Noelle & Dave

malton killarney wedding photographer (1) Noelle and Dave were married in Milford church and held their reception in The Malton in Killarney. I think the bridal party photo session was one of the coldest I’ve ever experienced, with a bitter winter wind sweeping in across the lake. But you’d never know it looking at the photographs – they seem completely oblivious to it.

Things I loved about Noelle and Dave’s wedding:

  • Page boy Iarlaith deserves a special mention – despite constantly running away from the “photo man”.
  • Speaking of which, his photobomb while I was taking a photo of the wedding dress is one of my all time favourites!
  • The flowers in the church – it was almost like being outside.
  • John, the best man, as he struggled to release the wedding rings from the double knot (or maybe triple?!) on the altar. Perseverance won in the end.
  • Noelle’s brother who helped us out on during the photo session. And what an assistant – in gale force winds he was able to hold three umbrellas, four shawls, some props and STILL BE ON FACEBOOK! ;)
  • The groomsmen starting each other like lawnmowers on the dance floor!
  • The swishing and swooshing of the bridesmaid dresses – they were each given plenty uninterrupted space on the dance floor!

Some kind words from Noelle and Dave:

“You were an absolute pleasure to work with and nothing was ever a hassle to you. And don’t get me started on the slide show. It was the talk of the weekend. People are still talking about how amazing it was, we were truly blown away by it. Can honestly say we feel blessed to have had you as our photographer. Thank you so much”

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Cathy & Mike

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Cathy and Mike were married in Kiskeagh church and held their reception in The Malton in Killarney. It was a lovely day – not just the weather which was shockingly good, but the company and the fun too. It was a real celebration with all the guests enjoying themselves no end – thanks in no small part to the constant grinning of Cathy and Mike!

Things I loved about Cathy and Mike’s wedding:

  • Cathy’s family dog, Duke, who really couldn’t care less who was getting married.
  • Selfie sticks – they almost put me out of a job!
  • Getting married on the anniversary of Cathy’s grandparents in the same church. Which happened to also be Valentine’s Day. How romantic!
  • The gospel choir. Ah-maze-zing.
  • Muckross Abbey. I love going to new locations and this one worked out really well. I’d visited it the week before and loved it AND I got to use all the little spots and angles I’d picked out which is always a bonus.
  • Mike’s tour-de-force speech. It’s hard to describe it – the closest I can think of is it was like being on at a stand up comedy gig on a rollercoaster during a hurricane.

Some kind words from Cathy & Mike:

“We had a brilliant day!! You were a breath of fresh air! I hardly knew you were there. We were blown away – can’t wait to see the pictures!!”

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Sarah & Rory

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Sarah and Rory are living in Seattle, so I didn’t get to meet them until a few days before their wedding, but from that first conversation I knew their wedding was going to be a bit different – they had great plans for the day and everything came together really well. Every so often when I’m photographing a wedding I think – “I wish I was a guest at this wedding” – Sarah and Rory’s was that kind of day.

Things I loved about Sarah & Rory’s wedding:

  • Sarah & Rory’s custom music inspired signing frame. Genius.
  • One Pery Square. It was my first time photographing a wedding here and I loved it. It’s so cosy and friendly and it has so much character.  I can’t wait to go back.
  • The ceremony was by Romy and as always it was a beautiful ceremony. It incorporated a traditional hand binding as well as personal vows and other lovely details.
  • Gorgeous Winter light in the People’s Park for the bridal party photographs.
  • The speeches which were informal but very funny! I was cracking up laughing at all of them – but Neil’s speech was pure comedy gold!
  • The gasps of awe as guests entered the warehouse. To be fair, it did look amazing.
  • Karl Spain was hilarious when he welcomed Sarah and Rory into the warehouse and Leading Armies were excellent – definitely on my to-do list to check them out next time they are playing a gig.

Some kind words from Sarah & Rory:

“Thanks so much for taking on our wedding. It really was a pleasure to work with you!”

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Amanda & John

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Amanda & John were married on a beautiful Winter day in Croom church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. Their daughter Roisín was a star on the day and despite refusing to have a nap (not surprising considering all the excitement!) was in great form for the day.

Things I loved about Amanda & John’s wedding:

  • The calmest and most relaxed bridal preparation of the year (okay it was the first wedding if the year but still) – it was so quiet I thought I was at the wrong house when I got there.
  • Roisín learned a new word that morning – “Kevin” – that she was more than happy to practice at any opportunity – especially during the ceremony!
  • Amanda’s custom made Christian Louboutin shoes incorporating something blue.
  • Being threatened by Amanda not to put her “something about Mary” moment on my blog! Don’t worry, I didn’t! :)
  • Roisín clapping enthusiastically durin the speeches.
  • Canon Willie stealing John’s “suffering” joke!
  • Clear blue skies in the middle of Winter.

Some kind words from Amanda & John:

“Everyone was singing your praises along with us and mentioning how nice the slide show was. It was super can’t wait to see the rest. Thanks so much for everything. We had the most amazing day.”

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Jacqueline & James

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Jacqueline & James were married in St. Mary’s church in Limerick and held their reception in the Strand Hotel. It was a great day, with all the guests in high spirits and enjoying themselves. I even got to take photographs of the bridal party along the banks of the Shannon which was a treat in the middle of Winter!

Things I loved about Jacqueline & James’ wedding:

  • Skype calls to family and friends in Australia.
  • Rían – the star of the show! He has his own entourage of loving cousins and Aunts! ;)
  • Champagne that decides to pop of its own accord! (Scaring the life out of everyone!)
  • The bridesmaid dream team – a creative person, an organiser and an entertainer!
  • The prayers of the faithful which were all read by Jacqueline and James’ young nieces and nephews.
  • Having family sing in the church is always special – but the duet with Cameron was amazing! So, so good.
  • Rían joining enthusiastically in the applause during the ceremony.
  • Socks with capes!
  • Now that’s what I call a wedding table plan. I loved the signing frame too.
  • The earliest knee slide across the dance floor I’ve ever seen – during the speeches! It was worth burning a hole through the suit!
  • Rebecca’s excitement when she was invited in to join Jacqueline and James during their first dance.

Some kind words from Jacqueline & James:

“Thanks Kevin, it was so relaxed and we didnt even know you were there! The slideshow was a massive hit and we cannot wait to see more pictures.”

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Lorraine & Danny

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Lorraine and Danny were married in Ballykisteen Hotel and Golf Club. When I first met them it was probably the most enthusiastic, energetic first meeting I’ve ever had. I barely got a word in! They had so many great ideas and thoughts on how to do things differently – I knew it was going be a very unique wedding. And it was!

Lorraine and Danny are the best kind of crazy – some of the stories during the speeches were testament to that – and they are so well matched. It was such a pleasure to be there to document it.

Things I loved about Lorraine and Danny’s wedding:

  • The first item on my agenda that day was taking a photo of Lorraine and Danny’s dogs – working with these two over excited, energetic, enthusiastic messers pretty much set the mood for rest of the day! :)
  • When Lorraine told her dad about her wedding she let him know it would be “different”. It was crazy and mad and fun and it was one of the funniest bridal party session I’ve photographed in ages.
  • I loved the personalised bridesmaids shoes Lorraine had organised for the girls.
  • As a surprise, Lorraine had organised with the musicians that they would play the Star Wars Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme) when they were walking up the aisle! The reaction was priceless!
  • Lorraine’s brother and Danny’s sister did an amazing job as celebrants for the ceremony.
  • Finally getting to fulfil a young man’s lifelong dream of hanging from a tree by one arm on his wedding day!
  • Each table had a kissing menu which went down a treat and led to all sorts of antics. They also organised a table naming competition too which was really funny.
  • Lorraine’s dad’s card from two disgruntled uninvited guests.
  • The first dance slash dance off! It was the closest I’ve ever come to being kicked in the face by a bride! ;)

Some kind words from Lorraine & Danny:

“Thank you so, so much for being so amazing on the day! I didn’t see you once which was brill and I mean that in the nicest way possible! ;) Absolutely loved the pictures and everyone was raving about the slideshow. Thanks so much again for everything, you really added to our day.”

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… but first a HUGE DISCLAIMER!!! These guys made it clear that they wanted madness – I don’t usually encourage couples to climb trees, build sand castles in bunkers and generally go crazy! (Although if you want to I will definitely facilitate it!)

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Emer & Niall

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Emer and Niall were married in Lough Gur church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. They are living in Australia at the moment so I didn’t get to meet them until  few days before their wedding. They turned up to the meeting with the most amazing photograph of both of them visiting Santa almost twenty years earlier – and not only that but the chief bridesmaid and the best man are also in the photograph! Incredible!

Things I loved about Emer and Niall’s wedding:

  • The crisp winter weather – it was one of those days where there was a lovely frost and clear blue skies. Perfect!
  • The location Niall found for the bridal party photographs.
  • All the details in Emer’s house – especially the Australian twist.
  • The “See you at the altar” book Niall made for Emer – it was full of photographs of them from over the years and even had a poem he wrote inside the cover.
  • Before the sermon, the priest set out to make everyone comfortable and he really succeeded with a relaxed and light hearted mass.
  • The signing map of the world at their reception – what a great idea.
  • I loved the cake – I’m a sucker for silhouettes though so that’s probably why!
  • As a surprise, Emer and Niall organised a magician for after the speeches. Jack Wise was brilliant, people were literally wiping away tears of laughter.
  • Cathal’s rendition of “head, shoulders, knees and toes”!!!

Some kind words from Emer and Niall:

“Just wanted to say a big huge massive thank you for all your hard work on our big day. You were absolutely fantastic in every single way Kevin. We are so happy that you were there with us. I’m so excited to see your photos and everyone I meet is saying the exact same thing. You made everything easy for us. We had a great day and it just seemed like you weren’t even there.”

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Aoife & Mark

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Aoife and Mark were married in Emly church and held their reception in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. They had travelled home from Perth to get married so there was a great atmosphere for the day as they met up with friends and family they hadn’t seen in a while. They were beaming for the entire day – it must have been such an amazing feeling to fly 10,000 miles and spend the day surrounded by people you love and everyone that’s important to you.

Things I loved about Aoife and Mark’s wedding:

  • Aoife’s garage which was converted into a salon for the day.
  • The deaths coming on the radio during hair and makeup preparation – it’s such an Irish thing which really brought home the fact that they had travelled back. It was quickly followed by Ryan Sheridan’s cover version of “Walking in the air” – I love that version.
  • The amount of work Aoife’s father got done that morning – he washed everything from the wedding car to the dishes! Nothing was safe!
  • For the bridal party photographs we went to a quirky restored creamery. I love going somewhere new and unique for photographs – and given how the weather was behaving it was great to be inside!
  • The decorations in the woodlands – after locking myself away editing for weeks I finally got a bit festive!
  • Booking my first 2020 wedding (pressure is on Deirdre! tick tock!)
  • The speeches which were nothing short of hilarious. JP even got put under a bit of pressure to follow suit! ;)
  • The fun on the dance floor – I cracked up when one guy stopped dancing to answer a phone call on a shoe!

Some kind words from Aoife and Mark:

“Thank you sincerely for the outstanding work you did on our wedding day. The day went as brilliantly as we could have imagined and this is in no small part due to your professionalism and the no-fuss way you approached the day which really put us at ease.”

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Fancy schmancy award winning photography (2014)

Following on from last years fancy schmancy awards post, this is the 2014 version. I’ve been lucky enough to receive 12 international awards for my photography this year. Awards are not high on my priorities, it’s much more important for me that the people I work with are happy with my images rather than the opinion of a team of judges. But it is nice to be recognised and it helps push me forwards also.

Here are the images that won awards this year. The first is extra special because as well as being awarded a Gold Award it was also put forward for Portrait Avant Garde Photographer Of The Year! :)

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Alison & Trevor

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Alison and Trevor were married in St. Joseph’s Church in Limerick and held their reception in the Castle Oaks House Hotel. Their black tie winter wedding was full of style and personal touches. It was after a bad few days of rain – it was the first time I’ve seen the river in Castleconnell so flooded! – but thankfully the rain held off for the day.

Things I loved about Alison and Trevor’s wedding:

  • All of the little details at Alison’s house that morning – from handmade champagne glasses to nametags on each of the dresses.
  • The gift boxes made for each of the bridesmaids.
  • Ruadh, the flower girl, who was a star for the day – she’s not a bit shy anyway!
  • Meeting Trevor and the groomsmen at Bobby Byrne’s while they got a bit of courage for the day. ;)
  • That Christmassy feeling in the air.
  • The mixed reactions to Rudolph, who read one of the prayers of the faithful.
  • Alison and Trevor who were up for anything (and even came up with ideas themselves on the day) – despite how cold it was!
  • The last of the Autumn leaves still clinging on in the grounds of the hotel.
  • Everyone giving it socks on the dance floor – it was packed! I could barely move around!

Some kind words from Alison and Trevor:

“Thanks so much Kevin!! You were brilliant! Couldn’t have gotten a better photographer, everyone was complimenting your work!”

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