Happy, lucky new shoes!!

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I have to be one of the biggest walking advertisements for Converse, I love them, I would probably wear them to my own wedding if I could. (Could be an idea..) Until that special day comes, I will wear them to my clients weddings. These will be my happy, lucky new wedding shoes.

My new wedding shoes would be a mark of a another year in the wedding photography business, a symbol of luck as well as a funky little accessory to my work attire.

I am a symbolic person. I believe that these little pink ladies are going to take me on a journey I will never forget. Who knows if they will last the whole year. I am certain though, when I look at them at the end if the year, all worn through, I will have fond memories of the beautiful people I have met, the stunning places I have seen and the countless things I have learnt that will make me a better photographer.

Roll on 2018!If you would like to enquire about availability and wedding packages please click on this link, I would love to hear from you. Contact

 

Wedding at Harvey’s Point, Donegal – Catherine and Joe

Catherine and Joe are two of the most laid back people I have met working in this profession. From the minute I met them I knew by their relaxed demeanor that this wedding at Harvey’s Point, Donegal was going to have a completely chilled out vibe to it.

There I was harping on about where I came from and why I love photography when Joe interupted me and said, “Dena, you can stop now, we are happy to have you as our photographer, we love your work.” They went on to explain that all they wanted was someone to capture the day as it was, with as little posing as possible. That’s me all over as a photographer, I love being in the background and documenting all the magic unfold.

Harvey’s Point in Donegal was the wedding venue so, not having been there before, it was a perfect excuse to drag my boyfriend there for a ‘recce’ shoot ahead of the big day.

What a magical place! Set in the middle of the mountains right next to Lough Esk, the feeling for pure escapism is overwhelming. Harvey’s Point exudes elegance and luxury. The staff treat you like royalty yet at the same time make you feel as if you are their close friends. We loved it so much, we have booked it again this year for our anniversary so it’s no wonder Catherine and Joe chose Harvey’s Point for their wedding day.

The morning of the wedding was perfect. Catherine, calmly getting ready in her parents home whilst her lovely little niece fluttered around the house, enchanting everyone around her with her excitement. Joe, waiting patiently at Harvey’s Point , chatting to all around him, not an ounce of nerves to be felt anywhere. Catherine looked just like a princess walking down the aisle. After an incredibly organized and effortless ceremony we were blessed with beautiful winter light to shoot our portraits both at the pier of Harvey’s and then up the hills, looking down on Lough Esk. Fair play to them, it was freezing up there but they pushed through like troopers.

Even though it was clearly evident already, the speeches proved that these two were made for each other. The rest of the night was full of dancing, laugher and happiness.

Thank you Joe and Catherine for allowing me to be a part of such a beautiful day. I wish you all the happiness in the world. xxx

Winter Wedding at Harvey's Point, Donegal

Winter Wedding at Harvey's Point, Donegal

Winter Wedding at Harvey's Point, Donegal

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Venue: Harvey’s Point, Donegal

Dress: Mc Elhinneys Store

Bridesmaids and suits: Mc Elhinneys Store

Flowers: Funky Flowers

Hair: Marie McDaid

Make-Up: Annemarie Carolan

DJ: Velvet DJ’s

 

 

 

Wedding at The Bellinter House, Sibéal and Rob

It all started in 2006 in a 6th year Math’s class for Sibéal and Rob. Their teenage romance blossomed into a beautiful relationship and their mutual zest for life led them to travel Asia and Australia in 2011. By 2012 they had fallen in love with beautiful Australia and decided to settle in Sydney for five and a half years.

Rob proposed on a weekend break in Tasmania and they planned to come back to Ireland not only to get married but to return home for good.

This wedding was a ceremony of two beautiful people committing their lives together as well as an emotional welcome home to Ireland that they had left so many years ago.

To say that all this was so evident on the faces of family and friends would be an understatement.

The excitement started to build up in both Sibeal’s and Rob’s homes as they were getting ready and once at the beautiful St Sylvester’s Church in Malahide, it was evident that the guests were so appreciative to have these two back in their lives again.

The reception followed in the fabulous Bellinter House in Navan. For portraits we made the most of what Bellinter House has to offer and walked all over the grounds ending with final shots in a few of their uniquely designed rooms.

Speeches were filled with jokes and laughter followed by an amorous First Dance under the stars on the grounds of Bellinter. Sparklers, Candles and John Legend created a romantic scene for Sibeal and Rob to dance together for the first time as husband and wife. Don’t even get me started on the Father and Daughter dance that followed!

The day was magic from beginning to end. Welcome home Sibeal and Rob. Wishing you a wonderful life together.

Dena xx

 

 

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Video: Paul Barker Old Pine Films

Ceremony Music: Oak Music Ireland

Band: Hitmen Trio

Hair: Sian Sharkey

Make-up: Michelle Regazolli Mrs Make-up

Flowers: Flowers by Moira

Rings: GS Diamonds

Suits: Love Suits

Dress: The Town Bride

Bridal Party wear: Pamela Scott

Cake: Shannon Herlihy

Wedding at The Cliff Townhouse, Sarah and Dave

Sarah and Dave’s wedding at the Cliff Townhouse, wow!!! That’s all I can say, Every part of the venue oozes style and class-it’s just a perfect venue for a an intimate city centre wedding.

Preparation:

Choosing the unconventional approach of getting ready for their wedding whilst popping into each of their rooms for a laugh and a chat, the atmosphere was relaxed and jovial. Sarah and her bridesmaids enjoyed the final part of their preparations together whilst the groom and his family and friends went off to Cafe en Seine for a pre-wedding pint.

Ceremony:

A civil ceremony took place in the beautiful Ceremony room upstairs followed by dinner and drinks. Portraits in the lovely St. Stephens Green were followed by everyone singing and dancing away to the talented Manilla Strings who never cease to amaze me.

Fun:

The out come was a 1920’s Speak Easy feel to the whole day matched with two incredibly lovely people and their favourite people. Congrats Sarah and Dave, your wedding at the Cliff Townhouse was one to remember.

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Thanks David Duignan for assisting and second shooting with me, best photog buddy!!

 

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Flowers: Irish Flowers.ie

Make up: Charlotte Tilbury in Brown Thomas

Rings: David Cullen Jewellers

Wedding Dress: Ben de Lisi

Band: Manilla Strings

The Beaufield Mews, Rebecca and David

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For our Engagement Shoot session I chose The Iveagh Gardens in Dublin City Center. I love it! It is small, easy to get around, quiet in the mornings and the vegetation is ever changing which makes for unique portraits every single time.

The Engagement Shoot is a crucial part of my Wedding Photography Package, as it is the time where we can all break the ice, get to know each other and have a laugh. Most importantly though, this is the time when my clients have the opportunity at a ‘practice run’ ahead of the big day.

Rebecca and David’s love for each other just shone through every single shot and I was delighted with the results.

Their wedding took place in the lovely Beaufield Mews. Being the oldest restaurant in Dublin it boasts beautiful old walls and wooden features, a stunning Garden and don’t even get me started on their Vintage Tea Cocktail Room! The staff bent over backwards for everyone involved, including myself. There is certainly great care and attention put into this lovely little Gem.

An intimate civil ceremony united Rebecca from Berlin and David from Dublin and the unanimous love for this couple reverberated around the room.

It was such a pleasure to be a part of this special day. Thank you so much Rebecca and David, I hope you find great happiness when going back on your photographs for years to come.

Dena x

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Yvonne and Efka

The Wedding of Yvonne and Evaldas “Efka” Cekanauskas

 

Yvonne and Efka crystalised their beautiful relationship on 25th June 2016 with their stunning wedding at the Church of the Nativity in Kilmessan followed by a reception in the elegant and luxurious surroundings of the Station House Hotel.

 

Having spent the previous six, wonderful years together, purchasing their house and creating a happy loving home with their beautiful daughter Keelin, tying the knot was the natural next chapter for Yvonne and Efka.

 

Making sure to follow proper protocol in these matters, Efka first ensured he had Keelin’s blessing by asking her for her Mother’s hand in marriage! Upon securing this important endorsement, Efka and Keelin set about planning the proposal. True to the spirit of fun (and practical joking!) that pervades their family, Yvonne was surprised on her birthday with her stunning engagement ring hidden away in a Pennies bag!

 

The picturesque, little Church of the Nativity hosted the charming ceremony, attended by the couple’s wide group of family and friends, including Efka’s family who arrived from his home country of Lithuania bringing with them an abundance of laughter, energy and joy. Onward to the reception at the Station House Hotel, the day was a kaleidoscope of beauty and cheer, love and laughter, not to mention more than a few tears (my own included!) throughout the incredibly poignant speeches.

 

To have been invited to capture this incredible wedding was truly an honor and I am thrilled that I was part of such a special day for Yvonne and Efka. To say my task was made all the easier by working with such a beautiful couple would be to understate it.

 

Yvonne and Efka, you are a gorgeous couple and I wish Keelin and you both every happiness throughout your lives together.

 

“A month on today from our wedding, and we are so grateful that we have such amazing photographs to remind us of what a great day it was. We are delighted to have found such a great photographer, who was so easy to work with, and was so accomodating with regard to our requests. Dena’s cool, calm and collected personality allowed us to feel confident that she knew exactly what she was doing and wow did she deliver! From our first meeting to our last, Dena was such a pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who is considering booking a photographer for their wedding! Thank you Dena!!” Yvonne Davis Cekanauskas

 

Hair: Jolene McCarthy @jolenehairroom

Make-up: Michelle Regazolli

Flowers: Justines (Blanch Village)

Music: Vetra,

Laura Bolger

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Video: Youandme.ie

Venue: Station House Hotel

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