Sharon & Alan, Wedding, Ballisodare to Markree Castle Co.Sligo
There are some weddings I always remember, like Marie & Michael from 2011, Gemma & Michael from 2013, Valerie & Michael from 2017 and Sharon & Alan’s day will be included in this list now!! This is simply because for whatever reason, I shot these weddings, then went on holiday the next day. And anyone who has worked with me, or knows me, knows I will not go on holiday having a wedding still to edit, which means after the wedding, I have a very early start the next day (like 4am) to get this wedding edit done so the clients can view it a few days later. Holiday or not, I have to deliver!
And what a wedding to finish the first half of the year with! Starting in the middle of Sligo town in the Glasshouse, on a beautiful sunny day, the guys were starting to get ready but for the most part chilling out and sorting the different shades of pink ties that they seemed to have ended up with! After a short spin out to Markree, it was time to capture the last of the girls preparations in the apartments near the hotel. I love shooting in the Granary as it’s light, airy and has access to beautiful garden areas for the relaxed portraits when the girls are ready!
With everyone ready in good time, we were able to get loads of portraits in the garden area, plenty of Sharon’s family who were all around, and then I made the quick drive over to Ballisodare Church where I arrived to drizzly cloudy weather! What the hell!! Oh well, it’s a church right near the coast, so tends to get a bit of a sprinkle when inland can be dry! Sure enough when the ceremony was over, we made our way back to the castle where we arrived with the sun still shining but weather definitely on the way. And in that case, it’s always best to get the outdoor portraits done first, in case it rained, and it did, right as we were getting Sharon & Alan’s portraits done. Thankfully at this time of year Markree has plenty of big trees, which gave us enough cover to continue shooting before we headed inside to the guests and the reception!
After the speeches, the drizzle and rain let up enough to allow us the chance to get everybody outside to fire up some sparklers. In the middle of June, the main problem with sparklers isn’t will it be too dark, it’s the opposite, will it be too light!! We went with it & shot it around 10pm and getting under the tree cover in the gardens meant it was a little darker & it came out pretty sweet! After that it was time to hit the dance floor, and after I left the party around 11pm, the work was only starting for me so I could get to the Exuma Islands the following day!!
Congratulations Sharon & Alan! Thanks so much for having me document your wedding, almost start to finish!
Venue – Markree Castle, Sligo
Hair – Salon 2 Sligo
Florist – Feehilys Florist
Videographer – Johnny from Wedding Moments
It is hard to imagine a more romantic wedding destination than Markree Castle. A historic Irish Castle wedding venue located in the North West of Ireland on the route of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Markree Castle is a stunning Gothic Style Castle, set in the heart of the Sligo Countryside. With vaulted ceilings, an enclosed outdoor courtyard, a Gin Bar, large dance floor, full pub bar, a country kitchen serving tea and coffee, a cozy sitting room with real fire and a lounge area the Entertainment Suite is a truly special offering for every wedding party.
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If you are thinking about having your wedding at Markree Castle, Sligo, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your wedding photography!