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Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens in Clonakilty is a very special, unique and multi-award winning wedding venue. It is one of my all-time favourite’s and I have photographed well over 50 weddings there.
Here is a selection of Fernhill House Hotel Wedding Photographs I shot between 2019 and 2022.
Fernhill House Hotel is run by the 4th generation of the O’Neill family and is recognized in the industry as one of the most popular and successful indoor and outdoor wedding venues in Cork.
Over the past 10 years, they have focused on expanding their wedding business by creating a series of beautiful gardens in what used to be a pitch and putt course on their grounds.
The gardens feature a unique civil wedding ceremony area for outdoor weddings, and a huge permanent marquee for humanist and spiritualist weddings when the weather won’t allow an outdoor ceremony.
If you have a church wedding and arrive at the hotel afterwards, or if you have your ceremony at the hotel, your drinks reception is held in the marquee, which allows your guests to mingle and explore the gardens with a drink in their hand.
The gardens are designed to have plenty of locations for fabulous wedding photographs. From the formal family portraits to the wedding party shots and the bride and groom’s location shoot, there are lots of options for every season.
There is also space and fantastic light to allow for great candid and reportage shots.
The dining room is in the main hotel building, and Michael Sr. loves to ferry the guests up and down in his super sized golf buggy.
Sometimes brides like to get ready at the hotel on the morning of their wedding, especially if they are having their wedding ceremony on the grounds.
The Woodfield Room in the main hotel is perfect and private for a bride and her bridesmaids to have their hair and makeup done and get ready for the day.
A unique feature of weddings at Fernhill House Hotel, and the icing on the cake for me, is the potential for a night shoot in the gardens after the speeches and dinner are over.
The garden structures, like the bridge, the summer house and the moon gates make fantastic backdrops for sparkler shoots and romantic backlight photographs.
So, if you are looking for a venue that offers every option available to make your wedding day perfect, Fernhill House Hotel is well worth a visit.
Click here to see my Best of 2022 Wedding Photographs