Wedding Wineport Lodge Glasson Athlone

02nd January 2013

I had the pleasure of covering Maria and Michael's wedding in Clonberne Church Co Galway followed by a reception in the Wineport Lodge, Glasson Athlone.

It's a bonus to have good weather when covering a wedding so our day got off to a great start when the sun shone brightly and we had lovely autumnal colors on display in late October.

When editing this wedding, it was very evident that Maria was pretty happy all day long....a genuine smile was always on display. Quite often, there are a lot of images that are easy to discard from a photographers point of view, because some smiles may look fake or strained, but definitely not in Maria's case. She was happy and content ( as was Michael) and this is something that I feed off when shooting a wedding....other people's enthusiasm!!
I received a great welcome from Maria's parents Mary and Billy when I arrived in Clonberne, and Maria's brothers John Darragh and David all added to the laid back and jovial atmosphere in her home.

Ater catching some of Maria's preparations, i headed to the church to meet up with Michael and his Best Man Peter. They were doing the meet and greet with guests when I arrived and in great spirits just like Maria. Clonberne Church was 150 years old the week prior to the wedding and the church was in immaculate condition due to the celebrations that took place the week before.

I forget the name of Clonberne's Parish Priest, but he was a gentleman and made matters very easy for all concerned.......the jovial atmosphere of Maria's preparations contiuned throughout the mass with his witty and humorous remarks!

We made the journey to Glasson Athlone after the ceremony and it was lovely to see the numerous fires that wished Maria and Michael all the best on the way!

I never worked in the Wineport Lodge before so did a reconnaissance mission there a couple of weeks before the wedding......the weather was pretty awful that day and I was worried about our photo opportunities if we came up agains something similar. Luckily, the day was fantastic and we were able to make the most of the majestic settings that it offers.
My work finished when guests sat for their meal but they were left rocking into the early hours of the morning with one of Galways most established wedding band, "Face Value".

Maria, you were very commending of my work and manner on the day of the wedding and in subsequent emails....but the pleasure was all mine. Witnessing your wedding day from close quarters and feeding off the fantastic charisma that you and Michael had on your special day was pretty cool...... and to have a front row seat for all of it, how lucky was I! Thank you so much, I wish you both the very best!

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