Wedding Photography

Jess & Will's space adventure wedding in Ballyvolane House, Castlelyons, Co. Cork

As I shoot more and more weddings I’m becoming increasingly drawn to the symbolism of them. You could say that up until a few years ago most weddings were ruled mainly by tradition and it is refreshing now to see couples not only breaking away from expected wedding customs, but also looking into the origin of traditions and incorporating their own symbolic elements representative to their relationships. For instance, did you know that the tradition for the bride to carry a bouquet came from old times when people had poor hygiene and the floral bouquet was simply supposed to mask the unpleasant body odours? That is hardly applicable now and these days flowers serve as aesthetic pleasure. I really like when couples start asking questions about the origin of popular customs and pick traditions that truly mean something to them.

With Jess & Will’s wedding I really loved how both of them decided to incorporate many unique elements that made the whole wedding feel like their own little world. The maze that they built in the garden was not only fun but also came from Jess & Will’s favourite book, Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ramson. The space elements came from Jess’ passion for science and space. She actually works for European Spacecraft Mission Designs (now, how cool is that?). I could go on and on about different different aspects of this wedding, but I think you’ll be able to pick up different things yourselves from looking at their pictures.

All the different elements made the day very special and individual. I hope you’ll enjoy looking at their colourful and sunny pictures in the middle of winter when it's snowing outside and maybe even have your own head in the clouds for a few minutes. It is also always a pleasure for me to go back to Castlelyons. Because of its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic style, Ballyvolane House has become one of my favourite Irish venues.

Ceremony: St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Youghal Reception: Ballyvolane House Photography: White Tea Dress: Cymbeline Shoes: Rachel Simpson Florist: Best of Buds (Cork) Music: Organist, Ian Sexton Trad in Garden: Jimmy Morrison Ceilidh: Loose DJ:Kevin O’Leary

To read more about Jess' & Will's wedding inspiration pop onto their feature on One Fab Day.

Britta & Oscar's backyard wedding in Dunmanway, Co. Cork, Ireland

When Britta & Oscar first started telling me about the plans for their backyard wedding, I knew I'd be in for a treat. The sole fact that Oscar was planning on wearing a blue and red stripy jacket made by company called... Social Suicide (!) made me think 'this wedding is going to be so much fun'. The thing that made this ceremony so unique was the fact Britta & Oscar decided to do everything their own way. An intimate outdoor ceremony, under a tree in their own garden. Matching tattoos in place of wedding bands. Self written vows, home made food and their closest friends and family around to celebrate.

The morning of the wedding their friends and family put a lot of effort into preparing the day, sound equipment was lent, pots of food bubbled on the stove, men went up and down ladders fixing tarpaulin. Hoards of children went to and from the house, laying out chairs and bringing food. And if the cool looking guests were anything to go by, it was clearly going to end up being quite a party.

The sun shone and the end result of everyone's hard work was a day that managed to be laid back and heart warming. Ok I admit, I also enjoyed the novelty of it... After all how often do you see the father of the bride in a Rammstein t-shirt?

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Photography: White Tea Styling and Props: Pearl & Godiva Bride's Dress: Novia d'Art dress purchased from Oxfam Bridal Bride's Shoes: Flat Sandals from Amity Bride's Jewellery: Necklace and bracelet made by my 12 year old daughter Neesha Groom's Outfit: Jacket from Social Suicide, Shirt from Brown Thomas, Trousers from Debanhams and shoes from TK Maxx Bridesmaid's Dresses: Monsoon Bridesmaid's Acessories: Monsoon and Hairpieses made by Britta's mother - Ingrid Faller Cake: We had an assortment of cakes made by friends Flowers: Hanna Heubach Hair & Makeup: Rosa-O Band: Traditional music played by Robin Lewando, Sue Dukes and Turlough DJ: Jimi Schular, Mike Hall and Tomas Faller Videography: Stephen Walsh