Deirdre & David

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Deirdre and David were married in Cloncagh church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. It was a lovely, cosy, Christmassy wedding – and the tone was set from the very start with the Christmas bauble invitations.

Here are some things I loved about Deirdre and David’s wedding:

  • The mistletoe hanging over the door of the church – it worked hard too with all those kisses for the bride and groom as the guests left after the ceremony. 😉
  • Getting lucky with nice weather as the guests arrived for the ceremony, and again afterwards as everyone hung around for a chat.
  • A new record for the fastest run up the aisle by the page boy and flower girls!
  • David’s grin when he saw Deirdre for the first time.
  • Going somewhere new for the bridal party photographs.
  • The Christmas bauble table plan and one of the best alternatives to a guest signing book I’ve ever seen.
  • Áine texting Deirdre as she was doing her speech from her iPhone! 🙂
  • The stories of David playing hurling with a spade!

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

Muireann & Jeffrey

 

Muireann and Jeffrey met when Muireann was on a hen party and Jeffrey was on stag party in Wesport. If that isn’t destiny then what is?! They had a lovely Winter wedding ceremony in Headford and held their reception in Lisloughrea Lodge. From the beginning my mission was clear – they wanted to spend as much time with their family and friends as possible. We skipped taking any of the usual photographs and once they walked down the aisle it was straight to the hotel. I’ve got to hand it to them – they knew what they wanted and they put their own personal stamp on the day. It was lovely.

Here are some things I loved about Muireann and Jeffrey’s wedding:

  • The most organised bride ever. I turned up to the house over two hours before the ceremony and she was already ready and itching to get her dress on!
  • Fairy lights – there’s just something magically Christmas about them and they were everywhere.
  • The steady hand – a song written for Muireann’s dad when he retired – the song they walked up the aisle to.
  • The music. I’ve been lucky enough to photograph three weddings in this little circle of musician friends so I expected nothing less but it blows me away every time.
  • Having the entire congregation join them at the altar for their vows.
  • The view at Lisloughrea Lodge.
  • The wedding cake – and the 200 mini cakes!
  • The trad session after their meal. Hup ya boyo! 😉

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

Sharon & Tom

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Sharon and Tom held their entire wedding the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe. Given the weather we had that day, it turned out to be a genius idea! Having everything under the one roof meant that the weather didn’t matter and everyone had a great time (especially at the rowdy Bellisimo table! ;)). Sharon and Tom have a great mutual sense of humour so it was a pleasure to hang out with them for the day and tell their wedding story.

Here are some things I loved about Sharon and Tom’s wedding:

  • The rainbow arching over the hotel when I arrived. Little did I know that would be my last photograph outside!
  • Nathan, the ring king.
  • Tom’s reaction to the gift Sharon got for him.
  • Sharon’s wedding shoes. Sure, they weren’t the most comfortable pair of shoes in the world, but they were pretty spectacular – and their names and wedding date were printed inside too.
  • Sharon and her Dad sticking their tongues out at Sharon’s mother as they walked down the aisle, mimicking a photo from Sharon’s parents wedding day.
  • Sharon’s brother going rogue during his reading and adding his own verses.
  • Keano quickly attaching a ball and chain to Tom’s ankle the second the ceremony was over!
  • PILLOW FIGHT!!!!
  • The signing frame and date night ideas.
  • The junior Atomic Chickens! 😉

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

Jenny & James

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Jenny and James were married in Athlacca church and held their reception in Springfort Hall. I had photographed James’ sister Trish’s wedding a few years ago so it was great to meet up with their family again. When I met up with Jenny and James to go through the plan for their wedding they had two interesting things on their list – the first was to get a photo with the huge tree on the lawn outside Springfort Hall which was full of Autumn colour. When we arrived the sun was just setting but there was a tiny sliver of light still falling on the tree – phew! The second thing was to incorporate radiography (which Jenny works at) and chickens (which James works with). You’ll have to scroll down to see the results of that! 😉

Here are some things I loved about Jenny and James’ wedding:

  • An unexpected slap on the bum.
  • Liam Óg getting to be a grown up for the day and Mary Kate being a flower girl for the FOURTH time!
  • Gary’s reaction to Jenny coming down the stairs in her wedding dress.
  • CHEWBACCA!!!!! (Saying “cheese” for photographs is so last year!)
  • The most talented collection of hurlers in a receiving line I’ve ever photographed.
  • Beautiful, crisp, golden Autumn light. (The photographer nerd in me was doing a happy dance!)
  • Siobhán – where do I even start?! 😉
  • The A-team entrance music.
  • The groomsmen chicken dance!

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

Sarah & Ciarán

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Sarah and Ciarán were married in Ballynacally church and held their reception in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point. When we met to go through the plan for their day I was WARNED to be careful with certain members of the bridal party – let’s just say that they “like to have the craic”. As I drew asterisks next to their names I knew it was shaping up to be a great day. And it was! With a healthy Limerick/Clare rivalry between the families and joking from start to finish it was a lot of fun. Not only that, but with Ireland not making it through to the final of the rugby world cup we even managed to get Ciarán away from the television to take some photographs! 😉

Here are some things I loved about Sarah and Ciarán’s wedding:

  • Aoife, who despite looking like Elsa, was going trick or treating after the wedding dressed as a Witch Bride. However, she only broke into nervous giggling when I asked who the witch bride was marrying!
  • Incorporating Sarah and Ciarán’s obsession with Scrabble.
  • The “Bridesmaid Express”!!
  • Cillian’s sense of humour – “she’s not a little girl any more Dad!”
  • That wedding car.
  • Mac managing to hold it together. Barely. 😉
  • Audín and Arwen’s outfits – they looked like something out of a fairytale.
  • Duke, their dog, turning up at the church to say hello. Usually when pets turn up they are wearing cute little outfits – but not Duke – he was wearing a waistcoat that I imagine would be too big for any grown man!
  • A beautiful Autumn sunset.
  • The speeches – there were some great stories shared, but I reckon it was only scratching at the surface!

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

Alison & John

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Alison and John were married in Ogonelloe church and held their reception in the Lakeside Hotel Killaloe. I don’t know where to even start in summarising their wedding day – there was so much going on and such an incredible amount of thought and effort put into it that it’s can’t be condensed into a paragraph. John is hands down the most romantic groom I’ve ever met – I would put every man to shame if I listed everything he did in the run up to the wedding. However, one thing that stands out is presenting his future bride with golden envelopes in the lead up to the big day (along with a bonus golden envelope on bank holidays!) which contained gifts and surprises – culminating in a once in a lifetime experience when Alison gets to feed penguins on their honeymoon. Incredible! Between them they make the dream team for not only coming up with great ideas but making them happen. I’d love to have their wedding day all over again – it all went by too fast.

It was also my first double wedding – not only did Alison and John get married, but the bears decided to tie the knot too! 😉

Big Lesson Learned: Dried, pressed leaves do NOT make good confetti! 😉 (However, if you ever need to hit someone in the face with a huge quantity of leaves in the shortest time dried, pressed leaves are the way to go.)

Here are some things I loved about Alison and John’s wedding:

  • Hanging out with John and the groomsmen for a little while that morning – what a great bunch of lads. From emotional cards and personalised gifts to one man’s determination to grow his hair until he’s walking on it to drinking empty pints – it was great craic!
  • Turning up to the bride’s house to find her dressed as a penguin (of course), complete with beak and flippers, harassing her neighbours with trick or treat.
  • Lucky, the camper van.
  • The nervous look on Ted Bed Glynn’s face as he waited anxiously at the top of the aisle for Lucy Lilly Glynn. 😉
  • Fr. Chris delivering an epic sermon (as always). As he said himself he was spoiled for choice with these two – but in the end his tea towel inspired (pillow slip) Winnie The Pooh quotes were brilliant.
  • Dan’s MC skills – he would give Mr. Motivator a run for his money! 😀
  • A Lord Of The Rings sword to cut the cake (and randomly knight people when they weren’t looking!).
  • Personally carved pumpkins on each table, as well as a chapter from their story.
  • Alison and John presenting a mini birthday cake to their guests who had celebrated big birthdays that year which they had missed.
  • The surprise choir.
  • Alison’s dancing shoes.

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

Louise & Mark

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You might remember Louise and Mark from their fantastic (but very, very, VERY wet) wedding in Hotel Doolin a few weeks back. It poured rain for their entire wedding day – but a few weeks later we met up again, Louise and Mark put their wedding clothes back on and we went and took photographs at all the places we had originally planned on going to (along with a few more for good measure!). It was such a laugh and we met some interesting characters along the way (from Spanish student tourists who followed us around, to some random paparazzi to a crazy hen party dressed as old ladies) – but the best part was that we got to go places you wouldn’t usually get to go on a wedding day AND we weren’t under any pressure for time so it was really relaxed.

Here is a little taste…