Couples often ask “Can we go somewhere after the Church service to get some pictures?” Usually this means a trip to the likes of Powerscourt Waterfall, Glendalough or other beauty spots nearby. But when Cliona O’Flaherty and Chris Judge got married in the Merrion Hotel they opted to go to the Irish Museum of Natural History across the road in Merrion Street. After the ceremony we were just finishing a ‘walkabout’, grabbing pictures in Merrion Square (a great location, with Dublin’s iconic Georgian doorways as a backdrop), when the couple decided to check out the museum. Minutes later we passed bemused staff and visitors as Chris led us to his favourite exhibit, a huge Gorilla who acted as a backdrop to one or two of their wedding pictures.
I got a really great ‘buzz’ photographing this wedding. Apart from the pair being a joy to work with (OK you think…”you would say that anyway” but in this case I really mean it!), to be chosen by Cliona was a great honour as she herself is one of Ireland’s top Commercial and Advertising photographers with a string of clients to kill for.
We did not know each other before the wedding; she found me by googling photographers. ‘Why did you book me?” I asked her “I just wanted natural wedding pictures” she replied.