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.
Posted on January 18, 2017
Rob and I met at a 21st of a mutual friend in Portumna. We met when we were both quite young, Rob was 20 and I was 19. We didn’t meet again for 5/6 months but we’ve never looked back from there!
Rob proposed on a cliff overlooking Playa de Papagayo in Lanzarote. I really didn’t expect it but it was an amazing surprise!
The wedding was in St. Patrick’s Church, Fohenagh. It’s where I go to mass when I’m at home so it was an easy choice.
The reception was in the Lough Rea Hotel in Loughrea. We wanted a modern hotel between our two home places and once we met with Karen, the wedding coordinator, we knew it was the hotel for us.
We didn’t have a theme – we just wanted to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves, so made our decisions based on that.
My dress was one shoulder, off white, mermaid, royal satin dress by The White One for Pronovias. I actually got it by accident when I went to a wedding dress showcase in Dublin with one of my bridesmaids to pass a Sunday afternoon. My advice to other brides is if you love the dress it will show in your face, don’t doubt your gut.
My shoes were my “something borrowed” from a very good friend of mine whose 21st we met at, so it was a nice way to incorporate that into the day. Wear something comfortable and if you’re wearing a long dress don’t get too bogged down trying to find “the perfect” pair – comfort is key, you’re on your feet most of the day.
I got my jewellery in Debenhams. I wanted a few bits of bling as I wasn’t wearing a veil or there was no sparkle on my dress.
Luxx hair in Castleblakney was my hairdresser. I wanted my hair up in an elegant style to show off the earrings. My hair is quite heavy so I didn’t want it to fall flat when it came to the dancing part of the evening. Make sure and consider your hair type when picking your style as it mightn’t hold the same style as the picture you have in your head.
Sara Duffy from Salthill in Galway was my makeup artist. I wanted a glamorous look which opened up my eyes with the rest just polished.
We got the suits in Bourkes in Ennis. Rob purchased his but we rented the others. They had different styles, slim fit, normal etc. in the same colour which gave all the guys more options.
I got my flowers from Clare’s flowers in Ballinasloe. I wanted pink roses to contrast with the navy in the bridesmaids’ dresses. From just a few photos of ideas Clare put together beautiful pieces that complimented the day perfectly.
A friend recommended Grace Daniels from Ballinalsoe. She had hired Grace for her wedding. It was good advice, all the plates went back to the kitchen empty.
We had The Conquerors. The only request my father had was to have a good band that catered to all age groups, so we went with one of the best!
It was really easy. Paul was non-intrusive while capturing the moments that mattered so much to us. We both felt so comfortable with him around which added to the enjoyment of the day.
Neither Rob nor I are fond of standing for photos so we wanted a lot of natural shots. Looking at Pauls work online he had some beautiful natural photos. When we met Paul he was so nice, that was us sold.
I remember laughing so much with Rob throughout the mass. Our priest kept making little jokes to us to make sure we were relaxed and enjoying the ceremony. It set us up for the day.
We did a tour of Sri Lanka and then went on to the Maldives. Sri Lanka was such a varied country from bustling cities to green forests and some of the biggest beaches I’ve ever seen. The people and the food were amazing. The Maldives were our chance to relax and unwind before coming back to the real world. It was a paradise, cocktails by the pool, snorkelling with rays, white sand, no shoes and great food.
If you can, send out your invites early with an RSVP date about a month to 6 weeks in advance. You’ll still get late replies but we only had to follow up with about 5 people.
I probably would have walked a little slower up the aisle!
Venue :Loughrea Hotel and Spa
Church: Fohenagh Church
Church Music: Orla Tigh
Band: The Conquerors
Hair: Luxx Hair Studio
Flowers : Clares Flowers
Make up: Sara Duffy Make up
Cake : Grace Daniels Cakes