In September I, along with another photographer friend, was invited to my favourite coffee shop, Deja Brew, Union Hall, to sample some of the delights on offer as their part in the “A Taste of West Cork” food festival. Deja Brew proprietor and head chef, Sean Wilson, along with guest chef’s Pete Marshall and Mark Naundorf cooked up a fantastic 5-course meal using only the best of locally sourced ingredients & produce, showcasing the best of what West Cork has to offer.
Our story begins in 2007, when Caroline Herbert, a hard working nurse, looking for adventure decide to take a year out and go see Australia. Fast forward 10 years and she is now married wth 2 lovely children and still in Australia !
Caroline and Joel Tuwhangai met in 2009 when he moved in with some mutual friends of theirs. Their first daughter Clodagh arrived in 2012 and they got engaged on Christmas morning 2013. Joel's proposal was nothing if not original. He did not go down on one knee as tradition might dictate, in fact he did not even get out of bed ! No bells & whistles, that's Joel, not that he needs bells & whistles to be the amazing partner & father that he is.
Joel is described as the most forgetful & unorganised person you can imagine, and Caroline is the exact opposite and yet they make it work!
Below are a few images to give you an insight into their wedding day in the Sprintfort Hall, Cork, on a very wet day in Ireland
I have always believed that being a photographer is a privileged position, which carries a responsibly not just of taking photos, but of capturing moments. Moments come in all shapes and sizes, they are nearly always emotive, very hard to predict, but most of all when threaded together in a photo book they tell a strong human story, long after a moment is gone – immortalising memories for generations to come.
I had the absolute privilege of capturing ‘once in a life-time moments’, at the wedding of James Mulloy and Roza Loskoski. The couples’ wedding took place in the wonderful Aherlow House Hotel, on a typically mild but very warm ‘Irish day’. As photographer, I have to admit that I am slightly obsessed by the weather and have developed a second sense for the ‘right kind’ of weather for capturing the ‘right kind’ of shot. Honestly, I’m not sure Roza's family, who had travelled, all the way, from Australia had the same option of our ‘fine Irish day’, they were frozen!
Elizabeth and Martin's wedding was held on a stunning spring day in the lovely county of Laois, The couple made their vows in front of family and friends in the church of the Holy Rosary in Abbeyleix before a reception in the stunning Castle Durrow hotel.
Emma & Enda met on Emma’s first day in NUIG back in 2006,However, according to Emma it was a 6 months later before they went on their first official date! Skip ahead 2 years and the they moved in together in Enda’s home town in Donegal while Emma finished her studies.
Once the recession hit the couple left Ireland and spent time traveling through Asia & Australia before deciding to settle for a while in Wellington NZ. They loved NZ but living so far away from family and friends was hard so in 2012 they packed their bags again and moved to London.
They moved back to Ireland in the spring of 2015 and had their wedding in early autumn in Barnabrow House, Cork
I recently had the pleasure of photographing newborn Esmé Koh. Here she is at 6 days old. She had been a bit unwell in the days before the shoot, having spent some time in hospital. She slept through the entire shoot, and never made a sound !