Dublin Wedding Photography : Stephen & Isobel

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I was bought, as a wedding present, for Stephen & Isobel by Stephen’s brother, Gavin. More accurately speaking, perhaps, my services as a photographer were bought for them by Gavin. I got to return to my other life afterwards with fantastically rich memories of people and place to carry with me, such memories to wrap up and deliver back to Stephen & Isobel. Gavin had been a student of mine, many moons ago. As it happens, I’d enjoyed being a guest at his and Becky’s wedding – Becky having also been a student of mine – several years back, before I’d set out on my journey as a wedding photographer. I’d gone on to photograph the two of them, here and there, as guests at the wedding of another pair or former students, Kath & Ian, during the interim years.

Each of those weddings was populated by brilliant people and such would be the case, I was certain, come time to immerse myself in Stephen & Isobel’s wedding day. My certainty was perfectly well placed. Stephen & Isobel live in London but first got together some years ago as students of philosophy at university in Dublin. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them on their wedding day; intelligent, witty, warm-hearted characters that knew how to put on and enjoy a hearty celebration.

Now I’ve been to paradise but I’d never been to Meath before (I’ve my fingers crossed that at least a few Irish readers will get the reference, but that particular song is from some way back so I’ll uncross them to facilitate ongoing use of my keyboard) and it was in that county, in the village of Ballymagarvey, that Stephen & Isobel did the deed and partied with aplomb. With a fleeting prologue featuring a day of my own as I immersed myself in a particular aspect of Irish landscape that I especially love myself – I always provide myself with a buffer day when photographing weddings outside of the UK mainland, just to be safe and all – this is the story of their wedding day.

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So there I am, driving up into the Wicklow Mountains (if Rachel & Alex are reading this, yes, I know; I’m truly sorry; I can explain!) and as happens, I suppose, when you’ve turned off your SatNav and you’re just letting the roads take you where they will… well, there I was, and there they were, pretty much in the middle of nowhere habitation-wise. Somewhat Outlanderish, one might say. “Are you time travellers?” I asked the pair. “We are a little out of place, yes,” one conceded. Having taken their photograph, I gave them a card and said they could email me if they’d like a copy. I’ve not heard a peep from them though. I suppose email wasn’t to be invented until some way in to the latter half of the twentieth century…

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Stephen & Isobel made ready together, walked each other up the aisle, did everything as a team. It was a pleasure to me to observe it all.

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A fantastically eloquent course of speeches followed three courses of fine food.

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“I didn’t know you could sing!” I declared to Gavin, as he prepared for a number that he was due to perform at the start of the evening party. “Nor did I!” he revealed :~)

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Evening party : part one. Stephen & Isobel have a good number of friends and family of commensurate musical talent.

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So he could sing, it turned out!…

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Gavin had told me that it was impossible to take a flattering photograph of him. I disagreed. It’s all in the timing, ultimately…

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The first dance, an impromptu series of gestural interactions driven by a rolling cast of themes embedded in a popular song…

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Hey boy, hey girl, superstar DJs, here we go…

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(When your book gets published, I’d like to read a copy please!…)

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And into the night, deep into the night, into the wee small hours they went. Thank you so much, Stephen & Isobel, for an utterly fantastic time of it all!

Contact Dublin Wedding Photographer Phillip Allen : phill@misterphill.com : +44 7870 696248