frankcourtney.com http://frankcourtney.com Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:54:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Creative Wedding reception at Ballymagarvey Village http://frankcourtney.com/creative-wedding-reception-at-ballymagarvey-village/ http://frankcourtney.com/creative-wedding-reception-at-ballymagarvey-village/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:48:17 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3513 Claire & Tyson had their wedding a few weeks ago. It started with a ceremony in St. Columcille’s Church Kells, then on to Ballymagarvey Village, for the reception. Ballymagarvey has a secluded setting in the countryside – located between Ashbourne and Slane. It has an old Manor House, and a selection of rebuilt and restored buildings which provide a great setting for [...]

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Claire & Tyson had their wedding a few weeks ago. It started with a ceremony in St. Columcille’s Church Kells, then on to Ballymagarvey Village, for the reception. Ballymagarvey has a secluded setting in the countryside – located between Ashbourne and Slane. It has an old Manor House, and a selection of rebuilt and restored buildings which provide a great setting for a wedding reception.

I’ve selected a few of my favourite photos from their day below.

Wedding Bouquet, shoes and rosé champagne

The “getting ready” took place in Claire’s old family home – which is also a farm. Apart from the livestock, the “Child of Prague” did his best to make sure we all had a rain-free day. You can also see the ring-bearer – Danny – below, one of the stars of the event.

At the farm & the ring bearer "Ring Security" !

Bridesmaid and groomsmen got ready for the day in nearby houses, so I had the opportunity to photograph both.

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen before leaving for the church During the ceremony at the church in Kells Following the marriage ceremony and then off to Ballymagarvey in the car

Some photos of the idyllic surroundings at Ballymagarvey. It’s based around an old Manor House, with lots of picturesque converted and restored outbuildings.

Buildings, details and views at Ballymagarvey Village - Wedding Venue

Some of the bridal party, and Danny again – this time in his very smart wedding outfit.

Wedding Party photos - including the Ring Bearer

A few of the family photos at the entrance door to the Manor House

Family & Formal photos at the Manor House door

I was particularly impressed by the spectacular sweet table + heart – all arranged by family members of the couple. The impressive “heart” was made by a member of the bride’s family.

Reception details - including a big featured "Heart" loaded with ferrero-rocher chocolates

Fantastic atmosphere and decoration in the main banqueting hall. You can see how it was setup here for the evening.

Ballymagarvey Banqueting Hall overview and close-up details Bride & Groom (including the heart !) Bride & Groom portraits

Bride & Groom by the old mill pond

Bride & Groom by the pond at Ballymagarvey - lots of reeds

The singer is Rob Hughes, who entertained the guests before the main reception

Banqueting Hall at Ballymagarvey & Wedding Musician, Singer Rob Hughes Couple, Wedding Cake and wedding rings closeup Guests seated for the main reception During the wedding meal

View of the courtyard by moonlight (and a little help from some floodlights !). There were also a few wood-fired braziers dotted around the place (they were lit as the night went on)

Moonlit grounds of Ballymagarvey Late night photos - Bride & Groom

Now for the dancing.

First-Dance

Some final night-time photos of the location – with the Manor House at the bottom.

Nighttime photos of Ballymagarvey Village courtyard, grounds and buildings

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Winter Wedding in Terenure and Clontarf Castle Hotel http://frankcourtney.com/winter-wedding-terenure-clontarf-castle-hotel/ http://frankcourtney.com/winter-wedding-terenure-clontarf-castle-hotel/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 19:01:27 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3482 Jenny and Seán had their Winter wedding in St. Joseph’s Church, Terenure, followed by a reception in Clontarf Castle Hotel. I started at the Brides’ family home, with some photos of family and visiting friends. Then on to Brady’s Pub in Terenure for a few photos of the groom and groomsmen. It was dry and bright, but a little windy [...]

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Jenny and Seán had their Winter wedding in St. Joseph’s Church, Terenure, followed by a reception in Clontarf Castle Hotel. I started at the Brides’ family home, with some photos of family and visiting friends. Then on to Brady’s Pub in Terenure for a few photos of the groom and groomsmen. It was dry and bright, but a little windy – so I ended up with more than my fair share of photos with hair blowing about.
The church is an unusual design, with the altar in the centre, and aisles on both sides. However, this meant it was a bit easier to take photos unobtrusively from lots of different angles. Following the ceremony, we went on to one of my favourite Dublin venues – Clontarf Castle hotel. We had some family photos in the bright reception area – followed by some more group and fun photos on the large staircase. We had hoped to get some outdoor photos, with the lit-up castle – but an earlier storm had unfortunately damaged the lights – so we didn’t get to do that in the end.
Finally, the evening ended with lots of dancing – and everyone involved, and having a great time.

Bouquet and wedding dress

Bride coming down the stairs + dress and veil

Portraits with parents and sister

Bride and friends celebrate before leaving the house

Groom and groomsmen enjoy a quick pint before the ceremony

bride arrives at the church

Wedding processional

Wedding ceremony

Lighting of the Unity Candle

Just Married - Bride and groom outside the church

Cake and reception details

Clontarf Castle portraits

Rings, reception and start of dancing

First Dance and guests having a good time

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Galway Wedding – Cloonacauneen Castle & Corrofin http://frankcourtney.com/galway-wedding-cloonacauneen-castle-corrofin/ http://frankcourtney.com/galway-wedding-cloonacauneen-castle-corrofin/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:09:46 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3444 Karen & Stephen had their wedding in Karen’s home area of Galway. The day started with getting ready in Karen’s house, then on to St. Colman’s Church in Corrofin. Following the wedding, we had a short stop in Raftery’s pub, across the road from the church. Then we drove in convoy to the intriguing and historical Cloonacauneen Castle, in Claregalway, [...]

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Karen & Stephen had their wedding in Karen’s home area of Galway. The day started with getting ready in Karen’s house, then on to St. Colman’s Church in Corrofin. Following the wedding, we had a short stop in Raftery’s pub, across the road from the church. Then we drove in convoy to the intriguing and historical Cloonacauneen Castle, in Claregalway, for the reception. One of the things which struck me along the way was the old custom of lighting small bonfires along the route, to salute and welcome the newly married couple. It’s something I haven’t come across elsewhere – but adds a lot to the day.

In Cloonacauneen – there’s a great choice of locations – indoors and out – for photos, including an ancient stone room in the tower with a large fireplace. Lots of interesting features and objects to view there. Finally, the evening finished with the reception, speeches and dancing to Delorean (Back to the Eighties).

Wedding Shoes, Bouquet and "Bride" robe

"Getting Ready" with bride & family

Groom and friends at the church

Groom, father, and groomsmen at the church

Bride arrives by car at the church

Processional & Wedding Ceremony

End of Ceremony and leaving the church

Just married - in the wedding car

Short stop for a celebratory drink in the nearby pub

Interior details at Cloonacauneen Castle

Wedding Party photos in Cloonacauneen Castle

Bride & Groom portraits

Bride & Groom photo

Reception Room view at Cloonacauneen Castle

Wedding Cake cutting (with sword)

Wedding reception speeches

Post wedding dancing

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National Gallery Wedding http://frankcourtney.com/national-gallery-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/national-gallery-wedding/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:35:51 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3426 Lynsey & Ian were married in a Civil Ceremony at the National Gallery, just before last Christmas. Lynsey and the bridesmaids got ready in the nearby Shelbourne Hotel – where I met them before the ceremony. We had a few quick photos in their room before heading out to the wonderful hotel landing and staircases. It’s a perfect location for bridal [...]

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Lynsey & Ian were married in a Civil Ceremony at the National Gallery, just before last Christmas. Lynsey and the bridesmaids got ready in the nearby Shelbourne Hotel – where I met them before the ceremony. We had a few quick photos in their room before heading out to the wonderful hotel landing and staircases. It’s a perfect location for bridal and small group photos.

Meanwhile, at the National Gallery, the groom, best man and the rest of the guests were arriving. The ceremony took place in the beautifully restored Georgian house, which is literally “built-in” to the gallery. It has its own separate entrance. However, the windows which would have once looked out onto the garden, now look directly into the gallery. It’s a great location for small to medium-sized weddings. Apart from the ceremony room itself, a few other rooms are available for the drinks reception and photos.

I had walked down to there to take some photos of the groom, and await the arrival of the bride. Following the ceremony, we went next door for a drinks reception, and I commandeered one of the rooms for the family photos (an important part of the day). Following lots of fun and photos, the wedding party departed for a meal in a nearby restaurant.

Bride "getting ready" at the Shelbourne Hotel Bride & Bridesmaids Bride and Bridesmaids ont he Shelbourne Hotel stairs Bridal Portraits int he Shelbourne (stairs and landing) National Gallery ceremony rooms - details Groom, best man and guests At the Gallery - just before the ceremony Before the ceremony Arrival of the Bride & Bridesmaids - Processional Ceremony int he National Gallery Post-Ceremony at the National Gallery of Ireland Mirrors in the National Gallery -  with reflected images Fun photos with guests after the wedding Bride & Groom portraits at the National Gallery

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Christmas Wedding in the Shelbourne Hotel and University Church http://frankcourtney.com/christmas-wedding-shelbourne-hotel-university-church/ http://frankcourtney.com/christmas-wedding-shelbourne-hotel-university-church/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 21:24:40 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3313 This Christmas wedding started on a bright but chilly day at the bride’s home. Carolyn and Cathal are now living in Vancouver, and I had met them during the Summer for a chat and a few “Engagement Photos” in St. Stephen’s Green. One of these was used for the signing photo you can see below. As I was photographing the [...]

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This Christmas wedding started on a bright but chilly day at the bride’s home. Carolyn and Cathal are now living in Vancouver, and I had met them during the Summer for a chat and a few “Engagement Photos” in St. Stephen’s Green. One of these was used for the signing photo you can see below. As I was photographing the bride, a colleague of mine Stephen Sheridan was with the groom and groomsmen.

We then went on to the University Church. It’s a hidden gem in St. Stephen’s Green, and often overlooked by casual passers-by. It’s had a few refurbishments in recent years, and is now looking very well, with a gold Baroque interior. It can be a little dark though – especially on some Winter days. Following the ceremony, we went into the park and then onto Grafton St. for some more photos. It was still a little early for the Christmas Lights to be visible, so we went into Neary’s Pub for a quick drink. Then, back to the Shelbourne, to be welcomed in to the sound of bagpipes.

Inside there were some more photos – some family ones and a few posed ones – mainly on the stairway landing. Finally, we went on the the main reception room for the meal, followed by dancing. The couple had a magnificent Cheese Cake as an interesting alternative to the usual wedding cake.

 

Wedding Dress, bouquets, wedding shoes Getting Ready before leaving for the ceremony University Church details - St. Stephen's Green At the church + wedding car arrival University Church - during the ceremony Interior church views during the wedding Couple walk back along the aisle photos after the ceremony Monochrome photos of the wedding party and couple Wedding Party go for a walkabout in Grafton St.  and Nearys Couple outside the hotel door Bridal portraits on the Shelbourne Hotel landing Portaits on the stairway Details from the Wedding reception in the Shelbourne Hotel Wedding Reception photos

Wedding Couple in the Shelbourne Ballroom - first dance

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Nuremore Hotel Wedding – with Ice Cream included http://frankcourtney.com/nuremore-hotel-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/nuremore-hotel-wedding/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:19:51 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3350 Allison & Cian were married in Carrickmacross with the reception at the Nuremore Hotel nearby. Following the ceremony we had a quick diversion for a few lakeside photos. Then, on to the Nuremore Hotel, where there was an ice cream van waiting. Luckily, the weather worked-out well for this – not always the case in Ireland. Mind you, I’ve seen [...]

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Allison & Cian were married in Carrickmacross with the reception at the Nuremore Hotel nearby. Following the ceremony we had a quick diversion for a few lakeside photos. Then, on to the Nuremore Hotel, where there was an ice cream van waiting. Luckily, the weather worked-out well for this – not always the case in Ireland. Mind you, I’ve seen people happily eating ice cream in the middle of Winter.

Shies, flowers and wedding dress Bride & Parents before the wedding Groom & Best Man outside the church Bride and Father arrive in the wedding car Bridal arrival and processional Church and Wedding ceremony
Just Married ! Leaving the church Bride & Groom portrait at lake Bride & Groom portraits Bridal Profile and portrait Arrival at Nuremore and ice cream van Rings, flowers, cake and other wedding details Wedding reception room with the Bride & Groom

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Wedding in Mount Falcon & Callow Church, Co. Mayo http://frankcourtney.com/wedding-mount-falcon-callow-church-co-mayo/ http://frankcourtney.com/wedding-mount-falcon-callow-church-co-mayo/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:39:19 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3268 This August wedding took place in the picturesque setting of Mount Falcon, in Co. Mayo. I’d photographed a wedding there before, so knew it was a great location. Noelle & Brian now live in Australia, but returned to Ireland to have their wedding here. Both sides of the wedding party stayed in Mount Falcon the evening before the wedding – [...]

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This August wedding took place in the picturesque setting of Mount Falcon, in Co. Mayo. I’d photographed a wedding there before, so knew it was a great location. Noelle & Brian now live in Australia, but returned to Ireland to have their wedding here. Both sides of the wedding party stayed in Mount Falcon the evening before the wedding – the bridal party in the main house, and the grooms side in the courtyard houses.

The ceremony took place a few miles away in the hilltop Callow Church. It’s a lovely country church, with an updated interior and a stunning Harry Clarke Studio stained-glass window. Following the ceremony, we went down to the lake in the grounds of Mount Falcon for some photos of the couple and the wedding party. I have to admit to a slight weakness for using reflection in my photos, and love the possibilities here.

Back in the house, the main reception room was beautifully setup for the meal later. I also particularly liked the ‘character’ cake toppers, complete with stubble ! I finished the photos with the dancing and a few quick portraits outside the house.

 

Reception area and Wedding Gifts Bridal Preparation ("getting ready")  at Mount Falcon Groomsmen, Groom and Grooms's Father Callow Church - arriving outside and during the wedding ceremony Callow Church, following the ceremony Children playing, while getting ready for their photo

One of the younger guests was a little unhappy that she dropped her bubble-gun – awwwwwwwwwWedding Couple portraits Lake portrait at Mount Falcon Wedding Details - rings, cake topper and more Cople & Dancing at Mount Falcon

To find out more about Mount Falcon, visit their website here.

You can also view another Mount Falcon wedding I photographed.

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Cavan Crystal Hotel – Clones Wedding http://frankcourtney.com/cavan-crystal-hotel-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/cavan-crystal-hotel-wedding/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:54:28 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3294   As I drove north towards Clones, I remember being a little disappointed, that it was such a wet day – not for myself, but for the couple who were getting married. It had cleared a little by the time I arrived, but the streets were still wet, and the day was still looking pretty miserable. Although I can take [...]

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As I drove north towards Clones, I remember being a little disappointed, that it was such a wet day – not for myself, but for the couple who were getting married. It had cleared a little by the time I arrived, but the streets were still wet, and the day was still looking pretty miserable. Although I can take photographs and work-around pretty much any weather, it makes it much easier for everyone involved, if the days is dry.

Adeline & Roberto met each other (and live) in Wales, but Adeline came back home to her family home in Clones for her wedding in the local Sacred Heart Church. The church is not far from the house, and I met Roberto and his family there for the first time.

By the time the ceremony had finished, the weather looked a lot better, and we headed over to a local location for some family and couple photographs. On the way, we were stopped seemingly forever at one set of traffic lights – waiting for them to change. Eventually, a passer-by told the driver of the wedding car that he wasn’t stopped over the road sensor – and if he didn’t move a little forward, the lights would never change ! We did get moving in the end.

Following some family and couple photos (with champagne, of course) we travelled on to the Cavan Crystal Hotel. It’s actually a bit different inside from what I expected, with a high and light atrium, and an interesting balcony overlooking the entrance area with a distinctive chandelier. There’s also a slightly different garden area, with some unusual wire “pods” or pergolas.  By that stage, there was even some sunshine to be seen, and so we took the opportunity to get some more photos both outside and inside.

Next, came the main reception meal, and before we know it, we had a couple of very short speeches, the traditional wedding-cake cutting, then onto the first dance. I left a while later, when the dancing was still going strong.

Bridal Preparation with bridesmaids Bridal Portrait at home Groom waiting in the church Bride & Mother arrive at the church

Sacred Heart Church, Clones during the ceremony

View of Sacred Heart Church, Clones during the ceremony

Leaving the church and Rolls-Royce Groom & Bride portraits Photos at the Cavan Crystal Hotel Wedding Rings and reception room Cutting the wedding cake Dancing following the reception

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Luttrellstown Castle Wedding http://frankcourtney.com/luttrellstown-castle-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/luttrellstown-castle-wedding/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:35 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3158 This couple chose two great locations for their Wedding Day. The chapel in Castleknock College for the wedding ceremony, followed by a reception in Luttrellstown Castle. I had never previously photographed a wedding in the college – but recognised the interior from other sources (including one of the current TV ads for the Lotto !). The groom had been a student in the [...]

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This couple chose two great locations for their Wedding Day. The chapel in Castleknock College for the wedding ceremony, followed by a reception in Luttrellstown Castle. I had never previously photographed a wedding in the college – but recognised the interior from other sources (including one of the current TV ads for the Lotto !). The groom had been a student in the college, and so decided to have the ceremony there.

Next, a short drive to the main reception location. The castle grounds have a picturesque lake and bridge along the entrance avenue – so we stopped for a few wedding party photos on the way. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Luttrellstown Castle mentioned without someone reminding me that Victoria Adams & David Beckam were married there – but it’s been host to many other distinguished guests before and since. It’s an ideal wedding venue with great photo locations inside and out – all set in its own extensive grounds of 227 hectares.

I’ve included more ‘detail’ shots than usual, together with some of my favourite photos from the day  – I hope you enjoy them.

Wedding Dress, flowers and shoes Some views of the castle interior

The gong shown above was later used to summon everyone for dinnerMarble fireplace details - Luttrellstown

I thought the marble fireplace in the reception room was worth some photos on its own.

Putting on the Wedding Dress

Wonderfully bright and spacious bathroom (bath in the middle !) for getting ready.Bride & Father walk down the stairs - watched by her Mother Family and Wedding Cake Wedding Ceremony in Castleknock College Chapel Bride, Groom and wedding party photos Mainly the Bride !

They needed to stand just there to hide a very bright van in the background !Bride & GroomView of Luttrellstown, Wedding Rings and the reception room

You can find more information on Luttrellstown Castle Weddings here – on their own website.

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Sligo Wedding – Strandhill and Castle Dargan – Laura & John http://frankcourtney.com/sligo-wedding-strandhill-castle-dargan/ http://frankcourtney.com/sligo-wedding-strandhill-castle-dargan/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:22:53 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3196 I arrived at the (rented) house near Strandhill to find a green van outside covered in Aboriginal Art and Australian travel stickers and memorabilia. Inside, the usual “Getting Ready” preparations were in full progress. Laura & John are both from Ireland, but now living and working in Australia. It also transpired that the van actually belongs to Laura’s parents. Their wedding [...]

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I arrived at the (rented) house near Strandhill to find a green van outside covered in Aboriginal Art and Australian travel stickers and memorabilia. Inside, the usual “Getting Ready” preparations were in full progress. Laura & John are both from Ireland, but now living and working in Australia. It also transpired that the van actually belongs to Laura’s parents.

Their wedding ceremony was held in St. Patrick’s Church in Strandhill. The couple also wanted to have some photos from the day which included Ben Bulben in the background. Although Ben Bulben is very visible in that part of the country, finding a suitable photo stop was a bit more difficult. Many of the better places would have involved too much of a detour, or were awkward to access in wedding clothes. However, I think we found a pretty good one in the end – thanks to some location scouting by the groom, John.

Following that, we went on to Castle Dargan for the main reception. As it was a very sunny day, we headed out to a ruined castle in the grounds, using golf carts for transport. These were great – but stalled a bit on the hills – as you can see below. Finally, the evening ended with some great dance moves from the couple. I’ve added some extra information to the photos below – I hope you enjoy them.

Getting Ready - Bridal Party Getting Ready - detail photos Laura designed the wedding invitation pack herself

Wedding Ceremony at Strandhill Wedding Couple with Ben Bulben in the background Wedding fun at Castle Dargan grounds Bride, Sweet Trolley and headpiece Country-themed table centrepieces

Each table had its own country-themed centrepieceFirst Dance

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