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Shonagh and Brian were recently married in the Claddagh Church Galway with a Hotel Meyrick wedding reception.


There were a lot of familiar faces with this wedding, not least of all because it was my neighbors. There was also quite a few guests who were previous brides and grooms of mine. This normally leads to an enjoyable day’s work, but being honest, there were a lot of butterflies the night before the wedding.
As mentioned, Brian and his family are my neighbors, and Brian’s dad is a close friend who I work quite a lot with during the course of the year. I shot his daughter Elaine’s wedding a few years ago and had the same butterflies the night before her wedding too….the fear of wanting to do well and not let anyone down.
Luckily those butterflies always evaporate as soon as you start taking photos on wedding morning and get into your routine. Something that was out of my routine that morning however was calling to Brians home for breakfast with his groomsmen Barry and Brian, as well as John and his grandson (Brian’s nephew) Robbie. Jason Nolan had the job of being wedding Videographer….not easy when the grooms dad is an established one himself….and I’m sure Jason had some butterflies too! Once we got the fry up into us and the banter flowing in Brian’s home, we were well settled heading into Shonagh in Hotel Meyrick.

Wedding Morning in Hotel Meyrick

Shonagh’s preparations took place in her wedding venue, Hotel Meyrick in Eyre Square, the heart of Galway.
Bridesmaids Laoise and Cliodhna were with her along with Caroline Coyne looking after all thinks Make Up and Louise Kearney looking after hair.
The girls looked stunning and matters were very jovial and relaxed on wedding morning. Shonagh had some lovely touches for her wedding day that really personalized it, not least of all her wedding flowers that she made with her mum Breeda.

The bridal suite is lovely and spacious in Hotel Meyrick and lends itself to some nice photos too. This is something we had plenty of time for, thanks to Shonagh’s punctuality. It helps us all immensely when things go to plan on the morning of a wedding, less stress and indeed more time for the couple after the ceremony.

Wedding St Mary’s Church The Claddagh

The journey to the church was a brief one, St Mary’s in the Claddagh. It’s possibly the church that I’ve photographed most weddings. It’s set in and idyllic location with an abundance of photo opportunities all within a stone’s throw.
Another personal touch on wedding day was Shonagh’s friends Orla Hayes, Triona Byrne and Anna Browne providing the excellent church music…awesome stuff ladies!!
Some of the masses in the Claddagh can take place at 1.30pm but I’m always happier when they take place at 1pm as Shonagh and Brian’s did. It allows you time to do what you like after the ceremony as opposed to rushing things. For example we did the Family Portraits outside the church (which included Family portraits with their cool dog “Toffee”) after mass and headed across to the strip of ground between the Claddagh and the Spanish Arch for our photo shoot. We then walked up to To Neachtains in Quay St for a couple of drinks and still had plenty of time to enjoy the company of family and friends back in the Meyrick before the meal.

I was happy with so many aspects of how the day panned out. The weather was warm and sunny, but as we were doing the Bridal Shoot in the Claddagh, or rather when it was coming to an end, you could see some rain clouds appearing. Luckily we were walking up Quay St when the rain came and we availed of the shelter of Ti Nechtains for same, while hydrating too….a win win!

Wedding Reception Hotel Meyrick

Margaret and her team had the warm welcome for us when we got back to The Meyrick in Eyre Square. I love working there, Margaret the Wedding Coordinator is super to work with and invests quite a lot of time and effort with wedding couples ensuring they get a personal service. She’s also a great team player for wedding coordinators….helps us a lot on the big day…thanks Mags!
I also enjoyed chatting with a lot of the familiar Headford faces in the Hotel…indeed I felt like a wedding guest as opposed to a wedding photographer. When the bell was rung for the meal, Shonagh and Brian headed up stairs to take a couple of more photos. The Meyrick offers some wonderful photo opportunities and it’s a great spot when the weather doesn’t play ball with you. I was delighted with this….it meant that they weren’t fed up with the photography side of things on their wedding day!

The Weightless Astronauts were the band that entertained guests for the night. John Colohan and his crew are excellent and had the floor full before the “lunatic” Ronan Lardner took over DJ duties and was responsible for having John Murphy out on the dance floor until he finished late into the morning.

It was a super wedding and despite having the nerves the day before it, I really enjoyed the event itself. Jason and I got on real well together and have very fond memories of Shonagh and Brian’s big day.
Thanks so much Shonagh and Brian for being to approachable and affable all day. You were mighty to work with and I hope you enjoyed the day as much as your guests did.
Until we cross paths again, mind yourselves!

More Hotel Meyrick Weddings can be viewed here and more weddings from St Mary’s the Claddagh by clicking here

Some photos from the day below and a photo slideshow can be viewed at the bottom of the page

Hotel Meyrick Wedding
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