Joy and Keith’s wedding photography started in Joys parents house in Kilkenny city where her family had all gathered together to mix the preparations with celebrations. Her sister was back from Australia, her bridesmaids and best friends were having their hair and makeup done and her Dad had the traditional wedding breakfast on, the traditional Irish fry.
The house was a buzz that morning with all hands on board helping out, Mum was helping put the flowers together with Joys sister, Joy and her bridesmaid’s hair was being done by Danielle, a work colleague from Envy hair salon where Joy works.
Joys makeup was done by Sherise of Contour by Sherise, a very talented makeup artist based in the southeast of Ireland.
As usual, I blended into the background and captured the morning as the morning unfolded including the joy, smiles, tears and all those other happy moments and emotions that make a wedding morning.
Kilkenny is such a compact city and Joys parents house was just around the corner from Rothe House where Joy & Keith were getting married that day so instead of travelling the traditional way in a wedding car Joy and her Dad walked the 5 mins to Rothe house through the side streets of Kilkenny, stopping on the way in their local pub to have a drink with her Dad before he walked her up the aisle to the other man in her life, her groom to be Keith.
Whilst Joy had a drink with her Dad beforehand Keith was kept company by his family and friends in the courtyard of Rothe house. A house built in the late 1500’s and early 1600’s by the well-known merchant, landlord and Mayor of Kilkenny, John Rothe Fitz Piers, his wife Rose, and their eleven children.
The word then came that Joy and her bridesmaids had arrived and all her guests were sent into another stunning room in Rothe house where the ceremony was to take place, this beautiful four hundred year old room was the perfect setting to Joy and Keith’s wedding ceremony.
Whilst Keith waited with excitement and of course a little bit of nervousness, Joy was walked into the room led by her Bridesmaids and accompanied by her Dad who walked her up to her husband to be Keith.
The ceremony was a civil ceremony and lasted 15 mins so in no time Keith and Joy were pronounced Man and Wife and walked hand in hand as husband and wife back out to the courtyard to have celebratory drinks with their guests and family.
As I do with every wedding, I put a plan in place before the wedding day and a couple of days previous I had met with Keith & Joy at Rothe house and discussed schedules, family photos, couple photos and where is best to do these photos, that location was the gardens on the higher level of Rothe house. Joy had an ice-cream van there to bring some nostalgia and a nice way to cool down in the sunshine, it seemed the ice-cream van was more popular than the beverages and soon and queue formed for the ice-cream.
I took this opportunity to take the family group shots and as always had this done in 10 to 15 mins, it’s important to me to have this done in the most convent way to my client and their guests and not have their day taken over with a photoshoot.
Keith & Joys couple photos were done as we moved from the garden back down, starting with the top garden and placing the wedding couple in between the apple trees and as we travelled back down to make our way to the hotel reception we used other location that we pre-agreed on the days before when we had our pre-wedding meeting.
As mentioned before Kilkenny is such a compact medieval city with everything very close by, so this time the Bride and Groom, their bridal party and all the guest took the short 15 min walk across Kilkenny to the wedding reception hotel, Langton’s.
They got a lot of attention on the walk over through this busy area with many people stopping to congratulate with even a busker playing alongside them as they walked over the bridge to Langton’s Hotel Kilkenny to have their meal in the Set Theatre at Langton’s hotel.
These moments are perfect for me from a photography point of view as I can blend into the background and record those real memories that happen, I often say to my clients “ Its in 10, 20 and more years when memory has faded just a little that these photos will tell the story of your day and will also be passed to kids and grandkids to show them their grandparents so its best to keep it real and record the actual events leaving real moment with emotion in them for the generations to come.
The setting for the meal was the Theatre in Langton’s and a really lovely place to have a wedding meal, it’s intimate and has the feel of a theatre with the lighting dramatic and moody, this is the same room the night ended with Joy and Keith having their first dance by their favourite band hermitage green’s song magnificent in which I included in their slideshow, which I have included underneath the selection of images that I selected to give you a feel of the day.