What a fantastic year! Beautiful memories, perfect days and amazing people. A huge massive thank you to all the couples, their families and friends that welcomed me to be apart of their fantastic epic wedding days. Here are some of my favourite photos from the year. Enjoy.
Meet beautiful baby Louie, whom I had the pleasure of photographing a few months back. I'm sure he looks totally different now as it's so true what they say 'They change so quickly'. It was so lovely to be able to capture this special time - only 2 weeks old. Just love his gorgeous lips!
A few months ago I was asked by the very cool people that are The East Coast Coolers for some promo shots. So they came up to my studio here in Wicklow and we had a bit of a laugh and got a good few shots for them too. If your looking for a band for your wedding, party or occasion get in contact with them. They have played at a lot of weddings I have worked at and I can honestly say they have the dance floor packed all night and are full of energy and enthusiasm. When my sister was looking for a band for her wedding they were my first recommendation. To get in contact, check em out here
Don't mess with them thou!
When I think back to Siobhan and Noel's day I remember it being very relaxed, full of creativity, music, lots of laughing, lots of love, and a real closeness that both Noel and Siobhan had with their families.
I went to college in DIT with Siobhan, she was studying visual communications, (All the stationary below is illustrated by Siobhan - find her here https://www.facebook.com/siobhanmaunselldesign). In 3rd year we both went to Edinburgh to study in the royal college of art, and became house mates, party mates .... oh to be young again, i feel old! Then the usual thing happens after college you go your separate ways life goes on and then you get a phone call from Siobhan one day and asks me to photograph her and Noels wedding day.
Siobhan and Noel wanted a small ceremony with their family's. They live close to the restaurant 'The Anglers Rest' and while there at dinner a few times said ''if we ever get married lets do it here''.
The plan for the day was to get ready in Carton house, and then get some photos in Phoenix park before the ceremony.
As we drove towards Phoenix park from Carton House, I felt like I was in the country but close to the city, it's a lovely old part of Dublin, I think it's called Strawberry beds and really beautiful. On the way out of the park we also stopped by their favourite pub 'The hole in wall' another gem i'd never been to. The whole day felt very easy going and natural, as if we were just hanging out having a few pints and having a stroll in the park, and then Noel said hey Siobhan we better go and get married.... and so they did!
By the weekend the newly weds celebrated again with all their friends and extended family and threw a big bash at the Odeon bar in Dublin, and it gave Siobhan another opportunity to look absolutely amazing.
What a fantastic wedding with so much to photograph, I was absolutely spoiled. I want to say a huge big thank you to Siobhan and Noel for asking me to capture their celebrations and I am so happy for you two, you are true soul mates and i wish the absolute best for you, with lots of happy days ahead. xxxx C
2014 What a year, firstly in Februaray Sean arrived into the world aka - the little bear, my bubble, smelly, Seanie boppers and don't know why but my Mam calls him Sir bobbles! He has such a cute smile that I have to share it with you first! Then by summer just as I was getting the hang of putting the nappy the right way round, the wedding season kicked off. It was such a great year meeting such lovely couples, and capturing all the emotions, fun and laughter that made their wedding days so special. Putting together this blog post has brought back so many great memories of brilliant days, Ireland looking gorge, and lots of smiles, love and laughter. Here are a few from the year, I hope you enjoy. xxx C
Julia & Brian's day was such a lovely relaxed day. They are such a chilled out couple and really just wanted their wedding day to be easy going, with a big party after. They tied the knot in one of my favourite buildings, Dublin City Hall. Afterwards They had a few pints with their guests in 'The Lord Edward Pub' before heading over to the banks of the Liffey in a Delorean car! (the one out of back to the future) where they held a reception in a festival style Tent. Here's a flavour of their fantastic day.
Recently I photographed one of my good friends - Interior designer Louise Lynn's home. The house is a beautiful Victorian red brick on Dartmouth Square and is a perfect example of mixing contemporary design with period architecture. The extension to the rear enables lots of natural light to flood the gorgeous double height space, without compromising the elegance of the existing house, and I think you'll agree has that WOW factor...Fantastic work Lou...... hmmmmmmm soooo jealous!
Samantha & Brendan's wedding was last May Just after I came home from my own wedding in Spain, so I was straight back into it and we might as well have been in Spain as the sun shone all day for them. Samantha is a beautician and has a passion for vintage cars especially Beatles. So she has combined both her passions and set up a business 'Be Beautiful.ie' where by she travels to the client! When I arrived at the house that morning I was greeted in the driveway to the cool vintage cars, and Samantha was doing everyones makeup inside. The whole day was beautifully detailed and Samantha's dress was just one of those dresses only few girls can wear. I was so disappointed that I wasn't around for the dancing afterwards as I heard Samantha and Brendan put on a show stopper of a performance of dirty dancing the 'Final dance' time of my life, yep and she ran into his arms and they did ...the lift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd say it looked so amazing in her dress... mhawww ok enjoy the photos. :))))))))))
So I haven't blogged in ages , my excuse, I got married, pregnant, and now have a 5 week old little pudding of a boy 'Sean'..... so it was a busy year. So now I want to get around to showing off a few weddings of last year.
I had a fantastic summer of weddings, meeting lots of happy couples. I came back from our wedding in Spain and got straight into the season, and soon found out I was pregnant ....and where all the toilets in the Wicklow churches are! Also I got such an appetite that in between the churches and receptions i'd pretty much have a picnic on the passenger seat!
So i'll try show as much eye candy in between Sean's feeds, and my next wedding season.
But first here's the little man!
First up, one of my faves... Liz and Mark's Day - such a cool relaxed day, very intimate and paired back which made it even uber cool! I have known Liz since school so knew a good few faces on the day so was great craic. I've also photographed her two beautiful daughters Alice and Lara as little newborns too so was great to see them again 'growing up too fast'!!!. The day started off in Liz's house with the girls getting the style and brekkie on. We then headed into Stephens green church for their ceremony and then on to O'Briens for drinkies, and upstairs to the Sussex Restaurant for food which looked gorge. We got to take in a nice stroll in Stephens green also and get a few rosemantic photos too. happy days Liz & Mark what a great day, was such a pleasure to be apart of. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx C
This was a beautiful one, but started out as painful. It was that Friday back in March where it was nonstop rain for the whole day, rain going sideways, cats, dogs, puppy, kittens, the whole shooting gallery!
For starters I was stuck on the N11 in a tailback as far back as Kilmacanogue and I was heading for the City centre, the traffic wasn’t moving due to floods and I was having a bit of a meltdown…. My only saving grace is that I always leave extra early for weddings as a ‘Just in case’ so I did get there in time, but a tad wet.
Everything else for the rest of the day was effortless, beautiful and elegant. Chantal’s Mother is French, so there was a certain ohhh la la to the day. The morning in the room was full of excitement with little flourishes of French from Chantal, her Mum and Sister. Chantal’s hair was beautifully styled by Sian Sharkey and makeup by the very talented Alyson Smyth. We headed across the green by car (there wasn’t a hope we were braving the rain) to the beautiful church where there is a smaller little church inside the big church, to accommodate for smaller intimate ceremonies. Chantal & Derek were so easy going; they didn't mind that they would miss out on photographs afterwards in the green, they wanted to be dry and hang out with their guests, and it reminded me of what someone told me; that it’s people that make weddings, not venues, or the weather. Enjoy.