Nicola & Mark - Palmerstown House Estate Wedding, Kildare

Nicola & Mark’s wedding photo slideshow of their beautiful day in Palmerstown House Estate.

Juliana & Michael - Haddington Hotel wedding, Dun Laoghaire

Juliana & Michael met in Dublin city centre a few years ago, fell in love and moved out to Dun Laoghaire. It made sense that when they got married last month, they brought together a small group of their closest family and friends for a wedding in Dublin city centre followed by food and fun in Dun Laoghaire (The Haddington Hotel). Their day was filled with fun, laughter (so, so much laughter), food and Portuguese speeches (by Michael!) and tears (happy ones though). Juliana & Michael were one of the first couples within their group of friends to get married and they’ve set the bar pretty high!

Congrats guys, it was a beautiful day and myself and Annie really enjoyed covering it for you.

Michael & Juliana’s Dun Laoghaire Wedding.

Aisling & Dave - The Cliff Town House

The Cliff Townhouse, Dublin Wedding

Aisling & Dave wanted to put together a 'simple party' for close family & friends and on a crazy hot, sunny Friday in July (Friday the 13th - for what little that mattered!), they transformed their garden into a wedding ceremony space that looked like it was purpose built for the occasion, had a good friend officiate a beautiful ceremony,  drank some bubbly and danced down the aisle.  A shuttle bus later and the whole wedding party are ambling through St. Stephens Green and onto into the Cliff Townhouse for some food and celebrations. 

A lovelier group of people you couldn't meet. 

Ciara & Mike - Merrion Hotel / Dun Laoghaire Yacht Club

Ciara & Mike had one of those beautiful Summer days that we've all been getting very used to over the past few months. Ciara got ready in her family home in Sandycove, with a quick stop off at the Family pub on the way into The Merrion Hotel where Mike and little Joey were waiting for them.

The afternoon was spent on the deck of the National Yacht club in Dun Laoghaire, we did a quick couple shoot on the pier. 

As far as locations go, when Ciara & Mike chose Dun Laoghaire for their wedding, I don't think they could have imagined the day that followed. It was a glorious wedding day and thank you Ciara, Mike, Annie and Joey for letting me photograph it for you.

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Global ranking & Awards

In January, I had set myself the goal of pulling together 10 Wedding photography awards in 2018. and to that end, I've been taking the time to enter the Wedding Photojournalist Association awards. The WPJA is a worldwide association of photographers who have a demonstrated talent for candid originality and a dedication to the documentary approach in wedding photography. So far this year, I've somehow managed to win 5 awards. The awards are classified in gold, blue and purple and are picked my some seriously good judges (There's a few Pulitzer price winners in there). I'm particularly proud of my two golds as it means that 4 out of the 4 judges marked them out as winners.  

The awards have points attributed to them and they go towards an annual global ranking system.

2 Award winning images

I was beyond thrilled to win two Wedisson awards for the images below in the 34th Collection in January. 

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I've never entered any photography competitions before but in December I decided to set myself a goal for 2018 of trying to win a international photography award. I really didn't expect to win in January as the Wedisson awards have a seriously high standard but I'm certainly not complaining. 

I like that of the two photos that won, one was a photo-journalistic (unstaged) shot and the other was more experimental. For the experimental one, I used a bit of a old copper pipe to bounce the natural sunlight onto Sinead and Seamus to make that fog/flare effect. The other one was much more ad-hoc, I got down low and shot upwards to frame Sinead and Seamus as they were exiting the church. 

To be fair though, most of the credit for the photos goes to the gorgeous couple who made it way too easy for us!

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