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Posted on Aug 12, 2015

My 2nd Ireland Wedding was held at a GORGEOUS Cathedral in Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland on June 19, 2015!

Allen & Michelle are two of the sweetest people & it was SUCH an honor to have been part of their Big Day!

Tuam is a small city just outside of Galway {about 30 minutes away} & the Cathedral of Assumption where Allen & Michelle were Married is just Stunning!

 At every Wedding, I was always SO impressed with Irish Wedding Fashion!

{People REALLY dress up & I LOVED photographing them!} 😉

The Cathedral & the grounds surrounding it were absolutely Gorgeous & provided lots of lovely options for Family/Bridal Party Photographs after the Ceremony!

*{AND the rain stopped just long enough for us to get some great shots!}*

Along the procession route between the Ceremony and Reception, I got to witness another really sweet Irish Wedding Tradition unique to the West of Ireland!

A roadside Bon-Fire!!!

Ireland’s kinda small & in the small towns & villages {and sometimes even in the cities} everyone knows each other & when someone get’s Married, everyone in town knows it!!!

So, the locals will sometimes set roadside bon-fires along the procession route to Congratulate the Newlyweds who are on their way to their Reception!

Allen & Michelle had a BIG, Beautiful Reception following their Ceremony at Ard Ri House Hotel & I think I might’ve had as much Fun Photographing this Wedding as their Guests had attending! 😉

Enjoy!

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Allen & Michelle – Thank You SO Much for allowing me to be part of such an incredibly special day for the two of you!

Congratulations & Best Wishes for a Long & Happy Life together!

XOX

Brittany

Posted on Aug 03, 2015

If you’re wondering where I’ve been & what I’ve been up to this summer & why haven’t I been working…

After Andrew & Abbie’s Wilmington Destination Wedding in early June, I left the States & spent a month & a half in Ireland where I did some consulting work for a pair of Wedding Photographers from Co. Galway, Ireland & I photographed THREE Weddings in Ireland while I was at it! 🙂

While I was in Ireland, I was still taking care of business remotely!

I edited Andrew & Abbie’s Wedding Photos, answered emails, corresponded with clients & booked Fall, Winter & Spring 2016 Weddings!!!

So, I WAS working, just not in Asheville! 😉

I LOVED every, single second of my time in Ireland & one of my fondest memories was my very first Irish Wedding!

Tommy & Michelle were Married on June 12th, 2015

{three days after I landed in Ireland}!

It was SO neat to experience Irish marriage traditions, they’re similar to American traditions but there are some big differences to note:

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While many American’s choose to tie the knot in venue’s beyond a church {mountain tops, barns, gardens, country clubs, resorts & other lavish venues created specifically for Weddings}

1. The Irish typically get Married in Churches or Cathedrals.

While many American Wedding Ceremonies are finished in 20 minutes {tops}

2. The Irish take part in a Wedding Day {full} Mass where Ceremonies typically last about an hour, give or take!

Because of this, one gets the sense that the commitment is more serious somehow…

While American Wedding guests tend to dress a little more casual-dressy for Weddings

3. The Irish really go ALL OUT!!! It’s like a Fashion Show! 😉

{3-4 piece suits, beautiful dresses with the perfect hat & bag to match & sky high heels!}

 American’s throw big parties after the Ceremony to Celebrate – called ‘Receptions’

4. The Irish throw BIG PARTIES after the Ceremony to Celebrate – called ‘Afters’

While American Weddings are about the Couple & Celebrating the union with family & friends

5. The Irish make Wedding Day more centered around Family & the joining of Families…

it’s difficult to explain, it somehow just {feels} more family centered.

More about that on the next post {Allen & Michelle’s Tuam, Ireland Wedding, later this week!} 🙂

For now, enjoy a few images from Tommy & Michelle’s Big Day!

Reception Venu: Lough Rea Hotel & Spa

XOX

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*Cheers*

Tommy & Michelle  – Thank You SO Much for having me be part of such an incredibly special day for the two of you & your families!

Best Wishes for a Long & Happy Life together!

xox

Brittany