Erica & David, Wedding, Eachleim Blacksod to Belmullet Co.Mayo
Last Friday I headed west, almost as far west as you can go in Mayo, towards Blacksod where I shot Erica & David’s wedding. I’d been to Blacksod before for some engagement shoots, but this was my first wedding in the area. It’s funny how small this country can be sometimes…I shot Olga & Gerry’s eshoot around Blacksod, Olga is Erica’s cousin, and Erica’s holiday home neighbours beside the lighthouse happen to be Arlene & Donal, whose wedding I shot back in 2010! As far as I know, that’s just random coincidence & not a direct referral or anything! And Erica’s father looks after refueling of the boys from the Sligo Coast Guard chopper, who are based in Strandhill airport, who I see regularly hovering above my home!
Anyway back to Friday’s wedding. Blacksod was amazingly beautiful & Caribbean like for Erica & David’s eshoot…on Friday, she had her wild west coat on…howling winds, drizzle, getting outside at any point would be a challenge! On arrival at Erica’s home, everything was running perfectly on time, and I got down to capturing the moments happening during the morning. I place a huge emphasis on wedding albums…it’s what you’ll look at in the future, not the digital copies, and when Erica’s mum brought out her own wedding album for the girls to look at, that just confirmed everything I’ve said about wedding albums!
After capturing a few relaxed portraits inside, I made my way to the church & quickly grabbed a few shots of David & the guys before the ceremony began, in the most packed church I’ve ever been in! I love that, it creates a fab atmosphere, even if it makes it a bit tricky for the musicians who couldn’t see a thing!! Following the beautiful ceremony, we quickly got the family photos inside before heading toward Blacksod Lighthouse, where we would be doing some portraits, if the weather played the game! Thankfully the lighthouse itself provided a bit of a wind breaker, and allowed us outside for enough time to get some images with the lighthouse in the background.
I knew the lighthouse was a pretty big deal for Erica’s family, but not until I got home did I realise how much! It was Erica’s grandfather, Ted, keeper of the Blacksod lighthouse, who gave one of the most important weather reports in history, that gave D-Day in 1944 the go-ahead on 6th June, when the weather was perfect! What an amazing part of history! – http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/the-irishman-who-gave-the-d-day-go-ahead-271114.html
Needless to say, I was so happy that the weather allowed us to get outside for a short window for some images with the lighthouse!
Thanks again for having me document your wedding day Erica & David!
The Blacksod lighthouse is one of Irelands great lighthouse,s nestled on the southern end of the Mullet Peninsula beside Blacksod Pier.
It was built in 1864 and made of local granite blocks. This historical lighthouse played an important role at the end of the World War II.
On the 3rd June 1944, the lighthouse keeper, Ted Sweeney, delivered a weather forecast which unwittingly changed the course of the war. He was at that time delivering hourly weather reports phoned into London but he didn’t realise he was sending reports to General Dwight Eisenhower and informing one of the biggest military operations in world history.
On that day he phoned there was a warning: a Force 6 wind and a rapidly falling barometer at his weather station.
D-Day was scheduled to take place on the 5th June, but when Eisenhower knew about the weather forecast from Blacksod lighthouse he decided to delay the landing by one day and potentially saved it from disaster.
On June 4, a new report delivered by Ted Sweeney from Blacksod lighthouse indicated the weather was clearing which decided the eventual go-ahead for the landing on June 6 in Normandy, and that is the date we all remember: the D-Day date.