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Wedding Video Kilkenny Abbey Video Productions Kilkenny, Ireland we pride ourselves on providing a professional, affordable and unobtrusive service in Kilkenny Ireland. I have worked diligently to become the finest wedding videography production company in Co. Kilkenny, Munster & Ireland. Abbey Video Productions is a family run wedding videography business, ensuring you personal attention.

Sunny Fethard for Jillian & Laurence

wedding video Kilkenny - abbey video productionsFethard Church was the call last Friday in fantastic sunshine and a great local wedding in Tipperary, Jillian & Laurence got married in this lovely old town. Jillia was just 2 km from Fethard was a nice easy call to her house that morning on my way from Cashel, the house was a great success as there was lots going on to film. Andrew Mc Dermott was on hand as her photographer, we both worked on her sisters wedding 4 years ago so its great to be called back again, we   must have done something right last time.

wedding video Kilkenny - abbey video productionsMoving on to Fetahrd to capture Laurence and the lads, meeting people in McCarthy’s pub, just settling the nerves of course 🙂  Laurence is from  Cloneen which is not far down the road in the parish of Drangan & Cloneen so a near meet for both familys, Cashel flowers supplied the fabulous flowers on the day and made the church look lovely.

Fr Tom Breen was the man that tied the knot, a lovely guy and did not delay us to long in the warm church.

wedding video Kilkenny - abbey video productions Andrew their photographer took both family’s to have the family photos done to the rear of the church, in the shade I might add, this is a great way to have this bit of the day over for them as after this they are free to go to the reception.

wedding video Kilkenny - abbey video productionsThe new park hotel was our last stop for the evening, and I must say its  the best hotel in Kilkenny for a wedding, their attention to detail and personal attention to the couple on the day is second to none.

 

We WON! The Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2018

 Award Winning Wedding Videographer 2018 abbey videoLast Wednesday evening I got word that I had won the Mrs2Be brides choice awards for wedding Videography in Ireland!

The Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards were launched in 2014. The awards are the first and only Irish wedding industry awards that are based on a detailed review process involving each entrant’s previous customers. Entrants are judged on a range of criteria including professionalism and quality. Entrants are judged primarily via a review system involving previous couples who have recently used their service. These reviews are independently verified and cross-referenced to ensure credibility.

mrs2be-awards-recognising-excellenceI was nominated last year and was honoured to become a finalist. This year I was nominated by a couple whose wedding I filmed early in 2017 and I progressed once again to the finals, but this time I went all the way and won!  It’s a nervous wait to see how things go with the judges and of course how the couples vote.  But as I always say, every wedding video I complete is a winner for me – when I get an e-mail, text, Facebook review or a phone call to say how delighted a couple are with their wedding DVD, well I just won all over again!

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Wedding Video Kilkenny

Wedding videography can be a strange business sometimes, no two couples have the same taste in filming or the music they pick for the final product.   Over the years I have seen the way weddings are delivered – these times of course it’s DVD and also flash drives are making their way on stream.  But I have always kept up-to-date with all the latest technology, including the new Sony cams, the very best in software, computers, and of course my own creative and unique way of filming weddings all wrapped into a professional, affordable and unobtrusive style.  And by the looks of things it’s working both for the couple and for me, so happy days there!

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Winner Mrs2Be brides choice awards 2016

It’s time to get ready for this week’s weddings – some more fantastic couples to meet, new places, new faces, and hopefully more referrals, that’s how my business works best.  It also helps that my website is at the top of google for wedding video in Tipperary, along with Kilkenny and Carlow – I love SEO and how Google works behind the scenes, and by the looks of things it has paid off again!  Thank you to all my 2107 couples that took the time to vote for us. ~ Joe & Breda

 

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Last week I had the pleasure of filming a lovely fun wedding for a family I know very well,  John and Tess Ryan (Bob).  Their lovely daughter  Aoife  married Frank Cussen from Galbally in Oola Church.  I called to Aoife’s house to capture the excitement on the morning – the usual stuff, hair, make up, more hair and more make up, and that was only her dad and the the lads!  But seriously it was great to film all the fun of the girls getting ready- it’s a lovely start to a wedding DVD.  Earlier in the week I had done a little bit of filming  with Frank to get his thoughts on his upcoming wedding and on the morning  of the wedding  Aoife spoke her thoughts on camera and I mixed the two together to make the lovely clip you will see below.

Wedding Video Kilkenny weddings bridesAs I mentioned, Oola Church was my next stop.   What a huge amount of friends they have, guests from Galbally, Cashel and all over the world turned up!  The ceremony was conducted by Fr. Jack O’Neill and when Aoife and Frank were married we moved on to Aoife’s granny’s house, a lovely farm setting with the old milking steps providing a lovely backdrop for the photo session.

 

Wedding Video Kilkenny weddings bridesAoife and Frank had thought of every thing, with green wellies for the lads and flowery ones for the girls!  Their photographers captured some great photos here and I got some lovely footage.

Wedding Video Kilkenny weddings bridesThe Bunratty Castle Hotel was our last stop for the day.  Aoife and Frank arrived soon after me – I like to try and get to the reception venue before the bride and groom to film the drinks reception so they can see what was happening elsewhere on their day.  The function room in the hotel is splendid and looked fabulous on the day. The wedding cake was fantastic and the speeches were excellent – funny, emotional, and just the right length.  One of the highlights of the day for the lads was when both mothers sang “The Voyage” together after the speeches; it sounded fabulous so well done to the mams for that!

Their entertainment for the night was “The Seducers” band  and they had the huge crowd rocking the night away.

Wedding Video Kilkenny weddings bridesI’d like to wish Aoife and Frank congratulations on their marriage, and all the best for the years to come.

 

So if your planing on getting married in, 2017 / 2018/ 2019,   give me a call and lets chat about YOUR wedding because I get booked very early!

Kilkenny Hotels ( Kilkenny River Court Hotel )

Kilkenny River Court Hotel- Abbey Video As a wedding videographer covering all of Munster and further, Kilkenny is one of my most visited areas along with Tipperary. This week, the Kilkenny River Court Hotel was my stop after a lovely church service in Callan for Sarah and John.

Kilkenny River Court Hotel- Abbey Video The moment I arrived at the kilkenny River Court, I was greeted by James Leonard, General Manager, and Colm Nolan, Deputy Manager. They had a beautiful red carpet out awaiting the bride and groom and were interested in how the day went for the lovely couple, along with wondering the time frame regarding the photographs to gauge the meal time. It’s very important for the hotel and for the guests that dinner is served on time. James and Colm were waiting  with champagne and strawberryies on ice to greet the couple. Parking at this great hotel is so easy due to the fact they acquired some land behind the hotel, which is a welcome to all parking.

Kilkenny River Court Hotel- Abbey Video When the couple arrived atthe hotel after some photographs at Kilkenny Castle, they were greeted and taken inside  to a fabulous reception area to relax and enjoy some of the River Court’s tasty before-dinner treats.

Kilkenny River Court Hotel- Abbey Video The hotel itself is in a spectacular location, with its unique backdrop overlooking Kilkenny Castle on the banks of the River Nore, and is regarded as one of the finest wedding hotels in Ireland. The Kilkenny River Court Hotel is very proud to host exquisite weddings right in the heart of Kilkenny City.

DSC08798Dinner was called on time and served piping hot in a professional manner. I must say the staff in the River Court are second to none where service and friendliness is concerned. James and Colm were on duty Saturday and made sure I was  around for the all important speeches! The turn round for the  evening party was very prompt; the couple’s band was set up and ready to party at 9.45, which is fantastic for us poor videographers who have been on our feet all day.

brides_choice_awards_nominated_badge_200x151As a videographer I see behind the scenes of a hotel on a wedding day, and I personally would give the River Court Hotel Kilkenny 100%. If you are planning your wedding in the River Court Hotel, why  not give me a call and let’s chat about your wedding DVD package and to see some footage I filmed in this great hotel.  More reviews next week of Hotels In Kilkenny.  Joe ~

 

Mary and CJ Wedding Video

 

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Mary and CJ  were recently married in the lovely Church of Jenkinstown Co Kilkenny,  Mary’s home place is just a hundred yards from the Church, her home is a lovely farm house and was in tip top shape for Mary’s wedding as you can see from some of the stills on the post, and old pump  feature in the yard grabbed my attention with some beautiful yellow flowers planted.

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That morning it felt like the month of July so sunny and warm and made for a fantastic day for filming. I arrived about 2 hrs before the wedding for the bridal preps which were going well when I arrived, the girls were busy with hair, makeup and all that you might expect on the morning of a wedding, Mary was as calm and so easygoing and the girls were planning the day as the make up person was busy with the final touches.

Wedding Video Kilkenny - Abbey Video ProductionsThe  ceremony was lovely and friendly and carried out by Fr O  Gorman, after the service we moved across the yard to Jenkinstown House, a fabulous five-bay single-storey private (estate) Catholic chapel, c.1825 for the family photos, and also used the grounds which were full of blossom  for bridal party photographs.

Abbeyleix Manor  was the reception venue and what a hotel, its  family run  and ran so well and professional I would have to recommend it! Mary and CJ were greeted and taken in to sample some lovely finger food to keep them going till meal time. some lovely music was keeping their guests entertained while most people sat outside in the glorious evening sunshine, again a good sign of a hotel the guests were called into the fabulous reception room at 5.30 for their meal.

Wedding Video Kilkenny - Abbey Video ProductionsSpeeches were preformed before the meal which I think is the best way as the lads can sit and enjoy their meal, some hotels frown on this  practice and make every excuse under the sun to put you of it, by saying your guests will be hungry but thats why you provide some food when they first arrive to the hotel, but its YOUR DAY and you have every right to carry out your speeches when you want, after all your paying!

Their band for the evening was the ever popurler “The Bottle Brothers” and wow did they  get the party started and kept it going.

Best wishes to Mary and CJ, they were a lovely couple to work with, along with their family and guests. ~ Joe

Happy New Year everyone!

Happy New Year everyone!

Christmas Weddings | Abbey VideoWell I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas, and a lovely time with family and friends as I did. And congratulations!  if you have received that special ring over the Christmas holidays… or even if your are expecting it over new year!  January is the time  to start with your wedding planning , a new year and some great and exciting planning ahead of you, Give me a call if you are thinking of hiring a wedding videographer,  and I can promise you wont be disappointed with my prices or quality.  Wedding Video Bookings for 2018 are pouring in the last few days. Even January this year is as busy as July! It’s something I have never encountered before but is great to see. Even  2019  is well booked at the moment .Throughout the year, I have had to recommend some well heeled colleagues of mine to brides for whom I was booked for their date. If I am booked, I don’t just send them a name of the first  videographer that springs to mind. I have a few professional guys that I hold in the highest regard and we always recommend each other, should one of us be booked. With this way of working, no couple will get the run around with different prices. I would never recommend someone I would not use my self.

Christmas Weddings | wedding video kilkennyTomorrow  its back to work  with my first wedding of this mad busy time of year and its a local one in Knockavilla just up the road from where I live, its great to have all local wedding videos this time of year with the weather the way it is or the way it could end up!  of course New Years eve is a very popular choice with couples all over Irelaand, I love the Christmas & New year weddings

 

Christmas Weddings in KilkennyThe last few weeks has been hectic  filming weddings and school shows in and around Tipperary along with Kilkenny and Waterford as well as editing. But ALL my weddings even the last one on the on the 16th of December, was with the couple in time for Christmas for them to enjoy with family and friends over the holidays, I cant understand some videographers that I hear of leaving couples without their wedding DVDs for Christmas, Breda and myself make sure we have all the info for their wedding on our computer inc their titles,  music choices, so when I have the film downloaded to our system we are ready to go!

DSC02698While looking back on last year, most visited wedding reception areas was  Clonmel Park Hotel   Hotel Minella, ClonmelHotel Kilkenny , New park hotel  Kilkenny  I also visited  Waterford and Limerick. And I would like to thank all the hotels for their help on the day, and look forward to working in all the local hotels around Tipperary, Kilkenny and Carlow and the others again in 2018  So wherever you might be getting married, give me a call and I will give you the most competitive price you will find anywhere in Munster.

wedding song listSo, with a fantastic looking year ahead and with 80% of my work in and around Tipperary and Kilkenny, I guess I can’t complain. However, with every new year I try and create a new and unique way of crafting wedding videos and editing and the coming  year brides will get a lovely suprrise with a brand new editing system with every bell and whistle that I need. Anyone  can give you a wedding video, but I try and make it that bit special. It’s this that has kept me ahead of other other “video guys “, while still offering a Professional Affordable and Unobtrusive service.   So, if you are planning your wedding for  this year, you’d better be quick and contact me now, or 2018 / 2019/ 2020 as I am  being booked very fast. To see my new and unique way of how your wedding video could look, give me a call. I will try to match your service area, along with the hotel  that you might be using, with a full wedding DVD to view at home. This way, you get a feel of my true work

DSC03063Weddings are huge business in every country, and your wedding needs planing  a lot of planing I know I hear it all first hand so to help you along with your big day have a look at BRIDES IN MUNSTER  again a local wedding suppler site but covering  Kilkenny and Carlow for the local brides in 2015/ 16 its packed with 100% top notch wedding professionals covering wedding video , wedding photography, wedding cakes , wedding flowers, wedding rings, wedding dresses, wedding sweet carts any thing wedding its there! as I said before if you don’t see a Wedding a suppler on this great local wedding supplier site are they worth the call?

Also I got  many thank you cards over  Christmas from couples whose weddings I have filmed over the year, with 80%  of them from around Tipperary where most of my work is.  It’s great to get feedback from brides, it shows we are doing a great job and they enjoyed their wedding DVDs.

Wedding video Kilkenny - Abbey videoWedding videography is a record of your day the way you would like it told, and along with our  camera skills and editing this can be achieved.  No wedding is the same and any videographer that goes out to do a job should never treat it like “yesterdays wedding” –  every couple has different ideas of what they think their wedding video should look and feel like and  I love to hear this, because it gives me a clear picture of what they are seeing.  When the day arrives I keep this in mind, and work to achieve it.

So Happy New year to you all. and If your planing on ” tieing the knot” or you know someone who is, give me a call I can guarantee you wont be disappoint  in price or quality   (  photos  © wedding video Kilkenny ) and https://pixabay.com

 

 

Theme for the Right Season with Your Videographer

Importance of discussing the Right Wedding Theme for the Right Season with Your Videographer

Wedding video Kilkenny - Kilkenny wedding videosNot everyone woman aspires to be a June bride. Couples who are tying the knot can find many compelling reasons to plan their weddings for any of the four seasons – spring, summer, fall, or winter. As someone experienced in marriage video editing, you’ve undoubtedly experienced weddings set in a variety of times during the years, and have seen the success (or failure) of different wedding themes as they interact with the challenges of the season the wedding is in.

 

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As a videographer,based in Kilkenny  your insights are valuable. Not only in the planning and execution of the marriage videography and editing but in suggesting how your video presentation can complement the entire wedding planning effort. Here are some useful suggestions for how you can discuss with the bride and groom the ways your video presentation can capture the spirit of the season.

Spring

Wedding video Kilkenny - Kilkenny wedding videosA spring wedding is about color and the reawakening of the earth around us from the doldrums of winter. Smart wedding planning for spring will emphasize bright floral colors, with décor and clothing that is light and airy. Outdoor venues are often chosen, either for the ceremony or the reception, or for both.
As a videographer, point out to your clients how you can capture the feel of spring by incorporating B-roll exterior shots of the venue or shooting back story elements that place the bride and her bridesmaids in a natural, colorful setting. Your wedding video editing can shine by incorporating the selective use of soft-focus and a shallow depth of field to complement the light and airy attributes of the décor and clothing.
Summer

Outdoor civil ceremonySummers can be hot, and smart wedding themes and videography will build a theme for the wedding around bold colors, spicy tastes, and a less formal approach. When consulting with your clients, stress how your marriage video editing can be used to capture the excitement of the day.
Editing is the key to capturing the essence of a summer wedding. A fast-paced editing style, with judicious use of jump cuts, will instill more excitement than a more sedate approach utilizing longer shots slower transitions.

Autumn

Wedding Video Kilkenny | Abbey video productionsAutumn brings to the wedding palette a rich selection of colors and hues, with vibrant earth tones a favorite focal point of the wedding design. Your marriage video editing can take full advantage of a well-considered and planned an autumn wedding, and here are a few suggestions you can make to your clients to capture the essence of the season.
Consider capturing B-roll footage of the bride and groom in casual takes at a colorful fall location. One of my personal favorites is shooting the couple walking along a lake or pond where the fall colors of the trees are reflected.  At the wedding location and reception capture, close-up footage of fall touches in the flower arrangements and table decorations to add to the effect.
Winter

Wedding video Kilkenny - Kilkenny wedding videosWinter weddings offer wonderful opportunities for dramatic and compelling videography. Your role as a marriage video editing professional provides an excellent opportunity to communicate with your client on ways to take advantage of the season. Winter weddings are complemented by sharp color distinctions that utilize the grayscale, while splashes of color from flowers, decorations, or even brightly colored canapes add a festive note.
In your marriage video editing role, take advantage of these opportunities to pitch some dramatic ideas to your clients. Utilizing black-and-white effects, with colored highlights that pop from the screen, is an excellent way to create memorable images that will really satisfy your clients. And take advantage of the low winter light and darker interior settings to create dramatic shots within the main narrative or as complementary B-roll footage.

Make Your Wedding Environmentally Friendly

Make Your Wedding Environmentally Friendly

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Many people think that planning a green wedding requires a lot more work than a traditional wedding, which is why they cross it off their list almost immediately. However, an eco-friendly wedding can actually save you quite a lot of time and money, and you get to do something awesome for the planet, which is exactly why everyone should consider the idea.
With that in mind, here are some interesting ideas that you can use for your wedding in order to make it environmentally friendly and, at the same time, make it even more beautiful and completely unique.
Email Your Save-the-Date Announcements

Make Your Wedding Environmentally Friendly wedding video Kilkenny More and more couples are choosing to email their save-the-date announcements, so you can follow in their lead, instead of sending paper ones. You can do the same with your wedding invitations and save a lot of money (and trees, of course).
However, if you want to send out traditional save-the-dates and wedding invitations, make sure you use recycled paper to print them out. There are also papers made of linen, cotton, and bamboo, so you can consider those as well.
Choose a Stunning Venue That Doesn’t Need Décor
Wedding video KIlkenny - Abbey videoIt goes without saying that wedding decorations can make your reception look wonderful, but you can achieve the same result with no décor at all. It really is possible – all you need to do is pick a venue that will be so beautiful that it doesn’t need any decorations whatsoever. If you can find one, you can be absolutely sure that you and all of your guests will be amazed.
Find a place that has a lot of natural beauty and that screams a unique personality that doesn’t need anything extra in order to be fulfilled. Choose a venue that will show off the beauty of the environment and set the tone that will wow your guests. If you still want to go for minimal decorating, you can use glass containers filled with shells, for instance, and you can even use fruits and vegetables as your wedding centrepieces.
Use Fresh and Home-Grown Flowers

Make Your Wedding Environmentally Friendly wedding video Kilkenny What’s a wedding without flowers, right? However, not all flowers are organic so, in order to avoid leaving a large carbon footprint, you can use fabric or paper flowers, or any other alternative to flowers that can still make a huge difference to your wedding.
However, if you still want to have real flowers on your wedding, find a local organic florist who will make you beautiful arrangements, or you can make your own bouquets from freshly-cut flowers from your local farmers’ market. You can even use home-grown flowers and place potted plants on the tables, as those can truly be lovely decorations.
Go Digital with Photography
brides_choice_awards_winner_ 2016 Wedding video KilkennyOf course, most photographers nowadays use digital cameras, but you need to make sure that the one who will shoot your wedding only shoots in digital format. That way, not only will you save a lot of money, since you will choose which photos you actually want printed, but you will also save a lot on wasted paper, not to mention that you will avoid all the harsh chemicals needed for printing photos.
These tips will certainly give you an idea of how you can make your wedding environmentally friendly, but there are quite a lot more things that you can do in order to go green, so make sure you explore them further. Don’t forget to find a great videographer as well, since you need someone who can capture all the important moments of your wedding day and preserve them forever, so make sure you find someone who will provide you with the best wedding video editing services and who will deliver videos that you and your loved one will cherish for the rest of your life.

River Court Hotel Kilkenny

We are a Tipperary based business and are often asked to travel the surrounding Counties of Carlow and Kilkenny. 

One of the most popular hotels we provide wedding videography is Kilkenny River Court Hotel which is ideally located on The Bridge in John Street, College park, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny.

On the banks of the River Nore in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny.

Overlooking the city’s 12th-century castle, The Kilkenny River Court Hotel has a quiet location in a private courtyard, back from the busy Kilkenny streets.

Great location hotel is easy to reach and absolutely brilliant for Wedding Video’s.

Springhill Court Hotel in Kilkenny

Located on the Waterford Road in Kilkenny the Spring hotel is a perfect Wedding Venue – Springhill Court Hotel

Drop in and talk to our experienced management team who will be delighted to assist you in planning your perfect day.At the Springhill Court Conference, Leisure and Spa Hotel we enjoy a forty-year tradition as one of the premier wedding venues Kilkenny. We are proud of our tradition of holding one wedding per day, ensuring you are the centre of everyone’s attention.
The premier wedding venue in Kilkenny!