Sinead & Daithi, Shearwater Hotel. Did you ever meet someone who you instantly hit it off with? That is exactly what happened the day I met Sinead and her Mammy Cathy. We met when Sinead was booking me to be her wedding photographer and within minutes of being in their company, I felt like I had always known them. I was instantly comfortable. Both were warm, friendly and funny. I knew we would get on very well when the big day came along. Elaine & Sean, Kinnitty Castle Seattle and Cork joined forces on September 2nd last for a Kinnitty Castle Hotel Wedding. Cork native Elaine got in touch with me all the way from Seattle last January to book me for her wedding photography. Everything was organised through email with an 8 hour time difference between the two countries. Both Elaine and Sean did very well to organise such a brilliant day, especially being so far away. They even took the weather with them as the day was roasting hot with barely a cloud in the sky. Joanne & Dave, Coolbawn Quay I was very excited when Joanne booked me last year. I went to school with her sister Colette and know all of her other sisters to say hello to. And I had always wanted to photograph a wedding at Coolbawn Quay. I love different and quirky venues but even this place surpassed my expectations. Deirdre & Sean, Hotel Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny Despite two child of pragues out to deal with our changeable Irish weather, the heavens opened when we were least expecting it with the sun also fighting for attention. Deirdre and Sean were married on August 4th in Mountbolus, had a quick pitstop at the Beehive Bar before heading on to the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny for their reception. Karen & Shane, County Arms Hotel, Birr I first met Karen face to face in the Brewery Tap in Tullamore one night when I bumped into an old school friend. My friend was telling me that she was out with Karen, a girl she used to babysit who was getting married. I soon realised it was the same Karen who had booked me for her wedding! Over I went and got introduced. We hit it off right away and I knew we were going to get on great. Maeve & Ger, Radisson Blu Athlone. When I looked at the weather forecast last weekend, it wasn't looking very promising. I was due to photograph two weddings and acu weather was giving me nothing but bad news. So it was nothing short of a miracle when the sun came out this weekend and the rain stayed away! Larkin's Child of Prague was working hard. Sharon & Niall, Bloomfield House Hotel Exactly a week ago, I travelled to the home of Sharon and Niall to capture them getting ready for their wedding day. The minute I walked through the door, I was warmly welcomed as the extended Roe and Lynch families buzzed around me getting ready. There was much laughter, lots of fun and no stress here - my kind of people. The day flowed by effortlessly. Alison & Brian, Dingle Skellig Hotel Last year, I decided to go on a mad painting spree at home and popped in to Castle Paints in Tullamore for some supplies. Alison served me and we got chatting. She was telling me that she had got engaged and was going to Dingle in Kerry to get married in April 2016. With a slight hesitation in her voice, she asked "You'd hardly be interested in going that far to be my photographer would you?" What she didn't know was that I love Dingle and have been plenty of times. We try as a family to visit Dingle at least once a year! Too right I was interested and I knew Alison would be great to work with. I also knew some of her family from my short stint at school in Kilcormac back in the early 1990s. I met Brian for the first time during the week and liked him immediately. It was going to be a good day. Orla & William, County Arms Hotel, Birr Last Friday we gathered for the marriage of Orla and William. What a relaxed, friendly and happy couple they are too. They couldn't do enough for me despite the fact that they were busy getting married and I loved working with them. The day was a laugh a minute from the very start. I giggled when the girls hid under the stairs as Dad of the bride tried to pop the cork on the champagne. Fr Declan McInerney who performed the wedding mass should have been a comedian instead, in my opinion. He had everyone laughing from start to finish and the whole thing was done and dusted in 45 minutes! We had a short stop off at the Railway Bar in Banagher before arriving at a sun drenched County Arms Hotel in Birr. Mairead Slevin had the bar rocking with her cracking singing and it looked like it was going to be a night to remember as I departed for home. Joe and Brendan’s Wedding at St Helen’s Radisson Blu, Stillorgan On May 22nd last, us Irish proved that our little country is full of good and kind people. Our nation voted a big fat yes to same sex marriage with all the bells and whistles attached. It was such a proud day for Ireland. It was such a proud day for me. It was an absolutely fantastic day for gay people everywhere. At the forefront of my mind that day were Joe and Brendan. I had got to know the guys over the last couple of years (from visiting their interiors shop, Silver River Interiors) and knew how much this Yes vote meant to them.