J & C // The Millhouse

Jen & Chris’ beautiful wedding day took place on a gloriously sunny day in May.
Chris from Germany and Jen from Skerries have lived in Australia for a number of years before making the move back to Europe and to celebrate their nuptials here in Ireland. Jen was a stunning bride dressed in a simple elegant gown and Chris was looking dapper opting for wooden elements in his bowtie and watch. The two were a joy to be around and photograph - there was so much love and emotion between them. Chris had me tearing up as well as he cried with joy upon seeing Jen make her way up the aisle to him, it was incredibly heartwarming.

We stopped off at Ardgillan Castle for their photos before making our way to the gorgeous Millhouse in Slane, where the festivities and speeches kicked off in the late afternoon sunshine. As the light dropped, it was just time for the first dance, and for their guests to let loose on the dance floor!

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R & S // Lanzarote

The lovely Rachel & Stephen reached out to me last year to enquire about coming out to Lanzarote to capture their destination wedding on the beach. Of course, I jumped at the chance! 
I love to travel and it was an honour to be asked to come out with them.
The rugged volcanic landscape and red sandy hues made a fabulous backdrop for their portraits. They were a wonderful couple - adventurous and fun-loving – I had so much fun travelling around the island to capture their pre-wedding portraits. We started on the coastline where they did their amazing first look on a rocky lava flow. We then moved to the red cliffs backdrop and inland towards Timanfaya National Park where we wandered through the spectacular cactus and lava strewn landscape as the sun was beginning to go down. They recited their vows on a sandy beach in front of all their loved ones, and spent the evening celebrating with dinner and dancing. So thankful to capture such a lovely couple's special memories in a fabulous location.

If you are planning a destination wedding, I am available for weddings abroad for the 2018/19 season. Get in touch to claire@studiobrown.ie 

M & T // Farmleigh engagement shoot

I absolutely loved capturing Meadhbh & Tom's engagement session recently around the grounds of Farmleigh. They got engaged closeby at Dublin Zoo where they had their first date! We had a crisp February afternoon with a lucky break from the rain and pockets of gorgeous light appearing. The two were a dream to capture, so sweet and natural on camera.

Meabhbh says:

Just looked through the gallery and I am beyond thrilled with the photos - they are so beautiful and I feel so happy looking at them :) I'm sat here gushing through each one and I love each picture more than the next. Thank you so much for your hard work, we feel so lucky to have found you! 

Coastal inspiration shoot published in Confetti magazine

I'm excited to share with you our shoot from last August that was recently published in the Spring edition of Confetti Magazine. We had a host of talented wedding suppliers come on board lending their skills to create some fabulous wedding inspiration for you.

The shoot was inspired by the wild and natural elements of our coastline and landscape, using a colour palette of cool blues and rose quartz, with accents of rose gold and geodes. The geodes and stones on our tablescape symbolise an elemental connection to the earth.

We were aiming for a perfect mix of modern with a delicate fine art touch to give this romantic styled shoot a balance of soft ethereal elegance with a unique touch of wild Irish nature. Tying in the mineral elements of the geodes and quartz jewellery with beautiful florals and air plants, set on a soft blue muslin, the watercolour ceramics and stationery were a perfect finishing touch to create a stunning intimate setting. Hiring a professional stylist for your wedding such as Kristine from Lovebird Designs makes all the difference in bringing your vision to life.

The interior part was set against a backdrop of exposed brick in the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin built in 1662 while the exterior was shot along the sand dunes and coastline of the wild Irish sea.

Styling and florals: Lovebird Designs
Dress and crystal headpiece: Dirty Fabulous
Model: Ella Killen from Morgan the Agency
Venue: Smock Alley Theatre 
Make-up Artist: Asta Sau Make-up Artist 
Hair Styling: Claire Barry Hair 
Cake: The Cake Cuppery
Jewellery: Chupi
Plates: DANUceramics

My favourite wedding trends for 2017

With my own wedding in the planning process for this year, poring over beautiful imagery and trends on Pinterest is all the more exciting! So, I’m multi-tasking on this post, it’s both work research ;) and wedding planning as I bring you my favourite trends for 2017.

Greenery


Starting with the Pantone colour of the year - Greenery, we’re going to see lots of lush leafy details such as gorgeous garlands and foliage style centrepieces. Green is nature’s neutral and the perfect accent to an opulent setting. 

 

 

Industrial

I absolutely adore the industrial look, and the homeware elements of copper and marble have now made their way into weddings. This would work really well in a cool and edgy city venue with brick or concrete walls. Organic greenery and succulents are your friend here too!

 

Watercolour

Anyone who has seen my stationery designs knows how much I love incorporating watercolours - they are whimsical and romantic, and are a wonderful way to add dreamy pops of colour. View samples here.

Boho

If going the traditional wedding route simply isn’t for you, and you are more drawn to a natural boho vibe, there is so much beautiful inspiration out there on how to style your day while staying true to you. I am personally so drawn to the freedom and adventure the boho aesthetic evokes.

 

Woodland

Granted our unpredictable Irish weather could make a woodland wedding a little tricky, but with ample planning, this perfectly suits the outdoorsy couple who are planning a more intimate wedding or elopement. I can’t think of anything more romantic than exchanging your vows in a stunning forest setting. 

 

If you are planning a wedding incorporating any of the above aesthetics, they are on my bucket list to photograph, so make sure to get in touch for a really great deal!

I will certainly be incorporating some of these elements for my own nuptials this year!

Images via Pinterest

C & V // Belleek Castle

I so loved capturing this wonderful wedding at Belleek Castle. Caroline & Vin were a gorgeous couple, relaxed and easy-going and it was my first dog-friendly wedding (so exciting!) complete with the gorgeous Bo serving as ring-bearer, what a cutie! All hands were on deck, with Caroline's mum making her beautiful dress, her aunts providing the flowers, and Vin designed the invitations. The grounds at Belleek were fabulous and a little wander into the forest in the late afternoon provided us some beautiful soft light for their portraits. They enjoyed the evening of dinner and dancing in the castle's dungeon setting. 

J & C // Inishowen

Jo & Colin's winter wedding was beautiful from start to finish. They incorporated lovely Christmassy elements in a very elegant way. I always love coming home to Donegal for a wedding, we are blessed with such stunning landscapes, but who knew we would be blessed with this fabulous light in the middle of December?
This couple were so relaxed and easy going, and were up for anything! With a little encouragement, they braved it onto the eroding beach at Five Fingers strand with Colin giving Jo a piggyback over the stones! I think it was worth it for these portraits with the fabulous cliffs as their backdrop. Following that, we made our way to The Red Door in Buncrana for a wonderful evening of dinner and dancing.

L & T // Ashford Castle

I recently had the pleasure of shooting an anniversary session with the lovely Lauren and Timothy at Ashford Castle. They were on their annual anniversary trip from the US, deciding to spend it in the luxurious surrounds of Ashford Castle. We explored the stunning grounds of the castle while they braved the Irish elements! They were natural, fun and carefree in front of the camera making it easy to capture these lovely moments.

R & L // Dun Laoghaire

I loved capturing Rob & Lena's simple and sweet Dun Laoghaire wedding recently, complete with the cutest flower girls! The ceremony was in the unique Maritime museum in nautical surrounds. After the small mishap of the celebrant not showing up, the couple remained positive and didn't let it dampen their day in the slightest. We strolled along the pier for their photos followed by a relaxing evening of merriment in Hartley's restaurant.

A & T // Le Castellet

Towards the end of August, I accompanied Christina Brosnan of Brosnan Photographic on my first destination wedding to the South of France. We were there to capture the wedding of Allison and Tim who had chosen this stunning villa in the Cote D'azur to say their vows surrounded by their nearest and dearest. This couple had fabulous taste with the breathtaking florals provided by Studio Mondine. On the morning of the wedding, ironically, it was pouring rain. This didn't faze the couple in the slightest who were there to have the best day of their lives regardless.
Luckily, the clouds faded back, allowing the afternoon sun to push through creating a beautiful golden hazy light. The rest of the day was perfection, with a relaxed and warm ambience, it was a true pleasure to capture. These images were all shot on film on the Contax 645, and processed by Carmencita film lab

K & K // Howth portrait session

I thoroughly enjoyed this portrait session with this fantastic couple in Howth a few weeks ago. Kelsey & Kyle were on holidays all the way from Seattle and wanted to make time to fit in a portrait session in the Irish landscape. They were so sweet and in love, with warm bubbly personalities, so they were an absolute joy to photograph. As photographers themselves, they mentioned how they usually become friends with their clients and it's not difficult to see why! 

S & P // Brooklodge

Sarah & Piotr's day was such a fun one to capture! It was an intimate wedding with just 35 of their closest family and friends in the lovely setting of Brooklodge. Their ceremony was perfect and full of emotion. The groom cried with joy seeing his bride appear at the chapel doorway, so sweet! Later in the ceremony, their little son Oisin wasn't content until he took pride of place up on his Dad's shoulders as they recited their vows. The beautiful music was provided by the Dublin Gospel Choir . Afterwards they enjoyed the champagne reception and the evening's celebration.

J & J // Marlfield House

I recently had the pleasure of second shooting this stunning wedding alongside the talented Christina Brosnan of Brosnan Photographic. The lovebirds, Jennifer & James were married in a romantic woodland ceremony on the grounds of Marlfield House. The ceremony was filled with heartfelt words and musical pieces by their family and friends. The details were so elegant and tasteful - Jennifer opted for a full blush off the shoulder gown, pairing it with sparkly Jimmy Choos, and a fabulous wild bouquet filled with touches of purple. 

A & A // The Millhouse

Aimee & Alan's beautiful wedding day took place at the gorgeous setting of The Millhouse in Slane in late July. They were blessed with a beautiful day surrounded by family and friends, most importantly, their little son Daniel! Aimee chose a stunning tossed tulle Vera Wang dress, and had a gorgeous bouquet with peonies and anemones. The flowers were also tied into the wedding cake, made by Aimee's talented mum! The charm of the Millhouse mixed with Aimee's stylish choices made for a rustic and elegant day.

Aimee says:

Claire thank you so much for our amazing wedding photos, you captured the whole day beautifully and didn't miss a single shot. You were an absolute pleasure to work with, we honestly couldn't have asked for a better photographer!

Dress: White by Vera Wang David's bridal
Hair by Joanne Kelly
Make up by Kate H  
Shoes: Irregular Choice
Cake: Darling Cakes by May
Jewellery: Swarovski & Newbridge  
Flowers: Petite Fleurs
Suits: Moss Bros
Stationery: A drim design

S & J // Harvey's Point

Sarah & John’s story is a sweet one! They are teenage sweethearts, having gone to prom together almost a decade ago, and the rest is now history. They are absolutely smitten - brave John even penned his own version of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Sarah’ to serenade her during his speech. They finished the evening with an amazing first dance!

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Dress: Raimon Bundo, Barcelona
Hair: Caitriona's Hairsalon, Letterkenny
Make up: Beautyland, Letterkenny
Bridesmaid dresses: Coast
Suits: McElhinneys, Ballybofey
Flowers: Alcorns, Letterkenny
Cars: Peter Mc Lean, Letterkenny
Cake: Ruth Keogh (Tiers of Joy)
Rings: McCullagh's Jewellers, Letterkenny
Church: St. Mary's, Ramelton
Venue: Harvey's Point
Church music: Deirdre McLaughlin & Peter Howard
Videographer: Rabbit & the Fox
Band: Humble Earthworms

R & N // The Millhouse

It was such a pleasure to photograph Rachael & Nigel's beautiful day in June. Their ceremony was held in St. Andrew's Church, Malahide where Rachael's mother is laid to rest. Following the ceremony, we visited the spot in Malahide castle where Nigel got down on one knee! Their initials are carved in the tree on the spot where it happened. Then it was on to the beautiful Millhouse in Slane for a wonderful reception filled with heart-warming speeches and a stunning summer's day to accompany it. 

Having just received their photos, Rachael says:

Thank you so much for helping capture our wedding day in only a way your eye can. The photos are fantastic and we couldn't be happier. You blended in as if you were just a snap happy one of our friends. Really enjoyed your company and loving your work

The Path workshop in Giverny with D'Arcy Benincosa

I recently travelled to the quaint village of Giverny, France to attend a fine art photography workshop led by a photographer who’s work I’ve been admiring for quite some time, D’Arcy Benincosa. We stayed in adorable AirBnBs in the French countryside, while the workshop was hosted in a 17th century Tudor style French home. Not only is D’Arcy’s work and success inspiring, and she was highly generous with her insight and knowledge, but she’s one of those people who is so charismatic and positive, you just want to be around them all the time. 

With D’Arcy’s guidance, this was my first time shooting medium format film on the Contax 645, and having just received my scans back, I’m so thrilled with the results. They weren’t exaggerating when they said it feels like Christmas morning getting the scans back! The images here were all shot on Fuji 400h film stock with a Contax 645 medium format camera and scanned by Carmencita film lab.

The workshop elements were inspired from the French Impressionist style, and we went along to the gardens of Monet on one of the mornings to have a wander and hear how the florists draw their inspiration. How dreamy and gorgeous are the dresses from Maria Luisa Rabell?

The talented ladies Becca and Maz from The Garden Gate Flower Company joined us to create some gorgeous blooms to accompany the models, as well as the wonderful and artistic Nessa from LA MARIEE AUX PIEDS NUS who styled the stunning French dinner table for us to capture.

D’Arcy’s sister, April, a hair and make-up artist was there to create soft and elegant looks for the gorgeous models.

We had the opportunity to set up and photograph some gorgeous details from close-ups of the beautiful morning gowns by GIRL WITH A SERIOUS DREAM, exquisite bespoke jewellery by SUZIE SALTZMAN and stationery by THE LITTLE NORTH SEA STUDIO set off with LANCASTER & CORNISH plant dyed ribbons.

We spent the second afternoon on developing your business and crafting a cohesive marketing strategy, with D’Arcy sharing some of her fantastic resources as well as the habits and methods that have proven successful for her.

 It was a really wonderful opportunity to meet such talented professionals and to learn and be inspired creatively.