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Brides in the Forest

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Brides in the Forest

A few weeks ago, a few friends and I took a trip out to Gouganne Barra to take a look at this beautiful forest park, located in west Cork. We had planned to return there again with models to shoot some bridal environmental portraits, and only recently got the chance to do so. With us, we had three models; Cornelia, Eshana & Paulina, and a team of lovely individuals that helped ferry us around, hold reflectors and touch up hair and make up! We were lucky enough to have been given a selection of vintage style wedding dresses that we wanted to photograph in a beautiful location, and where better than Gougane Barra.

We were also accompanied by the incredibly well dressed Barney, a Jack Russell/Chihuahua breed who garnered all the attention of the photo shoot for the whole day. And who can blame them, he had his bow tie half undone as if he was ready to dance the night away at the reception! We wondered around numerous locations within the central part of the park and also shot around the tried and tested St Finbarr's Oratory.

The park offers so many beautiful secluded spots, that it is easy to take the time away to have photographs taken in a relaxed atmosphere. Some of my favourite images are below, particularly this black & white image of Cornelia as she dips her toes in the waters of the lake.

If you are interested in shooting wedding images or even engagement images similar to these, contact me to find out more as this truly is an amazing spot to capture you and your partners special moments.

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Sadya & Zubans Wedding Reception

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Sadya & Zubans Wedding Reception

Zuby & Sadya

On the last weekend of May I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph a wedding reception at the Carrigaline Court Hotel. I've never shot a non native event like this before, but to take on something as culturally different as this was a great opportunity. Initially I had been asked for a small bit of coverage for just a couple of hours but the day was so full of family and celebrations I had to spend the entire day there to capture everything!

The lovely couple were Sadya and Zuban and actually had their wedding ceremony itself in Manchester a few days previously. As is tradition in Pakistani or Indian weddings, the ceremony itself occurs in the home town of the bride featuring predominantly the brides family. As Zuban is from Cork, his family and close friends were present at this reception event so another chance for everyone to get together and celebrate!

As usual, I arrived at the venue early to get an idea of where all the best spots to grab photographs would be. Thankfully the foyer in the hotel is nice and bright and we were incredibly lucky that the weather was amazing for the entire day. 

Sadya's dress was highly impressive. The amount of detail and design it had was incredible and they told me it was a weighty 15kgs! 

After the main reception dinner we took a short drive out towards Crosshaven to get some portraits of the Bride and Groom. I'm incredibly happy how these turned out, again, lucky that the weather held out for the rest of the evening to capture these beautiful images.  

I wish both Sadya and Zuban a happy future together and thank them again for letting me capture their special day. 

Update: During the wedding reception, I was made aware of Zuban's father's illness and I unfortunately heard recently of his passing shortly after the wedding. My sincerest sympathies to Zuban and his family. May he Rest in Peace.

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