Westbury Hotel, Dublin

To start off simply, if you are looking for a photographer for your wedding, then look no further than David. I honestly cannot recommend him highly enough.
My fiance had originally planned our wedding for Spain in October 2020 and then moved to October 2021 and eventually,  due to Covid, we decided to have a Christmas wedding at home in Ireland. Before we thought about organising a venue, my husband and I both said that we really wanted a good photographer. At the end of the day, when the wedding day is over, all you have are the memories so it was important for us to have nice photos as memories of our special day. We trawled the internet and looked at a MILLION photographers online and while their work was all certainly very good, no one stood out for us. That was until I stumbled across David’s page.
I instantly wanted him to be our photographer. It was so obvious that he was extremely talented. His work was simply stunning. I got in touch with him & not only was he easy to contact, easy to chat to, bubbly & friendly it was also very clear from our first zoom chat that he was the ULTIMATE professional & extremely dedicated and hard-working. He ‘got us’ immediately. We had 5 weeks to plan the wedding, which wasn’t much time. David MADE SURE that he contacted us several times so that he could get to know us and see what we wanted from the photographs of our day. It was obvious he was an absolute perfectionist- which I loved!!
On the day, my niece and nephew ran around and played all around his cameras and equipment but it did not phase him in any way!! I’ve never seen anything like it!! He was so calm & relaxed & it was obvious that photography was a hobby for him and something that he loves to do, not just a ‘job’. David had told us he would be “documenting” our day and “capturing moments” (direct quotes from David) and that he did to perfection.
Our photos arrived (with a sneak peak SlideShow of the highlights the day before) and our photographs are nothing short of magnificent. He is a magician! His talent goes far, far beyond what his webpage shows- although it was his webpage that sold his services to us, our wedding photos are out of this world.
So… if you are scouring the internet looking for the perfect wedding photographer, let me just stop you right there and save you a job. I’ve done this and let me tell you, I found the best of the best.
David, I can’t thank you enough! You are absolutely amazing & as well as everything else, you were the ultimate gentleman to deal with.
10 stars from us!
Dervla & Richy
bride and groom embracing and laughing on grafton street in dublin at their christmas wedding

Druid's Glen, Wicklow

We were absolutely delighted with our wedding photos. David knew exactly what we were looking for on the day and captured it all perfectly. We couldn’t be happier with his work and now have the very difficult but wonderful task of trying to narrow down what photos we will pick for our album!
David also produced an amazing slideshow, which we have shared with friends and family who couldn’t be with us on the day. David is very professional and a perfectionist, and clearly cares about his work!! We barely even noticed he was there on the day, despite there only being small numbers! David also worked very well with our videographer on the day and they were both very easy going and quick, which was what we were looking for. After hearing of some people being disappointed with their wedding photographer, we were delighted that we went with David.
We cannot recommend him highly enough for anyone looking for a quality photographer for their wedding.
Thanks a million David!!
Trevor and Joanne,
bride and groom walking through arch at Gruid's Glen Hotel Wicklow

Fallon & Byrne, Dublin

Dave, Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

We’re so delighted with the photos – couldn’t be happier. You really got us and the what we wanted on the day. Marko’s sister said it’s like a magazine shoot!!!!!! We really appreciate all your effort to make it such an easy and enjoyable experience and putting up with us all. Really appreciate it and will be recommending you to everyone we know!

Many many thanks

Ailish & Marko

bride and groom laughing in a vegetable aisle in a supermarket

Ballybeg House

Hi Dave,

Wow! I’m struggling to find the words to describe how beautiful these photos are! You really captured our day so perfectly! I cannot thank you enough! And to send them on so soon after the wedding knowing how much work goes into this – thank you so much!!

Thank you SO much again! It was such a pleasure to work with you and your work is beyond stunning!


Robyn and Steve

bride and groom embracing by stone wall

Tinakilly House

Hi Dave,

That was a lovely surprise yesterday evening!!!
We are absolutely delighted with them, they are brilliant 🙂 I haven’t stopped looking at them!
The family ones are perfect and our shots are amazing, there aren’t any I don’t like! We were very lucky with the weather!
It was brilliant to see all the smiling faces & everyone having a good time!

And if anyone asks, we will refer them across to you first.

Thanks again,

Mary & Conor

bride and groom embracing at night under fairy lights

Glasson Country House Hotel

Dear David

Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. You really captured the joy and emotion of our big day, while keeping everything calm and fun.!

It was a pleasure to work with you, we have received so many compliments on our pictures! We will be in touch soon to pick the photos for our album.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Mary & Joe xx

bride and groom facing each other against a cloudy sky

Killashee House Hotel

We would like to thank Dave for his excellent work and very valuable advices throughout the whole process. Indeed, Dave was, from the very beginning, keen on sharing all his knowledge on how our big day was gonna go and gave us lots of tips on how to make the best of it !

Looking through his portfolio, we knew that he would be a perfect match for us, and we were delighted when, after our first contact and a good chat, we decided to go ahead and work together.
We particularly liked how Dave is able to capture priceless moments, and the way his pictures go way beyond a simple photograph, but literally brings emotions and stories to life !

On the day, Dave was a perfect gentleman, very professional and putting us all at ease. As he mentioned to us before, he is privileged to follow the ‘couple of the day’ from start to finish and he knows all to well how quick and challenging a wedding day can be for the wedding party ! You can tell is well trained for dealing with people’s nerves ?

He also made sure not to take us away from our guests too long and we were back with our guests in a timely manner so we could enjoy the most of our day.

We can say with absolute certainty that Dave’s advices during the day really helped us enjoy our big day to its fullest !

Post wedding, David got in touch with us pretty quickly to give us a beautiful preview of our day, which everyone was really looking forward to see.

We absolutely recommend David Duignan for your big day  !

We cannot thank you enough Dave for everything!
Will and Richard

two grooms photoshoot at their irish gay wedding

Lough Rynn Castle

Hi Dave
Just a quick note to say thank you for everything that you did for us at our wedding last December. Yourself and Dena were a pleasure to work with and helped to put us both at ease. Thank you in particular for making the effort to travel to Longford, Cavan and Lough Rynn and for braving the elements at the end of the night! We really appreciate it!
Thank you also for all of your assistance with putting our album together and we can’t wait to see the final product!
Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2019.

Love and best wishes

Christina & Padraic

bride and groom having their first dance at their wedding at lough rynn castle

Tankardstown House

Hi David,

Thought it high time I emerged from the post-wedding bunker to say a massive THANK YOU.
While 23rd February 2019 was a wonderful day for us to share with our friends and families, it was made all the more special by having professionals like yourself carrying out the job so effortlessly. You blended in so well that I nearly forgot about you – in the nicest possible way! Before the wedding, people shared their own experiences… Most told me that having photos taken was the worst part for them, as it took so long. Well, as I said to you on the day, I had a very different experience…the time flew.
I had a quick peek at the photos…You captured those I know well perfectly. The expressions were so apt. I’ll have a tough job making the album selection!
Looking forward to reliving that day through those photos over the weekend.
Enjoy yours…
Very best wishes,
MT & J
PS You gave me very good advice re: how to arrive at the church “on time”. If I were to reciprocate for future wedding clients… Tell the bride to check that each button has a matching hook! All 42 buttons had to be hooked and unhooked 4 times by 3 individuals. In the end they were still a button short and had to double hook on one. I’m sure I’ve lost you…I wouldn’t blame you!!! I’ve since counted, & all buttons and hooks match?
two daffodils at sunset at tankardstown house

Markree Castle

Dear David,

We LOVE the photos… They are beautiful and totally capture the joy of the day. Our families love them as well!! We are so happy with how they turned out and are incredibly grateful to have had you as our photographer.
You are so talented and on top of that, just being so lovely and helpful from the get go. We honestly couldn’t be happier with the stellar service you provide.
We’ll be in touch re the album in the next few days, we’ll go through the options in more detail- we just wanted to drop a note in the meantime.
Best wishes,
Susie & Sam
bride and groom standing under entrance hallway of markree castle at nighttime

Tulfarris Hotel

Hi David,

Sorry we’re only responding now. I got so carried away looking at the photos I forgot to reply!

They are absolutely fabulous! Thank you so much!

I’m going to have to look through them a bunch more times I think before I can take it all in!

Thanks a mill! I can’t get over the photos, I’m just so thrilled with them. I’ll have to stop complimenting you, it must get annoying 🙂

Alice & Ciaran

bride and groom standing in front of a lake on a golf course at tulfarris in wicklow withthe sun setting behind them

Barberstown Castle

Dear David,

Please accept our apologies for this long overdue card. We cannot thank you enough for capturing our wedding day so beautifully. We had an incredibly happy day and you captured it perfectly. We still haven’t managed to whittle down the photos for our album because we love nearly all the pictured too much!

Thank you so much again


Rebecca & Dudley

bride and groom embracing at sunset at theor wedding in barberstown castle kildare

Tankardstown House

Dear David,

Thank you so much for being our photographer! We had the most amazing day on July 6th and you captured it so perfectly! We have loved looking through all of the photos – it’s going to be hard to pick a selection for our album. Thanks for your professionalism and attention to detail, all the time you gave us – answering questions, emails, etc. We’ll be in touch once we’re ready to sign off on the album.

Thanks again, Love

Catherine & Cormac

bride and groom embracing in reception room of tankardstown house

Virginia Park Lodge


Thank you so much for your superb work both in preparation for and one the day of our wedding. The photos are fabulous and will be treasured forever. Lots of love.

Kate, Fergus, & Kids xxx

bride and groom walking down church aisle after their wedding ceremony

Castle Bellingham

The final thing we had to organise for our wedding was the photographer and we found this the hardest part. There are so many to choose from and after a while every wedding photographers albums look the same and this is disappointing because you want your  own to be something special. It wasn’t until 3 months before the wedding, down to the wire, after attending tons of wedding fairs and looking at countless web sites that we stumbled across David.  Immediately I knew this was the photographer for us. The idea of posed photographs was always going to be a no no for us and David is the complete opposite to any conventional photographer. His photos are all naturally and happen organically. He was able to capture images that no other photographer we had met could have. His photographic style of disappearing into the background and capturing aspects of the day that would have been forgotten or lost in posed images is amazing. We loved the photos he captured on the day.

Karen & Noel

Bride and groom embracing at their bellingham castle wedding

Luttrellstown Castle

We got married in September this year and were so lucky to have David photographing the wedding. We live in the UK but the wedding was in Ireland so it was quite difficult for us when it came to choosing a photographer. We wanted to be sure the photographer understood what style we liked and what general vibe we were after etc., which is all hard to do from a different country. As soon as we got in contact with David however, he immediately put us at ease. He suggested we have a skype call so we could properly chat and understand each other. I think we chatted for well over an hour while he got to know us, our personalities and what we wanted out of our photo session. We were confident from that point that we had chosen the right photographer. This was further confirmed on the day. David arrived and we hardly knew he was there. His documentary style meant he caught some of the more precious, intimate moments of the day without anyone even noticing. But as well as this, when it came to the more difficult, posed group shots, he was very organised and expertly rounded up all of the guests, despite them being fairly drunk at this stage 🙂 We received our photos two weeks later which is the fastest turnaround I think I’ve heard of in wedding photography. We really couldn’t recommend David enough, he has provided us with fabulous, permanent reminders of our day. Thanks so much!

Fiona & Alex

luttrellstown castle wedding

Markree Castle

Hi David

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.

It will probably take us quite a while to narrow the selection for the album and we would definitely appreciate your help and input with this.

Hope you are having a good week, chat to you soon and thank you again,

Grainne & James

bride nd groom standing in woods with the sun filtering through the trees behind them at their markree castle wedding

Moyvalley Hotel

We had David as our wedding photographer and we couldn’t have picked someone better. Extremely professional and a great guy to work with. We are delighted with how the photos turned out.

Thanks again David

Nicola & Luke

bride and groom embracing at moyvalley hotel

Glenveagh National Park

We had a great time working with David! He’s professional and made us very comfortable while getting our amazing pictures taken!

Deepti & Lakshman

engaged couple kissing at sunset on a mountain in donegal

Waterford Castle

Myself and Jim wish to truly thank you for being our wedding photographer. We first picked you having seen 1) your work and 2) how you work, at Jim’s brothers wedding. It was so important to us to have someone who we knew would take great pictures but at the same time blend into the background themselves. From our first meeting with you a year before the wedding you took on every bit of info about what style of photos we wanted how long we wanted to spend and exactly what we wanted to capture. On the day itself you were amazing and so unobtrusive which is fantastic when you are trying to capture fly on the wall style photos but yet you were also great at directing us for the more posed family shots. When we got home from honeymoon we were dying to see the pictures and are so happy that you got so many good shots of all our guests as well as ourselves and they are all so natural. We now have the fun job of trying to whittle down to album photos out of all the wonderful shots but we will treasure them all for years to come. Thank you so much for doing an amazing job.

Rachel & Jim

bride and groom kissing at waterford castle

Glebe House, Dowth

Living in canada and organising our wedding back home in irelend had its difficult moments. I spent a lot of time researching photographers and finally and thankfully found David. We did a skype call that was so relaxing and assured us that David was the guy we were looking for. He is so easy to deal with and helpful. We met again just before our wedding and went through how the day would generally pan out. We never wanted to spend too much time from our family and guests on the day so David was prepared for this. On the day itself David was amazing. He does so much to get the pics you imagine…he is on the go all the time capturing your special memories yet you hardly know he is there. Also from my own personal experience with David, on my wedding day he was so helpful and kind. He wants you to enjoy your day. As for the pictures he captures….well we have ours for the last 5 months and we still can’t choose which ones we want for the album. They are all so amazing. I look at them all the time….. David loves his work and it shows. He is definitely the best photographer and a lovely man. So happy he was there for our day.

Denise & Poric

bride and groom walking through lavender flowers

Brooklodge Macreddin Village

OMG Dave!!!! I am absolutely trilled to bits with the photos. They are absolutely amazing and the ones in Glendalough are stunning and look like they are taken directly from a top notch magazine. We are overwhelmed by the quality of them especially given the time constraints. We cannot thank you enough Dave and our thanks to Siobhan also. You captured our day so vividly and we will always have the photos to look back on. All I can say is, thank God we hired the best!!! I’ll be in touch when we get back re album and thank you cards etc. ( you may need to help me choose 😉 ). Btw, you would Love NZ, the scenery is awesome and Mick even said “Dave Duignan would love it over here”!!! Anyway Dave, again a sincere thank you for all your work, we are chuffed to bits.

Sophia & Michael

bride and groom looking out onto a lake at glendalough

Tankardstown House

We had the pleasure of working with David Duignan on our Wedding day. He is a kind, courteous, friendly gent and we felt at ease the moment we met him. He introduced himself months in advance of our wedding so we knew we would be comfortable on what was to be a very overwhelming day. He was very comfortable in our presence and charming. When the big day arrived, David arrived and as promised, being somewhat of a shy bride I requested David strictly stick to a documentary style and blend into the background. He was brilliant on the day and had a wonderfully calm presence. We were on Honeymoon when our link to our photos arrived, which was so quick. We were awed at how David had captured our day. To describe David in one word, fabulous! I couldn’t recommend him any higher.

Carole & Bryan

bride and groom by window in tankardstown house

Dublin City

My fiancé and I got engaged on a trip to Ireland and we had the idea of doing an engagement shoot before we came back and found David who was able to accommodate our tight schedule and do the shoot 2-3 days later. He was super friendly, did a great job of putting us at ease and that allowed for some truly great photos in Dublin. His turnaround time was quick, and the quality of the shots was exactly what we hoped for and they turned out great when we had some of them put on canvas. He had a great eye for the lighting, capturing unique situations, and getting photos that were natural looking. Would highly recommend!

Ryan & Emily

engaged couple cuddling

Leixlip Manor & Gardens

David is such a fantastic photographer! Having photographed both of my brothers weddings, we were delighted he was available for our date, even at short notice. He was so professional and very discreet capturing our day so perfectly. David was extremely patient and understood our desire to have a stress free day. Very accommodating for those living outside of Dublin, facilitating meetings through Skype if necessary. He even travelled to familiarise himself with our venue prior to the wedding. Our photographs are fabulous and he went over and beyond in designing our album (twice) to ensure we were happy with the finished product. I highly recommend David, you won’t find a more professional photographer! He was amazing!

Paula & Elliot

bride and groom under a tree

City Hall, Dublin

David Duignan is an outstanding photographer who we would unreservedly recommend to anyone planning a wedding. We handpicked Dave to photograph our special day after we viewed the impressive portfolio on his website. What distinguished Dave from all other local photographers, in my view, was both his ability to capture unadulterated moments (real emotions) on camera, and his experience photographing weddings in different international contexts and obvious openness to different traditions and cultures. We were delighted when Dave confirmed his availability, and our initial impressions were confirmed by all of our dealings with him. Since we were organizing our wedding from a different country and were novices at wedding planning, we were extremely grateful to be able to capitalize on Dave’s helpful advice about wedding logistics, particularly in relation to dealing with unpredictability and optimal timings, which enabled us to carefully plan the shots we wanted and adopt a realistic view—-and we were delighted when things went smoothly and we had more time than expected. Through chats over skype and over coffee before the wedding, we felt very relaxed and at ease with Dave on our big day, and he was able to observe us interacting and get a sense of our style and preference. He is incredibly accommodating, congenial, professional, hardworking. He was both unobtrusive in photograph taking, and able to capture spectacular shots. We could not have been happier with our photos and our guests were very complimentary too. Dave is, without a doubt, a world class talent.

Tia & Pat

bride and groom hoisted into the air on chairs at their wedding reception

Seafield Hotel

David was a great help and guidance throughout my wedding process. Not only does he portray professionalism but it’s his calming nurture that really connects you to him. My photos were absolutely fantastic and it was all down to David’s research and listening to my needs. Cannot recommend him highly enough.

Emma & Donal

Bride and groom kissing on beach

Sneem Hotel

David photographed our wedding in Sneem on a lovely Irish summer day in August….gale force winds and horizontal rain!! Even with this he created the most unbelievable photos. Planning a wedding all the way from Vancouver had it’s challenges but David was so supportive, with lots of extra bits of advice, even outside of the photography side of things. He was so helpful and unobtrusive, we didn’t even realise he was taking pictures most of the day. We have the most amazing photos and are currently struggling to narrow it down to an album. David also convinced us to climb out on a rock by the ocean, which created a truly unbelievable photo. Thanks so much David!

Gerda & Donal

bride and groom embracing on a rock in kerry ireland

Hotel Doolin

We had Dave as our photographer for our wedding, and he are so glad we did. He is a true professional, our guests all commented on how unobtrusive he was but he still got amazing shots. We are in love with the documentary style photos, he really captured the happiness of our day. And he didn’t even let the rain on the wild Atlantic coast get in his way!

Hannah & Ciaran

Bride and groom embracing on beach in west of ireland

Cliff at Lyons

Dave was the photographer for our October wedding and we can’t recommend him highly enough. We met on a couple of occasions before the big day and his attention to detail and absolute passion for his work was clear. We wanted relaxed, natural photographs and he certainly delivered. The photographs that Dave took were absolutely beautiful and he captured so many special moments of the day that narrowing the choices for the wedding album is proving difficult! Dave and his assistant Deena were a pleasure to work with, definitely one of the best decisions we made.

Debbie & Derek

Bride and groom at cliff at lyons wedding

Leixlip Manor & Gardens

Dave Oh my God, I love them! Thanks so much Dave, they’re just brilliant. Gonna have fun going through them with Cathal. Once again, thanks – I just can’t say it enough!! I’ve already been singing your praises on wedding websites!

Amy & Cathal

Bride and groom laughing hysterically

Dublin City

I came across David’s blog when I was searching for a Photographer to shoot our engagement photos while we were on vacation in Ireland. His work took my breath away and I was so excited to work with him! David was very quick to respond and provided a lot of suggestions and ideas to help us plan a great photo shoot! He was very patient and encouraging while taking our photos. The outcome was amazing too! His photos are absolutely stunning! I could not have asked for better engagement photos! Everyone loves them! I cannot thank David enough for capturing our love in the most beautiful way!

Sandra & Mike

engaged couple embracing in st stephens green dublin

Horetown House

David was great to deal with from the very first phone call to the meeting after the wedding to decide on the album. The photos are brilliant and everyone commented on how he was so unobtrusive and we didn’t really notice him being there. I would highly recommend him and I can’t wait to print off more and more photos from the wedding.

Claire & Mark

bride and groom kissing in front of old house

Dunboyne Castle

I got married in August 2013 and after meeting a lot of photographers I decided to go with David. I have to say it was the best decision I made. When sitting down before the wedding to discuss things my husband and I felt so comfortable with him, no question was silly for us to ask David he made us feel at such ease. On our wedding day the pictures he took were so natural most of the time we forgot he was there. When we got our pictures they were simply stunning.  I would recommend David to any couple planning their big day he is such a nice guy and a real professional.

Anita & Darren

bride and groom at front door to dunboyne castle

Huntington Castle

We couldn’t have asked for a better wedding photographer! David is extremely personable, friendly and an overall joy to work with. He captured both our engagement photos and our wedding day and we’re already discussing how much we’d love to work with him again for future life events.

His documentary style allowed us to enjoy our first moment as husband and wife undisturbed and just be ourselves which made the photos come out beautifully. We were so amazed by the end results that we can’t help but scroll through the photos over and over again.

Thanks so much, David! It has been a pleasure!

Holly & Diego

bride and groom hugging at huntington castle

Maartensdijk, The Netherlands

Amazing wedding day, amazing photo’s, amazing experience! Keep up the amazing work!

Annemarie & Ruud

bride and groom embracing outside dutch house

Ashdown Park Hotel, Co Wexford

David is an absolutely amazing photographer. Me and my husband cannot recommend him highly enough. He photographed our wedding on 28th July and he was brilliant and so easy to work with. We had bad weather on the day and David offered us a reshoot once the weather got better which is something we would never had thought of and we are so grateful he did. We were in awe when we received our pictures and honestly I don’t know how I’m going to narrow it down.
Thank you so again for everything David

Doireann & Daire

Bride and groom kissing at sunset in dublin mountains

Wild Atlantic Way Engagement Shoot

My fiance and I (from Columbus, Ohio) arranged to meet David on the West Coast of Ireland for a full day engagement shoot. David pre-planned our route (after talking with us over Skype months in advance of our trip), and took us to the most amazing locations! We loved spending the day with David, and appreciated him driving us around to all of our locations while we sat back and enjoyed experiencing the Wild Atlantic Way (something we wouldn’t have done otherwise). Neither of us were used to being photographed in a professional setting like this (and it was our first time being photographed together!), but David made it easy for us to relax and enjoy the whole experience. We can’t say enough how pleased we are with the photos (I currently have 5 hanging in my office, and a rotating selection of 10 or so for my computer wallpaper). We had such a wide variety of landscapes that many people asked us if we took our engagement photos over multiple days! Chris and I were shocked with how quickly we got our photos back from David–we were both so pleased with the quality of David’s work. It has truly been a pleasure for Chris and I (as well as our parents) to celebrate our engagement with such wonderful photos, and for us to share and to remember our Ireland trip together with such breathtaking landscapes! David was also wonderful in being accommodating to our MANY outfit changes! 🙂

Thank you so much David!

Holly & Chris

engaged couple embracing in west of ireland