added by Claire
November 27, 2012
In September I flew to County Mayo in Ireland to photograph the beautiful wedding of Alannah and Tom at the stunning Mount Falcon Country Estate.
We arrived in Ireland the day before the wedding to wet, grey, windy weather however not long after arriving at Mount Falcon the weather started to change for the better.
Many of Alannah & Tom's family and friends were already at Mount Falcon as they were celebrating Alannah's father's 60th birthday a couple of days before and gradually throughout the day more guests started to arrive which added to the already great atmosphere. The bride and groom, along with friends and family, were getting the room ready in which the wedding breakfast was to be had. The room was filled with beautiful white flowers, Jo Malone candles, sweets and other gorgeous pretty things.
After we were there for a couple of hours we walked around the estate to find the best places for photographs - which was easy as there were so many beautiful spots! During the evening we went along to the beautiful cathedral in nearby Ballina for a recce and also to join everyone for the rehersal, which was quite moving! After some dinner in town we made our way back to Mount Falcon for a few drinks before leaving Alannah, Tom and their family and friends to enjoy the pre-wedding celebrations.
The morning of the wedding started with the sun shining and me visiting Alannah's room, the bridal suite, which was BIG but it had to be as she had 8 bridesmaids, 2 flower girls and 2 page boys!! Sounds like a bit of a logistical nightmare but actually it was brilliant! Chris, the bride's hairdresser, friend and mum of one of the bridesmaids, did an amazing job keeping everything on time. All the bridesmaids had matching hair styles which looked fantastic.
The bride was calm and enjoying the atmosphere of the morning, and was surprised when she received her groom's gift to her - a beautiful pair of diamond earings that matched her diamond engagement ring.
After a while I made my way to the groom's lodge where he was with his best men and ushers - all chilled out on the sofa watching TV, much to my amusement. Tom had already received his gift from his bride which was a stunning Rolex watch so whilst the boys all started to get ready I photographed the watch and other bits before moving on to document the boys getting ready. They all looked very dapper in their matching Charles Tyrwhitt suits.
Once I had finished, the boys made their way to the pub and I made my way back to the bridal suite to capture the final moments of the bridal preparations.
The bride slipped into her beautiful dress which was from Pronovias and looked absolutely amazing!! Her dress, along with her 100 foot (ok, not quite that long, but it was long) veil suited Alannah perfectly. Nothing could prepare me for one of my favourite moments of a wedding - the moment a bride's father see's his daughter for the first time as a bride. As soon as Alannah's dad saw her he was overwhelmed with pure emotion!! I'm so glad to have captured it as it quite simply 'captured the moment'.
After a few photographs we made our way to the Cathedral - in the rain!
As Tom eagerly awaited the arrival of his beautiful bride, the bridesmaids, flowergirls and page boys made their way up the aisle in pairs. And then it was the moment everyone had been waiting for....the arrival of the bride!
Alannah made her way up the aisle to her smiling groom on the arm of her proud dad. Such a beautiful moment, especially from the balcony as it showed her beautiful dress to full effect - a Princess Diana moment.
The ceremony was beautiful and full of emotion.
The couple made their way down the aisle as husband and wife and made the dash into the car to escape the Irish rain.
We made a dash for it to get back to Mount Falcon to capture their arrival.
Everyone arrived to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst we started on the few requested group photographs and took the oportunity to grab some beautiful photographs with the bride and groom.
It wasn't long before everyone was ushered into the beautiful room for the wedding breakfast. The room was filled with the scent of Jo Malone candles and white hydrangeas.
Once everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner it was time for the emotional speeches - which left many in tears.
A short break followed so everyone could enjoy the sweetie table and cigars before being called back for the first dance by the amazing band.
The celebrations continued long into the night - well, until 7am the following morning to be exact
I left during the dancing to collapse into bed before getting ready to leave the next day.
Typically, the day after there was glorious weather! Such a shame it hadn't happened the day before but it didn't spoil the day, nothing could've spoilt this wedding day. It was perfect, in every way!!
Here are some of my (many) favourite photographs. I loved this wedding and it was such a priviledge to be asked to be a part of it so thank you to Alannah, Tom and their family and friends for having us.
I loved photographing this wedding. I feel priviledged to have captured beautiful memories for Alannah and Tom to cherish forever. We felt part of the celebrations from beginning to end so thank you from us to Alannah and Tom and their family and friends for having us. We wish you all the very best and hope to see you again.