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Sinead & Aidan

 

Sinead and Aidan – so good they were married twice! Firstly they had an intimate church ceremony in nearby Terryglass church and afterwards they had a second outdoor ceremony in the secret garden in Coolbawn Quay. Their wedding day was at the tail end of storm Doris so the weather was wild, wet and windy – but the cosy bar and marquee kept all the guest warm and chatting. Sinead and Aidan are genuinely two of the nicest, friendliest, down to earth people I’ve met and it was a pleasure to be there to document their wedding.

Some things I loved about Sinead and Aidan’s wedding day were:

  • The atmosphere in the guest house as Sinead and the girls got ready. Cousins hugging their distant cousin, shared funny stories and loads of fun.
  • An excited page boy’s countdown timer going off moments before leaving for the church.
  • The marryoke – can’t wait to see how it turned out. Can’t beat a bit of Whitney Houston every 10 minutes!! 😉
  • Fr. Larkin instantly putting everyone at ease in the church.
  • An embarrassed mother of a flower girl who decided to give her opinion on the music during the silence when it ended.
  • The randomness of the ceremony in Coolbawn – including an impromptu performance by Fr. Larkin.
  • The singing waiters during dessert.

Some kind words from Sinead and Aidan…

I cannot honestly thank you enough for everything on the day. From your first email I just knew you were the right person for myself and Aidan and you were unreal. You put us both at such ease and made everything so easy. Everyone was talking about the slide show on the day and the amazing pictures that you captured. Thanks you sooo much again for everything…

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

Laura & Gareth

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Laura and Gareth were married in the Holy Trinity church in Adare and held their reception just down the road in the Woodlands House Hotel. From start to finish it was a day full of fun, hijinks and general tomfoolery! 😉

 

Some things I loved about Laura and Gareth’s wedding day were:

  • Mini, the camera shy cat and their three dogs.
  • The smashed champagne flute the minute the pros left the room. Couldn’t leave them alone for two seconds!
  • The bridesmaids smiling for photographs with their backs turned to me!
  • A certain groomsman’s attempt to attach flowers to the lapels.
  • Gareth’s funny lighting of candles improvisation.
  • Getting to meet “Helga” – the life and soul of the hen party – Ayyayaya coco jambo!
  • A special message from Nathan Carter to his fan
  • Sweets. Everywhere. It was as if Willy Wonka himself was getting married!
  • The first time I’ve ever witnessed somebody being thanked during the speeches for “being a pain in the hole”.

 

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

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Hazel & Garett

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Hazel and Garett were married in the Holy Trinity Abbey in Adare and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel. It was a wedding I had been looking forward to for a while. Every meeting I had with them was good fun so I figured the wedding would be great altogether! And it was. I arrived to the most relaxed bride and bridesmaids ever! Hair and makeup was done and dusted a good three hours before the ceremony so they were sitting around playing games. What a great start. After a game of dare Jenga, it was the longest game of Snakes & Ladders I’ve ever witnessed. So long in fact that after Christine won, she eventually got bored and started again and won a SECOND TIME before anyone else managed to finish. (I always though Snakes & Ladders was just a game of luck until I saw it played by such a pro! ;)).

When I went to the church to meet the lads, I found them gather around a Delorean – why not?! A quick drink in Auntie Lena’s and it was time to get down to business.

There was so much to love about their wedding – the red shoes, the “something old” (a thumbs up from one of Nana’s dress gloves), the American version of I’m a Little Teapot, Hazel’s embroidered hankie for her dad (and his reaction to it), the open top wedding car, the groomsmen mix and match socks, the outdoor reception in the Woodlands, the €20 toilet paper, Briain’s directorial debut, stick on eye balls, getting the dancing started before the band had even set up – I could go on and on – it was epic.

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

Bríd & Seán

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The one thing you can’t control is the weather. Despite a beautiful day the day before, the skies opened on Bríd and Seán’s wedding day and just didn’t stop. We did get lucky though – during the bridal party photographs in Adare, the rain almost stopped for about 10 minutes! That was enough for us to quickly get some photographs with the help of umbrellas and they are some of my favourites from the day.

Some things I loved about Bríd and Seán’s wedding day were:

  • The mix and match socks (which turned out surprisingly accurate!)
  • Bríd’s steam punk style pocket watch gift for Seán.
  • Getting a photograph of Seán and the lads with their guns.
  • The flower girls practising their ballet moves.
  • An emotional walk up the aisle.
  • Getting a few “epic” images – despite the challenging weather.
  • The wedding cake. Lisa’s pièce de résistance!

Some kind words from Bríd and Seán:

We both want to thank you so much for Saturday. You were brilliant and such ease and calm – I was actually blown away when I saw the slideshow so I can’t wait to see the photos!!

Well here you go – here is a very small selection of some of my favourite images to give you a taste of their wedding day…

Deirdre & David

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Deirdre and David were married in Cloncagh church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. It was a lovely, cosy, Christmassy wedding – and the tone was set from the very start with the Christmas bauble invitations.

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

  • The mistletoe hanging over the door of the church – it worked hard too with all those kisses for the bride and groom as the guests left after the ceremony. 😉
  • Getting lucky with nice weather as the guests arrived for the ceremony, and again afterwards as everyone hung around for a chat.
  • A new record for the fastest run up the aisle by the page boy and flower girls!
  • David’s grin when he saw Deirdre for the first time.
  • Going somewhere new for the bridal party photographs.
  • The Christmas bauble table plan and one of the best alternatives to a guest signing book I’ve ever seen.
  • Áine texting Deirdre as she was doing her speech from her iPhone! 🙂
  • The stories of David playing hurling with a spade!

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

Rachel & Mike

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When Mike moved out of his house, little did he know that his future wife would move into the very room he had vacated! He kept in touch with his old house mates and two years later called in for a cup of tea where he finally met Rachel. Four days later they were on their first date! And the rest is history. They were married in Borrisokane church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. It was a lovely day filled with emotion and romance – hardly surprising from a bride who has been known to cry during a Barry’s Tea ad! 🙂

Here are some things I loved about Rachel and Mike’s wedding:

  • Their dogs Izzy and Ronnie – after countless attempts I finally got a photograph of them without them barking at me!
  • Lindsay’s Kardashian impression.
  • A contender for best dressed hair dresser of the year.
  • Everyone’s reaction to seeing Rachel in her dress for the first time.
  • Their wedding car. Johnny’s pride and joy.
  • The little glances and reassuring smiles between Rachel and Mike during the ceremony.
  • The music Rachel and Mike had chosen for their ceremony – which had an uncannily similar to the music I had at my own wedding.
  • Tea and sandwiches in the Green Bar.
  • Paying a surprise visit to Rachel’s granny.
  • Seán giving me a run for my money taking photographs!

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

Gina & David

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Gina and David were married in Ballylongford chuch and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. The emotions of such an important day obviously went to David’s head when he surprised Gina with flowers that morning. For the first time. EVER. You’ve set a dangerous precedent my friend – nothing short of flowers will do for wedding anniversaries from now on! 😉

Things I loved about Gina and David’s wedding:

  • The commotion in Gina’s house that morning. And the oasis of calm that Gina’s dad found outside with the dogs!
  • Meeting the boys in Finucane’s and getting a tour by Speedy. They were one step ahead with the tic tacs too!
  • Using a hawk to bring up the rings. Not the bird mind you, the plastering tool, a nice nod to David’s work.
  • Probably the three friendliest, giddiest, excited flower girls I’ve ever seen.
  • Gina and David taking me to a “mystery location” for their photographs! It was a bit of a trek, but we did find the wooden bridge in the end! It was worth it too.
  • Visiting Gina’s granny.
  • Their signed jenga blocks – what a great idea.
  • Mathew, who lived up to his description as “the John B. Keane of best man speeches”!
  • The craic on the dance floor, helped in no small part by J90 who were in top form.

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

Annmarie & William

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Annmarie and William are living in Australia but they travelled home to get married among their family and friends. They didn’t bring the weather with them, but they brought a really positive, fun filled, infectious attitude. They were married in Broadford church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare.

Things I loved about Annmarie & William’s wedding:

  • I stopped in at William’s house that morning for a whistle stop tour and within minutes knew that the day was going to be a lot of fun. Within about 15 minute the guys had gotten dressed, taken me on a tour of the farm, played some hurling and got some champagne into them!
  • The signs Vickie had made – it was like doing a treasure hunt around the house! I could probably double the size of Pinterest with the amount of photographs I took of lovely little details.
  • The most relaxed father of the bride ever. He was writing his speech that morning and, when all of the girls were just about ready, he got in the shower! Of course, he was still probably ready before them!
  • The ice cream cart. Such an Irish thing – eating ice cream under an umbrella!
  • The wedding cake.
  • The best man’s advice for the bridal suite that night!

Some kind words from Annmarie & William:

Just wanted to say thank you so much for everything. You were absolutely amazing. A dream to work with.
We are beyond excited to see the rest of the photos because what we saw in the slide show was just class. It was one of my favourite parts of the day & everyone was commenting on how beautiful it was. You are unbelievably talented & we were so lucky to have you on our special day.

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

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Amanda & John

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Amanda & John were married on a beautiful Winter day in Croom church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. Their daughter Roisín was a star on the day and despite refusing to have a nap (not surprising considering all the excitement!) was in great form for the day.

Things I loved about Amanda & John’s wedding:

  • The calmest and most relaxed bridal preparation of the year (okay it was the first wedding if the year but still) – it was so quiet I thought I was at the wrong house when I got there.
  • Roisín learned a new word that morning – “Kevin” – that she was more than happy to practice at any opportunity – especially during the ceremony!
  • Amanda’s custom made Christian Louboutin shoes incorporating something blue.
  • Being threatened by Amanda not to put her “something about Mary” moment on my blog! Don’t worry, I didn’t! 🙂
  • Roisín clapping enthusiastically durin the speeches.
  • Canon Willie stealing John’s “suffering” joke!
  • Clear blue skies in the middle of Winter.

Some kind words from Amanda & John:

“Everyone was singing your praises along with us and mentioning how nice the slide show was. It was super can’t wait to see the rest. Thanks so much for everything. We had the most amazing day.”

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

Emer & Niall

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Emer and Niall were married in Lough Gur church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. They are living in Australia at the moment so I didn’t get to meet them until  few days before their wedding. They turned up to the meeting with the most amazing photograph of both of them visiting Santa almost twenty years earlier – and not only that but the chief bridesmaid and the best man are also in the photograph! Incredible!

Things I loved about Emer and Niall’s wedding:

  • The crisp winter weather – it was one of those days where there was a lovely frost and clear blue skies. Perfect!
  • The location Niall found for the bridal party photographs.
  • All the details in Emer’s house – especially the Australian twist.
  • The “See you at the altar” book Niall made for Emer – it was full of photographs of them from over the years and even had a poem he wrote inside the cover.
  • Before the sermon, the priest set out to make everyone comfortable and he really succeeded with a relaxed and light hearted mass.
  • The signing map of the world at their reception – what a great idea.
  • I loved the cake – I’m a sucker for silhouettes though so that’s probably why!
  • As a surprise, Emer and Niall organised a magician for after the speeches. Jack Wise was brilliant, people were literally wiping away tears of laughter.
  • Cathal’s rendition of “head, shoulders, knees and toes”!!!

Some kind words from Emer and Niall:

“Just wanted to say a big huge massive thank you for all your hard work on our big day. You were absolutely fantastic in every single way Kevin. We are so happy that you were there with us. I’m so excited to see your photos and everyone I meet is saying the exact same thing. You made everything easy for us. We had a great day and it just seemed like you weren’t even there.”

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