Whenever I'm documenting a wedding as well as photographing the bride & groom and the immediate bridal party I'm always watching to see what's going on around them, to identify the other wee stories that make up the overall wedding day...
With big Irish family weddings these side-stories will often include the day of the younger guests, as they get spoilt by Aunties & Uncles, and get to have fun alongside cousins, and other kids they don't usually get to see every day...
Below are a few images from a recent St Columba's Church Drung, Quigley's Point and Ballyliffen Lodge Wedding when I was second-shooting alongside Jay Doherty Photography...
Nadine & Paddy lead their families and friends on an August exodus from Belfast to County Donegal for their wedding in The Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa... and they were blessed with the, far from guaranteed, appearance of Inishowen sunshine, meaning their guest were able to spend as much time inside as out.
Having their ceremony & reception in Ballyliffin Lodge gave them that bit more time to spend with those they'd invited along, and meant everyone could get into a celebratory mode as soon as they arrive - be it by Rolls Royce, Helicopter, or a never quite explained detour via Donegal Town!
t was my pleasure to document the day from the morning prep, through to the packed dancefloor, (thanks to Three's A Crowd) as it happened, with little interference and no fuss.
Here's a selection of photographs showcasing Nadine & Paddy's day.
I'm delighted to be sharing the story of Melissa & Rory's big day. From the moment I first met with Melissa earlier this year it was obvious that she had no intention of getting stressed about the upcoming big day, but rather was going to enjoy every minute and embrace the chance to celebrate with family and friends. And enjoy their day is exacly what Rory & Melissa did.
The wedding mass was celebrated in St Mary's Oratory, Buncrana, followed by the reception in the Ballyliffen Lodge Hotel, where Goodfella's provided the soundtrack to the evening. I should also say it was a pleasure to work alongside Hugh from HQ Videos.