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Dana & Eoin’s American Irish Wedding

Dana & Eoin are a wonderful couple – it would be hard to find two more generous, warm & welcoming people. Dana is American & Eoin is from Ireland – they met in New York City, got engaged in a proposal where the ring fell into a Lake & celebrated their wedding on both sides of the Atlantic.

The first celebration took place in Annapolis. Dana & Eoin chose to continue a family tradition and get married in the stunning US Naval Academy Chapel before a sunlight filled reception at Ogle Hall – just as her parents had done. Dana wore a beautiful long lace gown from Pronovias, paired with sparkly Badgley Mischka shoes. She gifted a pair of engraved cufflinks to Eoin and he included a touch of Irish influence with a thistle buttonhole. Before the ceremony, they passed a note through a doorway, staying hidden from each other. Dana shared a photograph with me of her parents standing in the doorway of Ogle Hall on their wedding day & I was happy to be able to recreate it both with Dana & Eoin, & also with Dana’s parents.

Special touches at the reception included a message in a bottle guest book continuing the Naval theme, & adorable advice for Dana from the children she taught. This included traditional wisdom such as “say I love you every day and hold his hand”, some supportive suggestions like “don’t be scared to kiss” & “get a puppy” and a the more unusual tip: “don’t wrestle with your dad at the wedding”! Golden evening light was perfect for portraits, before cutting the cake with it’s romantic dipping dancers and then taking to the dance floor to a live band.

                                                                   

The second celebration was a lively Irish celebration in the little village of Ballyvaughan near Galway Bay, where American & Irish flags flew against a blue sky by the ocean. The Burren Atlantic Hotel was filled with laughter, music & dancing as family & friends performed & sang traditional folk tunes. I was honoured to be there to capture both parts of the celebration – congratulations Dana & Eoin!

     

You can see their wedding story:

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Festive Asian Bridal Styled Shoot

As a London wedding photographer and having had a multicultural wedding myself I’m always excited to find ways of bringing different cultural traditions together. I wanted to do a bridal shoot that would showcase how traditional Indian elements could be combined with a festive, wintry theme. I also wanted to show that you can have beautiful bridal portraits in winter without shivering in the cold! The beautiful flowers and red berries look gorgeous with both the traditional white wedding dress and a silver sari. Adding intricate henna designs to candles allows a festive feel with an Indian twist, and wrapping up in faux fur, chunky knits & cream accessories gives a stunning winter look.

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I loved working with Joanne Truby Floral Design who created the stunning flower crown and winter bouquet and Shreya Pandya who did the gorgeous make-up, hair & intricate henna designs. Binaisha Shah was our beautiful model.

Read more about the inspiration for this festive bridal styled shoot on the Secret Wedding Blog and visit my website to see more wedding photography.