Fethard 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.
Moving 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.
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.
The 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.
Just filmed 2 wonderful wedding videos in Kilkenny last week-end, both quite local to me. Nicola Gleeson from Killenaule, just a few kms from Cashel, was married to John Cleere, also from Killenaule, in Moyglass Church and the reception was held in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hote. The next day I was in Kilkenny city itself with Kelly and Brandon and their church was St Mary’s Cathedral in the heart of Kilkenny city with reception in Langtons Hotel Kilkenny. This year I am booked for a large amount of wedding videos in the Killenaule and Mullinahone areas with Kilkenny and Tipperary being my main wedding video catchment area. I will also be back to film another wedding in Moyglass / Killenaule this Friday!
At both of these weddings the speeches were held before the meal and I have noticed of late this trend is getting more common. I understand with hotels they have to keep the meal hot while the wedding speeches are being conducted, but from feedback from couples 70% now want their speeches before the meal. This way all involved in the speaking can relalx and enjoy their meal knowing it’s done and dusted! It’s a great idea for people that are not used to public speaking. Of course from the hotel’s side of things this can be a nightmare! The bride and groom tell the hotel they will only be 15 minutes but I have see this 15 mins drag on to an hour! The poor chef is doing his best to stop the veg from sticking to the pans, so i can understand why the hotels frown on this! If your speeches are going to be before the meal tell the hotel this and stay to an agreed time-frame – this way your guests won’t be eating cold food and all will be happy.
The traditional scenario of having the speeches after the meal is fine as well, but think of the groom & best man and also the dads all sitting there eating their meal thinking the speeches have to be done soon – it can and will put them off their meal.
Getting back to recent weddings: Saturday’s wedding reception was in Langtons Hotel in Kilkenny. The couple arrived at the hotel after the photo shoot in Butler House and Kilkenny Castle with their photographer John Delaney Photography. Sean, the manager at the hotel who is a fantastic guy, was happy to see the couple arrive at the hotel early as their speeches were being held before the meal, so this worked out great for all concerned.
Friday’s wedding was in Moyglass and the reception was in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Again after the church we went to Butler House and Kilkenny Castle for the family photos and their photographer was local man Eamonn McGee from Thurles in Tipperary. Once again when we arrived to the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel every thing was done with the photographs and this is what the hotel wants when the speeches are before the meal. The couple had time to mingle with their guests, whereas often they don’t get time to meet people until later after the meal. I tend to recommend to couples when they ask to book my wedding videography services here in Kilkenny that they should give themselves about 1 hour with their guests before the meal is served as often I have seen couples arrive to the hotel from the photo session only to be rushed into the dining room as its so late and their plans to have the speeches before the meal have to be abandoned.
But what ever you decide for your speeches …. enjoy your day. ~ Joe
“Typical Irish Weather” How to Deal with Rain on your Wedding Day
Your wedding day is without doubt one of the biggest days of your life, if not the biggest. However, there’s one thing which can spoil it and that’s the unpredictable Irish weather, particularly in areas such as Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford.
Whatever you do, don’t let a rainy day put a dampener on your start to married life. For all you blushing brides and dashing grooms out there, here are just a few tips to stop the typical Irish weather from spoiling your big day.
Preparation is key
Of course there is nothing you can do to prevent the rain but there are a few steps you can take to prepare for it. Unfortunately everywhere in Ireland is susceptible to high rainfall, even beautiful wedding location such as Tipperary and Kilkenny. As a famous Cork man once said, “ fail to prepare, prepare to fail”, never is this more true than on your wedding day.
Here are a few steps you can take to prepare properly for the day you tie the knot.
Check the weather forecast well in advance and advise your guests
It’s your special day so people won’t mind a bit of rain but do give them some warning if possible. If there’s a high chance of it bucketing down, let your guest know so they can dress accordingly. The last thing you want is all your friends and family drowned to the bone with no umbrellas or jackets to be seen.
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Relax and embrace it
Try to relax and not get worked up. This may not sound like great advice but a wedding day is stressful enough without having the added worry of the weather to think about. Just take a few deep breaths, remind yourself that there was always a possibility of rain and embrace it. Try to imagine the raindrops being the perfect backdrop to your special day rather than something that spoils it. It wouldn’t be Ireland without a bit of rain, right?
Trust the experts
A rainy wedding certainly isn’t ideal but the professionals that you hire for the day will have covered hundreds of weddings in all manner of conditions so trust them to do a great job regardless of the weather.
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Videography professionals such as Abbey Video Productions are used to working in all weather conditions in locations like Tipperary, Kilkenny, Carlow and Waterford. They will be well prepared and able to confidently handle any challenges that the weather may present.
Have a Plan B
If your guests are getting soaked and you can’t stand another second of having an umbrella hovering over your head for the entire day then perhaps it is time to head inside. Try to ensure that your venue has an indoor area that you would be happy to use as the backdrop for your photographs and videography. After all, it is one thing to embrace the rain, but it’s another thing entirely to be getting soaked to the skin and rained on for the entirety of your big day. If there is an indoor alternative at the venue then do ensure it is ready for use if necessary.
It’s all about the bride and groom
Just remember it is your special day and the only thing that your guests and the professionals such as the musicians, the Abbey Video Productions team and the venue staff want is to see is the bride and groom enjoying it. Do your best to be thorough in your preparations and you will definitely have a day to remember.
Wedding Video Bookings for 2016 and 2017 are pouring in the last few days. Even January coming is heavily booked it’s something I have never encountered before but is great to see. I do think my number one ranking on Google is good, but word of mouth is better and that’s how my businesses works the best. Even 2017 is well booked. 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.
The last few weeks has been hectic filming weddings in and around Tipperary along with Kilkenny and Carlow, This is why I had to defer a brand new editing software until next month which is the most professional in Europe. I have made the big decision to change over to a top of the range MAC. After a lot of research, I have learned that, together, MAC and the new editing software will both provide even more fantastic results to my editing work. It will also make my turn around time even better. Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 software is the best video editing software available my two new top of the range Sony cameras are well in training by now after the few months of hard work and works nearly by themselves
So, 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 wedding that I film I try and create a new and unique way of crafting wedding videos and editing. 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 even for 2016/ 2017 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
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