Mary & Tony had booked me without ever meeting up. Everything had been arranged via email. I don’t think we even spoke on the phone so I had no idea who to expect when I called around to the house on the day. One thing I did know was that Mary & Tony had to be extremely easy going to book a photographer in that manner which made me feel very comfortable before the wedding. Sure enough, I wasn’t to be disappointed and what a fantastic day to be had down in Wexford.
Mary more or less let me do what I wanted on the day and I couldn’t have been happier. Of course, it’s great to know what a couple expects from their photographer and to talk through ideas and to know what to expect makes the day easier for all involved. Mary had also taken the time to fill out the Give us a goo wedding planner so I knew who was who on the day. Sometimes though, it’s liberating to get a clean sheet. To be told something along the lines of “Ah yeah, we liked your photos on your website and want something similar, just tell us what to do and we’ll do it!” I felt like a kid in a sweet shop with 1000 euro to spend on penny sweets
Being allowed that creative freedom and time when it comes to the “couple shots” is a wonderful feeling. It makes such a difference knowing that a couple are enjoying getting their photos taken too. Also, it does help to have time on your side and since Mary and Tony got married at Johnstown Castle early at 1 o’clock, we had plenty of time to wander around the gardens and get back to the party at the Talbot Hotel for mingling with guests. I sometimes do weddings where the ceremony starts at 3pm and it can be a little more difficult to get the photos done at an enjoyable pace before dinner is called at 5pm. My two cents is always spread the day out, wedding time isn’t normal time and it disappears fast, even more so in winter.
As you can see from the photos, they let me drag them through the woods, down dirty disused paths to derelict buildings and never questioned me once about not going to the more “scenic gardens”. Having their trust allowed me to figure out their style through chatting on the day. Some of the photos are grungier, others more vibrant and playful, all shot in a casual manner in between chats and going to the location. We had to tear ourselves away from the grounds of the estate and on arrival at the Talbot Hotel, we went straight to the cake as Mary’s sister had baked a Tim Burtonesque special. Can you believe that the models could be eaten too?
Mary & Tony, thanks so much for all your trust and I can’t wait to get stuck into your album! Oh and for all those who like Mary & Tony’s style, you may want to check out their shop - Chemical Afflictions