Wedding in Clara Vale Church and Tinakilly House

Wicklow's Clara Vale has all the elements of the quintessential 'picture postcard'setting: the whitewashed church, the narrow stone hump-backed bridge straddling the fast-flowing Avonmore river. When you're a wedding photographer this is about as good as it gets; so I was chuffed when Roisin and James asked me to photograph their wedding there. Neither one of them is from Wicklow but they wanted to get married in the county. Inside the church was great for photographs; bright with lots of room to move about inconspicuously, letting me capture all of the key moments without being noticed. Outside for 5 minutes of pictures after the ceremony and we were off to the wedding reception in Tinakilly House. The crisp autumn day saw the arriving guests gather around the large welcoming fire. Meanwhile I did a some more pictures with the couple outside taking advantage of the magnificent grounds of the hotel.  Captain Robert Halpin, a Wicklow resident, constructed Tinakilly House in the 19th century. As commander of The Great Eastern he laid the telegraph cable connecting Europe to America. Tinakilly went through many incarnations before it was bought in 1982 by Bill Power who developed it as a hotel. Inside, the hotel is great for pictures; full of features from the magnificent sweeping staircase to the array of furnishings assembled with a tasteful eye and a 'zero tolerance' for kitsch.

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