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a destination wedding in ireland

08.09.2011
Last summer the mother of some of my former brides called and asked if I was available on August 6th. I checked my schedule and told her I was. She then asked if I would be willing to travel to Ireland for a wedding. I replied, "Of course!"

She replied, "Great... your hired!" and that was the easiest job I have ever booked!

You see, this was now the 4th (and final) daughter in the Bishop clan to get married. I had shot my first wedding for the family in 1998, then another in 2002 and then again in 2005, so when the youngest got engaged, it was a easy decision for them on who to hire.

I was very excited to shoot in Ireland and it was a wonderful wedding to shoot. Everyone was so welcoming. Of course I already knew the bride's family quite well, but the groom's family showed off their Irish hospitality and the wedding party was a really fun group. The weather was a little iffy as it usually is in Ireland, but we didn't let that stop us from getting some fabulous photos. (We had one cab driver that told us all the TV weathermen should be fired because they never get the forecast right).

Here are a few of my favorite relaxed portraits, amazing details and real moments. Please vote for your faves.

The wedding took place in the town of Galway, which is famous for the Claddagh rings, which stand for love (the heart), friendship (the hands) and loyalty (the crown).

The boys popped into the pub to wet their whistles before the ceremony.


The ceremony took place at St. Joseph's in Galway... and as you can see, it started out a a beautiful day.

The groom is an Irish lad from Mayo County

The bride is an all American girl from Orange County:

It started to rain just as the ceremony was getting under way:

Chuck escorting his last daughter down the aisle:

An hour later, they are man & wife!:

Gorgeous bouquet:

Thankfully it stopped raining for a few minutes so we could shoot some relaxed portraits outdoors:


The reception took place at Ross Castle just outside of Galway:

These are daughters of the bride's sisters (my former brides):

The groom's Mammie & Grandmammie! I love their fascinating fascinators!:

The Bishop sisters. From left to right: Shelley got married in 2002, Loni got married last week, Darcy got married in 1998 and Lindsey tied the knot in 2005:

Hello gorgeous!

It got a little rainy & windy, which made for an exciting time during the portraits:




The reception actually took place in a tent in the courtyard:

The first dance:

A personal note to the Bishop family,

Thank you guys so much for having Keats & I along at this wonderful celebration in Ireland. And I also want to thank you for your faith and trust in me over the years... especially for giving me a chance when I was first starting out. It is so awesome to have watched your family grow and it's inspiring to see how close everyone still is. Congrats to Chuck & Sue for raising 4 wonderful daughters and getting them married off! Cheers!
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