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  • 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.....

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Starting your own Photography Business 101…….Lesson 1…..

    It’s finally happened, I’ve finally cracked it!!! I’m so excited; I never thought I’d be so excited by a sentence!! I’ll explain myself…..

    Back when Linda Clarke Photography was just a twinkle of an idea in the back of my head and I was working it through, bouncing it off a few people (yes you Gregg if you’re reading), there was one thing I couldn’t figure.

    All the research I was doing on starting your own photography business and I did A LOT of research, one of the first things it said was ‘Define you style’. That was nearly step 1 of them all!! ‘Your style’ is what sets you apart, that is your unique selling point. Well I’m afraid I skipped step 1 because I could never figure it out. I could never put words on what ‘my style’ was. I could never quiet come up with a definition that I was happy with, one that summed up all my photography, be it babies, families, weddings, events.

    But today people, today I was struck by a bolt of lightning!! During ten minutes peace, a rarity with two children under four, all be it in the shower, it hit me. ‘My style’…….. I can tell you the relief is something else; it has driven me around the twist since the very beginning. I am a very organised and methodical person so skipping step 1 has always driven me nuts.

    Drum roll please ………………………. The definition of my style is ………………………………………..

    ‘Clean, natural and not fussy with a little something special on the side’.

    All my images as I look through them in my mind come back to this. This is the essence of what I try to do in every photograph. The subject is the subject after all, have that as it should be, as it is naturally, no frills or thrills, just natural. Then add in a little something something, whether it is the location, the pose, the angle, the accessory or the lack of accessory and there you have it, my image. An image I am proud of and one that I hope my clients love and believe that it has done the situation justice.

    Here are a few that I think scream this!!!

     

     

     

    The relief!!!!

     

  • Another great value Bundle Offer !!!

    Following on from the great success of our Print and Canvas Bundle I am very delighted to announce a new addition to our Bundle Offers.

    After your portrait session or wedding shoot you can now avail of this great value offer !!

    This new bundle includes:

    Two individual 10*8 pro lab prints hand mounted and framed by a local framer.

    One 16*12 pro lab print, this can either be a collage print or a single print also hand mounted and framed.

    You can choose from a black, white or pine bevel frame.

     

    The total value of these products when bought seperately is €500, the bundle offer price saves you almost 50% !!!!!!!!!

    Bundle offer price €275 !!!!!!!!!!!

    This is a wonderful way to display the results of our session together in your home or to give to loved ones as gifts.

    Contact me for more details.

     

     

     

  • 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 !!