Wedding
  • Eileen and Rob | Castleknock Hotel Wedding

    Church: St Mochtas Church Castleknock

    Venue: Castleknock Hotel

  • Crom Castle & Cavan Crystal Hotel Wedding | September 2015 | by Linda Clarke Photography

    So I have just realised how far behind on blogging I am !! I will remedy that over the next few weeks as I have lots of lovely weddings to show you from the end of last year !!

    First up are the wonderful nuptuals of Beverly & Stephen, in the FANTASTIC surroundings of Crom Castle in Fermanagh. The cermony took place in 'The West Wing' and my goodness what a wow location !! I couldn't believe my eyes when we got there, a photographers dream venue !

    Beverly is actually my most organised Bride EVER, she booked me a full 2 years and 1 month in advance. Now thats what I call organised !!! Love it !!!

    Here are a few of my favourite images from the day.....

  • Castleknock Hotel Wedding | Marie & Kevin

    So I'm a bit behind on blogging at the moment, I'm right in the middle of crazy wedding season !! Not a bad complaint !!

    A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Marie & Kevins nuptuals, in the fabulously sunny village of Howth. The sun was splitting the stones as I arrived at Maries. This day was made extra sweet by the fact that the Chief Bridesmaid was an old friend, and there was plenty of girly squeals upon meeting, lol.

    There are two words that spring to mind when I think back on Marie & Kevins day and they are 'totes emosh' !! It was an emotion filled say from start to finish, happy tears and some sad too. Also the other most remarkable thing was time keeping. Holy Lord, I have never met such an on time Bride before. Determined to be walking up the aisle on time, I think we even caught the priest on the hop !!

    After the ceremony and a photo shoot on the 'fishing' pier we headed to the lovely surrounds of Castleknock Hotel. The sun kept its hat on and we had a lovely afternoon outside on the veranda before the call for dinner. A fab day, definitely one to remember.

    Here are some of my favourite images from the day !

  • Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort Wedding | Susan and Alan

    It seemed like a lifetime to go when Susan contacted me about her wedding to Alan, well my goodness it flew around, it happened yesterday. it always catches me on th hop, how quick names and stories come around again from the time of booking to the time of well doing !! There were to be a few familiar faces in the crowd at Sue and Alans wedding so I was looking forward to this one.

    The weather Gods, thank goodness were on my side again yesterday. That lovely bit of cloud cover and mild and dry, score us !!

    My phtographer buddy Ciara Drennan was covering the boys prep in Kilnamanagh and I headed to Rathangan to catch up with the ladies. All was in full swing with favour finishing, photoboard making and all sorts thrown into the bridal preparations. A little later than planned, ahem..... we headed for the picturesque Lady Chapel in Maynooth. Wow, it was my first time to shoot there, it had been on my list for a while, it didn't disappoint. Such a gorgeous little church, steeped in history and so romantic. Suited our couple very well.

    After the ceremony we held a quick Family Photo Session as there was a bit of a drive ahead of us to the fab Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, and people tend to scatter to the four winds once there are check-ins involved. Better to have them done and save everyone stress and precious reception time in the long run. A slight shower on our way over didn't dampen anyones optimism and we had a lovely Bridal shoot in the Manor House and the grounds of the Golf Course itself. I love shooting in Tulfarris, so many great locations and opportunities, its different every time.

    Everyone was being well catered for back at the reception when we arrived back in our golf buggy. All the children (Groom and Best Man !!),loved it, they even gave the flower girls and page boys a little go !

    With formalities over after the lovely short speeches, everyone was tucking into what looked and smelt like a fab evening meal as I took my leave. I hope you guys partied late into the night and had a ball !

    Here are some of my favourite images from the day.

    Linda x

  • Dunboyne Castle Hotel Wedding | Rhona and Kevin

    Last Fridays wedding was such a treat for me, the Bride was getting ready 5 mins drive from me, the church one of my local parish churches and the hotel a 20 minute drive also. My Bride, Rhona was also super relaxed, which is always a major bonus and allows me to enjoy the day along with the couple.

    St. Marys Church in Saggart has just recently gone through a major refurbishment with the roof being replaced. So it was in great shape for the ceremony. The weather gods were also looking like they were playing ball so we headed to Dunboyne Castle Hotel so as not to waste any time in getting all the outside photography completed.

    Dunboyne Castle had their usual warm welcome awaiting Rhona and Kevin with bubbly and sambos for the hungry family members. We completed the family portraits on the steps of the old house before heading out into the gardens with the Bridal Party. We were done and dusted in no time at all and everyone could head back in to enjoy the hospitality and chat before dinner. Children were on their best behaviour as there were a lot of teachers floating round among the guests ;)

    Here are a few of my favourite images from the day.

  • The Wedding of Fiona & Craig | Roundwood House Co. Laois

    This is definitely up there with my all time favourite weddings !!! A fab, relaxed couple, a gorgeous venue, a funny quirky crowd and a wee man that would remind you of the Jerry Maguire kid :)

    Last Friday I high-tailed it to Mounrath and Roundwood House. Its a venue I haven't shot in before but one I was very much looking forward to shooting in. And it didn't dissapoint ! As you come up the lovely leafy drive the atmosphere of the place hits you. Its amazingly charming, rustic and most of all relaxed. It feels like your home. Hannah and her staff are warm and welcoming and look after you like you were their own.

    After chats over Skype with Fiona and Craig it was lovely to finally meet in person. They are my first couple ever to do the 'First Look'. I was so excited when I realised !! It didn't dissapoint either :)

    After a wonderful Humanist Ceremony, in front of Family and Friends in the grand Entrance Hall of Roundwood House, we headed into the sprawling gardens for photo fun. The were so many little hidey nooks and quirky locations, I found it hard to choose which ones to use, so we used pretty much most of them. And we had just set foot back inside the door before the rain came, happy days !!

    Dinner was served in 'The Barn' and guests were treated to a fantastic spread. I have to say it was the best wedding meal I have ever had and I have partaken in more than my fair share over the past few years.

    Once the speeches were finished we all rolled back over to the house with full tummies for a night of dancing and romancing. 

    A fantastic day and thank you so much to Fiona & Craig for asking me to be part of it and to Hannah and your team for looking after us all so well !!

    Here are some of my fav images from the day.

  • The Wedding of Teresa & Kieran........ Lexlip Manor and Gardens

    The sun shone all day !! Yahooo !!!

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of an past work colleague of mine, and it definitely was a pleasure. Lots of conventions were broken and it really was a truely personal, no stress, chill out wedding day :)

    The sun was splitting the stones as the guests began arriving at St. Patricks Church in Lucan. This I have to say is a little gem of a church. Behind the altar are beautiful ceiling high windows, a dream for a photographer such a myself with a penchant for working with natural light :) After a slight false start, up an aisle with no priest at the top of it, my Bride swept up it in her beautiful grecian style gown. I think that gown definitely set the tone for the day to come, beautiful and relaxed !

    After a lovely ceremony and a balancing act by me on the church wall to get the group shot we headed to Leixlip Manor and Gardens . They, I think may be getting sick of the sight of me as it was my third wedding there in the space of a few short weeks. I love working there though, the walled gardens are fantastic and the house itself is beautiful and so welcoming ! Being a lovely sunny day most guests congegrated outside and chatted away happily until the dinner call, munching on lovely personalised M&M's. Myself and my Bride and Groom took a lovely walk through the gardens and a bit of off-roading also into the field too for some couple portraits.

    Dinner time flew around (very tasty indeed !) and after lots of lovely chats and catch ups with old friends, it was time for the first dance. The band The Converse Allstars had the place rocking as I took my leave.

    Thanks so much Teresa & Kieran for asking me to cover your day !!

    Linda xxx

  • A sunny Springfield Session......

    So at the end of a double wedding weekend to say the least I'm shattered !!

    I started off in lovely Trim, Co. Meath on Friday for Lisa & Chris's big day. The weather forecast was favourable, sunny with a chance of a few showers so not too bad !!

    Preparations were well underway at the house by the time I started coverage, a very organised lot altogether !! Champagne and bubbly raspberry (I kid you not !!) was in full flow. After a slight Bridesmaid dress hiccup we were all taped up and ready to hit the road :)

    I had never been in St Patricks Church in Trim before, and wow what a magnificent building ! A real treat to shoot in !!

    The beautiful Trim Castle was the setting for a lovely stroll with the Bridal party. Well when I say lovely stroll, it was a rather quick stroll as the ominous cloud hanging over us spat a few warnings out lol !!

    We ended the day in the relaxing surroundings of the Springfield Hotel in Leixlip with the coolest cake I've seen in a while !! It certainly was a day the promised a Happily Ever After :) xxx

  • An intimate K-Club Celebration - Yvonne & Brian......

    What a pleasure to be involved in this afternoons wedding. Chaufeurs, trains and automobiles..... and that was just me getting round the place !!

    I love, love, love being involved in small weddings. You become part of them and its a fab thing. Todays wedding was my smallest yet 19 peeps and 2 gorgeous kiddos, my kinda day !

    We kicked off in the Registry Office, for a lovely little intimate service. The ice being broken by the start of the day, flower girl and daughter of the Bride and Groom Robin's dance to the entrance song. Well whats a little girl going to do but twirl when she's wearing the ultimate princess outfit complete with diamonds on her shoes ....

    We left the City Centre behind us and headed for the country side and the luxurious surroundings of the K-Club. Even though I only live 10 minutes drive from it, this was my first visit to the K-Club. And my goodness what have I been missing out on, the grounds are FAB-U-LOUS. Every corner revealing another gorgeous location for a Bridal Party shoot !! The W.B. Yeats room was ready and waiting for us with magnificent views of the garden, and the sun had popped its head out. What more could you ask for !!

    Some days I am reminded of what a privilege it is to do what I do, today was one of those days.

    Linda x

     

  • A blustery Ballymagarvey Day......

    So for Sharon & Brians Special day today the weather started out promising. The rain of the last few days gone and replaced by wind and cloud, not too bad ! The atmosphere in Sharons parents house was organised and relaxed, perfect ! The prep was well under way by the time I arrived, with Dad in charge of sustinance and refreshments. The plan, to head to Ballymagarvey early so that everyone could relax for a bit before the ceremony.

    With everyone and everything packed up we spun down the N2 to Balrath, Co. Meath. And wow, wow, wow, wow, is all I can say. What a stunning venue !! Its been on my must-shoot-there-list as well for a long time and it definitely didn't disappoint, A-MAZ-ing !!!

    Guest and boys in situ, it was then time to get the lovely Humanist Ceremony under way. I have to say I love the Humanist celerations. They are just brim full of meaning and so thoughfully put together. A real joy to be part of. Sharon and Brian's service was exactly that too :)

    Ballymagarvey has a wealth of stunning spots for a wedding shoot, I was dying to try out them all. But unluckily for us the weather gods decided that enough was enough and 5 mins into our Bridal Party shots the rain came tumbling down. Hopeful for a break later we reluctantly headed inside.

    Throughout the day we were expertly looked after by John, the Ballmagarvey Wedding Coordinator and the rest of the staff. A bit of sunshine indoors on such a damp day. None the less all the guest were settled in to the fantastic banquet hall by the time I was leaving and it looked like it was going to be a fun packed evening ahead. Hope you guys are dancing your socks off by now !!

    Linda xxx

  • Millhouse Memories - Sinéad & Erich ....

    Well the first wedding of the season over and what a cracker !!! Couldn’t have wished for better !! The only slight hitch was the VERY wet weather that started the day off, but my weather guru ensured me that it was clearing for the afternoon and sure enough it did !! I had really been looking forward to this one as not only were Sinéad and Erich a lovely relaxed couple but the venue they had chosen for their reception was on my ‘must shoot there’ list, The Millhouse in Slane, and my goodness it didn’t disappoint.

    When I arrived at Sinéads house the prep was well under way. The atmosphere was very calm and really organised :) The lovely ladies from Inga Cuzin Hair & Make-Up had everything running bang on schedule and all the girlies looking fab, especially my GORGEOUS Bride.

    One of the first things on my to do list is to capture the dress and all its details before the Bride gets a chance to pop it all on :) Sinéad had chosen a beautiful lace gown, with alterations by her Aunt which was perfectly beautiful !! Simple accessories to finish off an outfit that suited her to perfection.

    The only stage at all that I seen a little worry on Sinéads face was as we were leaving for the church and it was pouring with rain ! That worried look was short lived once we got underway. Erich looked splendid in his tails and was waiting patiently at the top of the aisle for us. Father John performed a wonderful ceremony. It was the first time I had witnessed a water ceremony and it was just gorgeous, such meaning, really special. It involved the Bride and Groom both pouring water from separate jars into a main bowl. That water was then blessed by the couple and by Father John. It was used to bless the rings and all the congregation as they were leaving the church. It is then keep and used for any future christening ceremonies the couple may have. Just gorgeous !

    After getting stuck in a bit of nasty traffic we finally arrived in The Millhouse !! Its even more fabulous than I imagined !! As some of my past couples might remember I squeal when I’m really excited by a venue, there was lots of squealing yesterday lol !! And miracle of miracles, as predicted by my weather guru the sun peaked its way out and shown warmly for the rest of the afternoon and evening. as Del-Boy would say - ‘perfick’ !

    Seriously though anyone considering The Millhouse as their venue, I can only say, go for it. Not only is it a spectacular location the staff were fantastic yesterday. Looked after every need anyone had, like a home from home. Honourable mention goes to Wedding Coordinator extraordinaire Aidan !! Fab job !!

    After a sumptuous meal everyone danced the night away to the sounds of ‘After Dark’. It was my first time hearing them and they certainly had the dance floor rocking from the very first song ! I really wanted to stay and boogie, they were that good, but it had been a long day and to be honest I was pooped !!

    All in all a fantastic day and what a way to start my 2015 Wedding Season, there will be a lot to live up to this year !! 

    Linda x

  • The Wedding of Laura & Ciaran, a wonderful manoeuvre ……….

    You want your wedding day to be all you’ve dreamt of and hopefully more !! Well todays wedding was that for me !! I don’t know who was more excited, myself or the Bride, the gorgeous Laura :) When I peeked out my window this morning to see lovely deep blue skies, I crossed everything that the down pour that they were talking about in the weather forecast last night would hold off till 5 o’clock. After that the weather can do what it wants, everyone will be tucked up inside.

    And speaking of peeking out my window, I can actually see todays venue out my kitchen window, I’ve looked out over it all my life, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, the home of the Irish Air Corps. I was so delighted to be asked to cover todays weddings, at the very least it would give me a chance to see around inside the air base, something I haven’t done since I was a little girl.

    The Brides Mum had been my chief liaison up until today so I was dying to meet her and Laura and the SIX yes six bridesmaids. I knew that the morning prep was going to be lots of fun with all those ladies involved, and it didn’t disappoint. The ladies were all finished hair and make up when I arrived apart from the cool, calm and collected Laura. Her lovely little girl kept us all entertained with her renditions of the songs from Disneys ‘Frozen’, she definitely stole the show. After some family and Bridal Party portraits it was time to hit the road. After a minor ahem, hiccup with the Bridal Car, the poor divil had to hop into my VW Golf (thank God it was clean !!!), and a rather fast pace we headed for the church so as not to be too late and keep the patient Groom, Ciaran waiting. It was definitely a first for me, being both photographer and chauffeur. Thankfully the Bride remained the picture of calm throughout the whole episode and I got her to the Church, even if a little late, and the fact that it had started to lash out of the heavens, but we were there !!

    The ceremony, preformed by the Air Corps own Father Robert was to say the least emotional. It was so lovely, I even shed a tear myself. Such a lovely, warm ceremony, full of personal touches and meanings. None least the location of the air base church full of all its history and military context.

    Thankfully the rain had stopped by the time the service was over so that the Bride and Groom could greet their guests as they exited the Church. It also held off for us to do the family portrait session and the Bridal Party portrait session outside the mess hall. The rumbling thunder added some timely reminder that it was time to go inside and mingle for a bit !!

    After that came my favourite part of the whole day, an escorted trip to the hanger by the Grooms Best Man and Brother (an Air Corp Pilot, score !!) where the Bombardier Learjet 45 and Casa CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft are housed. It made for an amazingly unusual Bridal Portrait Session location. I have to say I did squeal with delight a few times :) Back to the Officers Mess then where the guest were seated and ready for the entrance of the new Mr & Mrs Curran. They were met by rapturous applause, whopping and foot stamping when they were introduced to the room :) The following safety announcement, airline style went down a treat and was performed brilliantly by the Best Man and Groomsman.

    All in all an amazing day, my first military wedding and hopefully not my last, I enjoyed every minute. I’m going to have a look out my kitchen window now because the way that party was shaping up I’m sure I will be able to see them all dancing from here :)

  • The Wedding of Sarah Jane & Brian 2nd of August 2014.....

    So I decided this morning that rather than doing one of my traditional sneak peeks for Sarah Jane and Brian that I would do a blog post as I cannot decide which ones to put up as their sneak peeks !!!

    The morning of the wedding arrived with the sound of rain beating against my bedroom window, not an ideal start, but thats life in Ireland for you in August lol !!

    I headed over to Sarah Janes to capture some of the Bridal Prep and was greeted with a beaming smile from the lovely Bride through her front window. Thoughts of the weather went out of my head then, it was shaping up to be a fab day whatever the weather :) And what a scene of ogranisation and calmness. The girlies were all ready, and enjoying their morning. 

    After that I did something I don't usually do, I left the Bride !! Eeeeeeeekkk !! Off to the Grooms house for a few quick portraits, at the couples request. It worked out well as it as such a short distance away and lovely to see both parties enjoying their last morning of 'singleness' :)

    Back to the Brides house then to start one of the main events of the day, putting on the dress. I love this bit, its a really special moment and I love being there to see how good they feel once its on and all is right. Yesterday was no exception, the dress was fabulous on and suited Sarah Jane to perfection !!

    It was time to head to the Church, Sruleen Parish Church in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin. A lovely small, bright church, perfect ! Sarah Jane did not want to be late so we made sure we had her on time, with the usual 15 minute leeway :) It was a lovely service, with beautiful music provided by Blush (http://www.blushweddingmusic.com). Due to the weather we stayed behind in the Church after the ceremony to do the Family Photos, quick and as painless as possible for this part is my mantra !!

    Off to Fitzpatricks Killney Castle with us then for the reception. Plans to stop off in Dalkey for pics on the pier were put on hold as the weather had completely turned on us, it was lashing out of the heavens !! We cut a fantastic sight heading up the M50 in three beautiful cars provided by http://www.weddingcarsonline.com, a fabulous Beaufort and two Daimlers for the rest of the wedding party.

    The Bridal party were greeted by smiles and brollies by the staff of Fitzpatricks Castle and were escorted into the reception room, which was filled with sweet treats and music. Fitzpatricks Castle provided lovely backdrops for our portrait sessions then for the rest of the evening.

    The Bride and Groom then looked set to party the night away to the sounds of Blush. I really enjoyed the day guys and thanks so much for choosing me as your photographer :) 


  • A Rockin' 50's Themed Wedding - WeddingsOnline Real Wedding Feature for this week :)

    I am so please and chuffed and excited to be feature as this weeks WeddingsOnline Real Wedding :) I had a ball shooting Elaine and Bryans wedding in the fabulous Kippure Estate in Wicklow. It was only helped by the fact that Elaine is a fellow photog and friend !! (http://www.elainelavertyphotography.ie/)

    It was an honour to be asked to shoot a fellow photographers wedding, not an easy thing to relinquish the control :) Here is the feature article from WeddingsOnline !!

    A Rockin’ 50s Themed Wedding at Kippure Estate by Linda Clarke Photography

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    “We were in Eddie Rockets one day we decided a fifties wedding would be cool and fun!”

    The couple: Elaine Laverty and Bryan Steedman

    Length of engagement: 2 years | Wedding date: 19th July 2013

    Photographer: Linda Clarke Photography

    Wedding location: Kippure Estate County Wicklow

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    We met… in Dungarvan County, Waterford on a night out. I think we clicked straight away because we were both from Scotland, we had so much in common apart from the fact that I come from a much better part of Scotland than Bryan!

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    My dress… I wore a vintage style tea length wedding dress by Fancy New York, bought at Bella Bleu in Cork and it was the first one I tried on. I wasn’t convinced by it on the hanger but Kate from Bella Bleu made me try it and I loved it immediately. I had gorgeous blue heels from Pin Up Couture which I wore for the ceremony then changed to low tops with Elvis on them so kindly made for me by Kapow Shoes by Gem at the very last minute! I received them the day before the wedding.

    Like Elaine’s vintage style tea length dress? Check out our top 10 tea length wedding dresses for 2013/2014!

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    “One of my favourite memories was Uncle Jimmy in his red Teddy Boy suit and blue suede shoes driving us to the ceremony in a 50s car”

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    Our proposal… we had no big romantic proposal just a gradual realisation that actually we did want to get married despite everything we had said. The wedding was put on the back burner for a while with the arrival of our daughter and then we tried to decide what to do. Neither of us wanted anything very formal and it was in Eddie Rockets one day we decided a Fifties wedding would be cool and fun!

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    Our ceremony… My dad walked me up the aisle in the room we had decorated the night before with help from the truly fabulous Grainne from Kippure Estate. Memories are Made of this by Dean Martin played as we entered the room and it was a wonderful moment. The ceremony itself was a short and sweet civil ceremony with no readings or songs just the way we wanted, we still managed to get a touch of hysterical laughter in despite it being so short but if we hadn’t we wouldn’t be us

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    Our menu… we had milkshakes after the ceremony, some alcoholic some not, then for dinner we had burgers and fries in keeping with the diner theme. There was apple pie for dessert and ice cream with toppings to choose from for the kids. We had 5 diner themed cakes from The Swell Bakeshop which were served at night along with mini hotdogs and popcorn.

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    “We had no speeches apart from a poem by the groom and no fixed seating plan. As a result everything was relaxed and happy.”

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    We chose our photographer because… Linda (Linda Clarke Photography) is brilliant and a friend of mine, as a photographer myself I wasn’t at all keen on handing the responsibility of my wedding over to someone else but I was comfortable letting Linda take over and do what she does, she was fabulous and totally unobtrusive.

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    We chose our venue because… Kippure Estate was totally perfect for our needs, the scenery was out of this world and there were self catering houses for all of our guests (most of whom were coming from the UK). Grainne (wedding coordinator) was delighted when we told her we wanted something a little out of the ordinary and helped us plan the whole thing , We were so lucky with the weather on the day which meant that after the ceremony the guests could mingle in the garden in the sunshine which was lovely. Some of our guests also took advantage of the adventure activities at Kippure Estate the day after the wedding and the venue arranged a BBQ for the night after too which meant that everyone got to enjoy a whole weekend’s festivities instead of one day.

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    My favourite part of the wedding day… I have several but one was Uncle Jimmy in his red Teddy Boy suit and blue suede shoes driving us to the ceremony in a 50′s car, another was our brother in law singing I’ve Got You Under My Skin unaccompanied for our First Dance followed by the brilliant JJ Jupiter singing for the rest of the night but I think the best moment of all was just us and everyone we cared about being there and laughing and having fun.

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    My piece of advice for other brides… Do your wedding your way , we had a few raised eyebrows about our plans but in the main everyone was delighted. There was no stress at all we had no speeches apart from a poem by the groom and no fixed seating plan. As a result everything was relaxed and happy.

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  • A wonderful Family Wedding .....

    I normally write my blog on a Tuesday but I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to share this one :) It is always a privilege when someone asks you to shoot their wedding and be part of their day, but it is even more so when it is that of a friend. Last Saturday I had just that honour. I have to say it was one of the nicest weddings I’ve been part of yet. It was definitely the coming together of two lovely people and making ‘official’ the lovely family that they had made together.

    One of the most wonderful parts of this day was the details ! I love to shoot the details of a wedding day so that the Bride (come on it’s normally the Bride) gets to see the fruit of her labours. This wedding was no exception. The Bride had a great creative touch and had even handmade her own bouquet and the bouquets of her two daughters ! Not to be left out her little man looked splendiferous in his little tux !!

     

    It was a wonderfully intimate ceremony in the Morans Red Cow Hotel. Minister Tom Colton added to the relaxed atmosphere and made sure he included all the family in the ceremony ! The most memorable moment was when the couple’s eldest daughter shouted out ‘Daddy don’t do it’ just as everyone sat down !!! It was brilliant; you can see her reaction in the shots below J

     

    Following a quick change of room layout and some family shots everyone settled down for the speeches and meal. This was followed by dancing into the wee hours to the DJ’s sounds. It was a wonderful day and thank you so much for letting me capture it !!