“I’ve been waiting for you, and preparing for you my entire life. It was always going to be us, and it always has been us.
Our story has brought our family here to Ireland. Now our paths, which started separately meet here to form a stronger and more complete path with one another.
From the moment I saw you, I knew I needed to know you. And from the moment I knew you, I was sure I would love you forever.”
~ Eric’s vow, Barley Lake. August 2016
This wedding, these people, this place… unforgettable.
I knew it would be special from the first contact from Mary. Everything she spoke of for this celebration with Eric connected with me. And I loved the simplicity of it all and concentrating on the things that mattered. How well they knew themselves and each other. Mary and Eric travelled over to stay in West Cork all the way from Montana with just their closest family. The more I understood about them as a couple, their past and their hopes, the more I knew this was the right decision and a truly personal one. The wonderful thing about Mary and Eric is, they let you in. They welcome you into their hearts. We felt very much felt included in the intimate celebrations on the day. Above all, I felt the importance of family and faith to them and sense of adventure. From the very first email I felt Mary & Eric trusted me and as a photographer, that is all you want in clients. We even chose the ceremony location together. It was very exciting to get to be a part of that. Barley Lake was close to where they were staying in Glengarriff and it felt right for them. They exchanged vows on a rock overlooking the lake at the top of the mountain with the wild, rugged beauty of this part of Ireland for miles around. Mary and Eric chose a big house overlooking the boats on the bay for their families stay. It also meant they could have their wedding dinner and celebrations there in the evening. Alise made the setting look magical for them. They also enjoyed the local hospitality of the town including caterers and traditional folk musicians. Music was such a big part of the celebrations with Mary’s brother and sister-in-law both playing and singing songs. There was music, dancing, stories and whiskey on the go into the wee hours. A proper celebration of both their American and Irish roots.
It was pretty special also to be working alongside my friend the multi-talented Alise Taggart who was styling on this one.