Wedding Claddagh Church and Claregalway Hotel Reception

18th September 2014

Niamh and Derek were married on a beautiful sunny day during the fine summer weather in Galway.
I covered a couples of Niamh and Derek's friends weddings which helped me to get the nod for their big day! ironically when I arrived in Niamh's home on the morning of the wedding, I recognized her brother Kevin's face in one of the family photos.....small world, Kevin and I used to be drummers in a past life and it was great to catch up and chin wag with him later in the day.
Niamh's home was very welcoming ....the kind of welcome where you feel your a neighbour visiting as opposed to working. Niamh looked stunning in her wedidng dress and it was hard to believe that her mum Noeleena was responsible for making it! Bridesmaids Suzanne Tara and Mary Catherine all looked amazing too almost upstaging the lovely bride. This was my first time working with Ian Whelan from "Fireworks Video"....a really nice guy who was very easy to work with!
My journey into the Claddagh church was less eventful than Niamh's (...I'll let her tell the story), I love working there, the church is amazing as well as the classy views outside. Derek was pretty cool and taking things in his stride when I arrived and it was good to meet the groomsmen Paul, Daragh and Gary...really nice guys!
You'll see from some of the photos that the wedding ceremony was one of the most relaxed and entertaining that I've ever covered.
After the ceremony, we availed of the Long Walk and Quay St to capture some bridal and natural portraits....the streets of Galway were thronged with both locals and tourists enjoying the fine weather and it was great to be in a position to capture some reportage photos!
Fair play to Niamh in particular...she actually did a spot of busking out side Murphy's Pub in High St while the lads went in for a quick pint and a game of cards!!
We made a brief stop in Niamh's aunts home in Bawnmore Claregalway before making our final stop at the superb Claregalway Hotel....a hotel that really knows how to look after coouples!

Thanks Niamh and Derek for being great people to be around on a wedding day. I'm really happy with the images we captured on your big day and I hope you both are too!

A photo slideshow of the day can be viewed at the bottom of the page!

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