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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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  

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 …

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 …