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Siobhan and Brian // West Cork Wedding


Some of us dream of a quiet, enduring love.  One that steadily marches on throughout the years, weathering storms and sun alike in placid, faithful silence.  And then there are those of us who want that long lasting dedication with a chaser of fun.  Those are the ones who dream of laughing their way through the years, bold as can be and up for most anything.  Most of us find someone, but to be with a person who will stand beside us to the end, holding our hand in the storm, laughing at the lightning, that is a rare gift.  A gift that Siobhán and Brian share.

They were destined to have a great story.  Siobhán, the damsel in distress, and Brian her knight in shining armour.

Well… Almost.

While at the University of Limerick, Siobhán took a chance, skipping on the long line for the ladies toilet and slipping into the men’s room. Another woman who had also skipped, accidentally trapped Siobhán’s fingers in the stall door unknowingly. Stuck in the men’s loo.  Fingers in peril.  No way out.  Enter our hero Brian, and the beginning of a magical connection.

On the day of the wedding, Siobhán reposed with the other women at her parents’ house in Clonakilty, sipping champagne and taking their time while the men prepared at the Dunmore House Hotel.  The lads were excitable and up for anything, creating a festive mood on the big day, even requesting a jumping photo!  While waiting at the alter for Siobhán, Brian was serenaded with a rendition of “I Will Wait”, by Mumford and Sons, to which the eager groom assured his fellows that he didn’t mind waiting for Siobhán.

Everyone met at Darrara Church for a lighthearted service, full of warmth, humour, and the evident connection between the happy couple.  Everyone was at ease, thanks to the good-natured priest performing the service and the relaxed excitement of Siobhán and Brian.

After the service it was off to Barry’s Bar in Ring for drinks and fun.  Siobhán did the honours of pulling a pint of Guinness and serving her new husband.  After that was a quick photo shoot at the Point in Inchydoney, braving the wind but enjoying the sunset.

Friends and family then gathered back at the Dunmore House for the reception.  The drinks flowed and laughter filled the halls.  The speeches were heartfelt, but the passion truly rose when the best men dove into a heated round of the Australian game, Dingbats, pitting table against table in a game of word association.  It was serious fun, sparking the competitors in the room and keeping everyone in stitches.

You dream of a lifelong connection.  If you are lucky, you find that person who will stand beside you forever.  If you are blessed, you find a best friend for life.

Siobhan and Brian // West Cork Wedding Photography


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Photographer – Casey Photography

Second Photographer – Majella O’Regan

Church Ceremony – Darrara church, Clonakilty

Reception Venue – Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty

Videographer- Colin Hickey

DJ- Joe Hodnett

Gown- Justin Alexander, Sincerity Collection

Band- The Laughing Shamrocks

Car – Brides brother!

Suits- Deepas Tailors , Dubai 

Make-up – Cathy Kingston, Clonakilty

Hair- The Jagged Edge , Clonakilty

Flowers – The flower basket, Clonakity 

Cake – Daisy chain cakes, Rachel Casey

Honeymoon- Japan

Bridesmaid dresses –  Ralph Lauren

West Cork Wedding Photography Locations, RingInchydoney Point, Dunmore House Hotel

Read Carolyn and Rory's Story

Carolyn and Rory’s – Cobh Cathedral Wedding

The ideal partner in life is one who allows your true self to blossom, one that encourages the greatest parts of that person you wish to become, and is a person that you have that same effect upon. They are a person that not just entertains you, and makes you feel special, but really nourishes who you are, and allows you to be completely at ease with the union you have built. Many people search for just such a relationship. Rory and Carolyn are one such couple that have been fortunate enough to find one.

Totally at ease with each other, they are a prime example of a perfect pair. Having been in a relationship for over sixteen years, their courtship began as two kids in school who had fallen in love. Since then they have built a life with strong ties to friends and family, celebrating the time they have with each other and creating an open and loving atmosphere for everyone who knows them.

Their service was held at the beautiful and ancient Cobh Cathedral, overlooking the town of Cobh. The setting was grand and serious, though the obvious love the couple shared enhanced the romance of the moment. Carolyn’s twin sister, Valerie, was her matron of honour. That, combined with the number of friends who were able to join them from the UK made the event all the more precious to the couple, all present would agree that a Cobh Cathedral wedding is a special event indeed.

After the ceremony came a trip to Barryscourt Castle for what became a very entertaining photo shoot and when I finally had them to myself I got to see the tender and loving side to them. After a quick yet all important visit to the beach with photos of Ballycotton Lighthouse in the background, Carolyn and Rory hosted a reception at the Garryvoe hotel, where the real celebration began. There was music and champagne, and every face was alive with laughter and smiles. Several speeches were made from friends and family, demonstrating a depth of love for the couple which is felt throughout those in their lives. The events, and the couple, were just as it all should be.

The party continued under the supervision of Bog the Donkey, who kept the music going and the atmosphere festive. When the time finally came for the couple to leave the reception and enter into the next greatest chapter of their lives, everyone present shared the same sensation: These two are destined to be the happiest of pairs. They retreated on their honeymoon to Maldives & Sri Lanka not as a vacation from life, but as a first adventure, in a long string of joy to come.

Ceremony –  Cobh Cathedral
Wedding Photography –  Barryscourt Castle, Cork
Reception –  Garryvoe Hotel, Cork
Photographer –  Casey Photography, Cork
Videographer – Captured Occasions
Band and DJ –   Bog the Donkey
Gown –  Justin Alexander form Rice n Roses, Cork
Cars –  Butlers of Dungarvan
Suits –  Morleys Suit Hire, Cork
Hair and Make-up –  Upstyle Junkie 
Flowers –  Catherine & Billy Dunne, Co
Cake –  Healy’s Bakery
Honeymoon –  Maldives and Sir Lanka

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