Here on the blog we hope to give you a little insight into what we see at the weddings we shoot and why we shoot them. These photos may never make it into the album or hang on a wall in a frame, but they appeal to us as photographers and give a little insight into what makes us tick. Enjoy.......
When the bride decides she's going to wear wellies, you know you're in for a fun filled wedding.
Michelle and Aidan are not ones for doing things the "normal" way. Both of them are very much into their music festivals so music and wellies were bound to feature in their big day. And so Wedfest was born..........
Once we finished at Aidan's it was a mad dash back up to the stunning Holycross Abbey near Thurles for the ceremony at 1pm. Holycross really is a beautiful venue and Michelle had the church decorated beautifully.
Need to get into shape?
One of our clients, Ciarán Foy, is a personal trainer with his own private gym in Swords, Co. Dublin. Ciarán has an exciting new programme coming shortly aimed at Brides and Grooms who would like to get into shape before their wedding day. Without going into the details, we spent a day making a video with Ciarán at his gym. So while I did the videos, Lorraine, my Creative Director :-) was busing taking some photos in the background.
Ciarán Foy, Personal Trainer.
My sexy new shotgun microphone on top of the Canon 5DmkIII Ciarán stepping up to the mark...... How high can you jump? Time for a lie down while we consider our next move.....
We deliberately kept him in this position for longer than was necessary :-)
Mason is a Prince for a day.
Sometimes a special boy touches many people's hearts.
Today Mason touched ours........
So who is Mason? Well he's a little boy from Gorey, Co. Wexford who happens to have Cystic Fibrosis, a wonderful sister Holly and two fantastic parents, Claire and Stephen. Turns out he also has a multitude of people who love him to bits and are prepared to go that extra mile to make him feel special.
So why are we writing about him here?
Well we got a call from an old friend wondering if we'd be free to take a few photos of this little boy who was going to be treated like a Prince for a day. Of course we said yes, and next we found ourselves battling through the early morning traffic to get to The Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght for 9.00 am. Naturally as is befitting a Prince, a huge stretch limo rolled up, complete with Garda escort and out stepped our little hero.
Prince Mason arrives in his Limo at The Square, Tallaght.Prince Mason arrives in his Limo at The Square, Tallaght.
Now when you're a Prince you get everything you want so Mason had Spiderman push him around while TV3 filmed him for the News!
Mason gets the TV3 treatmentSpiderman pushes Mason while TV3 film him for the News.
So with the help of Spiderman and Batman we went shopping in Tesco - as you do. Now to be fair, Tesco really went all out on this one. They provided two shopping trollies for Mason and Holly to fill as they please and I think the children were overawed by the choice of toys on offer. Still they managed to fill the trollies with the help of Batman and Spiderman
Shopping in TescoShopping in Tesco
Of course all that shopping makes you hungry so nothing for it only a trip to Domino's Pizza. None of your normal ordering a pizza here! No, we had the expert help of Holly who could throw dough like an expert dough thrower......
Tossing a pizza at Domino'sHolly tossing a pizza at Domino's
After the food we went back into The Square for the presentation of the awards to Mason and Holly. We also had the small matter of a €3,000 cheque from The Square made payable to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland which was presented on behalf of Mason.
Mason & Holly. The Square. Tallaght. Cystic Fibrosis.Mason & Holly. The Square. Tallaght. Cystic Fibrosis.
So what is Cystic Fibrosis?
Well it primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of those who are unfortunate enough to be affected by it;
It clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend primary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments, including in Ireland, have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease in Ireland can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. People with CF in Ireland are increasingly going on to attend third level colleges, accessing employment, and living more independent lives, with the support of family and friends.
So we weren't really expecting much from Mason especially after all the excitement of the morning. How wrong we were! He got to play football on the hallowed turf of Shamrock Rovers and even got to score a goal or two.
Football at Tallaght StadiumAntony trying to dribble a ball past Holly.
After the football we got to meet the Chairman of Shamrock Rovers who presented Mason and Holly with two jerseys and then it was back over to The Square for more shopping. I couldn't list off all the shops we visited as there were too many. However I will say that staff in those shops we did get to were amazing. The kids got to choose everything from toys to personalised runners and jerseys, sweets, clothes - you name it. And all given free to help make Mason and Holly's day so special. Of course Claire and Stephen weren't forgotten either as they picked up some gorgeous hampers along the way.
In between all the hustle and bustle there was always time for a little quiet moment between Mason and Stephen................
Mason and StephenA quiet moment for Prince Mason and his dad.
I said earlier that I couldn't mention all the people in The Square who helped make Mason's day so special but I couldn't NOT mention the one person who made it all happen. Forget Spiderman and Batman, Antony Dempsey is the real super hero. Antony has been involved with fund raising for Cystic Fibrosis for many years now and without him this never would have happened. He pulled everyone together from the Garda escorts, the Limo company, The Square and all the shops and of course the staff who stayed with us for the day. Everyone was amazing and they made the day very special for little Mason and his big sister Holly.
Antony DempseyAntony Dempsey being interviewed by TV3
I'm not quite sure how they managed to fit all the gifts they picked up, into the limo to bring them home. Just as well it was a big limo.......
Holly and Mason at The SquareHolly and Mason at The Square with all the gifts they received.
If you enjoyed reading about Mason's big day then why not get involved in fund raising for CF Ireland - God knows they need it and Irish people are the most generous in the world when it comes to helping good causes. CF Ireland have a really good fundraising page on their website with lots of ideas on how you can get involved - so go on, have a look and see what you can do.
Rose Kenny celebrates her 50th Birthday
A celebration that nearly didn't happen
What's so special about a birthday celebration you might ask? In most cases nothing except they are important to the people involved and their immediate family. However, sometimes a really special one crops up and in this case we at Denlo Photography were privileged to be part of it.
Actually this one was a double celebration - Rose on her 50th birthday and her mother Jenny on her 80th. Again nothing too special about a double celebration except this one may never have taken place. Just a few short months ago Rose Kenny was viciously assaulted in an unprovoked attack as she left her home for work. The attack made the headlines on the news and in the papers and Rose was left fighting for her life. Despite the horrendous injuries she suffered Rose being the strong woman she is, managed to pull through and make a full recovery.
So we were delighted to be there on the night to capture some of the celebrations.
Rose and her Mam Jenny celebrating their birthdays.
This guy was a special guest at the celebrations. Noel Curley was getting out of his car to start work at the scene of the horrific attack on Rose. He was first on the scene and with a few towels he was able to stem the bleeding from Rose's wounds until the Paramedics arrived.
Rose with Noel Curley.
And finally there was Jamie, Roses's beautiful daughter who organised the celebration and what a fantastic job she did. From the cakes to the flowers, the banners, the balloons and the photos hanging around the dance floor - the place looked magnificent.
Rose and Jamie.
A huge turnout on the night by friends and family helped make this special occasion a night to remember and we wish Rose all the best for the future.
A hand written thank you card from the happy couple.
In these days of texting, e-mail, messaging, skype and all the other means of communication at our disposal, it's so nice to receive a message the old fashioned way. Even though you may sign your e-mails and send them directly to your recipient's inbox, it's not the same as getting a real paper envelope with your name and address written in pen and a colourful stamp stuck in the top right corner.
Once opened the envelope reveals it's contents - a beautiful personalised hand written Thank You card from the Bride and Groom.
I loved this little wedding car which the Groom had brought home all the way from Kosovo. Of course it wasn't all plain sailing as there were running repairs to be done on the wedding day.
However, once McGyver worked his magic with the duct tape, we were ready for the road trip to Ballintubber Abbey.
What a send off the groom gets from the neighbours in this part of Mayo! Bonfires at the side of the road to wish the happy couple well.
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