Orla and Joseph were married during the “Heat Wave” that Ireland experienced in late June this year…..and it was an incredibly good/enjoyable wedding for me to work at!
I met up with Orla and Joe just under two weeks before the wedding and we had a chat about how the day may pan out and a plan of action for photos. Quite a lot of the time when it comes to wedding day, the chat that I have with couples are forgotten about and we end up being on the back foot as a result for most of the wedding day…..well, Orla and Joe’s was nothing like that!
Having a wedding at 12.30 during the middle of the summer is a true gift in my opinion….gives the couple so much time to relax and enjoy their wedding day after the ceremony….they’re not clock watching and feel that they’re rushing back to the hotel for the meal…..plenty of time to head to the local pub with family and friends and enjoy each others company!

Wedding Preparations in Claremorris Mayo

Calling to Orla’s home on wedding morning, I was pleasantly surprised at how things were running….hair and make up was nearly finished (two hours before the ceremony) and we had buckets of time for photos in her beautiful back garden with no pressure. I’d often prompt a bride to think about hopping into her dress about an hour before the ceremony….but it rarely runs that smoothly….Orla on the other hand had listened to our chat the previous week and was ready and waiting for photos in plenty of time….and it’s truly a treat for me to work as calmly as that on wedding days! Add in the lovely atmosphere that bridesmaids Síle, Helen and Emer created along with the very warm welcome from Nancy & Daniel…it was a gem of a start to the day!!

Crossboyne Church Mayo

Making the short journey to Crossboyne Church, I was delighted to bump into the gentleman that is Fr Peter! I played music with Fr Peter many years ago and he’s such a gentleman to be around….another treat on wedding day to bump into him!
Another gentleman that day was Brendan McElwaine from Make My Day Productions who was looking after Orla and Joe’s Video needs…really good guy whose a team player! The biggest gentleman on wedding day was Joseph…a softly spoken gentleman that seems to put everyone else first!
Joe had a great team of groomsmen in Niall, Philip and John and they were doing what they could to take some shelter in the shade outside the church…temperatures were very high and we were encountering weather that we simply weren’t used too!
Luckily we didn’t have to wait around too long as Orla was very punctual and the ceremony was pretty much on time!
After Fr Peter’s humorous ceremony, we did the family portraits on the church grounds before Joe and Orla made a visit to their local pub “Keane’s” across the road from the church! Orla and Joe will probably visit there many times in the future, but Orla will never be in there again in a wedding dress which makes the images pretty unique….and owing to a 12.30 ceremony and being punctual, they had plenty of time to do just that!

Knockranny House Hotel wedding reception

After hydrating, we made the journey to Knockranny House Hotel
We availed of the grounds in Knockranny for the photo-shoot with the back drop of Croagh Patrick just behind us. Orla and Joe are natural’s in front of the camera….no need to prompt them to “do this or do that”…they were simply enjoying each others company and some time out with their bridal party and it made for a very stress free and enjoyable photo shoot from my point of view.

Midnight Sounds were responsible for the full dance floor that night..with awesome dancing on display. I hadn’t realized Orla’s background in drama & dancing and it now makes total sense as to why she was such a natural in front of the camera! She must have gave Joseph some tips too as I thought they were exceptional on wedding day…and bloody good dancers too!!
Thanks so much Orla and Joe for being the people you are and indeed for trusting me with your wedding photography. Your two good people whose company I enjoyed thoroughly and please God we’ll cross paths again in the future!

Photos from the day below and a photo slideshow can be viewed at the bottom of the page.

Wedding Knockranny House Hotel Westport
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