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…

Maria & Sean

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Maria and Sean travelled home from New Zealand to get married in Ballycorick church. It was an emotional and romantic day – from Sean’s letter to Maria in the morning all the way through to that dip during the first dance! It was also a lot of fun – with both Maria and Sean beaming all day long – even when they decided to go out in the rain (and the dark) to get a photograph with Bunratty Castle in the background. Legends!

Some things I loved most about Maria and Sean’s wedding day were:

  • Maria’s “something blue” shoes and heirloom wedding ring.
  • Ben making Fiona smile for the camera.
  • Sean’s air punch celebration!
  • Fiona starting a new trend with the finger-in-your-mouth wedding pose! 😉
  • A sneaky pint in Durty Nellies.
  • Their fresh cream wedding cake. How delicious does it look?
  • The New Zealand gang hakka.

Some kind words from Maria and Sean…

It was such a pleasure to deal with you from the first email right through to the spectacular slideshow you put together for after our meal. The photos are incredible from what we’ve seen so far also. Kudos for remembering our Pinterest ideas too… ALL OF THEM . You’re a credit to yourself.

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

Aisling & Brian

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Aisling and Brian were married in Cratloe church and held their reception in the Bunratty Castle Hotel. From the very first meeting, I knew this wedding was going to be a good one. Aisling loves Christmas so that set the tone for the planning – and it ended up being the Christmassiest of Christmas weddings! 😉 From being walked up the aisle by Santa Claus himself, through to having snow during the photographs and even picking up an elf along the way!

Here are some things I loved about Aisling and Brian’s wedding:

  • Hanging out with the girls as they got ready in Altamoda – I loved the unusual hair styles and headpieces.
  • Quickly visiting Brian and the guys as they got ready in the Old Ground Hotel. I think most of the time I was there was spent figuring out how to attach the pocket watch! (What did people do before they could google it?!)
  • Due to Brian splashing out on his wedding suit there needed to be cutbacks – to the sleeves of Fintan’s suit! 😉
  • Watching two people who had never boiled an egg try to figure out how to boil an egg! 😉
  • Morgan – what a star.
  • Carrots for Rudolf at the door of the church.
  • Being walked up the aisle by Santa Claus himself!
  • The most emotional reflection I’ve ever heard. There wasn’t a dry eye in the church.
  • Going to the folk park with the bridal party was so much fun. It was in full festive mode which fitted the wedding theme perfectly and Aisling and Brian were like celebrities (or princesses) to the children there who randomly gave them high fives and waves as they passed. AND we got snow! Perfect!
  • Aisling leaving her wedding bouquet on her mother’s grave.
  • Santa showing up every time anyone turned their back – when they rang the bell for the meal I heard someone saying “here comes Santa again”!
  • The “Aherne Team” entrance music.
  • Brian handing Aisling a sick bag for the emotional part of his speech – and proceeding to mortify her! 😉
  • THAT first dance.

 

Some kind words from Aisling and Brian…

Where do we start?!!  Thank you so much for all your help and advice in making our wedding day so special!  From the moment we met you, we knew that you would be a pleasure to deal with.  Even though we were expecting a professional and courteous service, you met our high expectations and exceeded them.  We cannot thank you enough.  I still cannot believe the magical moments you captured for us in the Folk Park.  I knew it would be a special place, but my gosh, you had everything researched and your attention to detail and creative eye will make for the most fabulous images and memories we will cherish in the years to come.  We were so thrilled with the slide show, which was one of the highlights of the reception.  We are so delighted to have met you and had you to capture what was the best day of our lives.

 

Here is a small selection of some 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. 😉
  • 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 🙂
We had many friends and family comment on you and your work and  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…

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! 😉 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. 😉 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.  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!  Everyone commented on it and said they can’t wait to see the rest when we have them.  All of the wedding party loved working with you as well, they couldn’t believe how easy it was to have the photos taken.  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…