Stunning outdoor wedding in Mayo
I had the honour recently of photographing an engagement shoot with Emily & Ryan from North Carolina.
Ryan proposed to Emily during a mountain walk in Kerry during a short trip to Ireland. They then decided that it would be great to have a photoshoot to mark the occasion and that’s when I got the call. I met these guys a few days later when the visited Dublin and we spent a couple of hours walking around the main sites such as St Stephen’s Green & Trinity College.
It was springtime but we had fantastic weather - no coats, hats, scarfs required….…!!
Emily & Ryan will tie the knot next year in the USA and I wish them all the very best.
After I worked for the first time at Bellingham Castle in 2015 it has quickly become one of my favourite venues. Aside from fantastic staff, it's just a beautiful venue to celebrate a wedding and to photograph those celebrations.
So, having said all that I was obviously looking forward to Joanna and Trevor's wedding. Both bride and groom are local to the Drogheda area and got ready at their respective family homes that morning. My brilliant second shooter on the day - Edel (edelomalley.com) was on hand to cover Trevor's preparations whilst I stayed with Joanna. The church ceremony was in Tullyallen just outside Drogheda where we quickly popped up the road to Mellifont Abbey for a quick round of photos with the bride & groom before proceeding onto Bellingham castle. I'm generally blessed with good weather on most of my weddings and yet again we had glorious weather for the entire day for this one.
The large number of guests experienced the usual high standards of hospitality in the castle and outside on the lawns during which Joanna & Trevor allotted a short time for some more photos down by the weir. Then it was some bridal party photos and family photos before some more mingling with their guests and then dinner.
A great moment before dinner whilst all the guests were being seated was when Joanna and Trevor managed to havee some time together with Simon Ryan the magician that they hired for the afternoon to help entertain their guests. 10 minutes of card trick after card trick left us all bewildered, amused and in total admiration of Simon. Can totally recommend this guy (contact me for info) - absolutely excellent...!!
Scrumptious dinner, speeches and then loads of killer dance moves on the dance floor afterwards. Once again a great day with a great couple in a great venue.
A huge thanks to Joanna & Trevor for being so accommodating and easy to work with and best wishes to you both for the future.
When I first met Annemarie & Ruud in Utrecht to talk about their wedding, one of the first things the they told me was that this was going to be an emotional one. And so it was…!
As a photographer who is with the bride and groom for most part of the day, it can be hard not to become emotionally attached in some form but this one really pulled at the heartstrings.
Annemarie from England and Ruud who is Dutch are the sort of couple that you immediately warm to and feel comfortable with and so together with my friends from The Dreamers (videographers) we documented their wedding earlier this year.
Bridal preparations were in one of their beautiful homes in Soesterberg, Netherlands where some of her friends flew in from as far as Singapore to be there for her big day. As is Dutch tradition the groom arrived a little later in a beautiful vintage Porsche with the bouquet to collect Annemarie and whisk her off to the ceremony in nearby Maartensdijk. This is a beautiful guesthouse which is licensed for marriage ceremonies. We had a little time to grab some relaxed photos with the bride and groom before all their guests arrived for the ceremony. Annemarie and Ruud wanted to trick their guests and decided to tell them that their ceremony would take place at a different venue. So when all their guests arrived for the ceremony all that was waiting was an old double decker London transport bus to ferry them off to their real venue in Maartensdijk…!! A FaceTime conversation on route to their guests assured them that all was going to be ok though..!
Very mixed wedding between a lot of English and Dutch family and friends but a really relaxed and that chilled out vibe was helped by their choice of venue and the beautiful April sunshine. It’s exactly what Annemarie and Ruud wanted for their guests. After a few hours it was back onto the bus which brought everybody back to their original destination Kastel de Voorge which is one of my favourite Dutch wedding venues. Here there were more guests, more drinks and then dinner and some emotional speeches.
My very best wishes to Annemarie and Ruud on their wedding. here are just some photos from their day.
Tankardstown very quickly became one of my favourite wedding venues a while back and I’m delighted now to receive so many reservations there. Just before Christmas, Miriam & Denis celebrated their wedding in this private & exclusive venue and I was there to capture it all. The bridal suite in Tankardstown offers wonderful light in the morning time for the bridal preparations. Large windows and a light coloured theme mean that the room is flooded in a beautiful soft light that’s just perfect for photographs. I arrived during the morning and just did my thing. Stood back and documented the preparations as discretely as possible. The bridal prep was a really laid back affair which is always so much better for everybody compared to a bridal suite full of panic and stress…!!
Onto the quaint Rathfeigh Church where again I’ve worked previously. It's a popular church for couples getting married in Tankardstown or the equally beautiful Ballymagarvey Village.
Denis was wonderfully relaxed and ready to get the show on the road when I arrived. Enter the bridesmaids and then the bride with her father and the ceremony started.
Being a winter wedding we were up against the light after the ceremony for photographs so we had to quickly leave and get back to Tankardstown. Just about made it with about 25 minutes for photos before the sun went down on us. By then all the guests had arrived and the party began.
Denis is a graphic designer by profession and had put a serious amount into branding the wedding. Really loads of attention to detail which us photographers love..!!
After some family photographs it was time for dinner, followed by speeches and then the first dance. Again, I attract the best clients and Miriam and Denis were fantastic to work with before and during their day. Makes this job so rewarding and enjoyable. Here’s some of the moments from a brilliant couple, venue and day.
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing an engagement shoot with Kristin & David from Chicago. Both flew in to Ireland for a week to get married and I was there to cover it all. For the engagement shoot we took a walk around Dublin city centre concentrating on Merrion Square, Trinity College, Temple Bar and St Stephens Green. Turned out to be excellent practice for their wedding the following day - but that's another blog…!
Kristin and David were brilliant to work with - extremely laid back and extremely comfortable with each other. I hardly had to give them any direction whatsoever. It all came natural…!! We’re hoping to meet up again next year in Dublin or maybe Chicago..!
Meanwhile, I’m delighted to share a quick selection from their shoot.
Meet Emma and Donal who got married in Wexford and celebrated their wedding in the Seafield Hotel in Ballymoney, Gorey, Co. Wexford. Both bride and groom are actually old work mates of mine from a previous life in the corporate world so we all knew each other. Emma and Donal had also attended other wedding where I was the photographer so they had witnessed my style of working and the finished results of course…
Like any bride, Emma had been checking the weather forecast for weeks leading up tot he wedding but on the day, it was perfect. Emma got ready at the family home and then onto her local church in Castlebridge for the ceremony. Photos were taken on Ballymoney beach where we didn’t have a lot of time but thankfully we did have nice light and no wind. Then onwards to the Seafield for some very quick family photos and some detail shots before dinner started. Most weddings I stay until the first dance and this was the case here.
Here’s a small selection from the day.
Well you wouldn't think it but this love shoot was shot just before Christmas. Kayla & Sam - Canadian and living in Dublin decided to experience an engagement shoot in advance of their Caribbean wedding at Christmas. Weather forecast was good so we opted for an early start to grab a sunrise over the Irish Sea. Here's some shots from their session..!
Luv shoots are really enjoyable as unlike shooting a wedding, there are generally no strict time constraints and therefore we can shoot at a more relaxed pace and experiment a little to see what the couple enjoy most.
Sisi and Keith booked me for their wedding but also wanted a luv shoot to get some pre-wedding photos and for some ‘practice’ time in front of the camera. Not that they needed any as they were naturals and came across as being very comfortable with each other.
We choose a location which provides a combination of a river, wooded areas (if there’s too much sun), some open space and an elevated spot for great sunsets. It makes a great location for a variety of shots and there are never many people about so there’s never an audience…!!
Turned out to be a really hot day and we were blessed with a fantastic sunset. Here’s some photos from the evening.
You simply can’t beat an Irish castle as a wedding venue and the recently renovated and re-opened Bellingham Castle in Co Louth is definitely no exception. Beautiful interiors, fantastic grounds and an excellent service delivered by highly professional staff make this venue a delight to work in. Karen and Noel had their ceremony and reception here in August 2015 as it was local to Karen’s home town and also they wanted a high class venue to celebrate their big day with their large number of family and friends.
Bridal preparations took place in Karen’s family home and literally went off with a bang when an iron exploded…!! Thankfully that was the only mishap on the day. The guys got ready in a cottage on the castle grounds and I was able to make it there for their preparations also. The ceremony was held in the beautiful large function room which opens out onto the back lawn of the castle where the friendly resident Irish Wolfhound basked in the afternoon sun. Afterwards some mingling with champagne and canopies in the lavish drawing rooms before some quick photos and dinner. As usual I stayed until the dancing started meaning that cake cutting and speeches were also documented. Thanks to Edel, my second shooter on the day for helping to capture so many gorgeous guest, detail shots and different angles which would have been impossible to achieve if I had just worked on my own. I’ve more weddings in Bellingham castle in 2016 so really looking forward to returning there. A small collection of images from the day in the gallery below.
This is the beautiful wedding of Sabrine & Wieger. Both Sabrine & Wieger run 2 successful clothing stores in Amsterdam and have a very strong eye for fashion which was evident throughout their wedding. This was to be a very intimate, well planned wedding but with an extremely laid back vibe.
Bridal preparations took place in Amsterdam as did the civil wedding ceremony where Marly their Golden Labrador took (almost….!) centre stage and indeed for most of the day…!! After the ceremony and a glass of champagne and 5 minutes for 1 group photo it was off to the outdoor reception venue in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. This is a little town on the Amstel river just outside Amsterdam. The reception was on the grounds of an old church right on the banks of the river. I’d shot there before the previous summer and it is a lovely location with loads of boats of all types passing by the still water. The vintage style wedding absolutely matched the venue and the individual touches and effort that went into the day was superb. I’m big into details and for this wedding I was spoilt for choice - there were so many photographic opportunities…!
A late lunch was shared with close family and friends by the river under a canopy. It had been raining for several days before the wedding but as usual my luck for dry weather held through and we had a perfect day. Lunch was followed by drinks and just some general chilling out with music. Later in the day evening guests arrived for a meal and dancing and of course the legendary cake cutting. Definitely a wedding to remember.