Vanessa & Brian

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Vanessa and Brian were married in Fanninsgtown Castle. It was a relaxed day filled with humour, quirkiness, memories and romance. Vanessa and Brian first met in 1983 in Butlins. Despite losing touch (distance was too much of an issue) they were reunited in 2006. Their wedding was a lovely, intimate and emotional ceremony where they were surrounded by their family and friends (and Vanessa’s pet greyhounds!).

Things I loved about Vanessa and Brian’s wedding:

  • All of the personal memorabilia from Butlin’s which decorated the cake table.
  • Vanessa’s sense of humour. She even bought a secret cheap, fake wedding dress which she put on that morning to see everyone’s reaction to it before putting on the real dress!
  • The ring warming part of the ceremony, as well as passing the candle flame amongst the guests, were lovely touches.
  • When my name was used instead of the groom during the vows – eek! – definitely one of the funniest moments of the day!
  • The random craziness of the day – from greyhounds gatecrashing the ceremony to some American tourists taking over the photoshoot!
  • The note Vanessa and Brian attached to their helium balloons before releasing them outside the castle.
  • The giggling from the girls every time I counted to “tree”! 😉

Some kind words from Vanessa and Brian:

Thanks for putting up with our difficult demands it must have been a difficult job for you with so many requests and people not doing as they’re told! 🙂 You worked so hard for us and rained calm through it all. We loved our day and we wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to have been there to photograph our day. I can’t wait to see them all!

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

Esti & Padraic

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Esti and Padraic were married in Crecora church and held their reception in the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick. Esti is originally from Bilboa so there was plenty of Spanish during the day and the Spanish contingent may have been small in number but they were big on fun! I have no idea what they were cheering from their tables but it built up into a crescendo that only stopped when the bride and groom kissed so I guess it’s a tradition!

Here are some things I loved about Esti and Padraic’s wedding:

  • Sausage sandwiches.
  • Superman the cat.
  • The intricate detail in Esti’s hair, Olga and Mandy did a great job.
  • Fr. Leonard adding Spanish subtitles during the ceremony.
  • Michael’s singing – not only during the ceremony but during the best man speech too.
  • The Ammm’s during speeches! Michael had to mention it and then it was unstoppable!
  • Padraic’s Spanish section in his speech, the Spanish guests were telepathically encouraging him, their lips moving as they finished trickier words and sentences for him.
  • Esti’s Dad Roberto’s English finale to his speech.

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

Máire & Tadhg

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Máire and Tadhg were married in Raheen church and held their reception in the Castle Oaks House Hotel. I met them last Summer shortly after they had gotten engaged and I was immediately sold on their personalities and excitement. After having the privilege of spending their wedding day with them I can confirm that they are very well matched! Before I talk about a few things I loved about their wedding, I’m going to start with something I didn’t like at all – Tadhg almost falling into the river! OMG! It was the longest thirty seconds of my life! In true Máire and Tadhg style, they thought it was hilarious and scaring the life out of me only made it funnier!

Anyway, that aside, here are some things I loved about Máire and Tadhg’s wedding:

  • Due to a slight miscommunication, the flower girls thought I was a minion. It turns out I was the only other Kevin they had heard of so I guess it was a fair assumption. I’ll try to be clearer in future! 😉
  • Máire’s mother had prepared a full Sunday roast for breakfast (to get a good head start on the day!)
  • Incorporating Tadhg’s love of Apple products.
  • Máire and Tadhg’s relaxed attitude. Unfortunately the weather didn’t exactly work out, but they were both all for getting an umbrella and going out for some photographs regardless. And their bravery definitely paid off.
  • Wedding days are busy days. With so many people and so much happening, often the bride and groom don’t get to spend any time alone together. However, there was a lovely moment of alone time when Máire and Tadhg walked out onto the rocks at the river. Apart from a family of ducks swimming by there was nothing but peace all around. (Of course it didn’t last long with Tadhg’s messing on the way back!)
  • Eamon’s singing speech. It was hilarious!
  • Máire and Tadhg’s appropriate choice of song for their first dance – 50% romantic and 50% madness.
  • The craic on the dance floor. I actually had all of my gear packed away when an epic dance off started so I unpacked and went back for more!

Some kinds words from Máire & Tadhg:

We knew from the minute we met you that you were going to be great but you exceeded all of our expectations. You guided us through the best day of our lives. Sorry for the mini heart attack at the river but we are so grateful to you for those special moments, probably one of our favourite parts of the day! Words cannot thank you enough.

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

Sinead & Sean

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Sinead and Sean were married in Mitchelstown and held their reception in the Dunraven Arms in Adare. I’m constantly checking the weather forecast on the lead up to weddings and on the day itself. When I checked it on my phone that morning there was a “yellow warning” for rain! Yikes! It proved to be accurate too which was a shame because the gardens at Sinead’s house were competition ready! They looked amazing, but unfortunately we could only look out at them through the window it was so bad. Thankfully we got a short break in the weather when we arrived in Adare (full credit to optimism!) and we managed to get some photographs outside.

Things I loved about Sinead and Sean’s wedding:

  • One of the funniest moments of the day was when Sean was taking a swig from a hip flask outside the church – only to be caught by his future mother in law! Best facial reaction ever – and quick thinking to blame it all on one of the groomsmen! 😉
  • When we got to the park in Adare it had stopped raining but the ground was still wet. I asked Sinead if she would possibly mind letting her dress fall onto the… BOOM! It was already on the ground! Yes! That’s my kind of bride! 🙂
  • A wedding speech written on graph paper – possibly the most accurate speech ever?
  • Teaching Robbie a new trick when he’s asked to take photographs on someone’s phone. To everyone who ever hands him a phone to take a photo – I’m sorry!
  • The stories in the speeches were very funny – but the best one had to be Sean’s bed confusion – so good it made it into almost everybody’s speech!
  • The most aggressive use of selfie sticks I’ve ever witnessed!
  • The dancing – I love a good, crazy, energetic, wild dance floor – be sure to scroll all the way down to the end for the madness…

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

Sharon & Patrick

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Sharon and Patrick were married in Adare and held their reception in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point. They are living in Australia, so despite phone calls, emails and even meeting Sharon’s mother – it wasn’t until a few days before the wedding that I finally got to meet Sharon and Patrick. From that meeting I knew that they were a relaxed, easy going, fun loving couple and that their wedding was going to be a lot of fun. And it was! In fact, the only thing that could have improved it would have been if they had brought a little Australian weather home with them!

Things I loved about Sharon and Patrick’s wedding:

  • Managing to take some nice photographs of the wedding dress (even though everyone was mortified about the state the room was in – nobody need ever know! ;))
  • Deirdre’s bla bla.
  • Alison’s seascape painting – not only a great gift but as it turns out a pretty accurate view of how the sea was that day.
  • Maebh’s sign as she walked up the aisle.
  • Elbow as their exit music from the church along with a crazy sock parade!
  • Randomly getting arrested in the park by a Garda under the Public Acts of Affection Act!
  • Anthony’s speech. His stories of shifting girls and other adventures had everyone in stitches.
  • The funniest ever grace after meals! (I never thought I would say that, but everyone that was there knows that Fr. Mullins had the last laugh!)

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

Niamh & Damien

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Niamh and Damien were married in Feohanagh church and held their reception in Ballygarry House in Tralee. Other than some roa dworks and a bit of a traffic tailback, the day went really smoothly – which was to be expected from a couple who are as organised as these two. I heard that the ribbons were put on the cars the night before the wedding! Usually that’s a last minute scramble with a scissors and search on YouTube! 😉

Things I loved about Niamh and Damien’s wedding:

  • I was passing by Damien’s house so I got to pop in there for some photographs of the guys getting ready. The driveway was like a starting grid!
  • Niamh’s house that morning was a hive of activity. The kids were very excited, especially the flower girls.
  • The constant smile on the page boys face for the entire day – he must have been training those smiling muscles for months!
  • Cherry blossom trees in full bloom – 100% natural biodegradable confetti! 😉
  • The tea party drinks reception.
  • The one and only time in my life I will ever take a photograph of a groom wearing underpants outside his suit holding a happy meal.
  • The best collection of embarrassing photographs ever collected for a speech!

Some kind words from Niamh and Damien:

Thank You doesn’t even cut it… an absolute professional & a dream to have you photograph our wedding. You put us completely at ease, we enjoyed every minute!

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

Mairead & Seán

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How can I sum up Mairead and Sean in a single word? … sound! Mairead and Seán were married in Kilnamona church and held their reception in the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe. Secretly they hired some sort of magic weather machine that ensured that it only rained when they were inside and immediately stopped every time they stepped outside the door! It was amazing – I’d definitely recommend hiring them. 😉

Things I loved about Mairead and Sean’s wedding:

  • The kids excitement and Mairead’s house that morning.
  • Page boy ZOMBIES!!
  • The flowers. Wow. They were done by Mairead’s mother and when I scouted the church a few days ahead of the wedding they had already started working on them. Their hard work paid off, they were incredible.
  • Sean’s waistcoat. Loved it.
  • One of the flower girls, when we went to take the first official photograph – “Let’s get this over with, shall we!”
  • The Torpey branded hurleys.
  • Finally getting to the location we used for the bridal party photographs. I’ve been trying to get there for wedding photographs for years, but the weather has always prevented it. (Luckily Mairead and Seán had that magic weather machine!)
  • The stories shared in the speeches – from the first time Seán’s parents met Mairead to nostril wheel removal!

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

Katie & Denis

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Katie and Denis were married in Mountcollins Church and held their reception in the Devon Inn Hotel. It was a great day and one of the funniest moments involved their beloved dog – a boxer called Katie Taylor. We had an idea for a photograph with Katie and Denis’ hands and also Taylor’s paw. In true never-work-with-animals style, Taylor was having none of it. Katie and Denis were coaxing/promising/ordering/threatening Taylor to lift a paw. Finally, Taylor put a paw on their hands and Denis ordered “other paw Taylor”! I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard!!

Things I loved about Katie and Denis’ wedding:

  • For the first time ever, there was more commotion in the grooms house in the morning than the brides house!
  • Taylor, obviously their pride and joy. I could do an entire post on just Taylor – the veil, THAT dickey bow, the facial expressions! 😉
  • Their “Let The Party Begin” sign as they walked down the aisle after the ceremony.
  • The most “unique” engagement ring photograph I’ve ever seen! (And never want to see again!)
  • The best man Kevin’s quick thinking during his speech to keep it age appropriate.

Some kind words from Katie and Denis:

We had  the best day. Thanks for photographing it, you were absolutely fantastic – so much fun and easy going.

Our families and friends are still commenting on the slide show, it really blew us all away! I don’t know how you managed to put it together so fast, we just loved it and cannot wait to see the rest of the photos!

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

Eimear & Ralph

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Eimear and Ralph. Where do I start?! At the beginning I suppose…. they met on a speed dating night (perfect speech fodder!) and those three short minutes were enough to create a spark. Seeing them together when we met to discuss their wedding plans and of course on the wedding day itself I think that speed dating or no speed dating they would still have ended up together somehow. They are such a good match for each other and I was honestly humbled to be there to document the day. Don’t get me wrong – it wasn’t a soppy “perfect” wedding day that’s going to be turned into a major motion picture starring Hugh Grant! But, all things considered (especially the miserable weather!) it was a fantastic day.

Things I loved about Eimear and Ralph’s wedding:

  • The guys were getting ready nearby so I had time to swing in and photograph their preparations. Sunil was busy being DJ and it was good fun – especially the “parrot” jokes when putting on the flowers! 🙂
  • Customised Converse.
  • Witnessing the world’s first “belfie”!
  • Mons. Dan putting everyone at ease.
  • Mags and the staff at Coolbawn Quay. I love going to new places for weddings – but the more weddings I do the less new places there are! However, I’m looking forward to going back to Coolbawn Quay for the first time in good weather! 😉
  • Eimear and Ralph purposely taking some time out to just sit together and have a drink.
  • The girl’s rendition of “I love you baby”.
  • The best man dream team – Sunil and Raul – there are rumours of them setting up a Best man academy! 😉

Some kind words from Eimear & Ralph:

I don’t know where to begin… I knew you were an amazing photographer but you totally exceeded our expectations by miles!!

You were a true professional and worked so hard all day. You even went beyond photographer duties and took on other tasks, organising mics, finding missing bridal party members, etc. As for the slideshow we were blown away!

We got so much great feedback from all our guests on your work. On behalf of both our families and Ralph and I, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We were so lucky to have you part of our big day!

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