Hotel Meyrick Wedding Galway

16th February 2015

This wedding was an extremely enjoyable one for me.....great to work alongside super wedding suppliers as well as a bride and groom who were out of the top drawer for co-operating with me for their wedding photography!
I covered Norah's sister's wedding last year (Mary) so it was great to call to her home again and know who each person was.

Always a pleasure to bump into Malvina Barrett, who was looking after Norah and Co's make up....Malvina is brilliant, always has the girls ready in plenty of time and has a bubbly and jovial personality which adds to the laid back atmosphere that was present in Norah's home.

The above selection of shots is Norah's dad Seán seeing his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. I must admit that I'm always in two minds whether to stay and capture these imtimate shots of dad & daughter, or whether to leave them alone and let them have their moment alone for fear that I'm hindsight I'm happy that I was unnoticed (i hope) and these photos will be around for generations to come.

After Norah's preparations, I made the very short journey to the church to capture Edward's arrival along with groomsmen Paul, Gregory & Seán.
I loved the attire that Edward and a couple of his groomsmen were wearing (Eddie being in the army).

The exceptional Nicola McGuire provided the music (accompanied by Dave Mongan) for the ceremony, and she's simply awesome. When you look up the word "professional" in the oxford dictionary, there should be a photo of her there! Always pulls performances from the top drawer and always brilliant at communicating with those around her on wedding days!

The defence forces performed a lovely ritual that I never witnessed before for the blessing of the sacrament during the wedding ceremony...beautiful to watch and done with great symmetry and precision!

After the ceremony, we availed of the heat in the church to take some bridal photos before taking our chances down at the Claddagh/Spanish Arch area afterwards. It's great to get a few photos in the bank before we leave the church in case we get some bad weather out of nowhere!

I was very grateful to not only Norah and Eddie for their patience on wedding day, but indeed all of the bridal party, and Chief bridesmaid Mary in particular. This wedding took place on December 29th, amid very cold (but luckily dry) conditions. As it was almost dusk when we arrived at the Claddagh, we had beautiful soft light and it was perfect for photography, with the exception of it being exceptionally cold, and this is where I'm grateful to all of the bridal party, not once was the cold weather mentioned and they were just in great spirits and wonderful people to be around, so thank you Norah, Eddie, Mary, Claire and Francis, as well as Paul Gregory and Seán!

We even took a stroll up Quay St to absorb the lovely festive atmosphere.

Back to the heat of Hotel Meyrick after our Quay St stroll. The Meyrick is a beautiful hotel that has an abundance of indoor photo opportunities and we availed of a few of them while listening to the fabulous music of Class Act Promotions...a brilliant 3 piece acoustic band that had everyone toe tapping prior to the meal. What's great about this band is that they're acoustic which means they're mobile in the hotel and can shift around from group to group entertaining guests while at the same time not being loud!

The function room in the Meyrick is a beautiful room for photography, well lit with plenty of chandeliers and lovely mirrored walls....and a balcony to get some good view points!
I was caught on the hop during the speeches, there was a brilliant singalong by Eddie Norah and a few of their mates that was beautiful to both watch and listen too.

Kif were the excellent band that had the dance floor hopping for the remainder of the night. I come across them regularly and they're excellent at "reading the dance floor" and knowing what works at weddings. The photos tell no lies with them (full dance floor) and they consistently perform brilliantly!

Finally, thank you once again Norah and Edward for being super to work with. I really enjoyed your day and feel we have a lot of good memories in the bag!
I look forward to crossing paths again, and until then, here's a photo slideshow of the big day!

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