December 30, 2012

Eilis and Mark at Middleton Park House

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




Brilliant work as always. Love the dancing series of the Bride and Groom. Fantastic wedding to finish 2012 on.

15:34 December 30, 2012


    Thanks Kate! Here's to 2013!

    17:46 December 30, 2012


Dave, you are brilliant. Love the way you have captured ei and marks day. It was such a great wedding..and you've done it again..captured the heart and soul of it.

17:05 December 30, 2012


    Thanks Edel :) Love the fact that even though your were just weeks away from giving birth you partied on with the rest of them - if not even more so! Congratulations to your self and Declan!

    17:46 December 30, 2012


Dave thank you so much! Can't tell you how much we LOVE each and every one of them! You are so talented - you really captured the magic! You were absolutely brilliant on the day. Thank you Dave and happy new year to you! Eilis and Mark. X

17:24 December 30, 2012


    I'm so happy you like them Eilis! I loved shooting AND editing this wedding and it's not often I love the edit bit but it was a joy trust me. Hope this has been a nice way to see out 2012 and wishing you and Mark all the happiness for 2013 and beyond!

    17:45 December 30, 2012

John G

Dave, compliments on capturing the gig so well. Really brings it all back. Must insist on getting that photo of me giving Mark notice that I will be always watching him. I know I won't have to use it but just in case!! John

20:07 December 30, 2012


    haha John - I don't just have that picture , I have a sequence with you giving him that very important message that I'm sure he'll never forget :)

    20:35 December 30, 2012


Dave, excellent pictures. You captured the essence of the day perfectly. You did it with your usual quiet unobtrusive professionalism. Mark & Eilis's happiness was infectious to all who attended the wonderful celebration. What an attractive couple! X Ann

20:27 December 30, 2012


    Thank you so much Ann! What an attractive couple is right. The bench mark has been raised! :)

    20:36 December 30, 2012


What amazing pictures! I was so looking forward to seeing them and they were even better than I imagined! Paul didnt even look too terrified before his speech! Beautiful picures of a fantastic couple!

10:08 December 31, 2012

siobhan duffy

Wow these pictures are stunning. Love all the naturally captured moments of a very special day.

13:32 December 31, 2012


Beautiful stuff Dave. Great storytelling

18:36 January 2, 2013

Maria Rice

Amazing photos & such fantastic work. You really captured every moment of Eilis & Mark's beautiful day. :)

22:14 January 2, 2013


Cracker wedding Dave... real documentary feel to the reception love it!

00:59 January 3, 2013


Awesome Dave :)

20:14 January 6, 2013


That Dress is AMAZING!!! so was the wedding, well captured Dave.

10:34 January 10, 2013


    Isn't it just Aine :) Thanks so much.

    15:59 January 10, 2013

Aisling O'Donnell

Fabulous photos Dave!! I also have an alterior motive - our reception is in Middleton Park House in May and Dave is also our photographer! Eilis just wondering who did your beautiful bouquet for you? Thanks :)

10:45 January 10, 2013


    I can't wait to go back to Middleton Aisling. It's wonderful! I've updated all of the supplier info on that post now so you're in luck!

    15:59 January 10, 2013

Eilis Dwyer

Hi Aisling! You will be so delighted with MPH we absolutely loved having our day there and as for Dave he's just brilliant as you can see from all his work!! We got our flowers from the brilliant Aoife O Dwyer. She does lots of weddings in Middleton so knows the place inside out. We simply told her what I wanted / didn't want and she did exactly that - loved all of her arrangements. Would highly recommend her! Sheefrin Flourist in Mullingar. Any other bits and pieces feel free to shout but you will have the best day of your life, enjoy the planning and plotting! Eilis

14:22 January 10, 2013

Aisling O'Donnell

Thanks a mil Eilis!! And thanks Dave for updating the info! This day 4 months is the big day! Between Eilis your dress is fab!

15:15 January 11, 2013


Awesome stuff Dave! Excellent storytelling.

12:34 January 23, 2013

Niamh McHugh

Fantastic Photographs. Beautiful Couple a joy to work with... One of my favourite couples of 2012 but dont tell anyone :)

10:06 February 7, 2013


    And mine Niamh :) Susssh... We'll keep it secret. ;)

    10:27 February 7, 2013

Eilis Dwyer

Oh stop it you two charmers!! ;) Thanks to all the work you guys did so brilliantly we managed to behave ourselves!

20:10 February 13, 2013

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