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, …

New look website!

I’ve been working on a new version of my website. It’s mostly a wedding blog, but I have added some personal work also. You might have noticed it a bit broken over the last few days. Well here it is, up working and fully functioning for the start of 2016. Yay! The old blog posts …

De Ronde Cyclocross in east Cork!

It’s the off season for a lot of sports, and off season for weddings, but for cyclocross the season is very much on! Yesterday I went to De Ronde Cork‘s cyclocross event in East Cork Adventure Centre, in upper Aghada. As luck would have it, right on my doorstep! Originally I had planned to cycle …

Engagement Photos – Songtao & Fan

This is Fan and Songtao, a lovely couple from China who have spent the past few years studying and working in Ireland. Having met here in Ireland, love blossomed and they got engaged. Yay! They are friends with Qingyue, who’s wedding I photographed during the summer. She gave them my number, and they called asking for …

2015 Weddings & Personal review

What a great year 2015 was. I photographed more weddings than ever before, and feel so lucky to have been invited to share so many peoples special day. Thank you to everyone for your friendship and kindness, for hiring me to do a very special job for you, and for making me feel like such a …

Featured in One Fab Day – Joanne & Graham

Joanne and Graham’s wedding has been featured on One Fab Day! Yay! They were married last summer in the garden of Longueville House. It was supposed to be a glorious summer garden party, but they did’t let the howling wind and rain put them off. They and their families and friends donned umbrellas, plastic ponchos and …

Last wedding of 2015, New Years Eve

Happy New Year to everyone! This photo is from Dec 31st, my last wedding of 2015. And despite the huge amount of rain and storms over the past couple of months, 2015 went out on a crisp, cold and quite beautiful day. This last ray of sunshine was with Aoibheann and John down in Inchydoney …

Laura + Ger at Blairscove

  Back in September I paid my first visit to Blairscove near Durrus way down in west Cork. It’s a stunning spot, well worth the trip. Laura & Ger travelled there all the way from Australia, briefly swapping the Gold Coast for the Wild Atlantic Way. Blairscove was delightful, with very friendly staff, great food …

Qingyue – First Look

I was honoured on Saturday to shoot my first Chinese – Irish wedding in the Honan Chapel in UCC and Flemmings restaurant in Tivoli in Cork. This quiet moment was during the preparations when Qingyue was trying to decide whether to put the hair band over or under her veil. I love how solemn this …

Vera & John | Shearwater Hotel Ballinasloe

Eilish and I were invited to our good friends John and Vera’s wedding back in April. I wasn’t the main photographer, but they asked me to bring along my camera for a few extra shots. It was lovely actually to be a guest at a wedding, and we really enjoyed the day. I took a …

Joanne + Graham at Longueville House

  When Joanne & Graham chose Longueville House as their wedding venue, they agreed that they would have their humanist ceremony outdoors. They love the outdoors, and wanted to get married with the breeze blowing and the sweet smell of summer in the air. As those of us living here in Ireland know, the weather …

Leanne & Seamus at Ballycotton + Ballymaloe House

Leanne and Seamus have been living in Sydney for a number of years, but when it came to tying the knot they had to return to the auld sod. Originally from Cork, Ballycotton is very close to Leanne’s heart, having holidayed there throughout her childhood. Seamus persuaded his family to travel from Kerry to experience …

Outdoor speeches

Love this fathers speech photo. The textures on the old wall in the background, and the guests wearing sunglasses evoke Tuscany for me. We were much closer to home though – who recognises where we are?   – Rory

Emma & John at Castlemagner & Maryborough House Hotel

Although I shot a few weddings in the spring, the season for me in 2015 really kicks off in May. I’ll be at weddings most weekends between here and October. Hopefully they will all be as beautiful as Bank Holiday Mondays wedding of Emma & John. Here’s a few photos from the day  

Featured on One Fab Day!

  I’m delighted that Rose & Denis’s fabulous Rosscarbery wedding is featured on One Fab Day! Have a look here 🙂 – Rory

Mary & Damien at Carlton Kinsale

On most weddings I photograph, I make new friends, some of whom I meet again over the years. It’s nice every now and then to shoot old friends weddings, as was the case last week with Mary & Damien. I’ve known them and their families for a good few years now, and knew at least …

Spectacular Fashion Show!

Vintage Fashion at the Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair in Castlemartyr Resort yesterday. Next one in Killashee House in Kildare on Feb 22nd. Hope to see some of you there! – Rory

Beautiful Barnabrow “first look” and humanist wedding

Back in September Nirvana and Laurie celebrated their beautiful humanist wedding in Barnabrow House, in east Cork. Nirvana’s smile and personality radiated when I met her and Laurie a few months before that, as she described what she hoped for on the day. It was a lovely small wedding, with the ceremony taking place in …

Fun in the studio

The majority of my work is documentary style with natural light or bounced flash. I rarely get to play around in the studio. This week I did some portrait work with my friend Brendan, and am very pleased with the results. Here’s one. It’s lit with two elinchrome soft boxes, one either side, and a …

Riona & Rob’s Borris, Carlow, Wedding

Rob has been a friend going back about 10 years, maybe more. We worked together for years, but didn’t see each other so much when I changed career. So I was delighted to hear from him last year, and to meet his girl friend, Riona. Turns out he had popped the question and they were …

Rose & Denis, Rosscarbery

It’s a fairly miserable early January day as I write this, but I’m not complaining. I’ve spent the last couple of hours going through the photos from Rose & Denis’s wedding, back on a sunny day in late September. I think September is one of my favourite months for weddings. The autumnal light and the …

Watch me work! Behind the scenes video

Want to see me at work? Some behind the scenes footage of the Christmas photoshoot at Castlemartyr Resort shot by Stephanie of OnTheQT.ie. You will see me smiling, and looking into the camera, and other friendly photo stuff ! Great work by Stephanie 🙂  

Wedstock! Emma & John’s wedding at UCC & Radisson Little Island

Emma & John love music festivals! They’re been to them all, and themed their wedding around a festival, complete with lanyards for guests to wear and tables named after their favourite festivals. Starting in Emmas home near Dungarvan, a trip in a classic 80’s Golf GTi brought us to UCC. The Aula Maxima was the …

Roisin & Johnny’s Dublin city wedding

  Roisin & Johnny’s wedding was a special one for me, as Johnny is a friend from our college days in Maynooth. We hadn’t been in touch for quite some time, so I was delighted when he asked me to photograph his wedding to Roisin. I’d heard lots about Roisin over the years, but this …

Nadine & Cillian at Carlton Kinsale

Early in this years fab summer, in late June, Nadine & Cillian tied the knot in lovely Castlelyons, and then headed on to the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale. It was one of those days where when it rained, it poured, but when the sun came out, the light was amazing! Luckily it poured while we …

City Weddings – a few ideas

Eight awesome top tips for photographing your wedding in the city! 1. Rooftops for a view. Most city hotels will have some outdoor access at the top of the building. It may be a balcony off the penthouse suite, or just some rooftop service access. If you have booked the penthouse as your bridal suite, …

Michelle & Ros Ballyseede Castle Wedding

Michelle and Ros welcomed me into their lovely and homes and introduced me the gorgeous Derrymore Strand on a beautiful day back in June. They drove themselves in a vintage Jaguar E-Type and we partied in the fabulous Ballyseede Castle near Tralee. A fabulous day! Hair: Aspire in Tralee Makeup: Family friend Video: Ger O’Riordain …