Francois & Stephen

We had a beautiful day last Saturday for the wedding of Francois and Steve. They had planned this day for a long time, and I am sure that all their preparations were more than worthwhile. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, blue skies warm and light winds.

There was a crowded house where the bride and bridesmaids were getting ready, I really enjoyed this picture, where the little flower girls gaze in admiration at Francois as her dress is laced up. Fran made a stunning bride as expected.

Onto the groom's party for their preparation. Another crowded house, especially as the men are all rugby players. Now you don't expect men like this to have to use make-up, but Steve had a good excuse. There is never a good time to cut yourself shaving, least of all on your wedding day!

At the church we had some nearby roadworks to contend with, but everyone made it in good time. Here the bridesmaids are waiting for Fran to arrive at St. Martin's church.

Reverend Keirle always has a good joke or two for the people present, but the best man played his own joke by presenting a couple of hula hoops as rings. Once the laughter died down he promptly ate them and normal service was resumed!

We stopped off at Fermain Bay on the way to The Venue for a splendid reception.

The first dance provided me with the opportunity to record this close moment between the newly weds.

To finish off this blog I have chosen one of my favourite images of the day, a very demanding picture to take as the couple let off a chinese lantern into the dark night sky. What makes it so special are the beautiful colours, dramatic lighting, and of course the lovely expressions as I got the perfect moment just as the lantern was released.