Castle Durrow Wedding Photography – Aoife & John – Winter Wedding

      I arrived particularly early for Aoife & John’s beautiful Castle Durrow Winter wedding and I was so glad I did. The air was dense with fog and a sheen of frost covered the grounds. It was a magical backdrop for a wonderful day. (look at me being all word-fancy)

      I grew up just 2 doors down from Aoife, in Malahide,  and it was a privilege to be asked to shoot her wedding to John. Sadly, Aoife’s father had passed away quite some time ago but she had the beautiful idea of remembering him in a very special way on the day. A piece from one his shirts had been kept and was wrapped lovingly around the stem of Aoife’s bouquet. Chatting after the wedding, Aoife had said she felt like he was with her all day, especially when she was walked up the aisle by her mother, Cora. It also served as her Something Blue! I can’t overstate how moved I was to be part of the day and how privileged I feel to be able to witness such incredibly personal and special moments.

      The ceremony was held in St. Tighearnachs Church and, as it was late November, we were really against the clock to get back to Castle Durrow before the sun left us in darkness. The receiving line was abandoned (always a good idea for Winter Weddings) and we raced back for photos.

      We were so lucky to arrive back to the gorgeous fading winter sunlight and had an absolute blast exploring the grounds and grabbing shots. I was delighted to be joined by the BRILLIANT Emma from Edithouse Films, such a joy to work with.

      OK – so at this point we get to the Chainsaw shot. My legal team have asked me to make a few points clear here. I did not suggest Aoife pick up that chainsaw. We were walking through the grounds, getting shots when I saw it lying in a clearing and jokingly said “Hey – I brought props!” Aoife and John laughed at my joke, as they are contractually obliged to do so. Emma laughed too, which I thought was decent of her as she was under no such legal obligation. John then proceeded to pick up the chainsaw and give it to Aoife. Blame the groom.  I have included a shot demonstrating his liability here (again following legal advice). After we got a couple of quick shots and managed to wrestle the chainsaw off the bride she started laughing and said “John… what am I going to DO with those photos??”  Much laughter, once again.

      The rest of the evening was a giddy blur of happiness. So much happiness.

      A huge thank you to John & Aoife for asking me to join them on their day, it was a pleasure and a privilege. Thanks so much too for your insanely generous gift and feedback!

      “John, where to start? Thank you so much for not only being our photographer on our wedding day, but wedding co-ordinator and calmer! You were incredible on the day, in fact I don’t even remember seeing you in the church or at the speeches but from your amazing photos you captured each moment beautifully. We loved the slideshow and watched it together, it was live reliving the day. It will be on repeat over Christmas!”



      Dress Designer: Caroline Castigliano

      Dress Boutique: Courtyard Prive, Kinsealy

      Bridesmaids Dresses:  Sorella Vita from Jeutonic, Kilkenny 

      Suits: Collar & Cuff

      Hair Stylist: Carla Rose at The Space

      Make Up Artist: Louise McMahon

      Band: Superfly

      Flowers: Joeanna Caffrey

      Videographer: Edithouse




      Beautiful work, everyone should have chainsaws at they’re weddings 😀



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