Glenlo Abbey Hotel Wedding

02nd June 2016
I first met Michelle with her Aunt Julie last year during one of her visits to Galway, and found them both a treat to deal with and really looked forward to Michelle and Alex's big day!
There was a HUGE amount of attention to details involved in this wedding....and on occasion when so much effort has gone onto the preparations, the day can be stressful for the couple as their observing a lot of their hard work, and sometimes so much so that their not enjoying their life event....I have to say that this was the complete opposite for this wedding!
From the moment I called to Glenlo Abbey on wedding morning, right up to when I said my goodbye's during the meal, they were both entirely trusting of those that they employed on their big day.....that makes our job so much easier and I think the results a lot better too....thanks lads!
Calling to the hotel that morning, I met some of Galway's finest suppliers.....Geraldine from Ardilaun Creations was looking after the amazing flowers while Natalie O'Brien was superb as always on hair duty while Natalie O'Brien was responsible for make up.
Preparations were pretty lively with a lot of women in the room....Michelle was ably assisted by her bridesmaids Kate, Siobhán, Zara, Katie and Molly along with mums Margaret and Pam...plenty of girl power!!
After the preparations, it was off to the Claddagh Church to catch up with the lads....but not before I had a quick chat with the ultra professional Pat Feeney & Anja Watermann from Wedding Cars Ireland who had a couple of super cars (Maserati always frightens me when it's started.....that engine doesn't just growl, it can also roar) crossing paths with them on wedding days!
It was also lovely to bump into the lads from JMB Video Jim and Mick...two good characters that work with you as opposed to pulling against you....indeed it was a day where you were surrounded by a lot of very good people!
I've never seen the Claddagh church look as amazing as it did on wedding day and any superlatives that I try and use to describe how amazing it looked wouldn't do it justice...hopefully the photos will give you some idea.
Alex was equally as ice to be around as his wife Michelle and thanks to groomsmen Adam, Josh and David for being so accommodating with regards to the well as being good fun!
Fr Des looked after the ceremony....this usually means prepare yourself for anything....there's no script and just be alert!
The multi award winning Sinead Nic Gabhainn provided the enchanting music along with the expert Seán Rowland on keys and Aine on strings....very moving music altogether!!
After the very funny and witty ceremony, rain started to fall so we used the shelter of the Quad in NUIG before making our journey back to Glenlo Abbey for a magnificent reception.
Time was on our side in Glenlo, and after enjoying the drinks reception, I was delighted when Michelle and Alex responded positively to the suggestion of availing of the now finer weather for a few more to my ears!
While we were outside using the train and Gazebo for some imagery, the reception had moved to the Pavilion where the was a lively Irish Traditional Band keeping everyone entertained as well as some caricature painting....everyone was well entertained!
I'm truly grateful to have been capturing Michelle and Alex's's a privilege to be around two genuine people and observe their wonderful relationship at close quarters on a wedding day....thank you lads for trusting me with your images and please God we'll cross paths again sometime in the the mean time , mind yourselves!!
Some photos of the day below and a slideshow can be viewed at the bottom of the page!

Photo slideshow below

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