Jackie & Aidan

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Jackie and Aidan were married in Knocklong and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. The venue for their reception we never in doubt because they both work there! They first met when Aidan got Jackie’s job while she went travelling to Australia with Fran (who was her chief bridesmaid). When she got back, Aidan made his move! πŸ˜‰

The atmosphere in the Woodlands that day was electric. The staff that were lucky enough to be guests were having a ball and those who were working were putting in extra effort. It was like a big staff party!

Things I loved about Jackie & Aidan’s wedding:

  • Selfies!
  • Spontaneous crying at just the mere sight of a veil.
  • Pajoe (Jackie’s Dad) when seeing his daughter in her bridesmaid dress – “we might get rid of a second one today”!
  • The unusual bouquets.
  • Going to the bar for “a few pints”. Given the weather it was probably the best place to go!
  • Pajoe, who was busier than Santa in his workshop in the lead up to the wedding, creating the table runners and the tea light holders for the reception. It looked amazing.
  • Quick thinking bridesmaids who are not only helpful but save lives!
  • A few doves who refused to fly!
  • A wheelbarrow of beer. In bottles mind you, not just a wheeelbarrow with beer poured into it! πŸ˜‰
  • The comraderie at the hotel. It was such a great party atmosphere, everyone was having a great time.

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

Amelia & Adrian

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Amelia and Adrian were married in Ennis Cathedral and held their reception in the Lakeside hotel in Killaloe. They have two beautiful daughters – Ruby and Lavinia – who were not only the flower girls but also the stars of the show! Despite already having a family Amelia and Adrian were as excited and in love and giddy (and maybe a tiny little bit nervous) as any newlyweds. It was lovely to be there to witness it.

Things I loved about Amelia and Adrian’s wedding:

  • Adrian’s gift to Amelia that morning – a biography of Jose Mourinho!
  • Ruby’s new glasses – bought especially for the wedding – very cool.
  • There was an absolute downpour as people arrived at the church – but a few guys started ferrying people in with umbrellas. Thankfully it didn’t last long and it cleared up in the afternoon so we got outside for some photographs. πŸ™‚
  • The little details around the drinks reception in the Lakeside Hotel. There was a lot of thought put into it.
  • The speeches – which ranged from very emotional to laugh out loud funny.
  • Ruby’s birthday falling at the same time, it must have been her best weekend ever!

Some kind words from Amelia and Adrian:

“Thank you so much for yesterday. I know it was hard enough for you with the rain but you were great. Everybody was so impressed with you as we were of course. The slide show was the talk of the wedding they were still raving about it the next morning! ”

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

Suzanne & TJ

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Suzanne and TJ were married in Scartaglen church, just a stone’s throw from the house they’ve built together. They held their reception in the Malton in Killarney. The day was very wet, but somehow they managed to control the weather so that it always stopped raining exactly when we needed it to – nice!

Their wedding was on the first anniversary of their engagement, which was a nice touch. Suzanne did a great job with the organising – when I met her she had drawn me a map to her house that the Ordnance Survey would be proud of! πŸ˜‰ Although, in retrospect, I could have done with a map of her actual house – ha ha – thankfully Pat, the videographer, was able to point me back in the right direction! πŸ˜‰

Things I loved about Suzanne and TJ’s wedding:

  • The amount of selfies and snapchats and all the rest – there was probably no need for me to be there at all! πŸ˜‰
  • Suzanne and TJs approach to the day – there were no nerves or fussing or worries – one of the most relaxed couples ever.
  • The laughter in Suzanne’s house as everyone was getting ready. I can’t even remember what it was all about, but there was a lot of happiness.
  • TJ absolutely beaming at the church as he waited – not a nerve in sight and loving every minute of it.
  • Suzanne and TJ organising their seats so that they could face both the priest and the congregation.
  • Killarrney. Gotta love it. Lakes, mountains, blue sky – what more could you ask for?
  • Their first dance – these guys have moves! πŸ™‚

Some kind words from Suzanne and TJ:

“Thank you so much for everything yesterday. Everyone commented on what a nice guy you are and how relaxed the whole thing was. You really listened to what I wanted so thank you for that.

Thanks for being part of our day, great to have another Murphy in the clan I’m sure you’ll agree!!!”

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

Emily & Bernard

bunratty wedding photographyEmily and Bernard were married in The Wells Church and held their reception just over the road in the Bunratty Castle Hotel. The day got off to an early start with Bernard and his groomsmen going to Calvin Arthurs Barbers in Shannon for hot towel shaves. Meanwhile the girls were getting ready at home with Val O’Dea and Rachelle Guiry looking after hair and makeup.

During the hot towel shave, your face is completely covered with a hot towel with only your nose left free for breathing. I’d imagine it’s pretty relaxing. But NOT when somebody decides to give you a “wet willie” (if you don’t know what that is, the dictionary definition is “The act of moistening one’s finger with one’s own saliva, and inserting said finger into another’s ear canal”!). I’m not going to name and shame the culprit, but the list of suspects is pretty short!

Emily and Bernard are two of the nicest, friendliest people you could meet – they are well matched! It was a shame the weather was so rainy on their day – a far cry from their engagement in Sicily, that’s for sure. Luckily, we got a break in the weather for a few minutes so we managed to get outside for some photographs on the grounds of the hotel. Phew!

Things I loved about Emily & Bernard’s wedding:

  • The craic at Calvin Arthurs. It was a really nice chilled out start to the day.
  • Oscar the dog! He’s probably still recovering from all the excitement!
  • A counterfeit Child of Prague statue. πŸ˜‰
  • Emily’s relationship with her parents, there were so many tender moments – and that was before we even left the house.
  • Even though it was raining, there was something nice about people sharing umbrellas, gentlemen offering their jackets and people huddled in the shelter chatting.
  • How happy Emily and Bernard were during the ceremony – when I was looking back over all the photographs from the day I realised I was smiling to myself.
  • The flowers – from the bouquet to the cherry blossom tree table plan to sprigs of lavender on the table settings.
  • The singing waiter Emily had organised as a surprise for Bernard. It went down a treat!
  • Gerard’s speech, which had the best closing line I’ve ever heard!

Some kind words from Emily & Bernard:

“We are so grateful to you for being so wonderful on the day. You were so discreet and unobtrusive in the morning and I am so glad you pushed us to take some outdoor photos after the church because when the slideshow went on and we saw a peek of those photos, I was chuffed!! Thank you πŸ™‚
We had many friends and family comment on you and your work andΒ  we will be recommending you to one and all. ”

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

Elaine & Ray

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Elaine and Ray were married in Newtownshandrum church and held their reception just down the road in the Charleville Park Hotel. After a quick stop in Herlihy’s pub (of course!), we made our way back to Elaine’s house for the bridal party photographs. The garden was full of Autumn leaves (especially imported for the big day!) and the driveway looked amazing with the evening light flowing through it.

Things I loved about Elaine & Ray’s wedding:

  • The chilled out morning at Elaine’s house. Super relaxed and 100% natural – I knew it was going to be a good day within minutes of arriving.
  • The button bouquet, which had loads of little personal details in it.
  • Mary Kate, who could turn professional as a flower girl at this stage – she was also flower girl for Trish and Dan’s wedding – and Michaela (who was “just mad” according to Mary Kate!)
  • Fr. David (who is Elaine’s uncle) was great – not just with having the personal touch of somebody who knows the family well, but also with being relaxed when the inquisitive flower girls wanted to see what was going on up around the altar!
  • The flower girls applauding the music in the church! πŸ™‚
  • The tractor. It was first in terms of wedding transport, that’s for sure. Thankfully the weather was good for it!
  • Cutting the cake with a chainsaw – again, definitely a first – and probably a last too!

Some kind words from Elaine & Ray:

“Thanks for all your help on the big day. You made the pictures hassle free which was great. Everybody loved the slide show after the dinner and are still talking about it. The disappointing bit was that Molly the dog got a bigger cheer than we did! I think that says more about the crowd there than the picture! :)”

Sadly, Molly the dog has since passed away… but I’m glad to have a few photographs that she can be remembered by. A huge thanks to Elaine and Ray for having me there to document their wedding. Here is a quick selection of a few of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Kim & Dave

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Kim and Dave were married in St. Mary’s Cathedral and held their fun filled reception in the Brehon hotel in Killarney. The girls got ready that morning in Pat O’Neill’s style suite in the Brehon hotel and the guys got ready in a house nearby so I was able to visit both that morning which was great! The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the style was out in full force!

Things I loved about Kim & Dave’s wedding:

  • The atmosphere in Pat O’Neill’s style suite that morning. It was so relaxed and chilled out and but with a lot of laugh-out-loud moments too!
  • Zack and Mathew, the two page boys, were very entertaining – from trying to tickle my camera with a feather they had found to having a good old brotherly brawl during the speeches!
  • The music during the ceremony – even though I lost a lot of macho kudos when I was chatting to the musicians about a song I had recognised and it was from Love Actually!
  • The location we had planned to use for the bridal party photographs in our initial meeting 2 years ago didn’t work out BUT we found somewhere even better.
  • The love quotes at each of the tables at the reception.
  • The speeches! There were some great stories told, with the culprit of moped incident of 2001 finally revealed! πŸ˜‰
  • Having my camera borrowed by some guests on the dance floor to get a photo with me in it – definitely a first!

Some kind words from Kim & Dave:

“From the moment I met you 2 years ago to the last second of the evening of our wedding it was nothing but a laid back cool approach but with complete and utter professionalism – I don’t know how you manage to get such a good balance. You felt like part of the wedding that day, snapping away quietly and then guiding us for every other photo to make sure that we got the best we could get for our pictures.

We really enjoyed your company on the day as did everyone else, we adored your slideshow and everyone was raving about the quality and how fab it was to see it play out.
Can’t wait to see the final pictures!!”
Thanks a million to Kim and Dave for having me there to document a great wedding. Here are a few of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Gemma & Colin

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Gemma and Colin were married in Monaleen church and held their reception in the Bunratty Castle Hotel. Colin is a bit of a romantic and swept Gemma off her feet by taking her to the Hurlers Bar on their first date! πŸ˜‰ They are a sweet couple and their wedding had a sweet theme, with a sweet table, sweets on their cake and sweet centrepieces.

Things I loved about Gemma & Colin’s wedding:

  • If there was an award for being laid back, these two would be world champs! I don’t think anything would faze them.
  • Gemma is very close to her grandparents and it was lovely to see her grandmother helping her get into her wedding dress.
  • One guest, just for the fun of it, dressed up as John Travolta from Grease! It was based around a surprise guest appearance from the man himself at Gemma’s hen party. πŸ˜‰ A few jaws dropped when he first appeared, but Gemma just smiled and said “I love it”!
  • Both Gemma’s step dad and her grandfather walked her up the aisle, swapping half way.
  • Mons. Dan’s comment that their mothers were like twins!
  • Clive, Best Man Extraordinaire, who doesn’t drink but went along with it when I got all the groomsmen to make use of their hip flasks – sorry again!
  • Colin’s speech which was equally touching and very funny.

Some kind words from Gemma & Colin:

“Thank you so much for everything you did for our wedding.Β  You were so easy to have around (even during the couple of stressful moments while we were getting ready!).We cannot wait to see all of the photographs, the slideshow you did on the night was amazing!Β  Everyone commented on it and said they can’t wait to see the rest when we have them.Β  All of the wedding party loved working with you as well, they couldn’t believe how easy it was to have the photos taken.Β  A few of them don’t particularly like having their photo taken so were dreading that part of the day but they were said it went so smoothly and quickly that they didn’t mind it at all.”
Here are a few of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Cathy & Declan

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Cathy and Declan are living in Perth so I didn’t get to meet them until a few days before their wedding. They were so laid back and relaxed that I knew their wedding day would be great. They were married in Raheenagh church and had their reception in the Listowel Arms. Coming home from so far away and spending a few days surrounded by everyone that is close to you must be amazing – Cathy and Delcan were beaming all day!

Even though they grew up fairly close to each other, Cathy and Declan met in Australia. Declan often gets a bit of a slagging from his friends that he had to travel half way around the world to meet a girl from down the road. His answer? “It was worth the trip!”.

Things I loved about Cathy & Declan’s wedding:

  • The GAA themed invites.
  • Cathy’s uncle’s Morris Minor which was used as their wedding car.
  • Cathy’s mother taking out her wedding album that morning. It was so nice in the age of digital-everything to see it. Who knows, maybe Cathy and Declan will be pulling their wedding album for the same reason some time!
  • The girls bunny and sheep outfits – hilarious!
  • How everyone was up for a bit of fun, from walking around outside wearing nothing but a towel on the morning of the wedding to giving it socks on the dance floor!
  • The lads playing football in the park during the photo session.
  • Bumping into one of my best friends from primary school who I haven’t seen since 6th class!
Here are a few of my favourite images from their wedding day…

Jackie & Bruce

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Jackie and Bruce are living in Glasgow, but they came home to Adare where Jackie grew up to get married. They had their wedding in the Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare and held their reception just down the road in the Woodlands Hotel.

When I arrived in Jackie’s house that morning I noticed a family photograph from her sister’s wedding hanging on the wall. The groom looked very familiar and it turned out he was a great friend of mine back in secondary school! What are the odds?! Not only was it great to catch up with Wil, but his daughter Kate was the flower girl and was definitely the star of the show. She’s a lucky girl to be surrounded by such a great and loving family.

Things I loved about Jackie & Bruce’s wedding:

  • The land rover Bruce organised as a surprise wedding car for Jackie.
  • The flowers. It’s funny, it’s not something I usually notice but the the bouquets and flowers at the church looked great.
  • Fr. Chris’ sermon. The giant granny was visiting Limerick at the time which was his inspiration. I love his sermons, they are always so personal and meaningful.
  • The random squeaks during the ceremony from the toy being used to keep Kate entertained.
  • Having nice weather to go to the park in Adare for the family and bridal party photographs.

Some kind words from Jackie & Bruce:

“Thank you so much for your hard work on the day.Β  I don’t envy you trying to manage a group of over-excited adults but you made it look easy.Β  I can’t wait to see the photographs!”
Here are a few of my favourite images from their wedding day…

Mary & Andy

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Mary’s sister Ruth was a bridesmaid for Nuala and Ger’s wedding a few years back so when we randomly bumped into each other and she mentioned her sister was getting married she practically booked her in there and then!

I usually meet up with people before their wedding for a chat but because I’d met Ruth (and I figured she couldn’t be that different from her sister) I didn’t actually meet Mary and Andy until their wedding day. The morning of the wedding I spotted a huge bag full of inflatable instruments for the dance floor that night and I knew it was going to be a great day!

Things I loved about Mary & Andy’s wedding:

  • When I arrived at Mary’s house that morning her mother Bernie was probably the most excited person I’ve ever seen on a wedding day! It was contagious! That morning was a lot of fun (apart from the occasional wasp making it’s way into the kitchen and bringing everything to a halt!).
  • Bernie’s reaction to seeing Mary in her wedding dress for the first time.
  • Mary and Andy’s customised altar cloth. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
  • While we were in Doneraile Park taking some photographs Martin, the best man, shouted over “Mary, your sisters are filthy…… I love them!”.
  • The wedding cake which Mary made herself, and the cake table which was made from a tree that had fallen in the storms.
  • Ruth practically proposing to her boyfriend during the speeches! πŸ˜‰
  • The dance floor. It was epic! I stayed way longer than usual it was so much fun!
  • Edel Murphy. (She has to get a mention!)

Some kind words from Mary & Andy:

“Thank you so much for doing such a fantastic job at our wedding, we really appreciate all the hard work and effort you put in and the slideshow was a show stopper!”
Here are some of my favourite images from their wedding day…