frankcourtney.com http://frankcourtney.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:54:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Finnstown House Wedding – Anne-Marie & Bonne http://frankcourtney.com/finnstown-house-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/finnstown-house-wedding/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:03:24 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/simplet/?p=2479 Anne-Marie & Bonne got married in Finnstown House back in June. Anne-Marie is Irish and Bonne is Dutch, and they both now live in the Netherlands. Bonne with the best man and other groomsmen – they had stayed overnight in Finnstown, and were ready bright and early on the morning of the wedding. Wedding shoes hanging on a chandelier in [...]

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Anne-Marie & Bonne got married in Finnstown House back in June. Anne-Marie is Irish and Bonne is Dutch, and they both now live in the Netherlands.

Sign saying "Here comes the Bride

Groom and groomsmenBonne with the best man and other groomsmen – they had stayed overnight in Finnstown, and were ready bright and early on the morning of the wedding.

Wedding shoes hanging on a chandelierWedding shoes hanging on a chandelier in the bride’s house.

Bridal makeup & reflection in a mirrir

Wedding flowers, candles & a photo with the Bride's parents

Heart-shaped balloonsSome heart-shaped balloons creating the right atmosphere in the bride’s house

Lighting the unity candle during the marrige ceremony

The recessional - leaving the church

Newlyweds posing at the church porch

Couple at Finnstown, beside the bicycle

Bicycle with flowers in the front basket

Going for a short ride on the bicycleA very short bicycle ride – just around the house

Photos using the Finnstown gazebo

Bride arriving into the reception

Wedding cake with candles on both sides

Wedding rings

Bride and groom listening and reacting to the speeches

Dancing during the reception

Celtic Dancing troupe as part of the entertainment for the guestsCeltic Dance Fusion gave a great demonstration of “Riverdance-style” Irish dancing

Groom and Best Man learning to dance - Celtic StyleFollowing some brief instruction – the groom and best man were performing some very impressive leaps and other dancing feats.

Bride watching her husband dancing (and jumping !)Anne-Marie naturally thougt this was all great fun – and everyone was suitable impressed

Sign with "and they lived happily ever after"And so they did…………

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Destination wedding at Clontarf Castle Hotel – Amanda & Stephen http://frankcourtney.com/clontarf-castle-hotel-destination-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/clontarf-castle-hotel-destination-wedding/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:39:46 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/simplet/?p=2457 Back in the Spring, Amanda & Stephen wanted to have a very personal ceremony in Ireland. So they chose Clontarf Castle as the location, and Dara Molloy to carry out the ceremony. This ceremony was strong on Celtic influence, and included a ‘handfasting’ section using a crios (belt). There were many other personal touches as well, with a background of [...]

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Back in the Spring, Amanda & Stephen wanted to have a very personal ceremony in Ireland. So they chose Clontarf Castle as the location, and Dara Molloy to carry out the ceremony. This ceremony was strong on Celtic influence, and included a ‘handfasting’ section using a crios (belt). There were many other personal touches as well, with a background of Celtic Harp music.

All the guests had flown in from the USA for the ceremony and were introduced to the atmospheric surroundings of Clontarf Castle. It suited the mood of the ceremony perfectly. Here are some photos from the wedding – fun photos with the suit of armour were particularly popular !

Helmet from suit of armour in the entrance hallway

Lots of help Getting ready in the bridal suite

Wedding Shoes and Wedding Rings

Flowers, shoes and dress on the four-poster bed

Quick portraits in the Bridal Suite

Part of the marriage ceremony - handfasting using a crios (belt)

Couple photographed with Clontarf Castle Hotel in the background

Newlyweds portrait (sepia tone)

Portrait showing old part of the castle

Couple stroll in the grounds & in the reception area

wedding couple kissing with ivy-clad wall in the background

Posing on the stairs, with window light

Family photo - complete with added suit of armour

Wedding cake with shield and sword (for cutting !)

We're Married ! Couple's entrance for the main reception meal.

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Whitechurch & Springfort Hall, Mallow Co. Cork Wedding – Rose & Philip http://frankcourtney.com/springfort-hall-mallow-co-cork-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/springfort-hall-mallow-co-cork-wedding/#comments Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:42:54 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/simplet/?p=2508 These photos are from the wedding of Rose & Philip which took place in Co. Cork back in April. As for the other recent weddings I’ve posted, I’m just going to show a selection of some of my own personal favourite photos from the day. One of the particular features of this wedding was the Wedding Car – which was [...]

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These photos are from the wedding of Rose & Philip which took place in Co. Cork back in April. As for the other recent weddings I’ve posted, I’m just going to show a selection of some of my own personal favourite photos from the day.
One of the particular features of this wedding was the Wedding Car – which was a beautifully restored and maintained Morris Minor car owned by the bride’s uncle. It was at its shining perfection on the day – and luckily the weather co-operated as well.

wedding flowers and shoes

Parents with the bride at home and bride alone

The lovely Morris Minor used for the wedding

Dad & bride in the car

Pageboy and Glower Girl

During the ceremony

Now married - walking back down the aisle

Kiss - bride and Groom

Couple photos

Bride & groom in the wedding car

Through the car window

Sign at the hotel

Car with "Just Married" sign + Champagne awaiting for the guests

Wedding Party have some posing fun among the trees

Portrait of the couple

Bridesmaids during the reception

Rings and engraved wooden guestbook cover

 

 

 

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Whitehall & Portmarnock Hotel Wedding – Niamh & Anthony http://frankcourtney.com/portmarnock-hotel-wedding-whitehall/ http://frankcourtney.com/portmarnock-hotel-wedding-whitehall/#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:49:36 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/simplet/?p=2638   This was another lovely wedding from back in May. We were also having some very sunny weather back then, as you can see from the photos. The bride and groom are now living in the UK – Niamh is from Dublin and Anthony from London. Following the ceremony in Whitehall Church, we made our way to Portmarnock Hotel and [...]

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This was another lovely wedding from back in May. We were also having some very sunny weather back then, as you can see from the photos. The bride and groom are now living in the UK – Niamh is from Dublin and Anthony from London. Following the ceremony in Whitehall Church, we made our way to Portmarnock Hotel and Links for the reception. Niamh wanted some photos by the sea – but without too much sand involved.  So, we stayed on the sand dunes overlooking the beach, with lovely views of Ireland’s Eye and Howth Head. "A Love Story" wedding charms + dress detail Wedding shoes Bridal portraits at home Bouquet detail Good Luck charm on bouquet + heart on home door Bride with parents at home Bride arriving with her father Wedding Part at the church door before the ceremony Processional - walkign down the aisle Lighting the unity candle View of the church with guests Couple portraits at the church Bride holds the wedding bouquet and some charms Couple portrait on the sand dunes
Floral seat decorations moved fromt he church to act as table decorations
Wedding Rings photographed on the ceremony booklet
Bride & Groom react to the speeches
Listening to the speeches at the top table
Bride & groom first dance
First Dance
Dancing at the main reception

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Carton House Wedding – Karen & Gordon http://frankcourtney.com/carton-house-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/carton-house-wedding/#comments Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:52:10 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/simplet/?p=2664 Another wedding from earlier this year. This time instead of posting photos from throughout the wedding, I decided to post a more personal, eclectic choice. Just the ones I particularly like or which attracted my interest. Carton House is a great wedding venue, which combines some magnificent original rooms in the old house, with the modern facilities at the other [...]

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Another wedding from earlier this year. This time instead of posting photos from throughout the wedding, I decided to post a more personal, eclectic choice. Just the ones I particularly like or which attracted my interest.
Carton House is a great wedding venue, which combines some magnificent original rooms in the old house, with the modern facilities at the other end. Every time I’ve been there, I try to use the glass corridor linking the two parts for its photographic possibilities. I don’t think I’ve exhausted them all yet – and look forward to future events there.

This wedding was in early April, so the trees are still bare (especially considering how cold it was then).

Wedding bouquets (bride & bridesmaids)

wedding shoes photographed on the dress

Wedding Dress & buttonhole on mother's jacket

Aisle photo during the ceremony

Bride and groom depart the church - complete with champagne

Bride & Groom photographed among very tall trees

Bride & Groom in the grounds of Carton House (visible in the background)

Landscape photos with Bride & Groom

some details from the old part of Carton House

Floral detail from the reception

Reflections of the Bride & Groom

Couple portrait in glass corridor

Chandelier in the main reception room

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K Club Straffan Wedding – Theresa & Brian http://frankcourtney.com/k-club-straffan-wedding-theresa-brian/ http://frankcourtney.com/k-club-straffan-wedding-theresa-brian/#comments Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:45:59 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=1859 These are some photos from the wedding of Theresa & Brian which took place a couple of months ago at the K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare. The groom had a quick round of golf in the morning, while all the main bridal preparations were taking place. The civil ceremony was held in the John Jefferson Smurfit room – with [...]

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These are some photos from the wedding of Theresa & Brian which took place a couple of months ago at the K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare.

The groom had a quick round of golf in the morning, while all the main bridal preparations were taking place. The civil ceremony was held in the John Jefferson Smurfit room – with a guest overflow area at the end. Following the ceremony and drinks reception we took a walk around the grounds for some photographs.

The old suspension bridge (1849) is a great and much-used location for photographs. Sadly, it suffered damage the following day – so the photos here will be  the last ones for some time, until the repairs are completed. Finally the main reception took place in the Legacy Suite – which overlooks the Smurfit Golf Course.













































Flowers by Mad Flowers

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My Photo Used in dlrtimes Magazine http://frankcourtney.com/photo-dlrtimes-magazine/ http://frankcourtney.com/photo-dlrtimes-magazine/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 16:07:12 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=1839 Just a quick diversion from Wedding & Portrait photography. Recently, the largest cruise line in the world – Queen Mary 2 – visited Dun Laoghaire. I posted some photos of this on my Facebook (personal) page – and one of them has now been used in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council magazine – dlrtimes. Here’s my original photo : In the [...]

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Just a quick diversion from Wedding & Portrait photography.

Recently, the largest cruise line in the world – Queen Mary 2 – visited Dun Laoghaire. I posted some photos of this on my Facebook (personal) page – and one of them has now been used in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council magazine – dlrtimes.

Here’s my original photo :

View of Queen Mary 2 cruise liner from Bulloch Harbour

In the images below, I’ve added some details from the magazine as well as two recent cameraphone photos taken in Bulloch Harbour, and nearby Coliemore Harbour.





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Travel-themed wedding invitation & stationery – Co. Sligo Wedding http://frankcourtney.com/travel-themed-wedding-invitation-sligo-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/travel-themed-wedding-invitation-sligo-wedding/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 11:09:18 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=1820 I received yet another interesting wedding invitation and stationery set for a wedding I’m photographing in June. Laura & John are from Ireland, but now living in Australia. The locations are around Strandhill and Castle Dargan in Co. Sligo. The couple have obviously put a lot of care and attention into their stationery. The result is unique and personal – [...]

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I received yet another interesting wedding invitation and stationery set for a wedding I’m photographing in June. Laura & John are from Ireland, but now living in Australia. The locations are around Strandhill and Castle Dargan in Co. Sligo. The couple have obviously put a lot of care and attention into their stationery. The result is unique and personal – I’m seriously impressed !






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Finnstown Country House Hotel – Civil Cermony Wedding – Kelli & Randy http://frankcourtney.com/finnstown-country-house-hotel-civil-cermony-wedding-kelli-randy/ http://frankcourtney.com/finnstown-country-house-hotel-civil-cermony-wedding-kelli-randy/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 19:25:10 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=1791 I really enjoyed covering this intimate wedding at Finnstown House – it was quite different to the normal largish Irish wedding. This was a lovely short & sweet wedding ceremony which took place back in March – St. Patrick’s Day, in fact. Only the couple were present – and I actually acted as one of the witnesses – a first [...]

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I really enjoyed covering this intimate wedding at Finnstown House – it was quite different to the normal largish Irish wedding. This was a lovely short & sweet wedding ceremony which took place back in March – St. Patrick’s Day, in fact. Only the couple were present – and I actually acted as one of the witnesses – a first for me !

Kelli & Randy are both from Salt Lake City in the USA, and were treating this as an ‘elopement’. They planned to have a big party back home later on for family and friends. The ceremony was performed by a solemniser from the Spiritualist Union of Ireland. Originally, the plan was to have the ceremony outdoors, but the snow that morning prevented it. We held the ceremony indoors, and managed to take a few photos outdoors later when the snow temporarily cleared up. A lovely ceremony and couple.

















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Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire Wedding – Rosanna & Cian http://frankcourtney.com/royal-marine-hotel-dun-laoghaire-wedding-rosanna-cian/ http://frankcourtney.com/royal-marine-hotel-dun-laoghaire-wedding-rosanna-cian/#comments Sat, 20 Apr 2013 19:51:25 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=1651 This is a wedding I photographed back in March – hence the statue of St. Patrick you can see in a few of the church photos ! You may also notice the very personal brooch bouquets in the photos – these were made by Rosanna’s Mother – and include many items of special significance to the family. Rosanna’s family home [...]

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This is a wedding I photographed back in March – hence the statue of St. Patrick you can see in a few of the church photos ! You may also notice the very personal brooch bouquets in the photos – these were made by Rosanna’s Mother – and include many items of special significance to the family.

Rosanna’s family home is close to the Rosminian Chapel in Drumcondra – and this church is important to herself and her family. Following the ceremony there, we moved on to the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire for the main reception.

As so often happens in Ireland, the weather varied from bright sun to big raindrops through the day. Overall though – it all worked out very well.

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