Aine & Michael's wedding Salthill Hotel Galway

12th June 2012

I first met up with Michael and Aine in January of this year, a few weeks after they booked me for their wedding. They called to the studio one Saturday in January and after spending a while having a "chin wag" with them, I knew it would be a wedding that I would enjoy as they were both two very relaxed and laid back people.The wedding ceremony took place in Kiltulla Athenry with a cracking reception in The Salthill Hotel Galway.

Aine with her wedding present from Michael over her shoulder...a beautiful foal!

I'm not too sure if this bike saw much action on the wedding day......I bet it could tell a few stories though

Michael is flanked by best man Jonathon and groomsman Cian as he arrives at the church.

Flowergirls Ellen, Keeva and Lorna just before they hit the runway!

With the ceremony over, it's time to have a pint!

Aine & Michael share their first drink as a married couple in Ward's pub just across the road from the church

I left Aine & Michael while they were having their drink in Wards and headed into the Salthill Hotel with John Murphy of Avalon Video to capture the details of the wedding as well as capture some images of guests etc. I must admit to being very anxious at about 5.45pm as Aine and Michael arrived at the hotel. The traffic in Galway was particularly bad this Friday afternoon and they arrived a lot later to the hotel than expected. Given that the hotel was ready to ring the bell, I grabbed them before they entered it and we headed across to the park outside to grab some Bridal Portraits.

Aine casually mentioned that she was disappointed that they hadn't arrived earlier as she would have loved to go across to the beach to get some shots.....I must admit that this was music to my ears. We flew across the road, the lighting was superb and we ran off a load of shots in a short period of time.

It's funny how matters worked out.....when Aine and Michael arrived late to the hotel (when I grabbed them to taken them across to the park), Aine mentioned that all they needed was a "couple of shots" and they would be sorted. Given the fact that I had no Bridal Portraits taken at this stage and was anxious to get a selection, being told that all they need was a "couple of shot's" added a bit more anxiety to my dilemma......I had no proper shots of the couple. I soon realized however that this was Aine's way of apologizing for being late to the Salthill hotel and that she didn't want to inconvenience anyone over their late arrival. It was music to my ears when they eagerly accepted the invitation to go across to the beach and about 20 minutes after they first arrived at the hotel, we had a very good selection of shots taken.

Moments after we arrived back in the Salthill Hotel, Aine & Michael were welcomed into the function room

Aine's mum gives a lovely speech

Michael entertains guests with some stories of their early days courting!

First dance as husband and wife

Thanks soo much Aine and Michael for letting me be part of your special day. Your card (and over the top gift) was unnecessary but genuinely appreciated. It's truly nothing short of a pleasure to be around lovely people such as yourselves on your special day....I enjoy them as much as you do!

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