Castle Durrow Wedding Portraits

Castle Durrow Small Intimate Wedding

Castle Durrow Wedding – Small Intimate

Small and Intimate Castle Durrow Wedding was planned when Indre and Keith reached out to me a year before their wedding day. The day was originally set to be in October but it had to postponed to December due to the situation globally. Thankfully the couple had always planned an intimate small wedding, which made it easier to manage.

How did you guys meet?
We met at work few years ago and started our love story from distance. I was living in Mullingar and Keith in Limerick. Keith used to visit me few times a week and drive these 2,5 hours journey just to see me for few hours. I remember my dad said – Indre, Keith loves you.. this man travels so much just to see you for few hours and back.

How and when did you get engaged?
Keith proposed on Christmas 2019 with Teja (our daughter) he had her t-shirt ready and asked her to go to mammy and bring little box… when Teja came to me I saw t-shirt with words – “Mammy will you marry my daddy” and then Keith got on one knee. It was so magical…

Describe the Theme of Your Wedding Day
Our Wedding day was planed for 8th October 2020, but because of COVID all was cancelled 2 days before wedding day…. Was really difficult and I didn’t want any wedding by this stage… but Keith asked me to give one more chance and we arranged one more date which one was 5th of December 2020. Theme of wedding was “Pink Princess Castle”, but in the end it became Christmas wedding with pink details 🙂

The Venue

I came in earlier that morning and fell in love with the Wedding Venue at Castle Durrow. It was beautifully decorated in time for the Christmas celebrations.

Morning Preparations

Morning preparations were in a glorious room that was very spacious and magnificent.

Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was very much “to the point” as the bride and groom had their friend to be their Humanist

Family Photos

Family photos were done at the back of the house.


Reception was beautiful, could not describe it in any other way.


Wedding Sparklers

First Dance

With a Spotify Playlist on (because no live music permitted) the couple had a lovely first dance.

Wedding Video Highlights


A piece of advice for future brides?

No matter what.. just go with your gut! Small wedding with 25 people is amazing and we do not regret we’ve done it!

Wedding budget tips

Because the Wedding was small and intimate, some elements of the wedding could be done by bride. Kept the wedding cost lower and price per person. You can request their wedding brochure by getting in touch.

Tankardstown House Wedding

Wedding at Tankardstown House

As in Ireland Wedding Photographer, I must say that Tankardstown house is one of those most stunning wedding Venues in Ireland. The light is gorgeous and the beautiful garden fits perfectly in every single shot! 

If you are planning to get married at Tankardstown house for an indoor or an outdoor ceremony and have no clear idea about where to celebrate your wedding in Meath, take my word that this is a perfect place for it. Even in a rainy days the light filled orangery provides a lot of daylight and is super spacious.

Tankardstown house is one of those super wedding venues that was transformed magnificently into an absolute beauty. For winter weddings - the fireplaces in the rooms at the main house combine like nothing else - a super warm, fantastic and festive atmosphere. Offering a complete blank canvas style space for the couples. Their famous Orangery is an amazing option on a rainy day, or winter.

The wedding started on a beautiful Spring sunny day, where at 9am in the morning it was nice and crisp. Outdoor Weddings are always a joy for any wedding photographer that loves capturing natural frames and this was an outdoor wedding, which I was very much looking forward to. 

rather than a traditional cake cutting shot, Khaiyisha and Neill decided to come up with a very interesting and photographically challenging idea of lighting lanterns with their close family and guests. OMG this moment was sooo magical! I still remember the calmed and loving atmosphere ant the deep emotions that they both had while doing this together. 

Definitely one of the most memorable weddings I've photographed. And I could not thank both Khaiyisha and Neill enough for trusting me in capturing their memories. Also I want to give a massive "Thank You" to all the wedding suppliers involved, who did a superb job in looking after the newlyweds.

The Venue

18th Century House and Gardens that are magnificently turned into one of Meath’s TOP Wedding Venues. Perhaps also one of the best in Ireland? Tankardstown House capacity is 50 to 250 guests. The venue is exclusive to the couple that hire it for their special day. They are working hard to make your day special and they do a great job on it. I guess there are many things that could be listed when speaking of Tankardstown House as a wedding venue and the reviews are great from past couples. One of the most important values is their attention to detail, food and perfectionism for those that like their day just perfect!

Morning Preparations at the Boyne House Slane

Here the bride and groom planned to get ready in the same place (apart, but close). The Boyne House in Slane, Co Meath offers a cozy ambiance that fits somehow between being timeless and dreamlike at the same time, it is just unique. The natural light coming from the windows is soothing and evenly spread out, making everything look just beautiful. Catching candids of her hair and makeup was superb, and the house offers a lot of creative freedom for moving around and creating lovely compositions that enhance the storytelling vibe of the final batch. And I might have spent too much time shooting the dress, but I simply couldn’t resist that warm and soothing light.

The Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

The magical outdoor ceremony was setup in the garden. Emotional wedding promises from both the bride and groom.

Family Photos

Family photos are very important part of every wedding, although not many people think they are exciting. I can tell – they can be fun and efficient if planned to be so. Here at the Tankardstown wedding grounds we had a planned list of family members to attend to family photo part and we had lots of fun and relaxed picture taking.

Portraits at Tankardstown Gardens

Tankardstown house is endless for doing wedding portraits as the possibilities are truly endless. They have massive tall trees, that look stunning and majestic in any weather conditions. The well maintained gardens create a perfect backdrop for high variety of photographs. The interesting thing is that you actually do not need to spend much time with your wedding photographer doing portraits as it is all there within 2 minutes of a walk, out of sight of guests. This gives the couple to have their own little break, while having a walk around the gardens and capturing stunning portraits.

Wedding Reception

The space at the house provide a very warm welcoming atmosphere. Open plan terrace for those days that are warmer and comfortable atmosphere inside the house on a wet days. On a spring day like this, the weather was fabulous and guests could enjoy their drinks outside. Orangery was decorated for the dinner and there was a lot of day light coming from the glass roof, which is providing extra spacious feel.


Lanterns in the Evening

Lanterns were the choice for the newlyweds instead of traditional cake cutting. This created such a warm atmosphere with everyone around enjoying this moment.

First Dance

Wedding Details, Supplier Info

Hotel night before: Boyne House Slane
Wedding Dress: Frieda Designers Dress
Makeup MUA: Fiona Harrison
Ceremony Singers: Julien and John
Wedding Band: The Great Escape Wedding Band
Wedding Vintage Car: KPCD Wedding Cars

Wedding Venue Information

Official Website:
Phone Number: 041 98 24621
Address: Rathkenny, Slane, Co. Meath, C15 D535, Ireland


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Lyrath Estate Wedding Portraits at the pier

Lyrath Estate Country House Wedding, Kilkenny

Lyrath Estate Country House Wedding, Kilkenny

or “Christmas Fairyland Wedding”

If there was an award for the most emotion and love seen at a wedding, then Lorraine and Padraig’s winter wedding at Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny would definitely be on the shortlist to win the prize. This was such a beautiful day, so full of love, laughter and happy tears. For a documentary wedding photographer like myself, who lives for capturing genuine heartfelt moments. This wedding was an absolute pleasure to be a part of.

Lorraine and Padraig are such a brilliant couple and couldn’t have made me feel more welcome. Add to that the Lyrath Estate, a really beautiful wedding venue in Kilkenny. Amazing winter crisp weather (it was one of the those crisp winter days with blue skies and the sun shining). This was a wedding that really did have everything – including super cute flower girls!

Thank you so much to you both for asking me to be your wedding photographer. It has been so nice getting to know you both and I wish you both a very long and happy marriage together. Which I know it will be.

Here are just a few of my favourite shots from your amazing winter wedding day.

The Wedding Venue (Old House)

Beautiful Lyrath Estate Country House was the choice for the wedding venue for the bride and groom. Long ago Lorraine was dreaming to have their wedding happen at this Venue as it has it’s magnificence and charm that some venues might be missing. A perfect wedding venue with beautiful grounds and gorgeous sunsets.

The venue capacity is up to 250 guests and the reviews are great from past wedding couples

Lorraine and Padraig’s love story blossomed at the Galway Races in 2016, a chance encounter at the popular summer races in the west of Ireland bringing them together.

They were dating just three years when Padraig popped the question, the romantic backdrop of the Amalfi coast forever more a special place in the story of their lives.

The trip was a surprise present for Lorraine’s 30th birthday and little did she know there was something a little extra – and sparkly! – patiently waiting for her upon landing in Italy.

Morning Preparations

Georgeous Riki Dalal designer wedding dress and wedding details, accessories. LouBoutin wedding shoes and amazing accessories.

The Ceremony

The wedding ceremony took place in Tullaroan Town, hometown of the bride.

Bride and Groom Portraits

The grounds of the venue are perfect for portraits and there are so many photos we could take here. The possibilities were endless but we picked this location for portraits and at the Old house, by the river. Tip for Winter Weddings – at winter weddings the sun sets quite early, so we had to be quick before it got too dark.

Family Photos and Bridal Party

Family photos during a wedding are one of the most important photos to take and it can be fun too! The key to fun wedding family photos is having them planned and efficient!

Wedding Reception

What can I say – beautiful decorations, flowers, atmosphere and space.

Wedding Sparklers

The couple decided to do a Sparkle Entry and it was also magical. Tip: if you are planning sparklers on your wedding – make sure you get the extra long ones.

First Dance

Beautiful music. Loving atmosphere and emotion filled wedding moment. Bride and her mum after the first dance.

Wedding Details

Venue: Lyrath Estate Wedding Venue 
Band: All Talk Wedding Band 
Photographer: Arthur Zukayev Wedding Photographer
Invitation Designer Website Kilkenny Design and Graphics LTD
Dress Designer: Riki Dalal bought at De Stafford Ireland Bridal Shop
Videographer: Robin Wallace Video
Makeup Artist/ MUA: Kate McCormack Makeup
Hair Stylist: Aisling Pollard Hair

Venue Details

Official Website:
Phone Number: +353 56776 0088
Address: Lyrath Estate, Paulstown Road, Kilkenny R95 F685, Ireland

Real Weddings: Lorraine & Padraig’s picture perfect winter wonderland wedding

The Dunloe Wedding, Gougane Barra Ceremony

Morning at The Gougane Barra

All in all an absolutely incredible day. Here are just a few of my favourite photographs from the wedding at The Dunloe Hotel and Beautiful Gougane Barra.

Also – I am very thankful to the bride and groom for letting me be part of their special day.

Intimate Wedding Ceremony

Wedding ceremonies are always special in Gougane Barra, which is why so many people love it. I fell in love with this magical place too. It has a true Irish character and calming atmosphere is made for a beautiful intimate wedding ceremony.

Family Photos and Portraits

Reception at The Dunloe Hotel

The reception at Dunloe Hotel Weddings in Kerry, indeed one of the best 5-star luxury wedding venues in Ireland. It was nothing else but perfect – couldn’t describe it otherwise. It was an honour to be doing wedding photography part of such a beautiful day.

The Dunloe Hotel and Gardens is a luxury 5-Star event and wedding venue in Killarney, Co Kerry. It is a relatively new venue, having only re-opened their doors in July 2018 after renovation. It is located in acres of beautiful countryside, just by the side of the most beautiful places in Ireland. Very close to the Ring of Kerry.

The grounds at Dunloe Hotel is great for photos. I especially loved the trees and fields with horses, it is extremely photogenic and great opportunities for fabulous portraits.

Speeches + Profiteroles

First Dance

Newpark Hotel Wedding- Kilkenny | L+N

Newpark Hotel Wedding in Kilkenny

The bride and groom were a charming, loving couple, and it was such a delight to work with them. Kilkenny based wedding with a beautiful couple and lovely guests. Wedding prep and ceremony took place in a Roman Catholic Church, Tullaroan, Kilkenny. Followed by a beautiful location at Kilkenny Castle and wedding reception at Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Rd, Newpark Lower, Kilkenny.

…the story began when the couple got engaged back December 2016. Christmas day proposal! This is cool 🙂 They decided to have their wedding 18 months later after engagement.

Morning Preparations

Morning preparations were in a Town of Tullaroan, Kilkenny where they also had a church ceremony at Church.

Wedding Ceremony

Portraits at Kilkenny Castle

After the ceremony we went for a bridal party and the couple photos to Kilkenny castle – the famous Castle 🙂

Reception at Newpark Hotel

The venue has forty acres of parkland and with award-winning landscaped gardens, the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny provides an opulent and perfect backdrop for a wedding day. A bit of a fact – the first ever wedding reception was held at the Newpark Hotel in 1966 and therefore the staff are very experienced in looking after and assisting newlyweds on their most important day.

First Dance

Wedding Details