Our last wedding of the year took us over to Ireland on November 21st this year for the beautiful wedding of Gregg & Kiara. Travelling by car we filled it with our wedding toys and headed off for the port to get the ferry over to Dublin. After a 4 hour drive south we hit the hotel to get ready for the next day of meeting everyone & planning a route for the day. As light was to be a premium we usually play it by ear but to have a little plan is sometimes a good thing as we knew we would only have 30-40 mins to do everything if we wanted to use some of the daylight! The day after we met Jayne Barry & her family including son Gregg, the groom! Jayne first came on a BHP course a few years ago as a photographer and has visited us a few times since with the promise that when her son gets married she would look to use us! And here we were! After lunch we headed off to the amazing venue of Castlmartyr to set up some lights. After which we headed off to the church to meet the bride to be Kiara. An early night was on the cards after a lovely supper at Kiara's parents house.
We awoke to a stunning blue sky and after a hearty 'Full Irish" breakfast we were itching to get started. Meeting the guys first , looking very handsome in their tuxedos and then off to the brides house where the girls were getting ready, being attended to by Nicola Cuddy for makeup. Kiara looked stunning as she stepped out of the changing room in a dress by Nicole Miller from The Suite in Dublin. With beautiful flowers from Flower Power from Cork and a couple of glasses of champagne the girls were ready to go.
We kept our eyes on the light all day making the most of the cloudless scene. The ceremony at a local church went without a hitch, with music during the ceremony from 'Love's Alive" from Cork, their fist every performance! We were met outside the church to very strong low evening sunlight, knowing that we had 40 mins tops to do everything that we had in mind Richard and I put our plan into action. A huge thank you to Gregg & Kiara for being such sports in our crazy half an hour of picture taking! It was great fun and we even managed to get all 180 people outside for a big group shot for the last drops of Irish light. The evening continued with drinks & canapes and then into the wedding breakfast, the food was fantastic ( we were very well looked after! ) After cutting of the beautiful cake made by the groom's mother herself, Jayne; dancing continued into the night & morning with music from Soul Purpose !!
Again we can't thank Gregg & Kiara & famlies enough for looking after us and for inviting us over to be a part of such an amazing day.
Here are some of the highlights , I hope you enjoy watching the story of the day unfold..