Category: Wedding Day

Wedding // Kinnitty Castle Hotel // Birr // Offaly // Grace & Johnny

Myself and my husband asked Jamie to be our photographer for our big day and it’s safe to say it was the best decision we made in capturing every single aspect of our day!! He did exactly what was on the tin- every photo came out amazing which is a statement and a half! He captured the beauty of the venue, the joy our guests experienced sharing the day with us and the love my now husband and I share. Jamie didn’t miss a beat on the day and I would highly recommend him for capturing the happiest day of your lives. He went above and beyond in every aspect!! Dedicated to the job is an understatement!! A top notch guy!! – Grace & Johnny

Bride Prep

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Bride prep for Grace was at her parents home with the ones she loves.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I took this one as a bit of a laugh, as if Grace’s father and brother in law where part of the “Bride Squad”

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I purposely stood here waiting for Grace to walk past all these pictures of her and her siblings and also her parents wedding photos. I Thought it was a nice way of showing alot of past as she walks towards her future!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Always love catching the reactions of the family as the Bride is seen for the first time.

Groom Prep

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I didn’t realise till I turned up that Johnny was getting ready on his own at his flat. This was a moment he was trying to process everything before he started getting ready.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Johnny was wearing crocs all morning and I really wanted to get them in a shot whilst he was putting his new wedding shoes on.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

It’s a bit of a cliche shot this one, but anytime you have nice natural light coming through a window, the classic looking out shot isn’t a bad one to have. This was probably the only time I asked Johnny to do anything throughout the day.

Ceremony

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Johnny really was finding the whole ceremony hard, he really struggled to smile and even look at anyone.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Grace on the other hand couldn’t stop smiling. I took an opportunity to nip in and get a close up here.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I do love getting in close to faces, but sometimes they need context and this shot was a way of showing Johnny’s stern nerves as Grace walked in.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Kinnity Castle was a great venue and always a classic shot to get the couple out the front of a venue. Just after the ceremony is great for reactions between the couples like this moment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Walking back down the aisle hand in hand is always another classic shot for the couple, but not always easy as you need to focus and compose whilst walking backwards!

Speeches

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Speeches are one of my favourite parts to capture from a wedding day, there’s always such great emotions from everyone!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I always like to include more than just those at the head table in a few shots.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Sometimes reactions can be very subtle but show alot. You could see the love from Johnny’s mother in this fleeting moment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Catching Grace in a full on laugh was great, but i was trying to add something to the picture here by shooting through some fairy lights that were on a balcony.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

This picture might not mean much to most people, but to Grace and Johnny it means alot. This was the end of a silly anecdote Johnny was retelling about their relationship together.

People

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I love catching groups of people together.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

At the time it can be a throw away moment in time.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

But these are the kind of pictures that years down the road are so interesting.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I love this one in particular from the day. It was inbetween some formal family pictures that there was some great moments.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

I shot this one as to make it feel as if you’re there at the table congratulating Grace & Johnny.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Then there’s fun moments when there’s alot going on that are so fun to capture.

Portrait Session

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

If you had seen me taking this picture you wouldn’t think this would come from it. This was a stylistic choice where I wanted to highlight the interaction between Grace & Johnny.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

A short walk from Kinnity Castle are some great woods. The sun was beaming in and creating some lovely light.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

There was alot more captured than the few pictures you see here. This one was just a nice moment as they walked around exploring.

Party

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

First dance is easy to focus on the couple dancing, but I love catching peoples reactions also.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

This was a fun cake cutting, they were given this sword to cut with!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

This was a fun game where Grace was behind the curtain using her hands to control Johnny. I got in close to show the confusion on Johnny’s face while his brothers laugh their heads off in the background!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

The stage lighting was causing some crazy colours on Johnny’s brother as he held up the curtain. I used this to frame the guests laughing at the entertainment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Reliving some funny moments really made this guest laugh!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Grace & Jonathan  Kinnity Castle Hotel Offaly Ireland 2020

Here I stood behind the band to give some context to what the guests are singing and dancing to.

Wedding // Kinnitty Castle Hotel // Birr // Offaly // Grace & Johnny

View more photos from the Pixieset album at https://jamiegilliesphotography.pixieset.com/graceandjonathan/

Wedding // Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

What a great photographer. He truly cared to make our Wedding Special. We got some stunning photos and he was even willing to stay past sunset and get some awesome night shots. He really knows how to capture natural moments. He really knows how to frame a shot and gives clear direction at times and other times he let’s you forget he’s even there. Thank you for everything you did for us to make the occasion one we can remember for a lifetime – Harley & Fini

Bride Prep

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Bride prep for Fini was happening in her hotel room at the venue at Fernhill House Hotel.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Her sisters were coming and going. They were all enjoying the build up to the day.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

It isn’t often I ask anyone to do anything, but the way Fini happened to be standing, talking to her family with the beautiful soft light coming through the window, it was too much to pass up a great portrait shot. All it took from me was to ask her to turn her head!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

After a while everyone forgets I’m there. They become themselves and this is when I love capturing these small moments

Groom Prep

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Harley is someone who likes to joke around, so it was great to capture him doing some random things!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

To me the most mundane things can be really interesting when you look back on them. Even a bit of ironing can bring back some memories!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020
Wedding of Fini & Harley. Ceremony at Fernhill House,,Clonakilty,Cork,Ireland,. Reception at ,,,Cork,,

The energy started to change the nearer Harley got to seeing Fini. It wasn’t going to be long before they met for the big reveal..

Reveal & Portrait Session

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

There was a lovely bamboo corridor that Harley waited for Fini along….

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Fini excitedly headed down…

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Even though the reveal is something set-up, the reactions you get are sooo real!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Even after the initial reveal, the energy and moments don’t stop.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Simple things like holding hands and just walking can be a joy to capture.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Fini & Harley were real naturals when it came to just showing affection to each other. I didn’t do anything to make this happen other than to just tell them to face each other.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

It’s the moments inbetween that are really worth capturing, I can’t let my guard drop for any moment!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

The gardens at the Fernhill House Hotel provided alot of variety and beautiful places to take images.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Getting in really close can help convey those moments

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

The gardens are set lower down the hill than the hotel, so I headed back up to really show the beauty of Clonakilty. Because everything is so green, Fini & Harley really stood out even being so small in the photo, add in an exaggerated kiss and voila!

Pre Ceremony

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Being that Fini & Harley did a reveal before the Ceremony, they wanted to just hang out before they tied the knot

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

It might look staged but all I did was be patient and let this moment happen naturally.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I love taking pictures of people taking pictures, especially when they’re messing around having fun. It’s great because they’re going to have 2 photos of this moment. This one and the one they were taking on the phone. 2 perspectives of the same moment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I think it helps to show context to an image. I could have just taken a picture of Fini & Harley without anyone in the image, but that doesn’t show the full story. The fact they were in their own world with others around them shows how much love they have.

Ceremony & First Dance

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

There was only one bridesmaid and she had to be told what to do!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

The ceremony is all about the tiny interactions. Those tiny moments of eye contact…

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Also the caring moments…

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Don’t forget about the laughs!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Fini & Harley weren’t having a big party later in the evening, so they wanted to do the first dance straight after the ceremony.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

There’s no rules to how you plan your wedding day. Fini & Harley definitely didn’t go “conventional” and that made it so much more fun!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Looking over peoples shoulders is one of my favourite ways to take a shot. It makes you feel like you’re actually there with everyone enjoying the moment.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I wouldn’t be a fan of the selfie stick myself, but Harley is and it was good fun to use!

People

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Taking pictures of guests is part of what I love. Particularly scenes when there’s just people conversing in different groups and different things going on. I think these are great ones to look back on years down the line.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I’m proud to say I won an award for this one from Ninedots which is awarded by top wedding photographers. A quick moment that was a blink and you miss it where the bridesmaid was jumping and the guest joined in. I managed to capture this with them both in mid-air and a great expression on the young girl.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

This was just before the ceremony whilst waiting to go down to the marquee. I love how Harley and Fini are so happy whilst their friends are quite the opposite.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

After the ceremony and everyone’s mingling, there’s always different things going on.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Love this one. A great smile by Fini’s sister whilst the bridesmaid gets taken for a ride.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

I wouldn’t consider this anything special, but it’s a moment in time that later down the years will bring back memories from a point later in the day as things were winding down.

Evening Portrait Session

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Even though it was raining and cold outside, Fini & Harley wanted some evening portraits taken.

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Using the lampost for the only source of light I just asked them to lean against it and look at each other. Love does the rest!

Jamie Gillies / My Real Name Is James Wedding Photography Fini  & Harley Fernhill House  Cork  2020

Even though I did bring out my flash and we took some other shots, using the lampost were my favourite shots. It wasn’t a picture I had in mind to take before we went down there, I just saw it and thought it had to be used.

Wedding // Fernhill House Hotel // Clonakilty // Cork // Fini & Harley

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