Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kara & Myles - Solis Lough Eske

I've been up on the High Road at Rosses Point a few times before and it always seems to have a little micro-climate of its own - usually mistier and windier than anywhere else around. It was kind to Kara and Myles though - we got a few dry minutes, which is just as well, because by the time we reached Lough Eske in Donegal, the rain had settled in for the evening. They were well-married as the ceremony was conducted by Bishop Brendan Kelly, who is Myles' uncle. Kara was gorgeous in a beautiful dress by Irish designer, Patrick Casey, while Myles' braces were very dapper indeed. Bridesmaid Hilary was outnumbered by Groomsmen Tutts & Alan, but was more than a match for them on the day.

Blog Collage-Kara & Myles

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Claire & Shane - Cromleach Lodge Hotel

Claire & Shane are into their photography, so we had a marathon session on their wedding day, taking in bridges, harbours, abbeys, farmyards, fields, walks with dogs, fun with the bridal party and some shots around Cromleach Lodge. It was great for me - too often you're rushing to catch up on time, but I think they may be looking at a double-album after all that - there's lots of good stuff waiting for them when they get back from honeymoon!

Blog Collage-Claire & Shane

Monday, August 19, 2013

Farewell Henry

The studio feels very empty this week.

Almost six years ago, I wrote this post. It got quite a bit of reaction and got shared on a good few animal rescue/welfare sites. Since then, Henry appointed himself as head of the household, organising important matters like walk time, dinner time, diet, and work hours. As he got older, he spent a lot of time under my desk as I worked. Most of you who came to the studio received a special Henry welcome, and he always seemed to work his way into at least one or two of peoples' pre-wedding shots.

He fell ill last week and was gone from us in a few days. We'll miss you big fella - thanks for the memories.

Blog Collage-Henry

Mairead & John - Lough Rynn

Sligo met Galway in Leitrim for Mairead & John's wedding at Lough Rynn. A great day had by all with Rebecca almost, but not quite, stealing the show from Mairead! The only one missing was Misha the husky, but it might all have been just a little too much excitement for her. Blog Collage-Mairead & John

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sharon & Michael - The Clarion Hotel, Sligo

London comes to Sligo - a big 2nd generation Irish wedding - complete with creamy pints in Henry's of Cootehall! Blog Collage-Sharon & Mick

Alison & Michael - McWilliam Park Hotel

Happy Birthday Alison! Great day out in Kilmovee, Duffy's, Urlar Abbey & The McWilliam Park - and Mayo didn't just beat Donegal, they hammered them - I'd say ye were happy heading on Honeymoon...

Blog Collage-Alison & Michael

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Edel & David - Knockranny House Hotel

I met Edel & David at his sister Maria's wedding last year. I had some banter with David on the day about marrying Edel, but little did I know that they were already engaged and just hadn't announced it, as they didn't want to take any of the spotlight from Maria & Mike on their big day. So when they turned up in the studio a couple of weeks later I was delighted.

I'd been looking forward to their Knockranny House wedding ever since, but my day didn't start too brilliantly after I dropped off the edge of a gap outside Edel's house into a ditch, as I was turning to face the Church for a quick getaway later. Edel's Dad, John, had promised her mother that he'd leave the tractor idle and do no farming on the day of the wedding, but he abandoned the speech he was putting the finishing touches to and donned his overalls to tow me out. No damage done, and after that everything went like a dream.

Blog Collage-Edel & David

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Maria & David - Cromleach Lodge

From the seaside to the mountain, Enniscrone to Cromleach Lodge via the Windy Gap and Lough Talt on a sunny summer day, what could be more beautiful, especially with a stunning bride and handsome groom to photograph? Maria & David Blog Collage

Emma & Ciaran - The Landmark Hotel

The heatwave continued for Emma & Ciaran's wedding in The Landmark Hotel. We stopped at Ciaran's family's beautifully restored cottage for photos after the ceremony in Drumshanbo. Not many couples can claim to have been chased around a garden by a donkey on their wedding day, but after Poncho got loose, he headed straight for them - he might have fancied a nibble of the bouquet.... Emma & Ciaran Blog Collage