It was a wet March morning and the days filming kicked off in Mullingar Co. Westmeath - home of legendary Irish crooner Joe Dolan. The bride was getting the finishing flourishes applied in a salon in town. So I took a road trip into town with one of the bridesmaids to get some footage of them all together. After a brief shoot in the Salon we traveled back to their house to capture the excitement and general craziness that only accompanies a wedding morning!
After capturing the action back home I was back in the car again - destination Drumraney, a tiny village outside of Athlone. The 45 minute trip to the church was not for nervous or fast drivers the roads around those parts are pretty narrow and undulating. Of course I got stuck behind a slow crawling tractor for most of the way to the chapel and it is not a road for overtaking! The weather didn't help either ranging from hail to torrential rain. However I arrived in good time and even managed to catch a break in the downpours to capture some nice outdoor footage at the church and some flashes of sunshine.
After the ceremony concluded we drove for around an hour to the wedding venue of Lough Rynn castle in Co. Leitrim. Lough Rynn is a hotel and castle overlooking the shores of Lough Rynn. I didn't get to see the extent of the beautiful grounds as I was on filming duty of course! But the bits I did see were stunning especially the exquisite walled gardens. We filmed at sunset and it was really beautiful but freezing cold of course being the middle of march beside a lake in the middle of Ireland!
The venue itself is a mixture of old and new. Old drawing rooms and a grand hall linked by a long modern glass walkway leading to a modern banquet hall. A very impressive venue and easy to see why it was also the choice of Irish rugby star Brian O'Driscoll for his wedding celebrations.
Congratulations to the bride and groom and thanks for letting me post this footage.
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