Laura & Henry

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Laura and Henry were married in Doolin church and held their reception in a marquee overlooking the rugged Doolin coastline. Even though they are based in the UK, Doolin is home for Laura and is a special place for both of them – in fact I got a proud, personalised tour from them when I met up with them to talk about their wedding plans! The iconic Doolin Castle is on Laura’s father’s land so it has special meaning to them which made it a great backdrop for photographs.

Things I loved about Laura and Henry’s wedding:

  • Laura being helped into her dress by her mother and grandmother – and everyone’s reaction to seeing her in the dress for the first time.
  • The page boys and flower girl making a swift entrance at the church by running up the aisle at full speed!
  • The emotional handover when Henry and Laura finally saw each other.
  • Laura and Henry’s parents lighting the individual candles.
  • The ceremony – Canon Peter got everyone involved and made it very personal.
  • The lengthy reciting by the groomsmen of the Austin Powers “broken leg” scene!
  • The marquee – I loved it! The panoramic views of Doolin, the coastline and the castle, the decor, the flowers – everything!
  • Henry’s graphic design input – from a wedding font, to the table plan design to incorporating it into the vases on each table.
  • Henry’s training manual – โ€œThe feckinโ€™ book of Irish sayings for when you go on the batter with a shower of savagesโ€.
  • Both Cyril and John’s senses of humour – there is potential for a hilarious grandchild there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

Tessa & Shugi

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Tessa and Shugi travelled all the way from Hawaii to get married in Lisheen Castle. Tessa’s family are Murphy’s so we all got on like a house on fire (well, once they got used to me photographing all the little “real” details and stopped tidying up every time they saw me coming! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). They were married in a traditional celtic ceremony on the grounds of the castle – that is until it started pouring rain! It. Was. Torrential! After persevering for about 5 minutes, it was decided we should all move inside, dry off, and finish the ceremony indoors. At least they got to experience the real Irish weather!

After the ceremony, and in between showers, we took some photographs on the grounds. Shugi is the inventor of “The Shugi”, so it was an honour to see him perform this gravity defying move. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was a lot of fun and it was lovely to hang out with such a nice bunch of people for the day.

Things I loved about Tessa and Shugi’s wedding:

  • The location. It was my first visit to Lisheen Castle and I can’t wait to get back there some time.
  • The welcome sign that Shugi’s dad designed – including a traditional logo created just for Tessa and Shugi.
  • Generous dashings of Rescue Remedy – it definitely did the trick, although I’m not sure if there were any nerves to begin with!
  • Tessa’s dad emotional reaction to seeing his daughter in her wedding dress.
  • The beautiful garden location for the ceremony.
  • How, when it started raining, everyone put up with it and carried on despite how heavy it was! NOTHING could stop these two making their promise to each other.
  • Having a lot of fun with the bridal party doing all sorts of crazy photographs.
  • Some really emotional speeches.
  • Tessa and Shugi being welcomed to the local pub like the pair of celebrities they were!

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

Alison & Jamie

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Where do I even start with Alison and Jamie’s wedding?! Maybe describing one conversation with a random guest will sum it up. So, to set the scene, it was late in the night. I had photographed the first dance along with a good selection of random dance floor madness. I was just about to start packing up my equipment when a random, anonymous guest came along to give me some advice…

GUEST: “You should stick around for another little while – we’ve got a surprise planned for Alison and Jamie..”
ME: “What kind of a surprise?”
GUEST: “A gang of us have been rehearsing a flash mob dance.”
ME: “…”
GUEST: “One of the guys is going to dance wearing just a nappy…”
ME: “I’M NOT MISSING THAT!”

So you’ve been warned – be prepared for something you will never unsee if you scroll all the way down to the dancing! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Alison and Jamie were married in the Star of the Sea church in Quilty and held their reception in The Falls Hotel in Ennistymon.

Things I loved about Alison and Jamie’s wedding:

  • The amount of effort they had put into their wedding – from personalized drinking glasses to sweet jars, fairy light decor to refresher baskets in the bathroom. Their personalities were everywhere.
  • Coming up with a safety word with the bridesmaids!
  • The locket in Alison’s bouquet.
  • The groomsmen tuning up for the bride’s arrival.
  • The late-for-the-ceremony walk-of-shame gang!
  • The laughter. It was one of those weddings that was great fun from start to finish. It was very obvious that Jamie and Alison have a very close-knit group of great friends.
  • The dance floor. Wow. Jamie and Alison met while putting on a musical production so their musical friends kept the dance floor packed – and it was quality. I’ve never been at a wedding where the men outnumbered women on the dance floor before! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • THAT dance.

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

Amanda & David

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I photographed Amanda’s sister Noelle’s wedding in the depths of Winter so I had been looking forward to revisiting their home this Summer. It was worth the wait too, the garden looked fantastic and everyone was in high spirits – with Amanda’s mother Denise pulling off the mother of all photo bombs! So subtle! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Amanda and David were married in Raheen church. Afterwards, they made their way to the Dunraven Arms in Adare for their reception – a trip that Amanda’s parents made on their wedding day 36 years earlier.

Things I loved about Amanda and David’s wedding:

  • The hilarious music video the girls put together for Amandaโ€™s hen party.
  • Noelleโ€™s advice on where best to hold the bouquet. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Tying JP’s tie – it got there in the end.
  • Denise and Mary lighting the candles, what a lovely touch.
  • Climbing into the garden at the abbey – not easy at the best of times and definitely a challenge in a wedding dress and heels. Worth it though!
  • The mariachi band at the reception – it really added to the fun of the drinks reception.
  • The lighthouse wedding cake – a throwback to David’s proposal at Sheep’s Head.
  • David’s speech.
  • Their choreographed first dance.

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

Gina & David

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Gina and David were married in Ballylongford chuch and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. The emotions of such an important day obviously went to David’s head when he surprised Gina with flowers that morning. For the first time. EVER. You’ve set a dangerous precedent my friend – nothing short of flowers will do for wedding anniversaries from now on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Things I loved about Gina and David’s wedding:

  • The commotion in Gina’s house that morning. And the oasis of calm that Gina’s dad found outside with the dogs!
  • Meeting the boys in Finucane’s and getting a tour by Speedy. They were one step ahead with the tic tacs too!
  • Using a hawk to bring up the rings. Not the bird mind you, the plastering tool, a nice nod to David’s work.
  • Probably the three friendliest, giddiest, excited flower girls I’ve ever seen.
  • Gina and David taking me to a “mystery location” for their photographs! It was a bit of a trek, but we did find the wooden bridge in the end! It was worth it too.
  • Visiting Gina’s granny.
  • Their signed jenga blocks – what a great idea.
  • Mathew, who lived up to his description as “the John B. Keane of best man speeches”!
  • The craic on the dance floor, helped in no small part by J90 who were in top form.

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

Anika & Mike

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Anika and Mike met when Anika worked in a bar. Mike went to that bar for three weeks and eventually got her phone number. Two years later they got engaged and finally their wedding day rolled around. They were married in Kilbane church and held their reception in the Lakeside Hotel in Killaloe.

Things I loved about Anika and Mike’s wedding:

  • Anika’s house. It reminded me a little of a cob house, full of character (and little nooks and crannies!) and the gardens were fantastic too – so much so that I brought a lot of the little details outside to photograph them.
  • Selfie’s! Nobody was safe from them – not even Buttons!
  • Anika’s dad watering the flowers to keep them fresh! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Oisรญn’s sign as he walked up the aisle.
  • Secretly stalling Anika when she arrived at the church because somebody forgot to bring the wedding rings!!
  • Mike’s (unknown) plea for help on his shoes.
  • Their Dutch horse ride to the local pub.
  • A surprise visit to Mike’s uncle Michael.
  • Anika, Mikey and the bridal party arriving at the Lakeside Hotel by boat.

Some kind words from Anika and Mike:

Mike and I would like to thank you from the button of our hearts for everything you did on our wedding day. You were an absolute pleasure to work with from the start to finish and your approach is most definitely natural, discreet and unobtrusive. You did exactly what it said on the tin!!!! You captured so much of the day for us and you made it seem so effortless. It was lovely having you at the house that morning you fitted right in, just like one of the girls!!!! Iโ€™ll never forget the girls running up the stairs shouting โ€œhe is gone outside with your dress and shoes is he madโ€! Everyone has been raving about the slide show and it was an amazing addition to our day you capture all the moments. I have had so many of our guest compliment on how good you were and how they never even noticed you were taking picture of them most of the time. You thought of everything and no word can express how grateful we are.

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

Annmarie & William

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Annmarie and William are living in Australia but they travelled home to get married among their family and friends. They didn’t bring the weather with them, but they brought a really positive, fun filled, infectious attitude. They were married in Broadford church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare.

Things I loved about Annmarie & William’s wedding:

  • I stopped in at William’s house that morning for a whistle stop tour and within minutes knew that the day was going to be a lot of fun. Within about 15 minute the guys had gotten dressed, taken me on a tour of the farm, played some hurling and got some champagne into them!
  • The signs Vickie had made – it was like doing a treasure hunt around the house! I could probably double the size of Pinterest with the amount of photographs I took of lovely little details.
  • The most relaxed father of the bride ever. He was writing his speech that morning and, when all of the girls were just about ready, he got in the shower! Of course, he was still probably ready before them!
  • The ice cream cart. Such an Irish thing – eating ice cream under an umbrella!
  • The wedding cake.
  • The best manโ€™s advice for the bridal suite that night!

Some kind words from Annmarie & William:

Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything. You were absolutely amazing. A dream to work with.
We are beyond excited to see the rest of the photos because what we saw in the slide show was just class. It was one of my favourite parts of the day & everyone was commenting on how beautiful it was. You are unbelievably talented & we were so lucky to have you on our special day.

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

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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…