Best of 2012

Here it is! My favourite wedding photographs of 2012. It was almost impossible to narrow them down, but I’ve managed to squeeze a full year into just over 9 minutes. The photographs follow the course of a typical wedding starting with the preparations and finishing with the dancefloor madness!

Which photograph is your favourite?

Inchydoney Wedding Photography – Olivia & Colm

Olivia & Colm’s finished wedding album just arrived so I figured it was about time I showcased some of their wedding photographs! When I had my first meeting with Olivia & Colm to discuss their wedding day I knew it was going to be fabulous. They had planned to get married in Darrara Church in Clonakilty and have their reception in the beautiful Inchydoney Lodge.

Because they were both preparing in Inchydoney Lodge we got to take some photographs in the library of the hotel before moving on to the intimate church service. We got lucky with the weather, it was windy but the sun came out between the clouds to dramatically  light up the stunning landscape.

Colm first met Olivia at a party, and once the music kicked off after the meal their party got into full swing. It was one of the busiest and most fun filled dance floors I’ve seen at a wedding this year!

Here are a few of my favourite photographs from their day….

If you are planning your wedding in Inchydoney (or anywhere else!) and you are looking for fun, natural, relaxed photography do say hello!

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Bunratty Wedding Photography – Vivian & Kelvin

Vivan and Kelvin are a really sweet couple. They travelled from Kentucky to renew their vows in Bunratty during a once in a lifetime trip around Ireland. Their story was one of the most romantic stories of any couple I’ve met this year (and I’ve heard some great stories!). Vivian had been sick and Kelvin was there to help nurse her back to health and in the process rekindled their love. It was a joy to photograph that love.

After an emotional renewal of vows in Ardcroney Chapel we went for a stroll through  Bunratty Folk Park to Bunratty Castle. We stopped along the way to look at some of the old buildings and admire the views. The leaves were just starting to turn a lovely shade of gold and we got some beautiful light filtering through them.

Afterwards, Vivian and Kelvin travelled to Dromoland to enjoy a meal together and celebrate their relationship.

Claire was their wedding planner and she did an amazing job. It’s not easy organising a wedding from another country but it all came together beautifully on the day. The little chapel in Bunratty was the perfect find for their intimate ceremony. As a surprise for her mechanical engineer husband, Vivian hired a 1960 Silver Cloud Rolls to chauffeur them for the day. (Vivian later joked that Kelvin thought the car was probably the best part of the day!)

It was great to meet Nigel, the celebrant, and work with Fiona the makeup artist. It was a great day – thanks again to Vivian and Kelvin for having me there to document it! Here are some of my favourite photographs from the day.

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Sinéad & Ger – A Marquee Wedding

Farmhouse and marquee

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this wedding sneak peek with you! When I first met Sinéad and Ger they were renovating an old farmhouse in County Limerick. Their plan was to get married next door in their local church and have a reception in their new house with an adjoining marquee. It was ambitious, but they really pulled it off. Here are some of my favourite

Zoe + Colin – Wedding Sneak Peek

I had been looking forward to Zoe & Colin’s wedding this Summer as it promised to be a little different to weddings I have photographed in the past. It was a Baha’i ceremony and it took place in the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis. Zoe and Colin are a lovely, friendly couple with great families and I was delighted to be there to capture their wedding day. This is a small selection of a few of my favourite photographs from the day…

Wedding Album

I love when a bride and groom decide to get a wedding album! For me it is the best way to record and relive the wedding day. There’s something special about opening up an album, flicking through the pages and being reminded of the moments and feelings of the day. Personally, I just don’t think it’s the same as viewing the photographs on a computer or television screen – regardless of how technology changes a wedding album is future proof.

The end product of my wedding photography is a beautiful, environmentally friendly, hand made album. I bring a sample along when I’m meeting up with future brides and grooms and it always gets a great reaction. The look and feel of this album is quite different to the albums being supplied by most Irish photographers at the moment. It really is something that must be seen and felt, but I will do my best to describe it here with words and pictures.

Let’s start with the cover. It’s a textured hemp canvas which wraps around the entire album and is printed with a panoramic photograph from the wedding day. It is then treated with an archival fixative to ensure that it will always look its best for generations to come. The finished cover has an almost vintage look and it feels great!

Inside the beginning and end of the album there is