There was a lot to look forward to with Elaine and John’s wedding last September. For a start, they chose a photographer’s dream of a church to get married in. Spacious, beautiful, bright. Just look at it! Then again, they got married in West Cork, which is itself spacious and beautiful on even the worst days and which, on this happy sunny day in September, was bright too – if a little windy. Barryroe Church is nestled on a hill, meaning we had to take shelter around the side for the family photos after the ceremony, but its stone walls made for a nice backdrop all the same, and the wind didn’t claim much else by the way of casualties, so all in all we got about as lucky with the weather as you could hope to. Photographing any wedding in West Cork is a treat, but especially so on this occasion as Elaine and John’s reception was bringing me back to the place where I myself celebrated my wedding almost 5 years earlier – the beautiful, highly recommended, Dunmore House. Not only that, but if all went to plan we would get to stop off at the beach en route from Barryroe to Dunmore. As I said – a lot to look forward to. And it delivered on every count.
The day started (for me at least) at L.A. Beauty Clinic in Clonakilty where Elaine was having her make-up done along with her mother Helen and her two bridesmaids – her sister Michelle and friend Eileen.
I stayed to capture a little bit of what was going on before making my way back to Elaine’s family home, making a stop off at Inchydoney Beach en route, knowing that I would get a nice view of Dunmore from across the bay:
Back at the house I arrived just before Elaine and her entourage, and set about photographing the details. I really liked her invitations, and found this pool of light from two windows at the top of the stairs in which to place one.
Upstairs, as the girls got ready, the boys were doing a spot of ironing and keeping an eye on things outside:
Upstairs, Eileen was helping Elaine look like a bride, as Elaine was helping Michelle look like a bridesmaid:
As 1 o’clock drew closer I nipped on ahead to Barryroe Church to catch up with John and his grooms party. Page boy Michael struck a great pose, and the rest of the guys didn’t too bad either:
Flower girl Anna was excited about the bride’s imminent arrival:
As Elaine arrived, her veil tried to steal some of the limelight as it acted up, and would keep Eileen on her toes during the ceremony later too:
The walk up the aisle can be a stressful time for all, not least the photographer, but I love capturing the “first glance” between the groom and bride. More than the “first kiss” or the “first dance” I think this particular first can be the most memorable moment of the day for the happy couple:
And with that, all that was needed for Elaine and John to say I do. Which they did, of course. Photographic evidence of that, plus our trip to the beach and my trip back to Dunmore, coming in Part 2, so stay tuned.