This wedding of Jean and Declan at the stunning Castlemartyr Resort in Cork is a wedding that I’ve been dying to blog for a long time now. With the weather that we’ve had here in Ireland over the last two days it reminds me so much of Jean and Declan’s day. They got incredibly sunny weather that just got better and better as the day went on and I couldn’t have wished it on two nicer people. Being with Jean and Declan just makes you happy. These are two of the sweetest folk and have a wonderful circle of friends and family who made me feel right at home. From the moment I walked into Jean’s house that morning I was made tea and sat down for breakfast. The bowl of sausages had to be seen to be believed.
One of my favourite moments in Jeans that morning, aside from finding a book on beautiful sheep which had me totally intriguied but after a good flick through agreed that these were indeed beautiful sheep, no, not that, or not the amazing wedding album of Jean’s parents that was left out and I had so much fun going through and taking mental note of every single shot and composition. Or trying to get a photo of the most afraid dog in the world – which I eventually did manage to do by sneaking up on and shooting it through a window! No, while they all provided great laughs and loads of entertainment, my favourite moment was when Jean was getting ready. In the room was just Jean and her mother and me. You could sense the nerves and the excitement. Everything was quiet and peaceful and it was like a little oasis of calm in that room which beyond the bedroom door there was laughter and people moving about from room to room. For just those few minutes it was just about Jean being with her mum as she went through the final stages before presenting herself to everyone and for the oh’s and ah’s and audible excitement to kick back in again. It was a lovely moment.
Rhona on makeup and Audrey on hair made sure that everything ran like clockwork and it wasn’t long before 3 hours has passed since I’d arrived and so I headed off to see Declan and his mates at the church just a couple of minutes down the road. Soon guests were filling up the church and Declan was standing at the end of the aisle, calmly waiting with a smile on his face for Jean to come and meet him. It was lovely ceremony in a really beautiful little church that was filled with light and loads of room to allow me to just stay out of the way.
Then it was out into the amazing warm sunshine and off to Castlemartyr Resort. I’d never been before and I love being in that position – going somewhere for the first time. There is so much to explore and you look at everything from a totally fresh viewpoint. Castlemartyr has so much to offer. It has old and modern elements to it and on a day like this I could have shot all afternoon because I just kept finding more and more beautiful places and Jean and Declan were the most happy go lucky folk you could ask for and easy to photograph to boot!
Unfortunately for me I was only at this wedding until Jean and Declan were introduced into the reception room for dinner (what a room btw!) so this seemed like a short day for me but every minute of it was a pleasure in the company of these two total lovebirds. Gorgeous couple and I really hope you enjoy this look into their wedding day.
Dress – Suzanne Neville at Sharon Hoey, Dublin
Bridesmaid dresses – Joanna August
Hair – Audrey Cashman – Upstyle Junkie
Make Up – Rhona Cullinan
Florist – Bloomsday Flowers, Carrigtwohil, Co. Cork
Videographer – Leon Costello
Drinks Reception Music – Colin McLean Latin Trio
Venue – Castlemartyr Resort
Band – The Ratzingers