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…

Julie & Kevin

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Julie and Kevin were married in Julie’s local church in Lohar, one of the most picturesque churches I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. They held their reception in The Heights Hotel in Killarney so we were spoiled for choice when it came to choosing a location for the bridal party photographs. I spent a day driving around oohing and aahing at the potential places we could go from beaches to lakes to gardens. Thankfully the weather held off and we were able to make the most of it!

Things I loved about Julie & Kevin’s wedding:

  • The views! From Julie’s house, from the church all along the drive to the hotel. Stunning.
  • The bridesmaids spontaneous fit of dancing when “Uptown Funk” came on the radio.
  • The hive of activity in Julie’s house. While the girls were busy with hair and makeup, the guys were busy polishing shoes, ironing and tying ties. I’m often the only man in sight so it was good to have company!
  • The gospel singing during the ceremony.
  • The architecture-inspired table plan that Kevin made himself. Genius.
  • One of the most unique wedding cakes I’ve ever seen.
  • “And now for the bit ye’ve all been waiting for” – you had to be there! 😉 I’ve never seen a room so visibly divided by a statement!

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

Maureen & Conor

Maureen and Conor were married in Kilcolman church and held their reception in The Castle Oaks in Limerick.  If there was a test to tell how friendly a family are by the size of the teapot they use then Maureen’s family must be one of the friendliest families I’ve ever met! 😉 As a little…

Noelle & Dave

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Noelle and Dave were married in Milford church and held their reception in The Malton in Killarney. I think the bridal party photo session was one of the coldest I’ve ever experienced, with a bitter winter wind sweeping in across the lake. But you’d never know it looking at the photographs – they seem completely oblivious to it.

Things I loved about Noelle and Dave’s wedding:

  • Page boy Iarlaith deserves a special mention – despite constantly running away from the “photo man”.
  • Speaking of which, his photobomb while I was taking a photo of the wedding dress is one of my all time favourites!
  • The flowers in the church – it was almost like being outside.
  • John, the best man, as he struggled to release the wedding rings from the double knot (or maybe triple?!) on the altar. Perseverance won in the end.
  • Noelle’s brother who helped us out on during the photo session. And what an assistant – in gale force winds he was able to hold three umbrellas, four shawls, some props and STILL BE ON FACEBOOK! 😉
  • The groomsmen starting each other like lawnmowers on the dance floor!
  • The swishing and swooshing of the bridesmaid dresses – they were each given plenty uninterrupted space on the dance floor!

Some kind words from Noelle and Dave:

“You were an absolute pleasure to work with and nothing was ever a hassle to you. And don’t get me started on the slide show. It was the talk of the weekend. People are still talking about how amazing it was, we were truly blown away by it. Can honestly say we feel blessed to have had you as our photographer. Thank you so much”

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

Jennifer & Liam

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Jennifer and Liam were married in the Star of the Sea church in Quilty and held their reception in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point. It was a magic day – starting with a solar eclipse no less. It was a day full of music and fun and the hotel was decked for their beach inspired reception. And, somehow, they managed to get the perfect summer weather as the icing on the cake!

Things I loved about Jennifer and Liam’s wedding:

  • Looking for the “good scissors” to cut the ribbon that morning.
  • The signs made for Ralf, the honorary page boy.
  • Jennifer’s floral head piece. Loved it.
  • The music in the church – all of Jennifer and Liam’s friends got together and t was phenomenal. Jennifer even sang a song. The last time I heard music as good was probably at this wedding. 😉
  • Uncooperative confetti – but we got there in the end.
  • The hotel which was a details extravaganza – from nautical themed old photograph boards to the signing canvas. The cake (made by Yvonne) looked amazing too.
  • Liam’s emotional speech. Even the cake was in tiers! Boom boom! 🙂
  • The surprise special guest – Sam Maguire!
  • The strawboys’ shenanigans.

Some kind words from Jennifer and Liam:

Thank you so much for everything, everyone I’ve met since the wedding has complimented your photos! I can’t wait to see the finished lot when you’re done with them I know they’ll be fantastic! You were brilliant to work with.

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