Last year I photographed the wedding of former Miss Hawaii Aureana to the love of her life Gary. Being from Hawaii but now living in Japan, Aureana and Gary chose Ireland as a middle ground to bring all the people they love together from all over the globe. They mixed Irish and Hawaiian tradition with all the flair of a good ole Irish wedding party and the meaningful celebrations of Hawaii through song and dance. Opting for a Romeo and Juliette-esque style wedding it was set in a beautiful Irish manor with the ceremony on the balcony in the garden. After a quick wardrobe change, Hawaiian dancer Aureana performed a piece that she choreographed just for her new husband. It was a day of heartfelt celebration.
With Tara Fay on hand it was a stunning affair in the beautiful setting of Gloster House. The expressions on their faces tell the story better than I ever could.
This month I visited Marlfield House as my next featured venue in my new series of venue visits. Each visit I take viewers following my Instagram stories on a tour of the very best wedding venues and highlight all the key photo locations for morning prep, on-site ceremonies, receptions, and small details. After each visit all the information is compiled in a PDF with photos as a guide for your wedding day.
If you don’t follow me on Instagram don’t worry! You can catch the full story now on my YouTube page or view it below. If you are getting married at Marlfield House and would like a copy of the venue guide do get in touch.
Be sure to watch out for my next venue visit. Have any favourite venue you’d like to see me feature next? Let me know!
From Chicago to the West of Ireland, Elyse and Tomas celebrated their wedding in style at Lough Rynn Castle. Originally from Ireland, Tomas moved stateside as a young child and met Elyse in highschool. Highschool sweethearts, an age old love story. As you may suspect I have a particular soft spot for my couples connected to Chicago and I’ve been lucky to have quite a few. While Chicago is ‘my kind of town’ and boasts some incredible venues and views how could it possibly compete with the Irish countryside? No wondering here why they chose a destination wedding.
When you’ve worked in the business for 10 years you can spot talent when you see it. Joeanna Caffrey Flowers is one such talent. I can’t imagine floristry can be picked up by just anyone (I know I’ve never had a green thumb and don’t even ask me to assemble a bouquet) so when it comes to your wedding flowers you want the best. My ‘Look Book’ is always about highlighting the best wedding vendors that I would trust with my own event. They are the people I see time and time again and see deliver above expectations. Joeanna Caffrey Flowers is definitely on my list. Her creations are always top notch.
Resharing weddings I’ve already posted is a joy. The weddings I get to photograph are so beautiful it would be a shame that they are only seen once. It also allows me to share a few extra photos I didn’t include the first time around.
Today’s wedding reshare is an absolutely elegant wedding at Ballyfin Demesne. Ballyfin is definitely creme of the crop of wedding venues in Ireland and to get to photograph here is a dream for most photographers but to top it off with a fantastically stylish couple takes the cake. And then when that couple is willing to get on a boat in the middle of the lake in front of the manor there’s little words left to describe the experience.
One of my top most worked at venues has to include Adare Manor. Recently restored this 5 star luxury venue has earned the title ‘Hotel of the Year’. Stepping into Adare Manor is to surround yourself with splendor. From the moment you arrive you’re treated as royalty and the wedding team are top of their game. The addition of the new ballroom is magnificent for a wedding with decadence. Drenched in gold and overlooking the river it’s a dream venue. Looking for grandeur, black tie, fairy tale landscapes? This is the venue for you.
Perspex signs, bold colours, a navy wedding dress, a rooftop reception, and dinner overlooking the city were some of the elements that made Amber and Justin’s Dublin City wedding ultra cool.
Amber and Justin travelled from the US for their intimate destination wedding. They regularly travel to Dublin for work and it’s become one of their favourite locations. They really wanted their day to be focused around their children and them becoming one family. They had stayed at The Dean on a previous work trip and decided they had to get married there because their kids would just love the stylish decor and especially the penthouse suite with its game room. If that’s not showing love for your children I don’t know what is.
Putting their children at the heart of the day made it extra emotional. The children walked Amber up the aisle which just about stole the show until you noticed her very non-traditional navy gown. The day was kept casual with a trip across to Iveagh Gardens for photos, drinks on the rooftop bar, and dinner in Sophie’s which overlooks the city with it’s wall to wall windows. Amy Daunt was on hand to pull it all together with the finer details which matched the trendy vibe perfectly.
Formerly Lovebird Designs, Kristine Hayes now operates under her own name at Kristine Hayes Wedding Design. With a background in Interior design Kristine has impeccable taste. One thing I’ve noted about working with Kristine is her calm presence. If you want a wedding that’s beautiful and without any hassle to you then she’s your gal.
Floriana and Andre, two charming people, travelled from Italy to elope in Dublin. They had been to Dublin on travels and felt it was the perfect place for them to say ‘I do’. Floriana is one part of Getting Married In Italy and knows a thing or two when it comes to planning weddings. Floriana loves the Dublin architecture and chose The Merrion Hotel for the wedding dinner. It was an intimate meal with only their closest family, 6 in total. After a quick vow exchange at the registry office we headed back to the hotel for photos inside, in the gardens, and on the nearby streets. Floriana’s blush pink dress made in Italy perfectly matched the tone of the architecture on Merrion square. Those delicate tones were carried through to the flowers by The Garden, ring boxes, ribbons, and wedding invitations by Chiara Mada Studio.
If you’re hoping for a super chilled, non rushed, wedding day with only the ones you love then you should definitely consider eloping.
Michelle, of Waterlily Weddings, and her team create stylish bespoke events for couples getting married in Ireland. With Michelle now based stateside and her team of ladies based both in Ireland and the US this helps bridge the gap for many of her couples who travel from America. Michelle and the team have always been nothing but professional, organised, timely, and easy to work with. For a photographer and for an engaged couple there’s little more you could want.
What I enjoy about working with Waterlily Weddings on shoots is their willingness to listen to your ideas. Every couple have a vision for their wedding day and Waterlily delivers above and beyond while being respectful to your wishes and open to your ideas.
A few places I’ve worked with Waterlily Weddings –
And to come..