Claire & James had their wedding on a showery Summer’s day. Despite it being Summer, there was lots of cold blustery wind and a few heavy showers too. This is all part of the unpredictability of Irish weather – I’ve worked on beautiful days in December, and horrible days in August – and sometimes with both in one day.
Anyway, I arrived at the Lyrath Hotel where both the Bride & Groom were getting ready (separately of course, following tradition, with no chance of meeting) – and started with the preparatory photos. Then later I travelled on to the church in Inistioge – a beautiful & historic Kilkenny village.

some "getting ready" details : flowers, shoes, bride and bridesmaids

Bridal portrait in the hotel

Bride with her parents, before leaving for the church

A sample of the “bridal preparation” photos – together with the bridesmaids and the bride’s parents.

Vintage bus and bridesmaids arriving at the church

The Bride and Bridesmaids travelled in a vintage bus to the church.

Bride, father and bridesmaids at the church

By this stage, we were sheltering from the rain, so took some photos in the church entrance. Noone was keen to venture outside.

processional - walking down the aisle

Views of the church in Inistioge during the wedding

You can see the baptismal font here – at the end of the aisle. A lovely feature, but in a very inconvenient location for the entrance, exit and photos !.

Bride, Groom and parent portraits

Once again, due to the weather, we took most of the photos inside the church.

Photos on the coach back to the hotel

Wedding party photographed on the Vintage Coach

All Aboard ! for the return to the hotel.

Group Photos at the Lyrath Estate Hotel - it was a bit cold and windy then !

It stayed dry for a short time (even if it was cold and windy) and we took the opportunity to get a few quick outdoor photos before the weather deteriorated even more.

Bride & Groom portraits at the Lyrath Hotel

Wedding Portraits inside the Lyrath foyer

Some photos here taking advantage of the historic 17th century part of the Lyrath Hotel.

Reception room details and table setting

Wedding reception room setup

Some detail photos showing the tables and setup for the main reception room.

Wedding guest photos

Bride & Groom arriving for the main reception

Arriving for the main reception.

Speeches and reactions

Speeches were held before the start of the meal. Others prefer them later on – but there are advantages and disadvantages to either option. It’s largely a matter of personal preference, though I think the majority still prefer to have them later in the meal.

Rings and cake-cutting photos

A few more photos showing the rings and cake-cutting.