February 23, 2013

Bláithín and Mark at Village at Lyons

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



whoa so amazing wedding! and photos are stunning!

15:58 February 23, 2013


    Thanks Berit!

    16:02 February 23, 2013

Amy French

Brilliant work, as always! Love it!

16:03 February 23, 2013


Thanks so much Amy :)

16:04 February 23, 2013


wowzers... brilliant stuff! what an amazing way to kick the year off!

17:09 February 23, 2013


Dave, amazing work !! Myself and Bláithín love how you managed to capture our day! Needless to say Bláithín's tears started again when looking at the video - I think that's a good sign! Fantastic pics - Thank you and Dee for your hard work

17:24 February 23, 2013


Lovely work Dave. Beautiful photos {as always} and a nice fusion piece, I think we will be seeing more and more fusion pieces this year . Your style is well suited to it. Good luck with it. Ronan

18:09 February 23, 2013

Michelle Doherty

Beautiful! That video brought tears to my eyes, can we have one too please!

18:32 February 23, 2013

Cleo Teeters

Amazing work. A job well done. You so captured Mark and Blaithin every emotion. Pure happiness. :)

21:53 February 23, 2013


Great work as always Dave, How high are you pushing the ISO for the church sots, getting a mark 111 next week myself, can't wait!!!!

22:44 February 23, 2013


    Thanks for all the wonderful comments folks. You're all very kind. To Dee (a whole other Dee!) I try not to push too high but the MKIII is awesome in low light so really it's not an issue. I'll go for grain over blur every time. Those church shots are all in and around 2000 though.

    22:36 February 24, 2013

Christina Brosnan

Cracking wedding Dave! Just beautiful imagery! One of my favourites I think!

11:32 February 25, 2013


Hi, Lovely video, really great! - just wondering what song/singer is that?

18:35 February 28, 2013


    Hi Liz - Thanks for that. The singer Holly Maher and the song is Always be. I found her on The Music Bed. It's a website to find licensed music for videos.

    18:37 February 28, 2013


One of my favourites. You captured Blaithin's beauty perfectly. Love the fusion video.

19:40 March 4, 2013

Lisa McConalogue

Wow! I love your work (and processing), beautiful capture.

20:09 March 5, 2013


    Thanks for much for all the lovely comments. It so appreciated :)

    16:14 March 6, 2013

Ian Weldon

That video my friend, is the nuts!

11:42 March 15, 2013


    Thanks so much Ian. Really appreciated.

    19:36 March 21, 2013

Aine Flynn

Amazing photos Dave and in The Village at Lyons too so I love them even more...feel free to bring Dee along to our wedding in October, we'd be delighted to have her :)

19:34 March 21, 2013


    Ha thanks Aine. I'll let her know, she'll be Deeee-lighted!

    19:36 March 21, 2013

Sinead flattery

I genuinely have never seen a wedding video as beautiful. I met blá when I was a nursing student and she is as beautiful inside as out. and her fab hubby and amazing friends and family were all captured so so well. really could be a short film about love ...... beautiful sounds like an understatement but I mean it in the purest form!!!

20:06 May 9, 2013


Really beautiful photos and fusion, brought a tear to my eye. We are getting married at the same church and the same venue in 5 weeks. Hope our results are as beautiful :)

13:40 July 15, 2013

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