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.
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.
The 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.
Speeches 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