Ciara and Kevin were recently married in Mountbellew Co Galway with a wedding reception in the Raheen Woods Hotel Athenry.

Wedding Morning in Mountbellew

Ciara is a dote of a lady! I’ve shot a couple of her friends weddings, and going on who her friends are, I knew she was going to be good company herself! A person once told me, “show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are”….well Ciara and her friends are simply the best!

Ciara’s preparations took place in her home in Mountbellew. Halloween was evident at her home and thanks so much for the warm welcome from parents Helen and Willie . I had a good few chats on wedding morning with Willie in particular….a Gentleman of a person and someone who has great awareness in my opinion. Ciara’s family are very close and I think the sequence of photos when she walks up the aisle with Willie and her reaching out to her grandmother makes this very evident

The superb Niamh & Siobhán from the Hair & Make Up Fairies were look after all the ladies on wedding morning….and as always were extremely efficient and punctual. When everyone is ready in plenty of time on wedding morning, it takes a lot of stress out of the day and everyone enjoys it that bit more…well done ladies!

This was my third week in a row working with Miland’s Florists in Mountbellew….the flowers were stunning as usual, well done guys!

Fair play to Ciara’s crew of bridesmaids consisting of Ruth, Lisa & Lorna….great girls who added immensely to the craic on the big day. We had a lot of visitors too on wedding morning…in particular Ciara’s friends. A treat to see my favorite nurse Michelle Doyle too……and extremely good and kind hearted person who was exceptionally good to me when I was ill a few years ago!

Wedding St Mary’s Church Mountbellew

It was a very short drive to the church where I met up with Kevin and his groomsmen Padriag, David and Shane as well as being ably assisted by the two young lads Darren and Michael. The were good guys tp be around and indeed seemed to enjoy the attention the wedding cars were receiving before the ceremony……us boys will always be boys I suppose!!!

This was also my third week in a row bumping into the Gentleman and Parish Priest Fr Karl Burns. We were together the previous week in Lanesborough Co Longford and in Moylough thre week before that….such a nice man, and exceptionally approachable and personable.

Ciara and the girls arrived without delay and it was a beautiful ceremony.

Ironically we had a small shower when the ceremony was over…..and I was fearful that we mightn’t get the opportunity to get some outdoor pictures showing off the lovely Autumnal colours. Luckily we used the warmth of the church for the Family Portraits and then when we were finished same, the beautiful Winter Sunshine was on display for us.
We headed off to the woods in Mountbellew and grabbed some photos with the bridal party. Thanks to everyone for their help and assistance here…we had some fun and made the most of the fine weather.

Wedding reception Raheen Woods Hotel Athenry

Our final port of call was the excellent Raheen Woods Hotel in Athenry. A great wedding hotel and Francis and her team run a great show there. Ciara and Kevin arrived in plenty of time to relax and enjoy their wedding reception among family and friends. They even had a private magic show whilst waiting to enter the function room prior to the meal…..pretty cool stuff.

I’m grateful to have captuted your wedding day Ciara and Kevin. Thoroughly enjoyed your big day as well as the company of your family and friends….not least of all the chats with your dad Willie Ciara. It was a great day among genuine and sincere people and I wish you both the very best in the years to follow. Please God we’ll cross paths in the near future again.

Some photos of the day are below and more weddings from the Raheen Woods Hotel can be viewed by clicking here.
Photo slideshow also available at the bottom of the page.

Raheen Woods Hotel Weddings
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