Small Wedding & Elopement Photographer

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The 3 Hour Wedding

I started to photograph small intimate weddings when the Covid restrictions would only allow 25 or 50 guests and there was no option to go to a reception afterwards. 3 hours of photography coverage was enough to cover everything, and I found that I really liked doing them, so I kept them on as an option when the restrictions were lifted.

Elopement Photography

Some people refer to small weddings as elopements, but elopements tend to have very few people there, sometimes just the bride and groom, the celebrant and the photographer. I have often been the witness too and the couple have asked a passer-by or the hotel coordinator to be the other witness!

Intimate Wedding Photography

A lot of couples don’t want to have the huge wedding experience, with 150+ guests and photography and videography all day. With the popularity today of Civil Ceremonies rather that Church Weddings, there is a trend now for weddings in held in restaurants or on farms and family homes where the photography of the main elements of the day are enough for the couple. 

Short Wedding Day Photographs

I like to arrive about 30 minutes before the ceremony is due to begin and start with some photographs of the groom and his party. Then I move on to where the bride is waiting and take some portraits of her with her family and bridesmaids.

The ceremony takes around 30 minutes and couples often have a greeting line with their guests afterwards. A lot of photographs are taken during this period when there is lots of movement and emotion, especially during the brides entrance, the readings, the vows, the newly married couple’s exit and the congratulations from families and friends.

After the Wedding Ceremony

Afterwards the guests will head to the drinks reception and I will gather the two families for the formal family photographs. This takes about 20 minutes to complete and then the families can relax while I take more casual photos of the couple and their guests enjoying the party.

When I have about 40 minutes left of the 3 hours, I will take the bride and groom and the wedding party off for some photographs and I will finish off with some romantic location photographs of the bride and groom together.

At the end, I grab any last photographs the couple would like with family and friends and let everybody get on with the party and dinner.

I will deliver a “Sneak Peek” selection to my couple within 48 hours and their full set of edited images will be ready in around a month.

I have added 60 photographs from a total of 430 edited images that I delivered to my couple

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Small Wedding & Elopement Photographer for Cork and Kerry

Wedding & Elopement Photographer based in West Cork, Cork County & Munster

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