Fernhill House Hotel Weddings

Fernhill House Hotel Weddings

Fernhill House Hotel and Gardens in Clonakilty is a very special and unique wedding venue. It is one of my all time favourites and I have photographed over 50 weddings there.

Here is a selection of photographs from weddings I shot there in 2019

Fernhill House Hotel Weddings

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 wedding venues in Cork.

In 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 for your guests is held in the marquee, which allows them 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 grooms 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 function 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, the moon gate and the fountain make fantastic backdrops sparkler shoots and romantic backlight photographs.

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