January 28, 2020 / Real Weddings
Breaffy House Hotel Wedding
Sarah and Richard’s wedding in Glencorrib Mayo followed by a wedding reception in Breaffy House Hotel Castlebar Mayo
Wedding morning in Gortjordan
I love Christmas time and indeed love Christmas weddings so was looking forward to working with Sarah and Richard. We met up for a chat a few weeks before the big day and it helped us all get an understanding of their day and what we wanted from same.
Sarah’s wedding preparations took place Gortjordan just outside of the village of Glencorrib in Mayo. A pretty laid back house on wedding morning! Indeed hair and make up were done when I arrived and fair play to Stephanie Cawley (Make Up) and Assumpta Hughes (responsible for all things hair)….they had the girls ready in plenty of time on wedding morning. The girls consisted of MOH Marie and bridesmaids Mary and Carmen. Sarah’s mum Marie would have been the other lady present and the men on the scene were dad Toma and brother Seán. I had a few nice chats with Seán…and avid photographer and we shot the breeze while the ladies were doing their last touch ups for wedding day!
Sarah looked fantastic when ready, and it was lovely to witness her grandparents (whom she’s very close to) and their reactions seeing her in her wedding dress for the first time! Her flowers were also class and supplied by Flowers4U in Ballinrobe
As I mentioned, the house was lovely and laid back and we had plenty of time to run off some family and bridal portraits, and indeed allowing me to get to the church in plenty of time to capture Richard and his merry men before the ceremony
Wedding Ceremony Glencorrib Church
I was surprised when I arrived at Glencorrib Church that there was no groom or indeed groomsmen!! Word filtered through that the poor lads had been unfortunate in that someone gave them a bump from behind whilst they were driving to the ceremony…and no one is above the law, wedding day or not. The poor lads must have been awful stressed waiting for the Gardai to arrive, but they were let about their business pretty quickly and they arrived at the church moments before the beautiful Sarah!
Fr Vivian is the PP in Glencorrib and a gentleman to be around. I always enjoy his company, and unassuming man and a team player on wedding day, he helps us all relax, not just the bride and groom.
I didn’t spend too much time with the lads before the ceremony, conscious that they had been through enough on wedding morning, but John Murphy and I from Avalon Video ran off a few quick shots. Richard’s mum Mercedes is Spanish, and it’s a custom for the grooms mum to walk her son up the aisle on wedding day. I though Mercedes looked stunning. She was wearing a “Mantilla”…I hope I have that correct? It’s a traditional Spanish Headdress worn at weddings and indeed it looks very distinctive…something similar to what you’d see in older Italian movies with a wedding involved!
Another “first” for me was Sarah and Richard having a “first touch” outside the Church. Richard was waiting in the porch with his mum who would be walking him up the aisle, and Sarah and her dad were arriving outside. They both held hands for a moment with the church door preventing them from seeing each other…..it was a first witnessing same and indeed also something beautiful.
The rest of the ceremony was lovely without any other surprises and again thanks so much to Fr Vivian for being so easy to work with….great team player! We were experiencing some showers, not unusual for a winter wedding, so we used the comforts of the church for the family portraits. After same we made the journey to Breaffy for our wedding reception!
Wedding Reception Breaffy House Hotel
We managed to get to Breaffy just after some rain…so being hopeful that we would have a few minutes before it arrived again, we did our photoshoot in the beautiful landscaped area they have out the back. Thanks to everyone for working with me during this and although we could have spent a few minutes longer there, the rain dictated other wise and we got the newlyweds indoors into a nice warm environment!
The wedding cake was supplied by Sandra’s Cake House in Kinvarra and after we did a photo of Richard and Sarah cutting same, we spent a short while doing extended family portraits. These are the shots that will mean most to a couple in years to come and fair play to Sarah and Richard for giving it the time required. After this, the bridal party chilled for a while before they sat for the meal.
The speeches were witty and entertaining and after same, the bridal party retired to the wine cellar for a brief chill out period. It’s a quaint spot, and possibly a little tight for photography, but the bridal party enjoyed their time together there.
Wedding Music by the Anchormen
An excellent wedding was rounded off with the most excellent of music provided by the Anchormen. A super 3 piece band where they all sing too….wonderful energy from them and totally excellent for weddings! Sarah and her guests thoroughly enjoyed them…indeed signs were on the full dance floor!
Thanks so much Sarah & Richard for trusting me with your wedding photography…it was a wonderful day! I enjoyed your company and hopefully we’ll cross paths again in the near future. Some photos from the day below and a photo slideshow can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
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