Posted on June 19, 2018
Steph & Dan had their simply wonderful wedding day in Ashley Park in April. Its just an amazing venue, and suited the guys to a tee, its beautiful, relaxed, charming and stylish, just like Steph and Dan ! With having the ceremony in Ashley Parks new boat house, it meant that they were able to spend more time with their guests. This is something that I really try to help couples with, as I tell them all the time, its your wedding day, not a photoshoot. So with plenty of food, drinking, fireworks and some serious dancing (its not often you hear the Cars for a first dance), here is Steph and Dans beautiful wedding in Ashley Park.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE TWO OF YOU, HOW AND WHERE DID YOU MEET?
I was having drinks with my friend Joanne at the Shard in London (in all our finery), when our other friend Dave arrived to meet us. Dave was stopped at the door as the doorman believed he didn’t have the ‘correct footwear’, having arrived straight from work. Rather than leave Dave out in the cold, we decided to go to an alternative bar. Joanne suggested a nearby little pub where her brother was having drinks with some of his work colleagues. In we walked, and there Dan sat up at the bar (he was one of the colleagues). Dan had a boot cast on his leg, and his crutches leaning against the bar, so he couldn’t run from me even if he’d wanted to. We bonded over my first proper game of darts (I won but he still disputes this victory), and we still thank Dave for wearing the wrong shoes that night.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PROPOSAL?
We visited Paris for the first time in April last year, and Dan proposed at the top of the Eiffel Tower. I genuinely did not expect a proposal as I had planned the Paris trip, and we joked that Dan would only propose once he had trained our dachshund Jeff to go down on one knee.
WEDDING CEREMONY LOCATION?
The new ceremony room on the lake at Ashley Park House in Nenagh.
WEDDING RECEPTION LOCATION?
Drinks reception on the lawn, followed by dinner in the glass pavilion at Ashley Park House in Nenagh.
DID YOU HAVE A CERTAIN THEME OR STYLE FOR YOUR WEDDING?
I think we veered more toward a rustic style, but we borrowed from different ideas where we felt they suited our style or personality.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DRESS AND ANY ADVICE YOU HAVE FOR OTHER BRIDES LOOKING FOR THEIR PERFECT GOWN?
I got my wedding dress from The Attic in limerick (despite living in London, this was the first place I wanted to try, as I had seen pictures and read great reviews from other brides). My advice to other brides is – Pinterest is great for getting an idea of what style you want before physically going in to a shop. I had some ideas in mind, and I was shown how certain styles of dresses could be tailored to match those ideas.
WHO DID YOUR HAIR AND MAKE-UP WHAT LED YOU TO THE STYLE YOU CHOSE?
I am lucky to have a stylist in the family (Kristina Byrnes), who has worked on modelling and bridal photoshoots, and has a lot of experience in wedding hair styling. My makeup was done by Emma Sheehan, following a recommendation. i’m quite fair and decided from the offset to embrace this rather than attempting to tackle sunbeds or spray tans. Emma did a great job of perfecting a natural look that lasted into the late hours of the night.
My flowers were from Ring o Roses in Limerick. I knew from the start that I wanted sunflowers, but was told by many that this could not be done in April as they would not be in season. Ring o Roses got me sunflowers!
WEDDING CAKE SUPPLIER?
Cake was made by Rosie from Fat Fairy Cake Art in Tipperary. I cannot recommend her enough. This is a relatively new, small business, but Rosie is incredibly friendly and professional and delivered on everything we asked and more.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE PHOTOGRAPHY PART OF THE DAY?
The photography was natural, and really captured the feelings on the day. Looking through our wedding photos I can see there is so much laughter. And happy tears!
WHAT LED YOU TO CHOOSE PAUL DUANE PHOTOGRAPHY FOR YOUR DAY?
A recommendation from a good friend of mine, who must have the record for most wedding attended, and therefore, who I consider to be an expert on all things wedding related. I believe her words when I asked for advice on photographers, were “if I was getting married tomorrow and could pick my dream photographer, it would be him”. That was good enough for me!
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM THE DAY?
The ceremony – we planned every detail of this and it was very personal to us. I believe we were one of the first ceremonies to be held in the ceremony room on the lake at Ashley Park house also, and we had the added benefit of beautiful sunshine.
We spent three weeks travelling around South America, visiting Peru, Chile and Argentina. We packed a lot in as neither of us had been to South America before. In hindsight, I wish I’d learned more Spanish beforehand!
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH BRIDES/GROOMS TO BE?
Before the wedding – Plan! Plan! Plan! Don’t leave anything last minute. Orlaith at The Attic (where I got my dress) said aim to get everything sorted a week before the wedding date, as you will need to catch up on as much sleep as possible the week of the wedding – this was solid advice. Our family did comment during the week of the wedding that we did not seem stressed – this was because we were organised.
On the day of the wedding – delegate! When you invest so much time trying to plan the perfect day, it can be difficult to switch off and just enjoy it. My bridesmaids were fantastic on the day of the wedding at making sure I did not have to worry about anything.
IF YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO REDO THE WHOLE THING AGAIN, WOULD YOU CHANGE ANYTHING?
I don’t think so. I think we stayed true to who we are as a couple throughout the planning of the wedding, and kept everything from music choices to menu options very personal.
ANY OTHER SUPPLIERS YOU WANT TO MENTION:
Our band The Kickbacks. Their set list was so different from other wedding bands we looked at – hence why we booked them. They really delivered on the night. Also want to mention how great the service was at Ashley Park on the day of the wedding, and the following morning. Staff there are very friendly and helpful.
Venue – Ashley Park House
Band – The Kickbacks
Dress – The Attic Limerick
Hair – Kristina Byrnes
Make-up – Emma Sheehan
Flowers – Ring O Roses
Cake – Fat Fairy Cake Art
Posted on April 10, 2018
Michelle and Laura got married last spring at the gorgeous Ballyseede Castle, which is a stunning Castle in Tralee, Co Kerry. They had their ceremony at the same venue as the reception, which was great, because having everything in one venue meant more time for drinks. They chose Ballyseede because it has so many options and they fell in love with it. I love shooting weddings at Ballyseede because the surroundings are just incredible, and the photo ops are endless. The venue is just oozes character from the moment you walk in through those vibrant red doors.
The wedding itself was a humanist ceremony in a beautiful room in the Castle. During the ceremony they read their own vows. It was so emotional.
The reception was at the same venue and they had a cocktail drinks reception in the afternoon, and a photobooth in the evening.
They decorated the venue with so much colour and they chose this, because it fitted with the time of year. For dinner they had proper wedding grub, which was loved by all the guests.
The first dance was a romantic slow dance, and they finished off the evening with Jagerbombs all round.
The most memorable part of the day was Michelle and Lauras first look, it was so romantic and personal. Michelle was a little nervous waiting for Laura at the bottom of the stairs, and Laura was so excited coming down the steps to see Michelle. They also had a handfasting during the ceremony – which was really beautiful!
Michelle wore a stunning long sleeved dress and Laura wore a beautiful sleeveless, bejewled backless dress and they both looked incredible. Michelle’s shoes were personalised by Le Soulier and Laura’s shoes were rainbow styled Vans.
They got in touch with me when they were planning their wedding and their enquiry really intrigued me. They said they wanted a relaxed photographer, and I really liked that they just wanted to party.
Laura and Michelle’s wedding was so much fun and had such a chilled vibe. Here’s their epic wedding!
Posted on September 26, 2017
Sun showers, rain, fast cars and boats, a beautiful wedding in Galway and onto the Radisson Blu in Athlone for an amazing Party.
My make up was done by a girl called Aisling K in Galway and Melissa Moran from Claremorris did my hair. Our theme was simplicity so again I had a very simple look for both hair and make up.
Both my bouquets and cake were inspired by Pinterest(a girls best friend). Both of which I absolutely loved. I went for a plain white bouquet with a few diamonds and my bridesmaids bouquets had a little splash of pink with green. Our cake was fabulous, it was a tint of green with baby pink butterflies along the side. It sounds horrible but I fell in love with it the minute I saw it!
For our photographer we both agreed we wanted someone that we would feel comfortable with and other than the obvious posed photos we didn’t want to have our full day taken up with taking pictures and not getting any time with our guests. I also hate photos of myself so wanted more natural photos as I feel they are sometimes nicer as you see peoples true reactions. We didn’t hesitate to choose Paul Duane photography as his style was everything we were looking for. Not only that but he has the best personality, he is so calming and friendly. He made us feel so relaxed and reassured us through his little words of wisdom and I felt he really listened to what we wanted out of our day. We could renew my vows or relive our wedding day ten times over and I wouldn’t ever change our photographer. (Hopefully we will be blessed with kids some day and will be back for a photo shoot ).
One of my most memorable moments was when Barry and I pulled up to the hotel on the boat and looked up to see everyone out on the decking. Barry turned to me and said these are all our friends and family all under the one roof, there here for us. Nerves disappeared after that.
We went to Vegas for our honeymoon/30th birthday celebrations for Barry. It was everything you would expect from Vegas. Neither of us are gamblers however so that aspect was wasted on us however we did all the sight seeing. One huge recommendation for anyone visiting in the future is Grand Canyon we landed for 45 mins and had a champagne picnic. It was so picturesque.. too beautiful to describe.
Venue :Radisson Blu Athlone
Band: Top of the Popz
Hair: Melissa Moran
Make up: Aisling K
Cake : Enchanted Delights
Posted on March 18, 2017
When I met Selma and Alan for the first time, I knew I was going to enjoy their wedding. They had so many great little ideas to sprinkle into their day. Their venue, The Killaloe Hotel and Spa is stunning, their church in Cratloe is so quaint and beautiful and they themselves are just a lovely, fun couple. So we just needed the unpredictable March weather to play ball with us, and fast forward to their wedding day, it did indeed. In the Church, Selmas’ sister Pollyanna provided the musical backdrop and Clare from I Do Candle Lighting had the church decor looking spectacular. With a ceremony filled with giggles and a few tears of happiness we headed off to Killaloe where the sun had come out to play.
Back at the Killaloe Hotel, the guests were again treated to Pollyanna singing as they waited for Selma and Alan to arrive. Once there they were looked after so well by the hotel manager Catherine. With speeches over and the rain still holding off , we popped out for some fresh air and a few night time shots, then back inside to dance the night away.
Thank you again guys for allowing me to share your special day with you.
Safe flights on your honeymoon and hope you enjoy
Posted on March 14, 2017
I love shooting all over the country, it is just amazing to see different people on one of the most important days of their lives. Getting to shoot Jemma and Bridgets Wedding in Waterford was guaranteed to be another great day. They had so many fantastic ideas laid out for their day, Star Wars, cool socks, camper vans, an amazing setting for the ceremony to name a few but the best part was that they just wanted to enjoy themselves.
Its not every day I get to shoot a wedding in a 600 year old wine cellar, and its not everyday that guests get to take part in such an intimate and moving ceremony, but this was the day and Jemma and Bridget said their I do’s in one of the most romantic settings, the Mayors Wine Vault in the Waterford Medieval Museum. They were joined by family and friends from all over, Dublin accents, New York accents and of course a few Waterford ones too, all cheering and applauding the happy couple. We made a quick stop across the road to the Bishops palace and then it was back to the Tower Hotel where the party kicked off.
Thanks again guys for having me as part of your big day, it was an absolute honour.
Here are just a few photos from an amazing day in Waterford City.