Saturday, July 24, 2010

Ireland Day 17 - A Wedding

Woke up very tired this morning, but it was important! Brad had a wedding to shoot today and I was going along as his assistant, aka pack mule.

While unloading the gear, I discovered that we had a hitch-hiker.

We met in the morning and had breakfast while he talked about the order of the day and what he'd need me to do. Weddings are always such an ordeal, they take a great amount of energy. After breakfast we bought sandwiches to eat later (which was a very good idea).

Around 10:30 (or half ten, as they'd say here), we arrived at the bride's house. Actually, first we went to three wrong houses and then we arrived at the bride's house :P Took a lot of photos there before heading to the church, a great old one in the Claddach. The bride had an amazing dress, it was gorgeous. The train was intensely long and so was her train. She was beautiful!

I like this photo, but the more I look at it the more I feel that it looks as though her wrists are broken. Thoughts?

The church was impressive, very old. I was mostly helping Brad and not really taking photos at that point. The ceremony was Catholic, to be sure. It was about an hour and a half and the priest was funny. That took me by surprise. After the ceremony we walked across the street to the long walk on the middle arch and he took bridal party portraits with the Claddach houses set as the backdrop. Looked fantastic.

They had their reception at a hotel in Salthill and that was fantastic too! We didn't stay for long, but the little I saw was absolutely hoppin'! The dinner room was decked out and all of the lights were a moody sort of purple/pink. Sounds hideous, but I assure you it was not. Brad also took a few more bride/groom only photos at a park just across the street from the hotel. Those were lovely with the woods and a small pond/bridge. All in all, a good time and a good day!

Now I am home. I'll be going out before too long because there's a birthday party I've been invited too! Should be a good time :D I hope so at least. It's for Owen, Geraldine's boyfriend. They're very nice people.

Depending on the weather, I may go to the Aran Islands tomorrow or Monday. Currently the plan is to go to the Cliffs of Moher on Tuesday. Hopefully nothing changes there. Wednesday I work, then Thursday it's Ladies Day at The Races! Horse races. So many new experiences. Friday - Monday I have off and I'll be in Cork! Cork Cork Cork. I look forward to it, I hear it's very scenic, which is funny because where I am now is scenic!

Those roses were hands down the most fragrant flowers I have ever had the pleasure of smelling.

We will see.

At the wedding, Brad let me use his 85mm 1.4 lens. :O :O It was awesome. Then, surprises abound, he told me to borrow it and have fun! :O :O :O So now I have an 85mm 1.4 in my employ and boy will I be using it. 1.4. Delicious.

He also lent me a DVD set called Father Ted. I guess it's big here in Ireland? Everyone watches it and thinks it's hilarious? Dave sent me a link to one episode and it was very strange. Now I have the whole three seasons and I'm going to give it a whirl. The one episode I saw reminded me of Monty Python, but funnier? I dunno, I've never found Monty Python to be all that funny. Either way, Father Ted, I'm going to watch it.

I got to talk to my mom on the phone today! I guess Brad has great rates to the states, so he said I could call her after we were done with the wedding. It was nice to dial her number and have her answer, just like when I'm home :)

They were a lovely couple. Congratulations to them!


8:20 am: 33 bus: Almost missed the bus. I was at the corner when it pulled around the bend. I ran at it looking panicked and it stopped. Can't be late today, there's a wedding to tend to!

8:37 am: GBC (a cafe): Blink 182 - What's My Age Again. I haven't heard this song in a long time. I am 24. Yikes.

8:43 am: GBC: This station has played four songs in a row that I like. Unprecedented! It's I 102.4 and they have an iPod/iPhone app.

10:01 am: Gas Station: Irish gas station toilet- just as bad as the ones in the States.

11:16 am: Bride's house: Brad is letting me use his 85mm 1.4 today. Mmmmm. I want one of my own.

2:46 pm: Church: Catholic Wedding! Quite different than any ceremony I've ever attended. What an experience!

4:58 pm: Stalhill Hotel: Jessica's Irish doppleganger!



Cass said...

oh my gosh. those pictures were so beautiful, moe!

what does a 85mm 1.4 lens do?

can't wait to hear about the partay!

Melanie Rowe said...

I love the picture of the little girl! The photos of the bride are lovely also :). It was fantastic to talk with you today, you sound like everything is going great and I'm so glad!

Kirstin said...

I like the photo of the bride with her flowers actually. I saw what you mean about her wrist, but I don't think it detracts from the grace of the photo, I'm sure she'll love it!

oh, and not to bust your balls or anything here, but it could help you later while in U.K., in Europe if the time is "half____" that means it's actually one half hour UNTIL the number given. So, "half ten" is 9:30. "half eleven" is 10:30, and so's the same all over the continent, just in different languages! :)

Jacki T. said...

I swear, if you weren't going to be in my wedding I'd have you photograph it for sure. Beautiful work!

MJ said...

In Ireland half ten means 10:30. I double checked because to me that seems to mean 9:30, but indeed here it means 10:30! It's good to know that in other places it means something different. I suppose I'll just continue to double check wherever I'm at.

An 85mm 1.4 lens does a lot of things, many of which I don't quite know how to explain, it's more of a "showing" thing!

Glad everyone likes the photos :)

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