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Sinead & Joe’s beautiful wedding took place in St Patricks Church, Knockcroghery, Co Roscommon, with reception afterwards in the luxurious Kilronan Castle.  The first thing that struck me when I started the day was the break from the norm in the style of Sinead’s beautiful vintage style dress.  It’s the first of its kind that i’ve come across at weddings, and oh my did the dress suit the weather!  Sinead told me she finally picked her dress from Padanee Bridal Boutique in Carrick on Shannon.  The newly weds really were blessed with the weather on the occasion of their wedding, warm sunshine, and I began to rethink my work clothes!  I usually wear all black to weddings, and it does make it a little warmer for the two weeks of sunshine we experience every year!  The country house was alive with the usual wedding morning buzz of hair and makeup, and building hype, but all nice and relaxed!  Makeup was delicately applied by Ann Kilroe & Hair by Laura Hanlon of Ben Martin Hairdressing.

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When I got to the church in Knockcroghery, the Alter & Aisles were beautifully adorned with the floral creations of the lovely Patricia of Patricia’s Wedding Flowers in Castlerea.  Before I entered the church I could hear the soothing tones of commanding vocals from the exceptionally talented Brenda Grealis.  Brenda is one of the most sought after church singers and musicians in connaught.  I do get to hear her at quite a lot of weddings.  Such a treat!  I met with the groom and his groomsmen and we nipped out to the side of the church for a couple of relaxed pre ceremony portraits, I generally only spend a couple of mins with these shots as the lads usually have enough going through the head at this stage, but Joe was cool as a breeze.  I sported a fine tailored suit from Donnellan & Co Menswear.

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The Ceremony got underway with the arrival of the bubbly bride, who certainly seemed to have a spring in her step, when she hopped out of the vintage car supplied by Smyths wedding cars.  There seemed to be quite a few little people at this wedding and I always find its easier to get a great childs portrait in a candid style, usually if you ask them to stand for a photo you might be as well asking for sun for a month in november!  As soon as we got out of the church the congregation welcomed a cold ice-cream from a vintage bike, supplied by Limerick based High Nellie Bikes.  The scarce summer sun definitely made a job of this addition!  I was offered a small one as we jumped in the car for the drive to Kilronan and I can tell you it was welcomed with open arms!

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We stopped at a wooded location that was in bloom with bluebells and made the perfect spot for a few tender portraits,  so much fun watching Sinead almost hop over the bed of blue, the newlyweds were definitely on a height of highs!  We didn’t have to spend long there, a quick stop at the jetty at the lake just beside Kilronan and we started the long drive into the amazing venue!  We got out and downstairs where brenda was happily keeping the guests entertained with chilled out music from the harp.  After drinks reception while the guests were seating, we couldn’t help but calling into the absolutely stunning spa, again a few quick portraits and we made for the banquet hall, down the long walk through the dark hallway only lit by what seemed like hundreds of candles, this again was something we just couldn’t leave behind.  The beautiful cake was make by Sinead’s sister Ann.

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This time, no speeches meant it was only down to the first dance and catch a few of the first songs.  I generally wait until 3rd or 4th song or so to catch some of the fun, and it sure was a lively start, The Pearls wedding band kicked it off with probably one of the most professional frontmen I have seen at weddings, really done a great job at getting the crowd involved, always makes for great expressions in dancing images.  Dj on the night was Joe Ryan from Party time dj’s, with silent disco after by Silent Disco Ireland into the early hours.

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As always… My pleasure…