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Emma & Sean

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Emma and Sean flew home from Australia to get married in Inagh church. With them was their son Oisín, on his first trip to Ireland to meet his family here. It was great to see the love for Oisin from everyone. It was like he was getting a years worth of love all concentrated into a few days.

After the ceremony we went to Emma’s home farm to take some photographs (I could have stayed there for hours!) and then we made the trip back to the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point for the reception.

Emma and Sean put a huge amount of effort into the day from signs and props, to ideas for photos (including having some round bales in the field outside the house as well as a ladder ready to climb up on them!) and it all paid off.

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

Aisling & Dave

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Aisling and Dave 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 beautiful day, the sun was shining, love birds were chirping – what could possibly go wrong? The groom getting a vomitting bug, that’s what! What are the chances? Thankfully a hero of a doctor arrived with a magic potion up his sleeve and Dave was back on the dancefloor in no time flat. Apart from that minor hiccup, it was a fun filled day with a great bunch of people.

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

  • The views from Aislinn’s house during hair and makeup that morning.
  • The flower girls giving it socks on the trampoline.
  • Dave and the groomsmen’s local transport to the church (nothing like gorse to spruce up a tractor!)
  • The Kerry and Dublin flags flying high outside the church.
  • Just how relaxed the entire day was. It was lovely.
  • Having the craic in the sand dunes – and realising how drawing a heart on the beach isn’t as easy as you’d think!
  • The winking bridesmaid. 😉
  • A lovely, chilled, outdoor reception – complete with ice cream, sunshine and great views.
  • Gino, the chef, who celebrated his last day in the kitchen with a sing song – Aisling and Dave’s reaction was priceless. 🙂
  • That video. Top class.
  • The Harlem Shake first dance.

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…

Leeanne & Ciarán

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Leeanne and Ciarán got married during a humanist ceremony at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point – overlooking the beach where Ciarán had proposed just a few months earlier. Unlike the proposal, the weather was grey, wet and windy so unfortunately we didn’t get to do down onto the beach but everyone made the most of it and the guests were only too happy not to have to leave the comfort of the hotel! 🙂

Some things I loved most about Leeanne and Ciarán’s wedding day were:

  • The view from Joanne’s house that morning where Ciarán was getting ready. Breathtaking.
  • The customised wooden box for their wedding rings.
  • How relaxed the bridal preparation was in the hotel. If it wasn’t for the fact that she was getting married, I think Leeanne would still be lounging around drinking tea and enjoying the view!
  • Leeanne’s dad’s reaction to seeing her in her wedding dress. Thankfully her mother had tissues at the ready. 😉
  • Both mothers lighting the individual candles during the ceremony.
  • Aisling, Ciarán’s niece, doing the hand fastening.
  • Making the most of the hotel to get some great photographs without getting wet. (Well, I got wet, but at least Leeanne and Ciaran stayed dry!)
  • Their wish jar.
  • Having fun on the “swing” in the bar. 🙂
  • The chocolate favours which were made by Leeanne herself.

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

Sarah & Ciarán

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Sarah and Ciarán were married in Ballynacally church and held their reception in the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point. When we met to go through the plan for their day I was WARNED to be careful with certain members of the bridal party – let’s just say that they “like to have the craic”. As I drew asterisks next to their names I knew it was shaping up to be a great day. And it was! With a healthy Limerick/Clare rivalry between the families and joking from start to finish it was a lot of fun. Not only that, but with Ireland not making it through to the final of the rugby world cup we even managed to get Ciarán away from the television to take some photographs! 😉

Here are some things I loved about Sarah and Ciarán’s wedding:

  • Aoife, who despite looking like Elsa, was going trick or treating after the wedding dressed as a Witch Bride. However, she only broke into nervous giggling when I asked who the witch bride was marrying!
  • Incorporating Sarah and Ciarán’s obsession with Scrabble.
  • The “Bridesmaid Express”!!
  • Cillian’s sense of humour – “she’s not a little girl any more Dad!”
  • That wedding car.
  • Mac managing to hold it together. Barely. 😉
  • Audín and Arwen’s outfits – they looked like something out of a fairytale.
  • Duke, their dog, turning up at the church to say hello. Usually when pets turn up they are wearing cute little outfits – but not Duke – he was wearing a waistcoat that I imagine would be too big for any grown man!
  • A beautiful Autumn sunset.
  • The speeches – there were some great stories shared, but I reckon it was only scratching at the surface!

Here is a small selection of some 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…

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…