Destination Wedding in County Clare Ireland | Jordi and Marian
/ 18 november 2017
And so the adventure begins"....was the chosen slogan for their special day and the background theme was the Lord of the Rings inspired, from invites to music and the customized wedding cake. I met this lovely couple in The Netherlands and was very excited that they chose me to shoot their wedding in Ireland where the bride is originally from. The adventure started in the capital Dublin, and then we travelled west crossing the country to the wild Atlantic and county Clare, where the wedding took place.
The day began with the 'lads' in the hotel where we were all staying. It was a pleasure to have no travel time and we kick-started the shooting first thing in the morning. First up, was the groom's attire details so he could get ready with some help from his best men. After some fun, laughter and great shots it was time to drive over to the brides house where she grew up. When I arrived Joelle Dunphy and Emer O'Connell were making the final touch ups to the bridal groups hair and make-up. The timing was perfect to start getting pictures of them all and to make shots of the finer details, the bride's outfit and her 'something borrowed, something new, something old and something blue'. Mom and dad were on hand to help her into her dress, put a lucky sixpence in her shoes that her godmother gave her and the bridesmaids did the finishing touches with the garter, shoes and jewelry.
Just as we were about to leave the house (fashionably late of course), the heavens opened. After the downpour, we flew over the Irish country roads to meet the groom who was getting a little nervous at the altar. Of course he had a huge smile on his face when he heard she had arrived. Soon after the traditional Irish ceremony started accompanied with live Celtic music.
After the ceremony it was time for the family shots, which was followed by the aisle exit and a trip to Bunratty Castle. The castles in the Dromoland and Bunratty area had a special meaning for the bride as her mother's ancestors were stonemasons and helped build the impressive buildings in the 15th century. In the main photo of this blog post you will notice the historic and beautiful castle of Bunratty in the background. It was an absolute pleasure shooting this wedding in this unique location. The only real trouble was deciding the right photo to showcase as there were so many great shots to choose from but I'm glad that I went with this shot!
Back at the reception in Carrygerry Country House, I had some time before the dinner to get a few more shots of the bride and groom as the sun was setting. After a delicious 4 course meal, speeches and whiskey tastings, it was time to party! It began with their first dance to Fred Astaire's 'Cheek to Cheek' and soon everyone joined in and the dance floor was alive with music from all the decades keeping everyone grooving until the early hours of the morning. To top the party off, a group of traditional Irish dancers performed the Irish wedding broom dance along with amazing Riverdance classics. At the end of the evening the bouquet was thrown and caught by the maid of honor. All in all one of the best destination weddings I've done so far!
Jordi and Marian from Paco van Leeuwen Fotografie on Vimeo.
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