Ballintaggart Dingle Wedding

Mide and Adam invited me to photograph their wedding in one of my favourite venues, Ballintaggart House in Dingle. With flowers by the ever creative Jill Wild, and photos on Ventry beach, I knew it was going to be great! My day started in Ventry, meeting Adam and his mum in the house by the …

Thank you cards in the post!

Ahhhh I love getting cards in the post! Thanks so much Sophia & Anthony for your kind words – your day was a pleasure! –  Rory

Alexandra & Bodie : Longueville House wedding

I have been looking forward to blogging this wedding for a while. I love Longueville House, one of my favourite venues in Cork. I love outdoor ceremonies, especially when the weather is kind! And I love meeting creative people, and seeing their work. Alexandra hails from the UK, and Bodie is Australian, and they work …

Busy Summer of weddings!

It has been a busy summer of weddings, and I have really let down my blog! Here’s a few from recent weddings that I love. The photo at the top is from last Friday, Sinead and Shane in Ballycotton. This was a real local wedding for me, with the bride and groom both from Midleton. …

Emer & Jer’s Irish American wedding at Castlemartyr Resort and Honan Chapel UCC

Emer met Jer in Scotland about 4 years ago. He is American and she’s Irish so throughout their relationship there has been two time zones, three countries, lots of travel and plenty of fun! They got in touch with me soon after they got engaged, and we hit it off straight away. They threw a …

Abbeyside Wedding with Sophia and Anthony in Dungarvan

A few weeks ago I photographed Sophia and Anthony’s Dungarvan wedding. Starting at Anthonys house in Abbeyside, and then moving to the lovely Dungarvan Park hotel for Sophia’s preparations. Back to Abbeyside for the lovely church, and lots of photos by the boardwalk, before returning to the Dungarvan Park for a huge party. Sophia is …

Lovebirds

Lovebirds Emer and Jer sitting on the pier wall in Ballycotton last Monday. The day was beautiful, sunny and warm, and the late afternoon light started to create some great harsh shadows. – Rory   Fujifilm XT1, XF18-55mm, f4.5 iso 200

Blackwater Castle spring time wedding with Ciara and John

I photographed Ciara and John’s wedding back in early March, and it was like a summers day! We started off at Ciara’s house in Youghal, and slipped down to the beach for a few minutes after their ceremony, before heading out to Blackwater Castle, in Castletownroche – one of my favourite venues Some of the …

Anatomy of a wedding photoshoot – Kerry

This is the third part of my Anatomy of a photoshoot series – you can see part 1 here and part 2 here. Contact Rory! People often ask me about the photos after the ceremony – the wedding photo shoot. You know, when the photographer takes them off with the bridal party, for a few beautiful photos …

Anatomy of a wedding photo shoot – Mayo

This is the second part of my Anatomy of a photoshoot series – you can see part 1 here People often ask me about the photos after the ceremony – the wedding photo shoot. You know, when the photographer takes them off with the bridal party, for a few beautiful photos an hour or two …

Anatomy of a wedding photo shoot – Dublin

People often ask me about the photos after the ceremony – the wedding photo shoot. You know, when the photographer takes them off with the bridal party, for a few beautiful photos an hour or two after they are married. They’re the special photos that you will want in an album and on the wall, but what’s …

Looking back at 2016

2016 wow! What a year! So many great couples, my first gay wedding, beautiful venues from Cork to Kerry, Dublin to Mayo. I find it very hard to pull out ‘best’ photographs, because they are so personal both to me, and all the families involved. Here are some of my favourite moments of laughter, emotion and …

Majestic Kerry – Cycling in Killarney

Just back from Killarney! I took the weekend off and headed to the Kingdom with two of my oldest friends. We stayed at the very friendly and welcoming Randles Hotel in Killarney, and woke to cold and snow on distant hills on Saturday morning. We headed out in sunshine for Fossa and swung left out …

Dunloe wedding, Killarney

It may be mid January, but it’s a great time to look back on some lovely days from the summers gone by, and look forward to the summer coming! This was Indra and Paul’s wedding in the beautiful Dunloe Hotel near Killarney last summer. The weather was warm and balmy (note the horses flaked out …

Gouganne Barra Wedding with Orla & Jack

I first met Orla and Jack at Laura & Ger’s wedding in Blairscove in 2015. That was a really fun wedding, so I was delighted when Orla and Jack asked me to shoot their own wedding down at Gouganne Barra in west Cork earlier this year. If you don’t know Gouganne Barra, it contains a lake, a …

Limerick city wedding with Sandra & Alice

Sandra, a Limerick native, contacted me from the States, where she was engaged to Alice, from the Mid West. They were flying in to get married in Limerick, and both families were meeting for the first time. The families gathered in the Limerick Strand for a lovely ceremony, conducted by a friend of Sandra’s. I …

Castlemartyr wedding with Phil & Michael

This time last year I photographed the wedding of Phil & Michael. Both widowed, with children and grandchildren, their wedding was a little different to most. In fact, it wasn’t that different, it was really special, and lovely to see two people who had found love again. It really was a beautiful day, and two …

Shelbourne Wedding with Sophie & Arie

Sophie met Arie in Australia, and brought him back to Ireland to get married. They tied the knot in Dublin’s famous Shelbourne Hotel, on St. Stephens Green. Being Ireland, we had 4 seasons in a day, but the sun came out when we came out, and walked through the Green. Though we did get caught …

Ballymaloe with Vanessa & Stephen

Back at the end of April, just as spring was coming on strong, I was in Ballymaloe House for Vanessa & Stephen’s wedding. They had just flown in from the UK, with a select few guests from Britain and Ireland. A most enjoyable, relaxed affair – no fuss, lots of fun! I love shooting in …

By Hook!

We’ve been on holidays! Spent a week down the Hook Peninsula in Wexford. Visited the lighthouse, which was old, and very impressive. Swam in the sea at Baginbun and Carnival Bay – stunning beaches! Ate lots of fish n chips. Visited JFK – the arboretum and homestead. Walked Kilmore Quay in the lashing rain. Came …

A look back at last year, as we approach midsummer

  A quick look back again at last year. Great memories of weddings in Barnabrow, Blairescove, Farnham, Screebe, and many more, and holidays and family, and lots of fun. Lovely to see it all again! Rory

Springfort Hall Wedding with Rachel & Robert

Rachel & Robert had a fabulous wedding in Springfort Hall near Mallow on a beautiful sunny June day. The ceremony took place in the beautiful SMA church in Blackrock. The day was filled with laughter and fun, with everyone enjoying drinks and games and general fun on the lawns of Springfort Hall. After a delicious meal, …

Belleek Castle, Mayo wedding with Caterina and Riccardo

Following on from last years Chinese – Irish wedding, in April I shot my first Italian – Irish wedding. Well actually this was really just an Italian wedding in Ireland. Riccardo, our groom, has an Italian father, and Irish mother, while Caterina hails from Italy. Their day was warm and funny, slightly chaotic at times, …

Barnabrow Wedding with Julie and Alex

Last month, on one of the few fine days, Julie and Alex flew in from New Zealand to get married in Barnabrow in Cork. Julie is Irish and Alex English, but neither of them are from Cork, so hillarity ensued as the whole wedding party got lost trying to find their way around the windy back …

Chinese – Irish wedding in the Honan Chapel and Flemings Restaurant

Last summer I had the pleasure of photographing my first Chinese – Irish wedding. Qingyue and James were a great couple – he from Cork and she from China. Qingyue came to Ireland to study in UCC, and met James, who persuaded her to stay. Yay! A small group of Qingyue’s family and friends made …

Greg & Irene’s Killarney wedding

As I sit in my office this March morning, it is a cold 5C with a northerly wind and cloudy skies. There’s been enough winter already! Summer however is mere months away. This is Greg & Irene’s Killarney wedding from last summer. The skies were blue with fluffy clouds, the sun was out and the …

Belleek Break

We took a few days off this week and booked a night in The Ice House hotel in Ballina in Co. Mayo. What a wonderful hotel! Our room had one glass wall that looked out at the river Moy. Floor to ceiling stunning view! Definitely a recommended treat if you are in that part of …

The great Valentines 2016 promotion!

Getting married in summer 2016? Haven’t booked your photographer yet? I’m offering 10% off coverage prices for summer 2016 weddings! Get in touch here for more details – http://roryotoolephotographer.com/contact-2/ This Valentines offer is for bookings taken during February 2016 and is for 2016 weddings – Rory

Angelika & Damien at The Village at Lyons

Angelika and Damien travelled to Cork to meet me last year. They hadn’t spent a night in the city before, so I put on my best tour guide hat and gave them a few tips for eating and drinking and generally enjoying a night in the city centre. They told me about their wedding plans, …