August 6, 2019 / Real Weddings
Kate & Shane's wedding in NUIG Chapel.
Kate and Shane were recently married in NUIG Chapel Galway followed by a wedding reception in the Salthill Hotel.
Shane would have been a groomsman at his brother Killian’s wedding a few years ago and it was via this that I got the nod for Kate and Shane’s big day. I find weddings where I know the bridal party are always a lot easier for a number of reason. First and foremost is that the couples know and trust you somewhat. Their not coy and sussing you out early in the day….their trust gets the day off to a great start.
Wedding preparations in Drom East
Kate was getting ready along with her bridesmaids in her most wonderful of homes in Drom East Co Galway. Country Living within a stones throw of Galway City, a wonderful spot. Caroline Coyne was looking after Kate’s make up along with her bridesmaids Lorraine, Ciara and Deirdre and fair play to them all for being the laid back and happy out bridesmaids that they were on their best friends big day! Kate was equally in great form (everyone feeding off each others positive energy) and I enjoyed her company on wedding day….as well as her gorgeous home…well done Aisling and Padraic!
Just before I headed off, I met up with the lovely Dani from the Art Of Blooming wedding flowers….we always have a bit of banter when crossing paths on wedding day.
NUIG Chapel Galway
After morning preparations, I made the journey to the Chapel in NUIG where Shane was happily waiting with his groomsmen 9and brothers) Killian, Ruairi as well as Kate’s brother Rory.
It was a nice warm day and the lads seemed to be enjoying “pressing the flesh” (…shaking hands) and enjoying the banter with guests arriving. Shane was a legend on wedding day….exceptionally approachable and an all round nice guy!
I enjoyed chatting with his brother Killian whose wedding I shot a number of years ago along with his stunning wife Christine. Feeling old when I saw their beautiful daughter Alexandra in the roll of Flowergirl…where are the years going?
Nicola McGuire was provided the awesome ceremony music and was accompanied by the exceptional Dave Mongan. Another two good people that I’d like to consider good friends too and wedding days are far better when we cross paths at them!
After the ceremony, we did the family portraits outside the Chapel before making the short trip across the campus to the Quad. I was a bit taken aback when I saw the building covered in scaffolding when I arrived but thankfully one half of the Quad was in operation as normal and we were able to shoot away as normal. The Quad is a wonderful place for photography…scenic, symmetry and indeed character. It was also the place where we did Killian’s wedding photos 6 years ago so I was also conscious of not copying same.
Our final stop was the Salthill Hotel. I’ve been there regularly this summer and it has an abundance of photo opportunities on it’s doorstep. One thing that Shane and Kate did that I liked was deciding to do a brief shoot on the Promenade, but unlike other weddings, they waited for the bell to ring for dinner before nipping across the road and availing of the wonderful piece of nature that is the Galway Prom. They mingled with family and friends first and we did a good few group shots before the meal.
Thanks so much Kate and Shane! Along with your bridal parties and families, I thoroughly enjoyed the company, and indeed your enthusiasm and receptiveness to wedding photos. Please God we’ll cross paths again in the near future, and until then, mind yourselves!
Photos from the day below and a photo slideshow can be viewed at the bottom of the page.