Vanessa & Paul
Vanessa & Paul’s big day was blessed with glorious sunshine & high temperatures. The west of Ireland is not noted for these kind of days, but the happy couple & all the guests enjoyed every second.
I first called to Vanessa’s home in the morning. All was calm & relaxed. Caroline Coyne was on Make-Up, while Natalie O’Brien was on hairdressing duties. They are two hard working ladies but always great to meet.

Kilmaine, Co. Mayo was the location for the lovely ceremony, where vocalist, Kayla McDonagh,  sang the stunning bride up the aisle to meet her groom, Paul.
The bride’s father was emotional as the change over took place, the sign of a man who is stoutly proud of his daughter & family.

Photographer (and neighbour) John McMahon was on duty with me, & as is the norm, we had a pleasant photo-shoot at the church post ceremony. We then moved to Salthill for the rest of the photographs, stopping briefly to The Claddagh, Salthill beach & park.

It was then a short move to The Galway Bay Hotel, where after the meal the Weightless Astronauts belted out the music to the many dancers.

Helen + Tommy
I had the pleasure of capturing the wedding day of Helen & Tommy at Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. The church is noted for it’s beautiful stained glass windows, with vibrant & lively colours.
As the wedding progressed, it was obvious that beauty, colour & liveliness were the order of the day.

The highlight for me of the church ceremony was the proud father of the bride leading his daughter up the aisle.
After the ceremony celebrated with Fr. Cosgrove, we departed for Cong for a short photoshoot.
Kieran Ryan was the photographer on duty. This was the first time I worked with Kieran & I have to say that he is a gentleman to be around. We were blessed with nice light & good weather for this part of the day.
The Salthill Hotel, Galway held the reception. As always, Pauline & staff do a fantastic job for all couples. This wedding was no exception.

After the meal, one of the most energetic bands around: Wavelength, had the floor hopping late into the night.

Thanks again, Helen & Tommy for having me capture the big day! Happiness always to you both.


Some special moments from the wedding of Valerie & Michael.
The wedding took place in one of the most beautiful parts of Co. Mayo – the small village of Cornboy on the north west coast.
The church was filled to capacity to see this loveliest of couples tie the knot.
Afterwards, we went for the photo/video shoot to the ridiculously beautiful beach at Portacloy. I was working with that gentleman, Mark Capilitan who was on photography duty.
The drive from the beach to Mulranny where the reception took place was a longish, but very scenic one . The Mulranny Park Hotel must have the best location of any hotel in the country. The scenery is breath-taking. It is also one of the friendliest to work in. Thanks to Asda for all the help (and patience!)
Thanks to Valerie & Michael for the privilege of working with you!, Fiona Newell at

Sarah & Darren 2017

Oughterard church, Co. Galway was beautifully decorated for the wedding of Sarah & Darren. The church was full to capacity as friend of the bride & groom, Fr. Daniel Gallagher, conducted the ceremony. The Ignite Gospel choir ( added their music & voices to the ceremony – fantastic!

Gerry O’Gorman of Lane Studios took all the gorgeous (Gerry’s favorite word!) photographs on the day. A gentleman.
It was then off to the Galway Bay Hotel for the reception, where the legendary band, Killeen, played long into the night.
A happy day & a great day! Thanks to Sarah & Darren.

Bernadette & Andrew

Always an extra special day, New Year’s Eve must be one of the really extraordinary days to get married.  We look back on fondness for the year passed, but the couple  are earnestly looking forward to the years ahead.
Bernadette & Andrew choose this day  for their nuptials. The day might have been bitterly cold but from the outset, there was was feeling of warmth about this day.
The ceremony took place in Clonbur, Co. Galway. Fr. Gerry Burns, the celebrant, gave the couple & large congregation a lovely homily.
Ann & Monica Brennan were the church vocalists & musicians. To say they were wonderful is a total understatement. The music played was absolutely perfect: Beautiful!

Vanessa Jordan & Anita Murphy were the photographers on this day. They are two really creative ladies & it’s always a pleasure to be working alongside them. After mass, we traveled on to Cong for the photo shoot. Michael Sweeney of Abbey Limousines  provided the lovely transport for the bridal party. Winter or Summer, Cong is a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos & video. As was mentioned before, it was very cold, so I thanks has to go to the full wedding party for the patience during the photo-shoot!
After all the photos, it was off to the Claregalway Hotel for the reception. It is one of my favourite places to work. Nora & her staff are really friendly & helpful – two attributes that not only make my day easier but also ensures that the couple receive better results on their wedding day film.

When the sumptuous meal was over, Raindance wedding band got the couple on the floor for their first dance. From then until I finished, after ringing in the New Year, the floor was never less than full. Raindance are good. Period. Ollie & his three sidekicks are great musicians, with a big streak of fun in them, as well!! Always delighted to meet them.


To Bernadette & Andrew: Thank you! Happy New Year, Happy new marriage, happy new life!


Lisacul, Co. Roscommon was the location for this Christmas wedding. While the weather was bitterly cold, the wedding itself oozed  warmth.
The bride & groom were home from sunny Australia for their nuptials & had a host of family & friends around them. Everyone was in Christmas mode.
Heather Fair of had the church looking beautiful as is usual. The groom’s sister was the vocalist, accompanied by guitarist, Tom Lyons. Sensational sounds!
David Knight of was the photographer on the day. He is a gentleman & very easy to work alongside.

After the ceremony, it was off to the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone for the reception.
I left this lovely couple after the speeches. It was a short enough day for me but I got the feeling that it was going to be a long night on the dancefloor!

I would like to say a big thanks to this couple for been so, so nice.
Be happy & stay happy, Laura & David. See you down the road! JM


We have all heard the saying ‘keeping the best wine until last’? These words kept popping into my head all through Aisling & Cathal’s fantastic wedding day. On almost the last day of 2016, this was a massively enjoyable day for all the guests and indeed, for all those who helped out.

From the moment photographer, John McMahon ( and myself arrived at Aisling’s impeccable home, it was obvious that it was going to be a stress free wedding. It’s always a pleasure to work with John. He is obviously good at his job but he is always courteous & puts everyone at ease. Stephanie Cawley (Chrysalis Beauty Salon) was on make-up & as usual, all was on time & all was calm.

St. Mary’s Church, Claran was filled to capacity as Aisling arrived with her parents. Best man, Kevin, supplied the transport for the day. Aisling’s walk up the aisle was as relaxed as I have ever seen – Cathal waited calmly! Celebrant, Fr. Ray Flaherty guided the couple through their vows after giving a great homily, filled with wise words & a little humour thrown in.

After mass, John McMahon quickly had the register signing & family photographs taken. Then, after shaking hands with the many guests, the wedding party popped in to the Anglers Rest ( in Headford for a quick drink before heading to UCG for some wedding party photography.

As the evening closed in, the wedding party arrived at the Salthill Hotel ( Pauline & all the staff  are expert at what they do at the Salthill Hotel. A popular hotel for weddings because they are good at what the do.

The best man & Cathal were probably a bit nervous prior to their speeches but they were both brilliant. Cathal’s words were obviously from the heart, while Kevin’s had a great mix of fun & genuine good words for Cathal. More words followed after dinner from Shane Cunningham, impressionist. (Shane Cunningham – Impressionist) An up & coming young man with a lot of talent!

Later on, the Lewd Tunes  ( band played long into the night. The guests obviously knew what the floor was for!

Many thanks to Aisling & Cathal for having me record their great day. It was brilliant! Stay happy & mind each other. JM



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This was my first time filming in St Teresa’s Rathduff church, Knockmore, Co. Mayo. When I arrived there on the morning of the wedding, I was more than delighted to see that the bride’s home was no more than 20 steps away from the church. The house was full of well organised activity & the bride, Louise was calm & in great form. Karl Keaney of was already in full flow photographing all the magic moments.
A short time later, the groom, Paul, and his cohorts arrived at the church. They proceeded to walk past the bride’s house up the hill to the church. An unusual sight! The boys were all decked out in kilts. From then until mass time, the many guests arrived – some stopped at the brides home & had a chat or a cup of tea before walking to the church
The bride, her family & bridesmaids all walked to the church too, led by a piper. This was magical.
Fr. John Loftus, a friend of the bride’s family, celebrated mas & gave a lovely personal homily. The church was filled to capacity to see & Louise & Paul exchange their rings & vows.
After the ceremony, the bridal party scooted off to Ballina for the photography session in the woods at Belleek. Thankfully, the weather behaved itself & we got some cracking photos & film there. With Karl Keaney, you are always guaranteed a very enjoyable photoshoot.
The Diamond Coast Hotel ( Enniscrone hosted the reception. This is a fabulous hotel for a wedding, ably organised by Mary Clarke & staff. The speeches were very entertaining & very funny. Groom, Paul could pass as a stand up comic! Louise is a big Mayo GAA fan & Paul is a fervent Celtic fan. Their wedding cake was decked out in the colours of both teams & their cake topper was unique.
D.J. Jason Shaughnessy ( the musical entertainment after dinner. He soon had the floor filled to capacity.

Many thanks to Louise & Paul for having me along to film this hugely enjoyable day!

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This fantastic couple organised their wedding day from Australia which is not an easy thing to do. But it was a hugely successful day, full of laughter & fun.
The ceremony was at Williamstown church, Co. Galway. The celebrant was a relation, so the ceremony was nicely laid back. Roseanna Brehony (such a sweet, sweet voice) was the church vocalist.
It was then off to Milltown for the photography session. Lorraine Cryan was on duty to capture all those special moments for the couple.

The reception was held at the Claregalway Hotel. This is one of my favourite hotels to work in – Nora Gill, the owner, runs a fantastically efficient ship.
Fiona Newell, of Cascading Chocolate Fountains had her full range of services on hand: chocotate fountain (what a display!!!)photo booth, wishing well, ferrero rocher tree etc., etc.
After the meal, it was the turn of The Elastic Band to belt out the music for the lively dancers.
Overall, this was a terrific day.
Well done Loretta & Patrick!

I had the pleasure of filming Mary & Darren’s wedding day in Oughterard, Co. Galway. Although just after Christmas, the weather was beautiful for their big day.
This Bride & Groom really enjoyed the day. Indeed, if there was a prize for ‘Happiest Groom’ of 2013, Darren would win hands down!
Photography on the day was by Deirdre Langan and the transport was by Pat Feeney of
The reception was held in The Salthill Hotel, where Pyramid provided the music.

Mary Teresa & Robert married recently in Kiltullagh church, Co. Galway. Although it was very cold, the sun did shine on this lovely couple.
They added some fabulous ‘retro’ touches to their day, with yellow been the predominant colour.
Patricia Kenny was the photographer for the day.
The Meadow Court was the venue for the reception and Oddity had the floor hopping with their upbeat music.
Really beautiful day, with mighty craic!
Thanks for having me around!! JM

Mary Teresa & Robert from Avalon Video – John Murphy on Vimeo.