This will be my last featured wedding of the year and I hope it’s a suitability high note to end 2012 on with Eilis and Mark’s gorgeous wedding at Middleton Park House.

The day didn’t begin there though – instead it all started in the beautiful grounds of the Boutique Camping grounds at Castletown Geoghegan. Eilis and her family stayed in Kindalin House which is an old school masters house from 1836 that has recently been refurbished but still holds onto it’s old worldy charm. As I stepped through the door it took my breath away. Just gorgeous.

It was great to walk in and see so many familar faces. Some background – Eilis is the sister of Dec. I shot Dec and Edel’s wedding last year. Dec is best mate to Tom. I’m mates with Tom and Michelle and I shot their wedding in Portugal this year. Tom is mates with John and Clare – who’s wedding I shot last year. They are friends with John and Amy – you guessed it. And they are also friends of Eamon and Rosie who started the ball rolling in early 2011. Pheuw. The fact that I spent a week with most of these folks in Portugal for a week just a few months prior meant that it really was matter of meeting up with old friends. Makes you feel right at home instantly.

They really got the most amazing day. October can be a real gem if it plays along. The sun shone all day and I even remember putting off the bridal party shoot until the sun went down a little! You couldn’t ask for more!

The wedding ceremony and reception was held in Middleton Park house with the ceremony part being held in the cosy confides of the wine cellar. It’s dark, a little tight for the photographer but it’s cosy and very romantic and the ceremony was really lovely to witness with Mark and Eilis constantly smiling at each other.

Once the cermeony was over it was just a matter of coming upstairs and enjoying the full house in all it’s splendor. It’s such a great place for guests as you can be in company of the majority of guests in the conservatory or find a little cosy spot in one of the lounges for a quite chat. A great place to photograph in too as there is lots of light and everywhere you look there’s a beautiful background.

Eilis and Mark looked the biz too. Sorry though Mark – you’re going to have to step aside for a moment though because seriously… that Dress! WOW! Just stunning and Eilis looked the perfect bride. She was glowing and you’d think the dress was made for her. I don’t have details on where it came from but as soon as I get all the info I’ll come back and update the post. I do know she got her hair done by the wonderful Lorriane Browne and makeup by the brilliant Hayley McGowan so I’m not all bad :) Needless to say – she looked incredible. Okay Mark you can come back in – ya handsome fella.

I really hope you enjoy looking through their day because I really loved being there to shoot it and Mark and Eilis where a dream to work with. Work doesn’t really cut it though as there were too many laughs and when you’re photographing people like this, in settings like this on days like this then really, it’s not work.

Enjoy folks and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Eilis and Mark’s Supplier List.

The Dress: Emporium Kalu in Naas dress by Jenny Packham (really recommend brides have a peek in there if they are looking for something a lil less trad- small selection but some jems and the girls are great in there too!)
Bridesmaid dress: Hired from Covet in Powerscourt Sopping Centre Dublin (amazing stuff and approx €190 for three day hire) Shoes from there too!
Headpiece: Rebekah Patterson Powerscourt Dublin / Kilkenny
Men’s suits: Groom: Mc Governs Menswear , Limerick
Bestman: His own
Cake: Made by a friend!
Music: The Original Goodfellas and Pro DJ (brilliant brilliant brilliant!)
Ceremony Music:  Una Mc Loughlin Mullingar (piano, violin, voice – both musicians were amazing)
Flowers: Aoife O Dwyer, Sheefin Flowers Mullingar
Hair and Make up: Hair Lorraine Browne and Make up Hayley Mc Gowan
Favours: homemade CD’s of ceremony music
Ceremony officiant: Sandra Losty from Spiritualist Union of Ireland