Saturday, August 3rd 2013, took us to the beautiful West Cork, Clonakilty in fact – a place that works perfectly as a backdrop to any wedding, add to this blue skies and white beaches and the sky is the limit.
It all began back in early January, Gemma made contact with me after being bridesmaid at a friends wedding in another venue we had worked in and she saw our images and knew that she wanted herself and Mark’s day captured in a similar fashion. We hit it off from the getgo herself and Mark were on board with just trusting the day to run itself and letting us capture every emotion and moment.
There was a special connection with Dunmore as Gemma spent so much time there as a kid and from that young age was always going to marry there. Therefore we had one very cool but very excited lady about the day ahead. Gemma was at home in Cork and Mark was at home in Bandon, so we split up on the morning to cover both homes.
I travelled with a friend of Gemma’s to Bandon and we went through a deluge of hailstones for most of the journey and my thoughts were only hoping that it would clear for Gemma’s arrival.
Clear it did as we arrived at the beautiful Church of St. Peter’s in Bandon. The present St. Peter’s Church of Ireland building opened in 1849 replaced an earlier church building. The man given the task of officiating was no stranger to Bandon or indeed the religious world in general, The Most Reverend Richard Lionel Clarke, Primate of All Ireland,was based there for several years and returned to officiate knowing the families well.
The ceremony was filled with beautiful words from the Reverend and the most perfect choice in music from the church choir the harmonies and accoustics sending little tingles down lots of spines, which by the way totally reflected our couple.
Gemma & Mark drove themselves from the Church to their reception in Dunmore House,they wanted to do this as they felt that it would be the perfect opportunity for each of them to catch up with the other on their respective mornings and to also have a little quiet time alone considering they had just gotten married.
We loved the idea because it gave us more leeway in getting them to stop on their way down for photographs, the results which you will see were well worth it.
We received an email after the big day that read; “Thank you both for allowing us to stay so relaxed and able to go with the flow throughout the day. Ye were both so fab and it was everything we could have wished for and more.”
Its always a thrill to recieve feedback and compliments from our couples and 99 out of 100 always comment on how relaxed the day was for them with our involvement, which we greatly appreciate. Keith and myself can honestly say that we would have probably said the exact same thing to Gemma & Mark, they were a fabulous couple, took every moment in their stride, were cool, calm and collected from the moment we met them until we said our goodbyes. The prefect day.
Ev & K.