First Wedding of 2016

To start off the New Year, I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful wedding for a beautiful couple.

It was a few days after the floods and there was talk of more rain that Saturday. With that in mind, I apprehensively made my way to the Church, expecting the worst of all the bad weather we’d been experiencing. Surprisingly, I was greeted by the most glorious winter sun blossoming over West Cork, and my heart swelled for the Couple.

Rays of light poured in through every window, bathing the entire building in gold. But the air was still cold and my fingers protested with stiffness. *note to self – wear gloves!

The events of the day unfolded perfectly. The ceremony swirled passed and before long I found myself at the final destination, The Fernhill Hotel in Clonakilty.

What a spectacular venue, still adorned in its Christmas finery. Fairy lights twinkled around the Christmas tree as guests were greeted by a beautifully laid out drinks reception.

There was a wonderful atmosphere and I feel so grateful to have been asked to document such a beautiful celebration of the lovely couple, Ann & Teddy.

Here are a few photographs from the day…

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Firsts all round (Part 2)

And then he was 31…
and
we looked back at the year and thought,
‘holy crap – did a whole year just fly by?’
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This is my very handsome husband on the day of our Wedding. According to him, the grey hairs started to appear from this moment on. (what a drama-queen) ha
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A year later and he’s got a following… (I don’t see any grey hairs, do you?

Relationships and marriages aren’t easy and there are always compromises to make…

but

as soon as it’s your birthday week you have the delightful knowledge that you have what we like to call,

a free pass…

which entitles you to things like;

breakfast in bed, not having to do dishes, cake, your FAVORITE dinner, your choice of movie in the cinema (pfft that’s a lie, it’s always his choice- i mean zombies?? why?!)

and

yes, you guessed it, endless amounts of xbox time (even though i’m sure he’ll dispute this)

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Heart shaped crumpets with fresh strawberries and a drizzling of golden syrup
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VANILLA SPONGE WITH A FRESH STRAWBERRY FILLING AND COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

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A Weekend Wedding

So first of all, I hope my silence on here wasn’t too obvious. Yes yes, I am that weirdo that starts a blog And a Facebook Page and disappears 😦 Sorry…

But, in my defense I really do have such a good excuse. Read on, you’ll see…

Our friends Mary Kate and Kevin got married this weekend and they had asked us to do the Videography for the wedding. I’ve dedicated this post to them.

So when Saturday morning arrived with big bursts of icy showers and strong gusts of wind I couldn’t help but think, ‘this is so typical, the weather is pulling a tantrum, bellowing for attention. Not selfish at ALL!’. Now, If you’re Irish you just know how common, not to mention annoying this is. (We obviously need to have a word with the rain god)

We packed half our house into a van and trundled off, both ticking off mental lists of things we’d hopefully not forgotten. The cat, unfortunately, hadn’t made the list. (One surely would have assumed we were going for 3 weeks and not just a day).

As we made our trek toward Bantry, shards of beautiful sunlight pierced through dark clouds. I took it as a sign, our every living day will bring with it ups and downs, but there’s always a silver lining, we’ve just to look.

We arrived at the church before any of the guests to set up the cameras and test the light.

I stood in the nearly empty Church, a florist buzzing madly while he arranged and rearranged flowers that were already beautiful. His buzzing was contagious, it was in the pit of my belly and as I glanced over at my husband I realised it must have caught on to him too as he zipped around the pews with the go-pros and no-pros (these cameras that are like go-pros but not) he was a man on a mission but he would never admit to it. The tension in that Church was almost tangible, thick like molasses, we wanted it to be perfect.

I looked down the aisle towards the entrance and I thought of my own wedding and how nervous I was. Soon it would be my friend gliding down that narrow strip towards the love of her life. Yes, ok fine you got me, I was also thinking, ‘don’t mess up, Don’t Mess Up!!!’

We waited with bated breath for her to arrive. And of course she did glide down that aisle after her beautiful bridesmaids all dressed in blue. She never looked more relaxed than that moment she laid eyes on him.

I watched the day unfold through the lens of my camera and felt like I was on a cloud high above everyone. Time slipped away from me and before I knew what was happening, they kissed, the crowed cheered and it was done. It was surreal to film.

 

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It is a perfect feeling to see people happy.

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Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. – Henry Van Dyke