Niamh & Paul

blackboard jungle wedding speech

A few weeks before Niamh and Paul’s wedding I got an intriguing top secret email from Niamh. It turns out Paul was a contestant on Blackboard Jungle when he was younger. Now, I know I have a lot of American readers of this blog so I must first explain what “Blackboard Jungle” is… Let’s just say in the 90s it was the biggest national televised quiz in the country. It was a pretty big deal. In fact it was such a big deal it was hosted by Ray D’Arcy (the Irish equivalent of Oprah). 🙂

Anyway…. Niamh managed to get her hands on a copy of the broadcast from the RTE archives. I edited it down to a “Best of Paul” shortened version and somehow, against all odds, it managed to stay a secret until the wedding day. It was hilarious! Luckily, Paul is a smart guy and really picked up his team in the rapid fire buzzer round. It was definitely one of the highlights of the day!

Things I loved about Niamh & Paul’s wedding:

  • Working with Val and Rachelle on hair and makeup again – they’re like a dream team!
  • The relaxed vibe in Niamh’s house that morning and the funny comments – when the girls were getting Niamh into her dress they were wearing a white cotton glove to keep it clean. They cracked me up with their Michael Jackson jokes!
  • I’m lucky enough to be the photographer for Niamh’s brother Brian’s wedding to Ashling next year too so it was great to get to know their family a little better.
  • Cratloe church. It’s such a lovely, intimate place to get married.
  • The guests cheering every time Paul got an answer correct on Blackboard Jungle. It was on par with the excitement of the 1990 World Cup Ireland vs Romania penalty shoot out!

Some kind words from Niamh & Paul:

“We can’t thank you enough for everything! It was a pleasure to have you in the house that morning you were so discreet and fitted in so well throughout the day. Numerous people came up to us throughout the day and commented on how brilliant you were. Paul is thinking of starting a Kevin Murphy fan club page on Facebook you had so many fans :)”
Of course, I do have a facebook page here if you do want to keep track of me! Here are some of my favourite images from their wedding day…

Chantel & Dwain

powerscourt wedding photography

After a little AM/PM confusion Chantel & Dwain arrived in Ireland from Chicago at crazy o’clock in the morning. A quick adventure in driving at the wrong side of tiny country roads and a few short hours of sleep later and I showed up at their hotel room to photograph their wedding day. What followed was one of the most fun, personal and real weddings I’ve photographed. We were joined by Romy for a beautiful ceremony beneath two ancient trees with the Sugarloaf mountain as a backdrop. It was emotional! Other than that it was just Chantel, Dwain and I hanging out and having fun.

Things I loved about Chantel & Dwain’s wedding:

  • How they both pushed through the exhaustion and jet lag that they must have been feeling and didn’t even mention it.
  • The ceremony. It was such a privilege to be there and not only experience their vows, but document them for their friends and family back home.
  • Chantel and Dwain were up for anything. They asked me if they could climb up on the side of the big pool outside of the hotel! That’s my kind of couple! 😉 No matter what I asked of them they just did it – which led us to some amazing images.
  • Chantel’s wedding dress. Amazing.
  • Some of the locations we had planned didn’t work out so we had to improvise a little – the location of the ceremony was somewhere I had found the day before when scouting. The final image below at sunset was another back up location I’d found. In the end it all worked out great.

Some kind words from Chantel & Dwain:

“Thank you for being super awesome and allowing us to kidnap you for the entire day! You truly are the best at what you do. We had the greatest time ever and it was worth every thorn prick and midges’ bite (I count 8 of them so far) that I received along the way! Thank you, Thank you, & Thank you again.”
Here are a few of my favourite images from their wedding day. I’ve also sprinkled in some thoughts and advice from Chantel and Dwain below.

Hazel & Paul

dunraven adare wedding photography

Hazel & Paul were married in the Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare and had their reception just up the road in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. One of the things I love about my job is that I get to spend time with families on a hugely important day of their lives. Hazel’s family couldn’t have been more welcoming. It was such a lovely atmosphere I knew it was going to be a great day.

And it was! The only downside was the weather. When we were starting to take some bridal party photographs there was a flash of lightning followed by the low rumble of thunder. We persevered and soon after there was another flash followed even more quickly by thunder – it was getting closer! We wrapped up as the first few drops of rain began to fall and a few minutes later I was trapped in my car in one of the heaviest showers I’ve ever seen! Phew!

Things I loved about Hazel & Paul’s wedding:

  • When I was in Hazel’s house that morning, I saw a quote “When a wife has a good husband, it is easily seen in her face”. That pretty much summed up the day with Hazel and Paul wearing beaming smiles for the entire day.
  • The playlist of music Catriona had put together for the morning preparations.
  • The little details Hazel had around the house that morning – I was like a kid in a sweet shop!
  • “The Andmeister” 😉
  • Going to Adare Castle to take photographs. It was cut short by the weather but it was a lot of fun!
  • The details in the Dunraven. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it looking so well. The bunting, candy bar, wedding cake (that Hazel’s mother had made), table plan and centrepieces were all amazing.

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Suzie & Gary

armada spanish point wedding photography

Suzie and Gary were married in Meanus church and had their reception in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point. The Child of Prague did a great job and everyone was in high spirits. As well as stopping on the coast for some photographs with the bridal party, Suzie and Gary also drove to a personal location for a few more photographs. The weather was really sunny and windy which made things a bit challenging – but I’ll take that over rain any day!

Things I loved about Suzie and Gary’s wedding:

  • The pool table in their house. I was tempted to have a game myself but thought better of it seeing as it is surrounded by glass windows!
  • Suzie and all of the girls walking to the church from her house.
  • Corey’s suit and mini converse.
  • The flowers were fab, as were all the other little details like the boxes for the rings, the bike outside the church and the tables in the hotel.
  • Gary and Suzie driving their own wedding car. The journey between the church and the hotel is one of the few times a married couple get to spend alone so I’m sure they had a great chat.
  • Going to Seafield beach where Suzie’s mother used to go as a child.
  • The horse racing themed seating plan along with the form of each guest. Apparently Suzie “travels well over distance” and Gary is “in good nick”!

Some kind words from Suzie & Gary:

“Thanks again for being so amazing. You have great patience. And you are amazing at what you do!”

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Carmel & Brian

adare wedding photography

Carmel & Brian are a great couple. Every time I met them in the lead up to their wedding day I really enjoyed their company so I knew their wedding day was going to be great. They were married in Croom and had their reception in the Charleville Park Hotel. For their bridal party photographs we went to a top secret location and it was stunning! I love going to new places, it makes it so much more personal.

Things I loved about Carmel & Brian’s wedding:

  • The garden at Carmel’s house, it had obviously been well prepared for the big day!
  • The flower girls covering their ears when singing started in the church!
  • The location for the bridal party photography. The light on the day was challenging so I didn’t get to do a few things I had planned, but it was still a beautiful place to go.
  • Brian’s sense of humour. And Carmel’s endless positivity.
  • CURTS!

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Áine & Jack

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Aine & Jack were married in Manister Church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. These guys put the party in wedding party! It was great fun from start to finish and I really enjoyed being there to capture it all.

Things I loved about Áine & Jack’s wedding:

  • The excitement that morning as the girls got ready in Revas Spa in the Woodlands. When Orla (the flowergirl) turned up she got swept off her feet in the world’s biggest hug from Áine – her feet were dangling in the air!
  • Jack and his brothers’ sense of humour – it was a lot of fun once I realised they were more likely to do the exact opposite of anything I asked them to do! 😉
  • The singing in the church – I love it when the family get involved.
  • Going somewhere personal for the bridal party photographs. We went to “the track”, not only was it a great location with a lovely river running through it but it was also the location that Áine and Jack hung out at when they started going out which made it even more personal.
  • Áine’s brother Brian’s speech. It was equally touching and hillarious. (Although he purposely made sure I had “Bonfire Heart” stuck in my head for about a week after the wedding!)
  • The rest of the speeches were great too, even their priest got in on the action and had more than a few people crying with laughter!

Some kind words from Áine & Jack:

We had a ball. We loved every minute of our day. Jack and I would like to express our sincere gratitude to you for the fantastic job you did on our wedding day. We loved your relaxed approach and your sense of humour. It was lovely to see you join in with our laughs throughout the day.

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Doreen & James

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Doreen and James were married in Churchtown and had their reception in Vienna Woods Hotel in Cork. On our way to the reception we stopped off in Blarney Castle & Gardens and it was wonderful! The flowers were in bloom, the weather was perfect and love was in the air! 😉

Things I loved about Doreen and James’ wedding:

  • Getting to hang out that morning with Doreen’s family. It was a lot of fun, and they have to be one of the loveliest (and most loving) families I’ve had the pleasure of working with.
  • Doreen’s dog who was dressed up with an actual lucky horseshoe.
  • Jack, aka The Lord Of The Rings!
  • James’ selfie with his best man at the top of the aisle. 🙂
  • Michelle & Olivia (the two bridesmaids) singing during the ceremony. It’s so much more personal when friends and family join in.
  • Blarney gardens. Wow. I’d been there the week before to find some nice locations and I was blown away by it. Thankfully the weather was great on the day and we got to make the most of it.
  • James managing to work all of the table names into his speech.

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Sinéad & John

kilmallock wedding photography charleville park hotel

Sinéad and John had the difficult task of organising their wedding from sunny Brisbane. It’s never easy organising something from the opposite side of the world, but they did an amazing job. (I think both Mum’s may be honorary wedding planners after it all!) The details and thought put into the day were huge and it definitely paid off.

Things I loved about Sinéad & John’s wedding:

  • Getting married exactly 10 years after their first date!
  • The combination of their wedding day and the fact that they were home surrounded by friends and family that had Sinéad and John smiling the entire day long.
  • The obvious bond between Sinéad and her granny who lives just next door.
  • A family uniting for the first time ever. Amazing.
  • Complimentary coloured bridesmaid dresses.
  • Managing to get some photographs outside in between the showers – with the help from umbrellas, shade under trees and a great couple who didn’t mind a few drops here and there!
  • All the details – not only that but the detail in the details – using the same font, colours and style across all the printed materials (which happened to tie in with the bridesmaids colours) – genius!

Some kind words from Sinéad & John:

Thanks so much for everything – you did a fantastic job and you were so easy to work with, I was never more comfortable in front of a camera and that says a lot!

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Amanda & Ronan – Ormonde Hotel

kilkenny wedding photography

Occasionally I like to do weddings that are a bit further away. It’s nice to go to new locations, meet new people and find nice places to take photographs. When I first met Amanda and Ronan way back in early 2013 I loved their story and their plan for their wedding. They have been going out with each other FOREVER and they had loads of little personal touches during the day. The fact that Ronan is a talented cabinet maker was an advantage!

Their day was jam packed. Usually there is only time for one pit stop for photographs, but we managed to squeeze three in! Firstly, it was across the road to the most fascinating pub/grocery I’ve ever been in – whether you wanted a pint of Guinness, lawn seed or 10 litres of white emulsion paint they had it all! After that, we went to Ronan and Amanda’s house to see their precious pet dogs and finally we went to Woodstock Gardens – phew!

Things I loved about Amanda & Ronan’ wedding:

  • Amanda’s Mum’s wedding dress hanging side by side with Amanda’s dress.
  • The note Ronan sent Amanda that morning. It was emotional!
  • The hospitality in Amanda’s house that morning. Honestly, it was like I was a long lost friend. In fact, I soon found out it was easier to just accept everything I was offered because if my hands were empty I was going to be offered again within ten seconds!!
  • Ronan’s handiwork – from the candle holders in the church to the table plan and cake stand at the reception. He was busy!
  • Chasing after Amanda and Ronan in their golf cart! If I’d know how far away we were going I wouldn’t even have considered it! It was very funny though. Thanks to Noel, the videographer, for giving me a lift for the second leg. 😉
  • Kenny’s speech. It was the most honest, natural speech ever (probably because he forgot his notes!) and it was hilarious.
  • The singing waiter. He went down a storm, not to mention Ronan’s solo finale!

Some kind words from Amanda & Ronan:

It was a pleasure to have you capture the special moments from our big day. I always knew that I wanted an easy going approach to taking our photos but little did I think that seeing the photos on the slide show would be one of the highlights. Everyone absolutely loved this part of the day and they’re still raving about it! Numerous people have said how lucky we are you have you as our photographer and I couldn’t agree more.

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…

Tracy & Seamus – Hotel Doolin

hotel doolin wedding photography

Tracy and Seamus’ wedding day surpassed my expectations – and I had high expectations! When my wife asked how their wedding went the only way I could describe it was like it a comedian convention with a marriage thrown in for good measure! I can’t remember the last time I laughed as much. The witty one liners as the guys were getting ready, the funny stories the girls were sharing that morning, Tracy’s dad’s jokes when we went taking photographs down at the pier, Colm’s speech, in fact all of the speeches… it was nonstop! (In fact, you can see people literally wiping tears from their eyes during the speeches below!)

Things I loved about Tracy and Seamus’ wedding:

  • Everything happening in one location – Hotel Doolin – the preparations, the ceremony and the reception.
  • Seamus trusting me to bring along some of his Lego Star Wars collection. It made for one of my favourite wedding ring images ever.
  • They had a sand ceremony, but to make it even more personal they went and got sand from the beaches they used to go to as children. What a great idea.
  • Tracy’s that’s-what-she-said moment during the vows – I’ve sworn to Tracy I wouldn’t repeat what she actually said, but it was very funny!
  • A random passing kid joining the traditional musicians with his ukulele! He even had his eyes closed for added emotional impact! 😉
  • Getting down to the coast with the bridal party and getting a great sky to work with.
  • The Siege of Ennis. It started perfectly (after a little tutorial from the band) but it was chaos within minutes!

Some kind words from Tracy & Seamus:

Thank you so much for all the hard work you did in Doolin. We had a fantastic day and we are so glad that you were there to capture it. All our guests were raving about the photos from the sneak peek that evening. A great day was had by all helped in no small amount by your friendliness and professionalism. From the first meeting we knew that you were the right person for the job. You have a fantastic talent.

Here are some of my personal favourite photographs to give you a taste of their day…