Going through what seemed an A to Z of storms During the month of December, I was ending this long working year with a trip to Ballintubber in Mayo for Sarah & Philip’s wedding. Their wedding was to be held at Ballintubber Abbey. An undoubtedly stunning structure and one I love to return to. So the bad weather on the journey up there could never dampen my spirits. Nor the forced detours along the way.
It had been a while since I had been to Mayo for a wedding. I was certainly looking forward to the trip to photograph this Ballintubber Abbey wedding for the happy couple. And while I had to go cross country to avoid some flooded roads on the way I made it without too much drama. Navigating Cong was tricky given the water had risen quite high. Crossing that humpback bridge was a bit nerve wracking. And once landing in Mayo all was rather calm. Which was great.
Getting to Sarah’s parents house first to start the day with the early preparations, and they were of course in great spirits.
Happy enough with the way that went, I packed up my cameras and got a head start on the bride and company. And just as I was to make my trip to the Abbey it all started to turn a bit wild. Weather wise. Though it was as expected. It was certainly going to add some spice to the day. And of course it certainly added to the atmosphere of this wedding day.
The lads were in a fairly calm enough mood. It is almost a novelty to see the guests at the church well before the actual ceremony time. Certainly rare. Better to beside this cosy enough setting that outside in the wild.
From here the day moved in a lovely manner. It’s wild outside. The light is fading. And yet for this late December wedding the mood is vibrant and candid. Palpable. Here’s a summary from Sarah & Phil’s candid wedding!