We kick off the new year and wedding season in February, aptly on the weekend of love! February 16th dawned the start of a new year of shooting amazing weddings and a lifetime of wedded bliss for Bláithín and Mark. I first met Bláithín and Mark when I was shooting the wedding of their very good friends Aoife and John whose wedding I shot almost a year ago to the day so it It was great to see familiar faces and catch up with them at the wedding.

As its the start of a new year and therefore new adventures I thought I’d try something a little different. I wanted to bring Dee (my partner in crime) along to shoot some video for me. We had been to a fusion workshop (video+stills) in January so we wanted to give it a go and see what we could make of it. You’ll see the results of our efforts in the video below :)

We started the day at Bláithín’s parents house in Castleknock where we were greeted at the door by the Bláithín still in curlers and wearing the biggest smile. This was a girl who, on the face of it, was not nervous, but was as serene as her smile. The house was a hive of activity. Hairdressing station downstairs where the fantastic Joanne Kelly was working her magic on the bridal party bonses, and Hazel, from MAC, was creating masterpieces at the make-up counter set up in the spare room upstairs. Bláithín’s sisters (the bridesmaids) were flitting from tea cup to blusher brush with no fuss and no panic creating a very relaxed atmosphere for their sister. Bláithín’s Dad, the only man in the house (besides myself) made sure everything was running on time and to schedule by quietly keeping things in check in the background.

Mark was just 10 minutes up the road, getting prepared at his family home. His Dad welcomed us to the house, and as Mark was having a quick shower upstairs we got talking about Mark’s exceptional and quite brilliant artistic talents. On the invites Mark had drawn the church where himself and Bláithín would be married. Mark’s Dad proceeded to proudly show us his ink drawings hung proudly around their home. This artistic theme carried throughout the whole wedding – for example Mark had also drawn all the individual table plans of Dublin’s iconic buildings including the Ha’penny bridge, Samuel Beckett Bridge,The Bailey lighthouse in Howth (where Mark proposed to Bláithín) and many more. The detail of the drawings was simply fantastic. These handcrafted touches were so original and personal to the wedding, making it very special.

After the beautiful ceremony at St.Mochtas Church in Porterstown, where there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The wedding party and reception headed towards Village at Lyons in Kildare to celebrate in style. We stopped enroute to take a few shots of Bláithín and Mark outside the gates of Village at Lyons Demesne, before taking a few more shots in the grounds and along the canal back in Village at Lyons. After the speeches the party took no time in getting into full swing and the awesome Springbreak had the floor instantly crammed. Exactly what you want. This party was on!

I really enjoyed shooting this wedding and what a cracking start to the new year ahead. Thank you so much Bláithín and Mark for having myself and Dee as part of your big day! We loved it!

The Dress: Little White Dress
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Packham
Hair: Joanne Kelly
Makeup: Hazel (Mac)
Groom suit : Ted Baker
Groomsmen suits: The Suit Co.
Church: St Mochta’s, Porterstown, Dublin 15
Venue: The Village at Lyons, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Church Music: Nikki Kavanagh
Flowers: Darina Goodman
Cake: Bláithín and Mark’s friend Catriona Buckley – Utterly amazing and I heard that she had to make the middle tier the night before the wedding as the dog ate it! What an effort!
Band: Springbreak
Wedding Stationary: The Groom