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Radisson Blu Stillorgan Wedding, Dublin | Ciara & Gavin

Ciara and Gavin’s wedding was a pleasure to shoot. The couple met at a mutual friends 30th Birthday party, and the rest, as they say, is history. Gavin sealed the deal by asking for Ciara’s hand in marriage in glitzy Las Vegas. He proposed at sunset, at the Eifel Tower on the Sunset Strip with the powerful Bellagio Hotel fountains in the background.

There was a little hiccip in the early hours of the big day in the form of a power cut at the brides family home. Last minute, we were able to change locations for the first wedding portraits of the day. These ended up taking place at the Brides Maids house. These types of unforseen hiccups are why we do reccomend allowing for extra time before your Wedding ceremony. You never know what may happen. That being said, we were able to make it back to the Brides family home to take important photos of the bride in a sentimental chair which she had been photographed in, for every Birthday.

There was a wonderful Rugby theme to the couples big day. While I was photographing the bride, Tanya my assistant captured some lovely images at Stradbrook Rugby Club, where the Groom–who previously played there–and his groomsmen, could not only got some wedding portraits on the Rugby field, but could also get in a quick match prior to the ceremony, pints glasses in tow. Providing us additional opportunities to make their wedding day portraits unique.

The Rugby theme continued well into the reception at the Radisson Blu Hotel. From the table settings, to Ireland’s Call being sung after the entertaining wedding opera singers not only enamoured the guests, but also appropriately, warmed them up.  These energy levels lasted well into the speeches, and facilitated the dancing, which took place well into the night.

Assisted By Tanya Smirnova

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