Church: St Mochtas Church Castleknock
Venue: Castleknock Hotel
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Church: St Mochtas Church Castleknock
Venue: Castleknock Hotel
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.....
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 !!
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 !!
On arrival at Aislings I was greeted by the smell of cooking sausages, my favourite on a Wedding morning :) Everyone was very calm and relaxed and enjoying the morning prep. A really intimate group so there was no mad headless chicken running around in the offing.
After a cuppa and a bit of a yap and some prep shots it was time to get the dress on. What a lovely gown it was too and suited Aisling to perfection. I had my first live Skype Reveal, streaming straight to New York :)
The service took place in St Sylvesters Church in Malahide. A lovely church, with lots of beautiful light that streams in. The weather Gods were being kind to us so we could relax on that front :) After the service and family shots in the church we headed for Malahide Castle and the walled gardens. This really is a beautiful hidden gem at the back of the castle and is a perfect location for the Bridal Party Location shoot. Caught the groom off guard too with some lovely portraits with a frilly umbrella lol :)
On to the Grand Hotel in Malahide then for a lovely intimate reception. The sumptuous Bridal Suite has the perfect balcony overlooking the sea for the couple portraits. It was fairly windy though so we kept that short and sweet !! As I left the guests were tucking into a very tasty looking dinner and looking forward to what promised to be a wonderful night ahead. Hope you had a ball guys xxx
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 :)
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!!!