May Day! I was really looking forward to Aisling & Colm’s Wedding in Ballycullane for lots of reasons. Due to seasonality, I hadn’t photographed a wedding for a few weeks so I was rested and ready to go. Tintern Abbey was in the plan for the day and despite all the weddings I’ve photographed, I never got to photograph a couple at Tintern. It had been rained off a few times no doubt. But we’d get there today. By Hook or by Crooke! Except it was raining in Waterford since 7am. Mayday Mayday!
Turning off the main road towards Ballycullane the rain stopped and everything dried up. At the house in Yoletown, the champagne was popping and Aisling, her mam Breda and three sister-bridesmaids Marina, Lynda and Amanda were in wedding mode, in matching white dressing gowns and the craic was on. Peter from Waters Video was making movies in his usual relaxed, friendly style. Weather-wise we were in the only dry parish east of Valentia. The Child of Prague works again!
I love photographing the preparations, especially when there’s absolutely no stress and even less rain! It’s a great opening to the story, capturing all the important detail. And for me there’s always the extra buzz around capturing the faces and the expressions and the excitement. Ashling was smiling – she would be smiling all day – the boys had texted her a pic of themselves leaving their hotel for St Martin’s Church and before we knew it, Steve from All Events Limousines arrived with “Belle” the Bridal Car to take Aisling and her Dad, Tommy to St Martin’s .
Having arrived in Ballycullane from wet ‘n windy Waterford, Colm, Best man John and groomsmen Paul and Michael were warming themselves with the contents of their hip flasks, and as Ashling arrived there was still no sign of the dreaded rain. The Ceremony was preformed by Fr O’Byrne with Aisling playing a tune on the Violin, accompanied by the bridesmaids. Family Photos were taken in the Church Grounds before we finally got to Tintern Abbey with Colm, Aisling and the Bridal Party. What a place, what a stunning backdrop this 12th century Cistercian Abbey provides for Wedding Photography. Beautiful Bride, elegant wedding gown, athletic Groom and a superb location. What more could a guy want? Light! Even the sun came out for a bit so then there was light! Then it was off to Faithlegg House Hotel for the party! If the group photo set-up’s with Colm and his pals and with Aisling and her girlfriends were anything to go by, it was going to be some party…
(I can only post a sneaky peek as the lads are still on honeymoon, there will be loads more to follow)