As a Tipperary based wedding videographer Im very proud of my roots here in Clonmel , local weddings around Tipperary are my bread and butter but I have to admit that traveling to other counties in Ireland to shoot wedding videos is also very rewarding.
This week’s blog post features a wedding video of Claire & John which I filmed in Blessington Co. Wicklow.
The story begins in the fabulas Killashee House Hotel with Claire and her ladies in waiting busily preparing for what turned out to be a fab day.
Killashee is a beautifully preserved classical setting with an elegant modern flair. Its wild woodland walks and blooming gardens form the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable wedding day.
Claire and the girls were having great fun they were one of the happiest bridal parties that I have ever worked with, my time with the girls just flew by, it was a giggle a minute.
The wedding ceremony took place in the Church of our Lady Crosschapel situated in the townland of Crosscoolharbour, Co. Kildare. The south-east side of the churchyard is the county boundary with Co. Wicklow.
I enjoyed my 30min drive from Kilashee House Hotel it was an opportunity to sample some of the beautiful Kildare and Wicklow scenery.
I arrived in time to catch John and the boys arriving, they were a pretty laid back bunch of guys, apart from suits it was just another day having a chat with family and friends before mass.
Claire arrived in good time prompting the guests to make their way inside the church.
The ceremony was celebrated by the Rev. Kevin Lyon Archdeacon of Glendalough.
After the ceremony we headed straight back to Kilashhee House Hotel for the arrival of Claire & John to their drinks reception.
As a wedding videographer shooting weddings in Tipperary,Kildare & Wicklow I am a frequent visitor to Kilashee House, it is my favorite Kildare wedding venue.
“Two lives coming together as one… two families uniting in a celebration of love… The perfect wedding day is all about choosing the perfect wedding reception venue.”
The wedding video contains some lovely highlights of Claire & John having a chat and a stroll around the beautifully maintained gardens in Kilashee House Hotel, after the wedding photos I capture discreet shots of the guests relaxing, chatting and enjoying a drink or two.
Speeches were conducted after the meal, over the past few years I have experienced the growing trend of having the wedding speeches done and dusted before the meal.
Traditionally the speeches have always been conducted after the wedding dinner marking the end of the wedding ‘formalities’ and the beginning of the wedding day celebrations “let the party begin”.
Speeches before the Meal. Guests are called into the wedding dinner, the couple get announced in to a huge enthusiastic round of applause, then its straight into speeches. The main reason for doing the speeches at this point is to allow the speakers to get it over and done with and relax over their meal. I can go along with it up to a point, but its worth remembering that your guests probably starving and haven’t had enough to drink to make them laugh at all the jokes and sometimes long winded story’s. As a result it will much more difficult to win the attention of your large audience.
Have one speech between each course. As the wedding videographer this is my least favorable format. Dad does his speech after the starter, the groom does his after the main course and the best man does his after the dessert. It doesn’t really work very well as there is no flow or continuity to the speeches, and poor me missing out on sitting down to a relaxing uninterrupted meal but seriously In do believe the speeches are always better after the meal.
Speeches after the Meal 🙂 Very often traditions regarding the timings at weddings exist because they have been shown to work best. All your guests get fed and watered and will be much more receptive to speeches post-meal.
They will almost always thank you for it.At the end of the speeches the MC can announce what happens next regarding dancing etc. It helps move from the one thing to another in an appropriate way.
A big thanks to Claire & John for choosing me as their preferred choice of wedding videographer, they were a lovely couple to work with. The wedding video highlights have already been shared on my Drangan Video Facebook page, Twitter, Google + and Vimeo.
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More wedding news next week.