frankcourtney.com http://frankcourtney.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:48:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Finnstown House Hotel – late Autumn wedding with Bernie & Cathal http://frankcourtney.com/finnstown-house-hotel-late-autumn-wedding-bernie-cathal/ http://frankcourtney.com/finnstown-house-hotel-late-autumn-wedding-bernie-cathal/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:48:36 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3125 This was another interesting wedding in Finnstown – the peacock was co-operative this time, and almost politely posed for a few quick photos ! The groom also had a great VW Camper Van to arrive in – excellently restored by his brother. As you can see from the photos, it was late Autumn – so quite late, and getting towards [...]

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This was another interesting wedding in Finnstown – the peacock was co-operative this time, and almost politely posed for a few quick photos ! The groom also had a great VW Camper Van to arrive in – excellently restored by his brother. As you can see from the photos, it was late Autumn – so quite late, and getting towards dusk,  by the time we got to take some photos in the grounds. Here’s a brief selection of photos from the day  :

Autumn leaves

Around the grounds at Finnstown in Autumn

Groom and Best Man arrive in a VW Camper Van

Peacock close-up

Groom & Van

Room setup for the ceremony

Ready to go for the ceremony

Wedding ceremony

During the ceremony - ceremonial 'crios' (belt)

Lighting the unity candle

hot punch following the ceremony

Bride with bouquet

Bouquet

Family Photo

'Girlie friends group photo

The resident peacock

Bride & Groom portrait

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Trim Castle Hotel Wedding – with Claire & Stephen http://frankcourtney.com/trim-castle-hotel-wedding/ http://frankcourtney.com/trim-castle-hotel-wedding/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 00:01:32 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3091 I always enjoy weddings in Trim – apart from being my home-town, it has lots of great locations for photos around the Boyne River and Trim Castle. As you would expect from the name, Trim Castle Hotel has a great location overlooking the castle walls (and the church as well). However, Claire and Stephen weren’t married in St. Patrick’s Church [...]

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I always enjoy weddings in Trim – apart from being my home-town, it has lots of great locations for photos around the Boyne River and Trim Castle. As you would expect from the name, Trim Castle Hotel has a great location overlooking the castle walls (and the church as well). However, Claire and Stephen weren’t married in St. Patrick’s Church – but in Castlejordan. Following the ceremony, we then went on to Trim Castle Hotel – with a brief detour to the riverside, and the Sheep Gate for some photos.

Bride while getting ready

Reflection and Wedding Flowers

The soles speak for themselves : "I Do"

Heart hanging in tree at the Bride's Parent's house

Great slippers for the Bride and bridesmaids

Bridal Veil

During the Wedding Ceremony

Wide-angle view of the church

Ring exchange

Kissing Portrait

Wedding Car with white ribbons and mascot

Champagne toast in the Wedding Car

The wooden bridge in Trim

Bride in 'stocks' at Trim Castle

Bridal Portraits

Family shot by the castle walls

Wedding Portraits

Couple by the Boyne River

Under the Sheep Gate in Trim

Bride & Groom

Wedding cake in the reception room

Wedding Rings

Bride at the Top Table

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Sunny Brooklodge wedding – Kristina & Mark http://frankcourtney.com/sunny-brooklodge-wedding-kristina-mark/ http://frankcourtney.com/sunny-brooklodge-wedding-kristina-mark/#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 00:49:13 +0000 http://frankcourtney.com/?p=3052 We had a lovely sunny day for Kristina & Mark’s wedding at the Brooklodge Hotel – Macreddin Village. The ceremony took place in Brooklodge’s own picturesque chapel in the grounds – just a short walk from the main hotel buildings. After the ceremony, the couple’s dog made a brief guest appearance for photos, before disappearing again for the rest of [...]

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We had a lovely sunny day for Kristina & Mark’s wedding at the Brooklodge Hotel – Macreddin Village. The ceremony took place in Brooklodge’s own picturesque chapel in the grounds – just a short walk from the main hotel buildings. After the ceremony, the couple’s dog made a brief guest appearance for photos, before disappearing again for the rest of the day ! Finally, the day ended with a reception in the large hall.

Brooklodge Hotel sign (Macreddin Village)

Wedding shoes and bouquet

Bridal portraits before the ceremony

Bride & bridesmaids

Time for a quick pint before the wedding

Always a bit of time for a quick pint !

Groom & Groomsmen

groom and Best Man

No chasing the hens sign !

Obviously had some troublemakers in the past !

Local fowl

Wooden bridge with wildflowers

The wooden bridge leading to the chapel was profusely decorated with wildflowers for the occasion

Ready to go in

Walking up the aisle

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Wedding ceremony

Outside the chapel in the grounds of Brooklodge

Idyllic weather and location

Dog posing with the couple

A brief photo-opportunity for their pet

Bride & Groom

Couple portrait

Under the veranda

Bride & groom in the grounds

On the bridge (very sunny day)

Couple arriving in to the reception

Reception menu

View of the reception room

Wedding Flowers

Wedding rings

First Dance

Dancing with guests

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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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