Niamh & David

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Niamh and David was a marriage of coincidences. They held their reception in the Dunraven Arms in Adare – the same place both of their parents had their reception AND those two receptions were just two days apart. The priest that married them also married Niamh’s parents as his first wedding. One of the bridesmaids, Helena, got married 3 weeks later – not only to another David, but one born on the same day! Niamh and David met at work – where Niamh is now the David’s brother Robert’s boss. The list goes on – it was obviously meant to be!

Some things I loved most about Niamh and David’s wedding day were:

  • The antique ring box.
  • Niamh’s parents had their own wedding album out that morning – it was so nice to see everyone looking through it.
  • The flowers – including one of the most intricate arches I’ve ever seen. (by Carraig Flowers)
  • Kevin – the coffee king! (What skills he lacks in tying a tie he makes up for in making coffee. Although to be fair, the mirror he was using to tie it was mostly to blame!)
  • Speaking of Kevin – I don’t know how many times I heard my name being called in Niamh’s house that morning and I went into the room I was called from only to be completely ignored when I got there! Wrong Kevin. In the end, to avoid confusion, everyone started using my formal name – Kevin D. Photographer. 😉
  • Emma’s poetic reflection.
  • Replicating their trade mark yoga pose on the golf course.
  • Their golf buggy grand entrance – and their entrance to the meal, I’ve never seen such excitement!
  • John’s speech – especially those embarrassing, cringy photographs – I cracked up at the Moone Boy one!

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

Jackie & Barry

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Jackie and Barry made the long trip home from New Zealand to get married in Adare. It was a fun-filled day and I personally loved every minute of it. By the time I left Jackie’s house that morning my face was already sore from laughing – and the reception was so good I almost had a cramp from smiling! Some of my favourite photographs are from the speeches and the dance floor so be sure to scroll all the way to the end. The only downside was that we had to call off the bridal party sack race due to the weather!

Some things I loved most about Jackie and Barry’s wedding day were:

  • The spread of fresh food Jackie’s mother Gwen had laid out that morning. It was such a hospitable house – thank you!
  • The NSFW alternative to saying “cheese”.
  • The bridesmaids Chinese impressions. Who knew Orla could speak fluent Chinese?!
  • Henry, the page boy, deciding after about 12 seconds that the ceremony really wasn’t his scene.
  • Barry discreetly swapping his wedding ring to the correct hand. 😉
  • The umbrella-less dash to the Dunraven.
  • Their native birds of New Zealand table settings and wedding cake.
  • Jackie and Barry humouring me and going outside in the cold and dark for a photo – thanks guys.
  • Colm catching me taking a photo of him preparing for his speech! And the speeches themselves – especially the exam celebration fund story.
  • The most epic introduction of the bride and groom onto the dance floor – what a frenzy of excitement. And that Siege of Ennis?! Chaos. The best kind of chaos.

Some kind words from Jackie and Barry…

I just wanted to say a massive thank you from Barry and myself. You were so fantastic on the day and your relaxed and easy going manner put Barry and I at ease and meant we were totally comfortable – even when our photo was been taken!
Its not just the two of us who’ve been raving about you, you now have quite a fan club in Limerick and Wexford – many of the guests commented on how fantastic you were and the slide show was an absolute winner!
Anyway once again thank you so much, you really played a huge part in making the day as successful and enjoyable as it was.

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

Fiona & William

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Fiona and William were married in the Holy Trinity Abbey Church in Adare and held their reception in the Dunraven Arms. William is an accountant so rather than wearing a suit just like every other day, they decided to have a black tie wedding. It was a lovely touch and it added a bit of novelty to their day too. It was a great wedding, with a very relaxed vibe and a lot of fun – from the speeches to a singing waiter to the craic on the dance floor.

Here are some things I loved about Fiona and William’s wedding:

  • Fiona explaining how because she has big hands she needed a big rock!
  • Bertie, the cat, sleeping peacefully in the bird feeder.
  • Black bridesmaid dresses – unusual, but perfect for a black tie wedding.
  • Deirdre, undoubtedly the best bridesmaid ever. (Yes, she made me say that.) She also asked me to plug her newly launched Hire-A-Bridesmaid service – perfect for brides who do not have any sisters, or friends!
  • I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but I had to laugh when I was told that when I closed the doors of the church once Fiona and William were married that it was like the “Red Wedding” episode of GoT where all the guests were massacred. Sorry if I gave anyone a fright!
  • With the ceremony and reception so close together, William was determined to get a spin in the vintage car, so we got to go on a short adventure to the abbey.
  • A random tourist helping us out on the photoshoot! Thank you!
  • The wedding cake.
  • Fiona and William’s addictive sense of humour.
  • William finally finding someone to cook his dinner on Thursday and Friday. That’s the whole week sorted!

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

Mary & David

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Mary and David were married in the Holy Trinity Abbey in Adare and held their reception just up the road in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. Mary and her bridesmaids got ready in the Dunraven Arms and Mary and her dad walked to the church together which was lovely. Thankfully the weather was kind to us and the ice cream cart at the reception went down a treat!

Here are some things I loved about Mary and David’s wedding:

  • DJ Philomena on the decks while the girls were getting ready.
  • Mary’s taste in music – she loves great Irish music and bands like The Coronas and Two Door Cinema Club kept popping up on the playlist.
  • The bouquet, which was really autumnal and featured blackberries among some other unusual flowers.
  • Exploring Desmond Castle.
  • Probably some of the cheesiest, tongue-in-cheek, sarcastic bridal party photographs I’ve been asked to do – but it was good fun!
  • Patricia on her violin entertaining the guests during the meal – it was a first for me and it really got everyone bringing out their inner Michael Flatley!
  • Stories of David’s voracious appetite during the speeches – I think ordering a pizza as a starter before his steak dinner pretty much sums it up!
  • The brass band (what a great sound) and Mary and David’s first dance – these guys have moves!

Here is a small selection of some 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! 😉

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 Amanda’s hen party.
  • Noelle’s advice on where best to hold the bouquet. 😉
  • 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…

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…