In my heart of hearts, I know I’m a Tipperary wedding videographer – I just love shooting weddings close to home and having an opportunity to capture some of Ireland’s most stunning backdrops. However, I have to admit to getting a bit excited every time I chat with brides and grooms getting married in neighbouring County Carlow or County Waterford. There are some absolutely breathtaking opportunities across the border, and I often forget just how magical these places can really be.
If you’re thinking of getting married in the South East, it’s well worth expanding your search outside of Tipperary and Kilkenny, and looking into some of the fantastic wedding venues in Co. Carlow and Co. Waterford. In Co. Carlow, for example, I love shooting wedding videos with views of the Blackstairs Mountains, or weddings overlooking Mount Leinster. And in Waterford, the Ballindud Mill and Cottage and the grounds of the Waterford Castle provide excellent wedding photo and video opportunities.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work as a wedding videographer in some of the best wedding venues in Co. Carlow and Co. Waterford. Here are two of my favourites that I’ve had the chance to visit recently.
Woodford Dolmen Hotel, County Carlow
Deirdre and Matt asked me to video their wedding in Ireland, to be held at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel which is located just outside Carlow town. Now, I think we can all agree that the Irish weather can be a bit unpredictable at times, especially in the winter, but this wedding venue really shines all year round. On Deirdre and Matt’s big day, things were a little damp and windy, and yet the gardens still looked spectacular, which meant I was able to shoot both inside and outside to really capture everything.
The gardens and surrounds are a real highlight at this venue, which is why many brides and grooms opt to have their wedding at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel. The hotel itself sits amongst 10 acres of riverside land, but the best part for a wedding videographer in Ireland is the hotel’s private bridge. The deep red of the bridge stands out against the lush green backdrop, making it one of my favourite places to shoot wedding footage in the country and that’s saying something! It has to be seen to be believed.
But let’s not overlook the inside of the hotel. There are two ballrooms to choose from: the smaller Killeshin Suite, and the mind blowing Barrow Suite which is actually the largest wedding venue in County Carlow, holding up to 825 guests! Both of the ballrooms have private, attached terraces which means that, come rain or shine, you can really make the most of your wedding venue. Ultimately, if you’re a sucker for romance, this hotel is perfect and I’m looking forward to videoing weddings here more often.
Tower Hotel, County Waterford
I was thrilled to be asked to be Michelle and Gary’s wedding videographer for their wedding at the Tower Hotel in Waterford, right in the bank of the River Suir. If you’re keen to incorporate Irish tradition into your wedding, then this is one of the best venues in Ireland. The hotel has been hosting weddings for more than 50 years, and serves up local foods such as Glin Valley chicken, baked Waterford ham, and goat cheese by Cooleeney Farmhouse Cheese in Tipperary. Yum!
The Tower Hotel will always be a favourite of mine, and I’ve enjoyed shooting wedding videos in both the smaller Dunmore Room and the larger Ardmore Suite over the years. While the surrounding landscape and historic venue are wonderful, I think it’s the little touches that really make this place special. In the cold winters, for example, you can swap your welcome champagne for a warming mug of spiced mulled wine. It’s these little things that really make a difference from a videographer perspective.
Although I love Tipperary, and Tipperary weddings, I have to admit that there are times when you just can’t beat the beautiful scenery of Co. Carlow and Co. Waterford, and I’m very fortunate that many of the brides and grooms I work with ask me to shoot their weddings in these spectacular locations.
Looking forward to seeing you at one of these amazing venues soon! – Eamon