What happens when a German girl meets a Swiss boy in Dublin? One hellavu wedding that's what. Anja & Benedikt were married just at the first sign of Spring in a woodshed surrounded by their people. It rained a little and it didn't matter one bit. They had the perfect outlook of whatever happens happens and we'll roll with it. We particularly loved that Anja's best friend walked with her down the aisle. We didn't understand a word of their family speeches, but understood completely at the same time. We would shoot this day over and over again if we could.
2016 was a year of milestones for us. Five full years in business, passing the 200 weddings mark, and by Neal's not very scientific calculation, taking our millionth photo together as The Campbells.
That is a lot of glimpses into the human condition and it's what makes us value our jobs. You'll be glad to know that there aren't a million photos in this post, but this small selection does represent the reasons why we still love telling these stories. Moments of stillness, moments of hilarity, moments of raw emotion, and many moments of love.
Five years in and we're just getting started. Bring on the next five.
The morning of Shauna & Hardeep's wedding was gorgeous and they REALLY wanted to have their ceremony outside in Ballyvolane's garden. Then weather seemed to take a turn for the worse and it was down to the wire to make a decision on whether or not to move the ceremony indoors. Everyone was running around checking their phones for weather updates but it was looking grim. Shauna was steadfast and kept the ceremony in the garden and we were so glad she did. After a few tiny showers during the Baraat (groom's procession) and Milni (meeting of the two families) it turned into a beautiful afternoon. Seriously, it was like a disney movie - birds were chirping, small animals were frolicking (mostly dogs).
The reception seemed to fly by in a haze of laughter, pints and serious merriment. We loved that they named their tables after movies and then asked their guests to act out scenes from said movies. Then of course there was the epic costume change that brought with it some SERIOUS dancing. The group Shamrock Bhangra were an absolute joy to watch. If Shauna and Hardeep manage to carry with them even a quarter of the happiness that was floating around on their day then they will be set for life!
Here's to Nuala and Caolan whose spark is so bright I instantly loved them. I loved that Nuala eschewed traditions and walked herself down the aisle. I loved that her mother gave the first speech. I loved that their passion for life, their friends and their ideals basically radiated from them. I loved this day, every bit of it.
A very special thanks to Kelly McAllister for second shooting. That crazy amazing flower crown was made by The Rosehip And Berry Floral Studio.
Oh 2015 you were a sly minx! From Connemara to Kenmare to Cork and back again (more than once) it was an incredible year. We are more than 5 years into this game and growing ever more thankful every year that these beautiful souls invite us to put our mark on their memories. It is nothing short of a privilege and we still feel like we are just getting started.
Kristi still crys at every wedding and Neal still revels in the shot of adrenaline before each ceremony. To all suppliers who worked behind the scenes to make our jobs easier, thank you. To all the families who welcomed us in their homes (and countless cups of tea offered), thank you. To all the bridesmaids and groomsmen (and even the bridesmen) who offered helping hands and guidance, thank you. To our community of photographers who support us in countless ways, thank you. Most importantly, to our brides and grooms who were nothing short of beautiful people doing things exactly the way they wanted to do them, thank you!
*a little Father Ted(ism)