Kilfenora Wedding

Earlier this year I had the honour of travelling to Kilfenora, Co.Clare to photograph Sinéad and Conor’s wedding. Kilfenora is a small village on the west coast of Ireland located in the beautiful rocky limestone Burren region. The hills around Kilfenora are scattered with rocks and heading further into the Burren reveals fields of rock as far you can see. The landscape is totally unlike anything I’ve seen in Northern Ireland. There are huge hills like the one in the photo below just made up of rock.

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We travelled down a few days prior to the wedding and stayed in the village as it’s a pretty long drive. Once there we took a few trips out in the car to explore the local area. It’s a very remote area with a very rugged landscape, I can’t wait to go back and see it again.

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The wedding ceremony was to be held in the local Church which is situated at one end of the village. After the church ceremony the wedding party and guests would then walk down the main street to Vaughan’s pub located almost at the other end of the street. Here there was a converted barn to the side of the pub which would hold the evening meal and the dancing later. The barn looked fantastic, Sinéad and Conor as well as the whole family put a lot of effort into decoration the room and setting it up for the guests arriving. It became quite a busy spot for tourists as well popping in to have a look. Kilfenora is quite a small place and I’m sure once everyone arrived we added quite a boost to the local population. Kilfenora is also quite popular with tourists due to the tv show Father Ted being filmed in the area. In fact Father Ted’s house is a 15 min drive away from the village and the pub itself Vaughan’s was used in the show.

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The wedding day for me started with visiting the girls getting ready. Shots of make up, hair, shoes as well as heading over the road to the barn to get a few shots of the room and details before it filled up later with the guests. Sinéad and Conor who are from Lurgan had asked Father Byrne, their local priest to officiate the wedding ceremony. The ceremony was lovely with music from Sinéad’s cousins. The taxidermied animals at the alter were quite unusual and became the talking point of the day.

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After the ceremony the bride and groom were followed by the guests to Vaughan’s were there were homemade cocktails and popcorn for the guests as well as the little bar itself for everyone to enjoy. We did a few group photos just down behind the pub with the Burren in the background and then I was back to photographing the guests mingling in and around the pub. Luckily we got a great day for the wedding so people were able to walk around outside. The whole day was a great success, I think everyone had a fantastic time, I know as the photographer I did. The location, the venue and the little touches made it very unique and it was a great wedding to photograph. Have a look through a small selection of the photos from the day below.

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