Beautiful sunny spring day wedding at Ballymagarvey Village.
Congratulations to Grainne & James on their recent marriage in Markree Castle, Sligo. Living in Australia, they made their way home to tie the knot and celebrate with friends and family in the recently beautifully restored Castle. Had a such a laugh photographing these two along with the very talented Gavin from Dreamcatcher Productions. Rain and thunder threatened early morning during the bridal prep in Ballina but that gradually cleared away as the morning progressed. The wonderfully calm preparations were held in Grainne’s family home before the only small stress of the day - making it to the church on time..!! Which Grainne did…! By the time the ceremony ended at the beautiful St Brigid’s church in Corhownagh the sun started to make it’s entrance. Following that it was blue skies all the way. Guests soaked up the sun in the marvellous grounds of Markree before dinner in one of the incredibly ornate dining rooms. Then the party started..!
It’s always a pleasure to work with fantastic couples and Grainne and James were just that. I wish them both the very best fro the future. Here is just some of what they had to say after they received their photos;
"Dave - Thank you, you were so prompt and very true to your word when you said 3 weeks for the photos, fantastic service!! It was so lovely too to get the photos as we arrived back and were a little sad having left everyone and all the excitement.. perfect timing!
And what can we say about the photos... WOW!
We genuinely are both thrilled with them David! As you said there are some beautiful photos but they are all fabulous. I have looked at them so many times and the more I do, I love them more. For me personally, I can appreciate each one for how beautiful it actually is with the settings, the light and all the other elements you combine to make a beautiful shot! You have an amazing talent and have made two very reluctant subjects very happy!!
You were a pleasure to deal with on the day, so unobtrusive but captured so many important and meaningful details, people and moments we would otherwise have missed, and while I never thought it would be the case, the time we spent out in the gardens with you, Gavin and Ronan was one of my favorite parts of the day. It was as if James and I were alone and we were so relaxed, happy and genuinely enjoying ourselves... Which to me shows in the photos. Not to mention it was good craic. g post.
Chat to you soon and thank you again."
Grainne & James
Here’s another Dutch wedding. Wendy & Carlo celebrated their wedding in one of the most famous hotels in The Hague - The Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus which is located on the beach in Scheveningen on the suburb of The Hague.
I’ve worked there several times before but always in the middle of summer on blistering hot days. This time it was March and not so hot but still a fabulous sunny day which guaranteed a fantastic sunset as the beach is westerly facing.
The preparations and ceremony all took place in the hotel which always makes things so much easier and less stressful for everybody on the day. Before the ceremony Wendy & Carlo followed the usual tradition of having a first look in private followed by a quick photoshoot in the hotel and on the beach. We had done an engagement shoot together last October which made the photoshoot we had on the wedding day go so much smoother and we were really able to maximise our time together with little or no direction from me.
After the ceremony there was time for family photos and then it was onto their favourite sushi restaurant which they had booked exclusively for the evening for all their guests. I’m a huge fan of sushi and the food here was absolutely fab.
Speeches, food and dancing are the norm for any wedding of any culture and it was no exception here. Wendy and Carlo were able to break away from it all to escape to the beach for a few minutes to catch the sun as it dropped below the horizon. Am always happy to get a sun set shoot…!!
I think when I first received a call from Carren to see if I was available to photograph her wedding, I was in The Netherlands cycling a bicycle along a canal with my daughter. Not the best place or time to talk to a potential client but (a little..) out of breath I explained how I work and I think she more or less booked me on the spot. Fast forward about a year and it’s the big day for Carren and Noel in the lovely Barberstown Castle just outside Dublin. Both bride and groom got ready in the castle which is great as it means that I can pop over to the lads for a few minutes to capture their prep before they set off for the church or was it the pub….Yeah, the pub…
I had solemnly promised Carren sunshine on her wedding day (cos that’s the kinda silly things that I do) and YES we had sun. But unfortunately only in the morning. By the time we got to St Patrick’s church in Celbridge the wind had really got up which left most of the ladies clinging to their hats on the way in. Carren arrived in a fantastic old vintage car with her dad looking stunning so after a few quick photos at the church door, the ceremony commenced. Afterwards it was back to the nearby Barberstown Castle where the clouds started to unleash copious amounts of rainfall. We only managed to get a few minutes outdoors for photos which was so unfortunate as the grounds there are so wonderful. But as a documentary wedding photographer you go with the flow and keep capturing events, emotions, details…
A beautiful dinner was followed by genuinely hilarious speeches and then the dancing to music from The Usual Suspects.
Congratulations Carren & Noel. Wishing you both all the very best for your future years together. Your wedding album is going to be just fab…!!