Weddings the Lodge at Ashford, Cong Mayo

27th October 2015
Put myself under all sorts of unnecessary pressure covering this wedding!!
Without doubt, the journey to Elaine's home will be the shortest that I'll ever make on a wedding morning....about 300 yards from where I live!
You never want to let anyone down with their wedding particular your neighbour, so factoring this along with the fact that her dad is a close friend of mine, and indeed a person that I work quite a lot with at weddings.....I was really hoping for good weather and the opportunity to get some strong images on the day, in particular with their wedding venue being the Lodge at Ashford....such a majestic place!
Small things like calling to Elaine's home....will I use the back door like I normally do or call to the front? Very unusual to be in the brides home and have John dressed casual as opposed to his normal suit or shirt & tie? It was great though, after a few minutes your in your routine and the day is almost like every other one....still having the banter with John though as if we were working together.
Elaine was a such a beautiful looking bride....and such a relaxed person to be around on wedding day. There are occasions where you may sense that you have to approach a bride or groom with caution as the occasion of a wedding day can be over whelming, but Elaine and Charles were the complete opposite....I felt that I could have asked them to do somersaults in order to get a good photos, and they would have done it with a heart and a half....always on a winner when you have a couple working with you like that, thanks lads!!
It was super to be working alongside the lads from JMB Videos...also not an easy gig for them....Videographers working for Videographers, knowing your work will be inspected by a very educated camera eye, but they also took everything in their stride and were a treat to work alongside as they always are.
The wonderful flowers in the church were provided by the excellent Geraldine Haire from Ardilaun Flowers while the music that recived a standing ovation was provided by the legendary Frankie Coulihan and Fionnuala Deacy.
After the ceremony (and the rain still coming down), Elaine and Charles called into their local The Anglers Rest Hotel for a sambo and a pint....great to be able to call in to your local in your wedding dress.....something you'll probably never do in your lifetime again unless it's a fancy dress competition at Halloween!!
Elaine and Charles were extremely lucky with how the weather panned out on their wedding day....saturated is one word used to describe how wet I got running from my car to the Anglers Hotel.....and yet when we left it about half an hour later, thankfully the rain has stopped. The drive to Cong was peppered with bonfires for the newlyweds and even better again...the sun came out and what had started as a very wet and windy day, had suddenly turned into a lovely summers afternoon....all good!!
The Lodge was our final port of call and it was great for guests to be in a position to drink their pints outdoors and enjoy the fantastic scenery and views of the Corrib that are on it's doorstep.
I enjoyed listening to Elaine and Charles speeches....a man on a bike could see how happy they both are. It was also lovely listening to John speaking of how lucky they both were to find each other...and indeed John was pulling the heart strings of a lot of guests reminiscing about how he used to carry his little girl upon his shoulders when she was young...and even though she;s turned into a beautiful lady....his shoulder was always there for her!
Pyramid were the cracking band that had the dancefloor hopping for the rest of the night....really good band that I've seen a lot this year and they're top notch at entertaining guests!
Thanks Elaine and Charles for trusting me with your wedding photography....and indeed for being lovely people to be around on a wedding day. I've no doubt that we'll be crossing paths in the near future again.
Images from the day are below and a slideshow can be viewed at the bottom of the page!

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