Friday, October 15, 2010

Shelagh & Robert's Stylish Wedding at Meedin Church and Middleton Park House, County Westmeath, Ireland

Shelagh and Robert got married at the end of September in a sweet, little, old church way out in Westmeath near Tyrellspass. I travelled down an actual real boreen to get there! Her family house was so beautiful and perfect for photographs. Shelagh made an elegant beautiful bride with a classic look that reminded me of the stars of the Fellini films of the 50s.

Shelagh found the absolute coolest car for the wedding... a vintage Ford Zephyr from the 50s. I really love the look of this car in the pictures. So classic, yet fun and retro!

Robert was one of those guys who hates having his picture taken, but you would not know it from the pictures. Here he is hamming it up for the camera with his best man before the ceremony.

And I love the look of happiness as he sees Shelagh for the first time. What a stunning bride! The church in Meedin was great to shoot in. More couples should consider their choices of where to have the ceremony as light-filled neutral-coloured walls are best for photographs.

The car was definitely a highlight of everyone's day as people were posing in front of it at the church.

The reception was held at Middleton Park house in County Westmeath which isn't too far from Tullamore. This house is of historic importance to Ireland and you can read more about its history here:

This is an absolutely stunning place to have a wedding reception in Ireland. It was my first time here and I can't wait to go back again.


To Shelagh and Robert, I wish you all the best in your new life together and thank you so much for allowing me to document the day!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

The European Circus in Newbridge Two Weeks Ago

     My son is four now and had been asking me to take him to the circus that had set up temporarily near Lidl in Newbridge. I figured that 4 would be a good age to go to his first circus as he would be able to sit through an event for more than an hour without getting distracted. I was kind of worried that he might be scared of the clowns or who knows what else though.

I guess I was imagining some Barnum and Bailey type American extravaganza and was pleasantly surprised with the reality of a small European travelling circus. The performers looked a bit ragged and spoke with accented English, but they did entertain quite well for the €14 child and €16 adult admission fees. Here are a few pictures of the performers in the Big Top. Rowan and I liked the bizarre contortionist (who I thought could work for the Cirque Du Soleil if he tried), and the motorcyclists in the cage.