Ashling & Brian

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One of my favourite things about being a wedding photographer is getting to be there with families on one of their most important days. It’s like getting a backstage pass. And, because of the day that’s in it with high emotions and stories shared, it’s easy to form a bond with that family and especially with the couple marrying. So I was delighted to be asked to photograph Ashling and Brian’s wedding – having already photographed the weddings of Ashling’s sister, Brian’s sister and Danny the groomsman – It was like a reunion and it was lovely to spend the day with lots of familiar faces (and a new little addition!).

When Ashling was 15 she worked in the Highway Bar where she first met Brian. They met again years later in Aubars and the rest is history. They were married in Fenit Church and held their reception in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel.

Things I loved about Ashling and Brian’s wedding:

  • The flowers, which they did themselves, looked fantastic.
  • Ashling having her mother’s veil.
  • A faulty handbrake. Or at least that was the excuse! 😉
  • Fr. Blewitt’s story about Eve’s headache.
  • The sacristan using the signing pen to tickle people.
  • The table names which, in a nod to Reeling in the Years, documented important years in the history of Ashling and Brian and their families.
  • The final statement of the CASH committee. Congratulations on a job well done – if only all Irish committees were as successful. 😉
  • Their first dance song is one of my all time favourites, but I loved how they tied it in to their day in other ways too.

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

Niamh & Marcus

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Wedding days rarely go exactly to plan. No matter how well it’s organised and how much work is put into it, there are so many different aspects that almost inevitably something doesn’t go exactly as hoped. The solution: just go with it! Niamh and Marcus were married in Niamh’s local church in Carriganama. The weather toyed with us all morning – almost every time we wanted to go outside to take some photographs it would start raining. Once we ran back inside it would stop! I lost count of how many times we tried to take a photograph of Marcus outside the church with his racing bike. As we drove to Killarney to their reception in the Killarney Oaks it rained all the way there. Finally, FINALLY, mother nature gave us a break and when we arrived it stopped!

Despite everything that was thrown at them Niamh and Marcus made the most of everything and smiled the whole way through.

Things I loved about Niamh and Marcus’ wedding:

  • Podge’s excitement that morning. What a diva!
  • Being avoided all morning – every time I walked into a room, I was pretty much guaranteed to be the only person in that room within about 15 seconds! 😉 Everyone got used to having me around pretty quickly though.
  • Uncle Charlie’s hat.
  • They not only had the same priest that married Niamh’s parents but they had the same driver for their wedding car too.
  • Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing” as their wedding song as they walked down the aisle after getting married.
  • Getting stung by nettles trying to find the best angle. Actually, hang on, I didn’t like that one little bit!
  • Once of the wildest Siege Of Ennis dances I’ve ever seen. It was carnage! 😉

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

Michelle & Pat

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You might remember Michelle and Pat from their engagement session… well… their wedding day finally arrived and it was cracker! They were married in Newport and held their reception in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh. For their bridal party photographs we went to an old, abandoned, run down handball alley. I LOVED it – full of interesting textures and fantastic light. Pat on the other hand compared it to Beirut! 😉

One of the things I loved about Michelle and Pat’s wedding was the importance of family and friends to them. They are both only children so it was great to see their extended families and friends rallying around them for the day. I think I set a new record for the number of family photographs I took – which is all the more impressive for two only children!

Some other things I loved about Michelle and Pat’s wedding:

  • Susan who was not only chief bridesmaid but also looked after Michelle’s makeup. She even sacrificed a makeup brush for the cause – snapping it in half so it would fit in her touch up bag!
  • Those shoes.
  • The girls’ reaction to seeing their transport for the day – a vintage camper and a red mini.
  • Lauren (the flower girl) giving Michelle a celebratory fist bump once she was officially married.
  • Tadhg (the page boy) who was looking dapper in his shorts and dickie bow.
  • Claire throwing her bouquet and it landing lodged firmly in the videographer’s camera!
  • Their very apt choice of song for their first dance.
  • Michelle learning how to dance a set and giving it gusto.

Some kind words from Michelle & Pat:

Thank you so so so much for everything you did for us on Friday. We had an amazing day and we loved having you with us for the day. You were so much fun and had so much patience with us we appreciate it so much.

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

Sarah & Ryan

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Sarah and Ryan (along with their families and close friends) travelled to Ireland from America to get married in Fanningstown Castle. It was a beautiful, relaxed wedding and all the more impressive that it was all organised from half way around the world. Sarah and Ryan put a lot of personal touches into the day. One of my favourites was that they both wrote each other little notes that morning and, just before the ceremony, they exchanged them. Standing at each side of a door so they couldn’t see each other, they passed each other their notes and had a little moment to let it all soak in.

Things I loved about Sarah and Ryan’s wedding:

  • Some impromptu, last minute flower arranging by Sarah.
  • Being formally referred to as “Mr. Kevin Murphy” for the morning 😉
  • Trying to tie a tie using the knot to rule all knots. I think in the end the knot won!
  • Ryan’s dad writing a song for Sarah and Ryan and playing it as Sarah walked into the ceremony room.
  • Ryan’s friend binding Sarah and Ryan by a traditional tying of the knot.
  • Passing the rings among their family and friends for a ring warming.
  • Sarah’s idea to get a photo of their parents kissing as well as them.
  • A cheesecake wedding cake. Nom nom!
  • Open air toasts as well as an outdoor first dance.

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

Edel & Pa

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Edel and Pa were married in Newcastle West church and held their reception in the Devon Inn Hotel. There is a quote by Arnold Newman that says “photography is 1% talent and 99% moving furniture” and it’s something that came to mind at Edel and Pa’s wedding. I was the photographer, but I was also a butler – helping get straws for the girls’ drinks that morning (thankfully not the same straws as the hen party!). I was also a traffic warden and a dress fluffer. A lot of people come together to make a wedding happen, but the best thing about being the photographer is that you get to experience the whole day – from nervous preparations in the morning all the way through to careless dancing in the evening. And Edel and Pa’s wedding was fun from start to finish – and I didn’t have to move a single piece of furniture!

Things I loved about Edel and Pa’s wedding:

  • One of the nicest rooms I’ve ever photographed the wedding details in – bright and spacious and colourful.
  • A custom wedding themed music playlist put together for the morning preparations.
  • Paddy (Edel and Pa’s son) who was very excited to see his mammy that morning – almost as excited as when he got a new truck!
  • The speeches – from the dramatic unfurling of Paddy’s speech to the stories Frances had been looking forward to telling for a while now!
  • Fr. John (who had traveled all the way from Australia for the wedding) who delivered one of the best ever grace before meals.
  • As a treat for the Australian guests, there was a display of Irish dancing after the meal. The highlight of which (for me) was when one of the young sean nós dancers blew a cheeky kiss to the bride!

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

Caroline & Kenneth

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Caroline and Kenneth were married in Ardagh church and held their reception in the Devon Inn Hotel. It was a wedding that was years in the making – and they certainly made use of that time with loads of personal touches throughout the day which made it all the more emotional.
Caroline and Kenneth met (romantically) when they shared a snack box in Superbites after a night out! (It reminds me of that scene in Lady and the Tramp when they share a plate of spaghetti!)

Things I loved about Caroline and Ken’s wedding:

  • The t-shirt Caroline gave Ken as a gift that morning.
  • Their wedding car, a 1986 Ford that Ken has worked hard on restoring.
  • Witnessing the art of tying a tie backwards, then taking it off and putting it back on so that it’s facing the right direction! Magic.
  • Zack the dog in his tux and top hat.
  • The treasure hunt Ken sent Caroline – it was very emotional – just like the gift boxes Caroline had prepared for her bridesmaids.
  • Ken’s second baptism. 😉
  • The heart signing frame Ken made for the reception.
  • Brian (the best man) comparing the bride to their vintage car. It could have all gone terribly wrong – but it was genius!

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

Toni & Owen

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I really don’t know where to start when describing Toni and Owen’s wedding. It was one of those weddings that reinforced how lucky I am to have the job that I have. Being a photographer is like having a backstage pass into the lives of a family for one day. And not just an ordinary day – one of the most exciting, emotional and important days of that family. A day that literally will go down in their history.

For Toni and Owen, I not only had a backstage pass, but I got to see the performance of a lifetime! 😉 Having a photographer in your home can be a bit of a peculiar experience  (especially when all you want to do is wash fake tan off your hands using some sort of industrial cleaner, or march around outside the house to the sound of the Colonel Bogie March from the film The Bridge on the River Kwai) but I was absorbed into the day as if I was one of the family. So a big thank you – to Toni and Owen for having me there, and to your families for being who they are.

Things I loved about Toni and Owen’s wedding:

  • The fun in Toni’s house that morning. It was like hanging out with the Von Trapp family! 😉
  • The flower girl dresses which were made by Toni’s mother Gaye – who also made the veil (and I’m sure much more too).
  • Toni’s prophetic packet of love heart sweets that pretty much foretold the future of the day (in confectionary form).
  • Owen’s surname is Wells and he had the genius idea of taking a photograph of his mother underneath the “Our Lady of the Wells” sign outside the church. Genius!
  • Cowboy boots.
  • Hunting for Gruffalo in the woods with my “Gruffalo Gun”!
  • Owen romantically calling his new wife “Squinty Face” during the photo session.
  • A Tenacious D table. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be at a wedding that has a Tenacious D table?!
  • Watching the Australians watching the Siege of Ennis!

Some kind words from Toni and Owen:

We really want to thank you for your work on our wedding day.  You were really terrific.  You made everybody feel so relaxed, you really felt like one of us. I have had so many guests compliment you to us, everyone was so impressed with your personality, attitude and professionalism – and everyone absolutely loved the slide show, thanks so much for that. In fact, a fair people wanted to know how long we had been friends for – they couldn’t believe that we hadn’t known you before. We are so happy that you were our photographer 🙂 (and I hope my crazy family didn’t traumatise you too much)

Here is a quick selection of just a few of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Danielle & Adam

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Danielle and Adam travelled home from Australia to get married in Limerick. They were married in St. Munchin’s Church and held their reception in the Castletroy Park Hotel. Travelling with them was their son Evan who was all trained up and ready to pose for the camera the minute he saw me!

Things I loved about Danielle and Adam’s wedding:

  • The sense of humour and fun all day long, not just from Danielle and Adam and their bridal party but their family and friends too. It was great fun.
  • The cars, which were borrowed from Danielle’s uncle.
  • Danielle’s reaction to seeing Evan all dressed up.
  • Danielle’s floral head piece.
  • The groomsmen dropping their trousers for a photo – the suggestion had barely been uttered when all 5 trousers were down around their ankles! (And when they were done they shouted to the girls that it was their turn!)
  • Incorporating Adam’s brother Marcus into the photographs, who sadly passed away before the wedding.
  • All of the guest singing along to the first dance song – gotta love a bit of David Gray!

Here is a quick selection of just a few of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Aisling & Ryan

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Aisling and Ryan were married in Emly church and held their reception in Ballykisteen Hotel. It was a day full of happiness and a lot of laughter – and unfortunately a lot of rain as well! We were unlucky that every time we went about taking photographs outside it started raining – but big thanks to the bridal party for putting up with it for a few minutes as we passed the Glen of Aherlow, it was worth it!

Things I loved about Aisling and Ryan’s wedding:

  • The engineering challenges of a wedding day were well taken care of – stabilising mirrors using cans of Guinness, adding extra holes to a belt using a screwdriver and opening a bottle of champagne with a child’s safety scissors. (I’d imagine if McGyver was getting married he would have similar challenges!)
  • Aisling’s brooch bouquet.
  • Aisling’s dad’s sense of humour – they had cooked a big fry that morning and he offered me a sausage, “or maybe you’d like something stronger? A rasher?!” 😀
  • The role reversal as Aisling’s brother and father cooked a big breakfast while her mother put ribbons on the car.
  • The fear of yawning in the church! 😉
  • Ryan’s now famous chat up line to Aisling – “Do you like my new phone? It’s got everything on it – except your number”.
  • Line dancing!

Some kind words from Aisling and Ryan:

Ah Kevin thank you so much for everything!

You absolutely made our day… it’s the first time I’ve ever heard gasps during a slideshow!! We were getting comments all night about the amazing photos you took – even more fantastic considering the challenging weather conditions you faced.

We couldn’t have wished for better – you were so professional, and great craic too, really made it so stress free for us, and I’m delighted as we will have amazing photos to remember our big day by.

Kevin, thanks again for absolutely everything, you are amazing!

Aw shucks! Here is a quick selection of just a few of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Michelle & Patrick

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For Michelle and Patrick’s engagement session we decided to go for a hike through some of the most beautiful woods to get to an amazing waterfall. It was a lot of fun – despite the weather ranging from sunshine through to hail stones!