The tides began to steal away from morning light
As night receded river walls seemed to grow high
Then you climbed down into my arms and closed your eyes
When we awoke we had been drifting”
– Declan O’Rourke
Neil and Hannah’s wedding has been on my mind this whole year since I shot it. It represented all that touches my heart as a wedding photographer. They booked me ages ago. And when Hannah got in touch I just knew from her first email how much the photographs would mean to her. I was honoured to be able to document this wedding. The funny thing is, the best part was not even something we had initially planned. A few days before the wedding we were watching the weather. We knew a big storm was blowing in and arriving in the afternoon. Around about the time we had portraits planned. And the weather can get a little crazy on the Inishowen Penisuala! So instead of meeting each other at the alter they opted for a ‘first look’ in the morning on the cliffs of Legacurry, whilst it was still dry up there. Although so many friends and family turned out for the wedding and that was amazing, I could tell there was something really important happening up on those cliffs between those two. It was in the air and in Hannah’s tears. I realised the importance of it after when Neal told me this was a place his own parents used to love to visit when they were alive. I feel, and I’m sure they did too, the presence of them there at Lagacurry when Neil turned around to see his best friend and the wonderful girl he was just about to marry. This wedding was so much about people but also a place, with memories enshrined. They chose to add to that legacy in the most beautiful way. This is what weddings should be.