It wasn't until Amy reached out to me in late 2015 that I realized Ireland was on my bucket list. All it took was one Facebook conversation, when Amy popped up in my chat and asked me what many of my friends and acquaintances do: "How do I choose a wedding photographer?!"
Admittedly, this is a much easier question to answer when the wedding in question is local. Regardless of the location, though, I am always happy to help my friends make the best decision for them. I'm not one to push my work on anyone and I never assume that I'm the right photographer for any couple. So my response to this very laid-back and easy-going bride was to research and share a few photographers in Northern Ireland that I thought would do a great job, and to share some recommendations on how to select one. And then, of course... "Or, you could always bring me..." Hint hint, wink wink!
It was almost set in stone just then! Amy LOVED the idea of having a local photographer around for a Madison engagement session, planning throughout the process, and access to products afterwards. And obviously, I loved the idea of having a great excuse to visit Ireland. We decided that my hubby would be my assistant and we began the planning! I learned that I can be a darn efficient packer, as we spent our ten days of traveling with only two carry-on bags each- including camera gear! I thought that was quite the feat, personally!
Amy and Sean chose Ireland as their wedding destination because much of Sean's family lives there. His parents met in Ireland and he spent several years of his youth there. With Amy's family all over the United States, it just made sense that if one side had to travel- they'd travel to Ireland! So many of their friends joined them for the gorgeous celebration and took the opportunity to visit around the country as well; it was a huge and happy event all around. Larchfield Estate was absolutely stunning and even included some Badger red doors to make the Wisconsin guests smile. I could have spent a week in one of the romantic little cottages, strolling the property and surrounding country roads, and just taking in the simple and lovely views in this town just a short drive from Belfast. It was so hard to choose a "reasonable" number of images, so I'm splitting this post in two. Check back for a whole spread of the portraits we created around Northern Ireland the day after the wedding- but for now, enjoy this pretty collection from their Irish wedding day!
If you've read my blog in the past you know I'm obsessed with shoes, right?I could have shot all day in this remodeled master bathroom. SWOON.It was so neat to spend some time with Amy and her maid-of-honor, Fay, who had also hired me for her New Year's Eve wedding to her hubby Nick about five months later. Fay is an experienced MOH and it was very sweet to see these girls together!The veil was Amy's "something borrowed," and it is becoming a tradition in the family. Her niece the flower girl may one day wear it for her own wedding, so I LOVED creating a few images of Maddie with this heirloom in her pretty flower girl dress!Amy's first look with her dad, Pete, was so sweet and wonderful. Pete adores his kids so much, and Amy is his adopted daughter that he couldn't be more proud of. I'm a sap and a sucker for dads, and seeing his daughter dressed up in her wedding gown was an emotional, wonderful moment to be a part of. <3Then it was time for Amy and Sean to officially begin their day together, with another lovely first look and a stroll through the gorgeous gardens of the Irish estate!The early summer colors in this garden were so romantic and lovely. It was one of the prettiest gardens I've seen.We won't talk about the spider that surprised these two in this little hut...These plants seriously made us feel like we were on a Jurassic Park set! Crazy! And so fun!Amy & Sean rented this neat vintage-style car for their day and it could not have been more perfect.The dapper gents!These two adorable hams stole the show all day.The gorgeous lavender bridesmaid dresses went perfectly in the purple blooms of the garden.Next post, I'll share the wedding ceremony and festivities with you! This adventure was just too much fun for one post, so keep your eyes out for the next TWO. Yes, two! You'll absolutely love the sights we enjoyed on our day-after shoot on the coast of Northern Ireland!