Irish Wedding Photographer of the Year 2019. I was honoured, humbled, delighted, thrilled to be announced as the Irish Professional Photographers and Videographer’s Association: Wedding Photographer of the Year 2019 at an awards ceremony in Dublin.
The Irish Professional Photographer of the Year Awards is the flagship event of the IPPVA calendar. All IPPVA members are Qualified, Registered and Insured Professional Photographers or Videographers.
I was also named the winner of the Documentary Wedding Photographer of the Year at the same awards ceremony.
As well as being a finalist in the Wedding Creative and Classical section, it was documentary selection which ultimately got me the top prize!
When Mags & Paul contacted me, they told me about the wedding day they hoped to have at Ballymaloe House. They were looking to keep it modest and understated yet give their sixty guests a day they will never forget. A perfect match for Ballymaloe House and for me its always a pleasure to shoot there. Walking the halls of the House is like walking around an Art Gallery. Then the surroundings are pretty spectacular. It's a very inspiring place to work. I was delighted they chose me as their wedding photographer.
They wanted a low-key approach, just to record it all as I experienced it. Of course, not forgetting their baby Kate who was also the flower girl, who proved to be a perfect model!
What an experience it was too. They chose to get ready separately with a 4 pm humanist ceremony with Norma McElligott in the conservatory. Its fair to say the emotions got a little better of them both but they rode it very well!
We took a little stroll around the magnificent grounds after the ceremony. Just to catch their breaths and spend a little quality time together after tieing the knot. Meanwhile, the guests tucked into some of the most amazing interactive canopies at the drinks receptions. Did I mention Ballymaloe do good food??! We grabbed a few quick family shots but this day was about them and their family and friends. It was a pleasure to shoot and be part of the occasion.
What a day. What a venue. Eileen and Adnan couldn't have planned it any better. A Civil Wedding Ceremony at the fantastic newly refurbished Adare Manor in County Limerick.
The day kicked off with Eileen and her bridesmaids getting ready at the Manor. The room looked like it was a custom built hair and make up studio. Adnan, eased into things with a stroll on the golf course. Two of his groomsmen played a few holes but Adnan was a content spectator. They met up later and enjoyed a glass of Guinness. The ceremony itself took place int he Grand Ballroom, a spectacular location. Having had a brief Nikkah ceremony the day previous, they were very relaxed about it all. Willie Collins did the ceremony while Eileen had some friends playing instruments throughout the ceremony adding a personal touch.
After the ceremony we sped away to the Walled Gardens for some quick family photos followed by a few arty ones in front of the Adare Manor. Their emphasis was very much on the part, and we got back to the drinks reception as quickly as we could. It was a super party. Champagne flowed and before you knew it, it was time for dinner call. I took a stroll around the fabulous grounds while they were seated and witnessed a pretty spectacular sunset over the lake on the golf course. Pity there was no bride and groom with me to make the most of it! The speeches were great. The highlight was Eileen's Limerick to Adnan. It was seriously witty and she deservedly brought the house down. Then off-kicked the dancing.
As I left, the most spectacular full moon hung in the night sky. Outside was flat calm. In stark contrast to inside where the party raged on as I headed for the hills.