Gillian & Caolán

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Caolán was lucky enough to win his future bride Gillian in a game of poker in Australia (;)) and they travelled home to get married in her native Ballingarry. Their wedding was a great day – a relaxed family day out with a bit of welcome Australian sunshine. Plenty people chipped in to help out too – with Heather helping out with the planning and Gillian’s mother’s friend Ginny doing an amazing job with the flowers.

Some things I loved about Gillian and Caolán’s wedding day were:

  • Gillian’s gang of nieces and nephews – they are a great bunch and loved the camera (which was just as well because the adults took a bit more time to warm up to having me there!)
  • Getting the last few jobs done – ironing ribbon, writing a speech and practising walking up the aisle.
  • Mary Frances’ poetic reflection.
  • The Guinness Book of Records attempt at the longest ever “Falling Slowly” guitar solo! 😉
  • The gardens in the Mustard Seed. We were only there for twenty minutes but I could have spent hours there.
  • Caolán getting completely destroyed with lipstick on the very first kissing photo. That was the end of the kissing!
  • The outdoor reception in the sunshine at the Bunratty Castle Hotel.
  • The best man, Tiernan’s speech – a poem with some hilarious killer punchlines.

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

Ciara & Dave

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Ciara and Dave were married in the Star of the Sea church in Quilty and held their reception at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point. There were a couple of minor glitches – the weather, a sprained ankle and the wind (which took it’s toll on a certain bridesmaid’s hair!) but they were far outweighed by the positives. It was a day filled of fun, love and a lot of laughter. I had the pleasure of previously photographing Dave’s sister Claire’s wedding (also in the Armada) so it was a treat to know both sides of the family.

Some things I loved about Ciara and Dave’s wedding day were:

  • Ciara’s dad Tom’s obvious pride in his two daughters. (Becoming a dad myself has definitely made me notice these things a lot more!)
  • I loved how Ciara’s parents had a photo from their wedding day on display that morning.
  • The full size cardboard cut out of Dave which survived the hen party and made it’s way back down from the attic that morning. (Even if it did frighten the life out of me when I walked into what I thought was an empty room!)
  • Ciara’s lipstick souvenir from the hen party – what a great idea.
  • All of the little details – the silver six pence on the bottom of Ciara’s Jimmy Choo’s, the something blue, the photos and collages of their relationship so far, the signs hanging in Ciara’s house, the cherry blossom tree table plan – loads of thoughtful little personal details.
  • Fr. Tom’s welcoming ceremony.
  • Getting lucky with five minutes on the way to the hotel where the rain was much lighter so we were able to quickly get some dramatic seaside photographs.
  • Ciara’s grandmother Bridie who cracked me up. I loved her sense of humour.
  • The speeches – especially Noel’s hilarious speech and Alan’s with those embarrassing photographs. 😉

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

Louise & Stefan

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It’s always an honour to be asked to photograph another photographer’s wedding (especially when their brother is also a photographer – no pressure then!). I met Stefan in the camera club in Limerick a good few years back so I was delighted when he got in touch to ask me to document his wedding to Louise. They met on facebook and they have a beautiful, friendly, happy daughter Saoirse who is a credit to them. They were married in the Pillo hotel and it was a lovely, relaxed, good humoured wedding – I had a great time!

Some things I loved about Louise & Stefan’s wedding day were:

  • Saoirse – star of the show! Her training in front of the camera paid off on the big day. 🙂
  • Stefan’s present to Saoirse – I’ve still got “do you ears hang low” on loop in my head.
  • The vintage bus for the bridal party to travel in.
  • The bottle opener keys for the guest seating plan, and the matching door handle table settings.
  • The caravan club. If the fun they had at their table is anything to go by, their events must be brilliant fun.
  • Louise’s dancing shoes.
  • A surprise impromptu performance by the “Sugar Daddies”.

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

Bríd & Seán

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The one thing you can’t control is the weather. Despite a beautiful day the day before, the skies opened on Bríd and Seán’s wedding day and just didn’t stop. We did get lucky though – during the bridal party photographs in Adare, the rain almost stopped for about 10 minutes! That was enough for us to quickly get some photographs with the help of umbrellas and they are some of my favourites from the day.

Some things I loved about Bríd and Seán’s wedding day were:

  • The mix and match socks (which turned out surprisingly accurate!)
  • Bríd’s steam punk style pocket watch gift for Seán.
  • Getting a photograph of Seán and the lads with their guns.
  • The flower girls practising their ballet moves.
  • An emotional walk up the aisle.
  • Getting a few “epic” images – despite the challenging weather.
  • The wedding cake. Lisa’s pièce de résistance!

Some kind words from Bríd and Seán:

We both want to thank you so much for Saturday. You were brilliant and such ease and calm – I was actually blown away when I saw the slideshow so I can’t wait to see the photos!!

Well here you go – here is a very small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Niamh & David

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Niamh and David was a marriage of coincidences. They held their reception in the Dunraven Arms in Adare – the same place both of their parents had their reception AND those two receptions were just two days apart. The priest that married them also married Niamh’s parents as his first wedding. One of the bridesmaids, Helena, got married 3 weeks later – not only to another David, but one born on the same day! Niamh and David met at work – where Niamh is now the David’s brother Robert’s boss. The list goes on – it was obviously meant to be!

Some things I loved most about Niamh and David’s wedding day were:

  • The antique ring box.
  • Niamh’s parents had their own wedding album out that morning – it was so nice to see everyone looking through it.
  • The flowers – including one of the most intricate arches I’ve ever seen. (by Carraig Flowers)
  • Kevin – the coffee king! (What skills he lacks in tying a tie he makes up for in making coffee. Although to be fair, the mirror he was using to tie it was mostly to blame!)
  • Speaking of Kevin – I don’t know how many times I heard my name being called in Niamh’s house that morning and I went into the room I was called from only to be completely ignored when I got there! Wrong Kevin. In the end, to avoid confusion, everyone started using my formal name – Kevin D. Photographer. 😉
  • Emma’s poetic reflection.
  • Replicating their trade mark yoga pose on the golf course.
  • Their golf buggy grand entrance – and their entrance to the meal, I’ve never seen such excitement!
  • John’s speech – especially those embarrassing, cringy photographs – I cracked up at the Moone Boy one!

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

Brid & Derek

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Brid and Derek were married on a beautiful sunny day in Truagh church and held their reception in the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe. They are one of the nicest couples I’ve ever worked with – so friendly and easy to get along with – so it was great to be there to photograph their wedding day. It was love at first text message for Brid and Derek – Derek plucked up the courage to ask Brid out for dinner and drinks. She replied asking to skip the dinner and just go straight for drinks! She’s a keeper! 😉

Some things I loved most about Brid and Derek’s wedding day were:

  • The caricature invites and matching signing frame.
  • Rebecca and Ellie the flower girls who constantly posed for the camera (whether I was taking their photograph or not!)
  • The bright blue bridesmaid dresses (and matching Rolls Royce!)
  • Brid’s excitement as she walked up the aisle.
  • Aunt May’s reflection.
  • The gardens in the Lakeside in full bloom for photographs.
  • An epic sunset.

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

Gemma & Joe

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Gemma and Joe were married in the Star of the Sea church in Quilty and held their reception in the Inn at Dromoland. It was a day full of little secrets and surprises – I was almost afraid to open my mouth for most of the day in case I gave something away! There were even surprises that neither Gemma or Joe knew about!

Some things I loved most about Gemma and Joe’s wedding day were:

  • The decorations Ciara had put up around the house they were renting for bridal preparations.
  • The duelling DJ’s in the house – from Deep Purple to REM.
  • The tissue supply – I’ve never seen such a huge and thorough selection!
  • A surprise Skype call from one of Gemma’s best friends in Australia.
  • Almost accidentally burning the church down.
  • A surprise custom restored tandem bike.
  • Denis and Gemma’s dad taking the tandem for a spin.
  • The cake, which was made by Gemma’s parents.
  • Jimmy’s surprise outfit change.

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

Caitriona & David

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Caitriona and David met while in university in Newcastle and travelled back to Caitriona’s home town of Killarney to get married. We were fortunate to get some great weather and scenic view (and a little less fortunate the the priest got delayed by an hour on the way to the church). It was a lovely intimate day, with Caitriona and David getting to spend a lot of quality time with each of their guests, especially during the drinks reception in the Killarney Park hotel.

Some things I loved most about Caitriona and David’s wedding day were:

  • The sense of humour Catriona shares with her bridesmaids Sam and Eliza. I enjoyed the banter that morning as everyone got ready.
  • The amazing view from Catriona’s parent’s house of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Breathtaking. Those chickens don’t know how lucky they are!
  • Dating and keeping the champagne cork for posterity.
  • The Newcastle accent.
  • Caitriona’s dad’s vintage orange beetle.
  • The always epic Killarney cathedral.
  • A quick visit to Ross Castle in the sunshine.
  • The meaningful guide dogs badges as wedding favours.
  • The speeches were hilarious. (Although I’ll never be able to look at a mail order catalog the same way again!)

Some kind words from Cat and Dave:

Kevin photographed our wedding earlier this month and was terrific! He was a calming presence on the day (the priest was an hour late!), was patient, made a wonderful slideshow of preview photos (which he showed after dinner), and (as promised!) at no point did he make us lean against a tree while staring into the distance. The photo’s he has sent us so far are amazing – we can’t recommend him highly enough.

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

Linda & Tony

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Linda and Tony set a new bar for how relaxed a couple could be on their wedding day! Nothing could phase them. And it was great! Because they had no worries whatsoever they were able to sit back and enjoy the day. They were married in Linda’s local church in Tubber and held their reception in the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon.

Some things I loved most about Linda and Tony’s wedding day were:

  • The hard working child of Prague.
  • I loved the flowers (from Sheena at West Clare Flowers).
  • Having a laugh with Linda and Deirdre (and Val and Linda and Declan) as they got ready in the morning.
  • Driving in style in their Mazerati.
  • Stopping off en route to the hotel to say hello to their dog Casper.
  • The creme egg wedding favours.
  • Paul’s speech (and Tony’s reaction!)
  • A surprise performance from the waiter. 😉

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

Tara & Stephen

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Tara and Stephen travelled all the way home from Sydney to get married. They had their ceremony in Newcastle West church and from there went to Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee for their reception. We made a quick stop at the windiest beach we could find to take some photographs – it wasn’t as warm as Sydney but it looked just as good!

Some things I loved most about Tara and Stephen’s wedding day were:

  • The groomsmen stepping up to the challenge of folding the pocket squares. 😉
  • The first ever father of the bride jewelled dressing gown. Equality – finally!
  • Tara’s sister Tessa and Stephen’s brother Mike skyping in from Australia for the ceremony.
  • The church music Trevor and Sharon – I loved their take on some modern songs.
  • For Chris’ sermon – the only priest I know who could come up with a sermon for a wedding based around Coca Cola and Anne Frank!
  • Climbing to the top of that sand dune – totally worth it! Nobody said it was going to be easy!
  • The speeches – especially Liam’s story about their surprise trip and Noel’s story about the word of God! 😉

Some kind words from Tara and Stephen:

Kevin thank you so much! The pictures are amazing, as was the slideshow, thanks for including Tessa, Lily May and Mike, that was lovely!
We barely noticed you were there and you were so easy to deal with!

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