Wedding Tourmakeady Co Mayo and reception in Ocean Sands Hotel Enniscrone Co Sligo

09th November 2012

I had the good fortune of working with Amanda and Adrian recently in Tourmakeady Co Mayo, one of the most majestic and scenic locations you could wish to come across.
When I arrived at Amanda's home on the morning of the wedding, I was taken aback at the wonderful views that her home offered......pure class. Just look beyond the beautiful Amanda in the image below and you'll see what I mean.

Amanda's house was a jovial home on the morning of the wedding and I have to thank her chief bridesmaid Donna for her warm welcome and indeed showing me where everything was happening!

I enjoyed chatting and having the crack with Amanda's father Jerome while Amanda's other Bridesmaids Wanda and Ann were busy helping Amanda with her preparations.

Jerome studies his speech for later in the evening and was oblivious to me taking some shots of him. Shortly after this Amanda arrived and gave her father his first glimpse of her in her wedding dress.....I was in the corner of the room running off some shots and it was pretty cool to witness how proud both Jerome and Amanda's mum Julie were of how their daughter looked.....I love my job when you get to witness and capture real moments like this.

After arriving at Finney Chuch, I grabbed some shots of Adrian and his merry men (Kevin, james and Brian) and within seconds of meeting them, it was apparant that they were a shower of messers and mad for a bit of kinda guys!!

Amanda and Jerome seconds before they walk up the aisle

I often write about how I enjoy these moments when the Bride arrives up at the top of the aisle.....quite a lot of the time the bride can be emotional, struggling to hold back the tears (....which can be "happy" tears as opposed to sad ones!!) and the groom is always the man who tries to be the "alpha male" and showing no fear. I think when Jerome hands Amanda over to Adrian however, the big man does what he can to suppress some of the emotions that aren't too far away...... a good sign for my two cents worth, great awareness!!

After the ceremony, we headed back towards the forest in Tourmakeady to grab some Bridal portraits, but not before we grabbed some shots showing off the stunning country side while we were en route.

The waterfall in Tourmakeady is a beautiful setting for Bridal portraits and the colors during the summer months are so vibrant.

I forgot to mention flowergirl Elana who was such a pleasure to work with on the well mannered and just a happy little girl!

You can see a rock in the background in the photo above.....well Adrian had told me earlier in the day that he planned on getting Amanda out there for a photo. I genuinely thought he was joking as there was a lot of water between the dry ground of where we were and the large rock out in the middle of the falls!! Anyway, to cut a long story short, the happy bride donned a pair of wellingtons, hacked up her dress and made the trek to dry ground through the falls.......even now writing about it, it really was such a big thing for the bride to do on her wedding day....I had visions of us being on youtube for all the wrong reasons!!

After our time in the forest, we made the journey to Enniscrone in Co Sligo. It was a sunny day but winds were high when we arrived at the coastal village and we took all of the family portraits by the pier.

Amanda and Adrians reception was in the Ocean Sands Hotel Enniscrone and we didn't have too much time after arriving before guests were called for the evening meal. During the speeches, one of my cameras went astray.....the lady below was running off some killer shots with it!!

Proud dad Jerome looks on as his daughter gets in on the speeches too!

To Adrian, Amanda, bridal party and both families.....thank you so much for letting me be part of your wedding day. Your Bridal party were very focused on having a good time and it was great to be working in such a pleasant and joyful environment. I wish you both the very best and I hope our paths cross again in the future!

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