Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Jade & Ian - A lovely wedding in the Keadeen Hotel.

Jade is an old friend from secondary school. It's always nice to catch up with past friends and to get to capture their wedding is a real honour! Jade looked stunning on the day and so did her bridesmaids. I might add that I want one of those bridesmaid dresses, they are gorgeous! Jade got ready in her childhood home and then it was on to Foxrock church in Dublin for the ceremony. After that it was on to the Keadeen hotel in Newbridge where guest were surprised with a fab sweet spread during the drinks reception. Jade pulled out all the stops with fab treats for the guests with "Jade's sweet shop" and "Ian's Fine Ales's" on the dinner tables. The highlight of the night could well have been the first dance though! The couple and their bridal party again surprised their guests with a dance routine to "My Everything" by Barry White from the hit show Ally McBeal. which went down a storm! Congrats to Jade and Ian and thanks for having me along! It was so great catching up with old friends too :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

A week off....

Last week I took a whole week off. Imagine! I decided I was going to take two trips in that week. One to a hermitage to be on my lonesome and the other to Glasgow to catch up with a friend. So first stop was to Tipperary/Waterford - it’s on the border anyway! Basically a hermitage is a place people can go to chill out and relax without being bothered by the outside world. Something that people like myself find invaluable from time to time. It’s a chance to catch up with myself and re focus on what’s coming next. Anyone can go to these places despite not being religious or believing in whichever you please. Until I get that cottage in the country, an annual hermitage trip will have to do ;) I took photos, I sketched, I thought about life, I looked around and I relaxed. (Ok so I may have edited some shoots, wrote blog posts, designed my 2015 brochure and a few other work bits but it’s hard to switch off!)

That’s it really! Throw in a ninja jumping mouse, a lost mooing calf outside my door and a random visit from a girl who just looked at me when I opened the door and slowly walked away without saying a word and you have an idea of what it was like! Despite nature desperately tying to reclaim this building from what can only be described as a creation from Grand Designs (beautiful in theory but seriously needs to deport the nation of spiders!) It was an interesting experience. ;)

Next stop was Glasgow! I last visited 2 years ago to shoot a wedding. On that day I had the pleasure of having Ashley Baxter with me to second shoot. Well, I went to visit Ashley and finally got to meet her dog Indie! We ate good food and drank some fabulous cocktails. It was a great few days! You can see some of Ashley's pics here!

Nicola & Ali's beautiful outdoor ceremony in the Rectory, Glandore, Co. Cork!

Nicola and Ali were married in a humanist ceremony down in the Rectory in Glandore, Co. Cork recently. A stunning spot to have an outdoor ceremony overlooking the ocean, even if it was misty, we were all so happy it stayed dry! A fabulous floral display by the great Bloomsday Flowers as well as probably the biggest bridal bouquet I've seen! The rectory is a gorgeous venue to host a wedding in especially if it's an intimate wedding and it's private. Nicola looked radiant as did her sisters who were all bridesmaids and the ceremony was beautiful with plenty of emotion. Take a look at my favourites from the day. Nicola and Ali, thanks for having me there to capture your day!