LESLEY ANN & DECLAN
This was my second time photographing a wedding at the Moyvalley Hotel and that day reinforced the reasons why it is one of my favourite venues, Balyna House and the beautiful grounds around it are just stunning. Lesley Ann & Declan were such a nice couple and we clicked on our first meeting. On the morning of the wedding, Lesley Ann was really relaxed and there was a fun atmosphere in the kitchen, and lots of laughter with her family and her bridesmaids. I made sure to capture some shots of Lesley Ann & Declan's dog, super cute Juno. The makeup and hair was by Powder Room Girls, with the talented Susan and Valerie and they helped to keep Lesley Ann calm during the preparations. I was delighted that the music for the ceremony was provided by the Lucan Gospel Choir, on obvious choice as Lesley Ann's Mam being a part of it. Not only it gave me plenty of photo opportunities and their singing was both uplifting and moving, it felt like being in a Sister Act movie at one stage! Other suppliers were singer Katie O’Connor who sang during the drinks reception (this is a lovely story: Declan had arranged Katie to be busking on Shop street in Galway while himself and Lesley Ann were there for their anniversary and when they approached Katie, she started to sing Lesley Ann's favourite song ‘Let’s get married’ and Declan then got down on one knee to propose) and Katie also performed the first dance. The brilliant Andy James was the magician at the drinks reception. Bouquets were by Ashling at Fabulous Flowers, Lucan and the videographers were Dreamscapes Wedding Films. Lesley Ann's gorgeous dress was by the Bridal Outlet.
While we were out and about on the grounds for the couple shots, Lesley Ann & Declan's chemistry and connection was so obvious - I have never seen a couple kiss so much! It made it really fun for me and for them. It was truly a memorable day and I also really enjoyed meeting Lesley Ann & Declan for the album handover, I truly felt privileged having captured their special day.