Covid19 Coronavirus and your wedding planning 1

Covid19 Coronavirus and your wedding planning

Covid19 Coronavirus and your wedding planning

We’re going to get through this together!

Thank You for understanding!

Updated 7 May 2020

A message to all my wonderful customers in these uncertain times as All of my Saturdays and most Fridays are already booked up from April to September 2021!

We suppose to start our wedding season in April…. at the moment we are unemployed on COVID -19 payments with no weddings since December until – …no one knows…- we hope August!

Due to the volume of cancellations of weddings at the moment most suppliers can’t return deposits/part-payments  I’m afraid – Even if we would LOVE to   :(

This is why please please please – before You will change Your wedding date please ask ALL Your suppliers for any FREE dates available and then contact Your Venue and make a final decision.

I have your back, regarding changes of dates.
If I’m available for Your new date – deposits are completely transferable to your new date- same prices, same conditions 😍 without any extra fees etc



We are on the same boat – thank You for understanding! 



This is why I write a few tips below to help you all in the reorganisation of your big day.:


  • Contact Your Wedding insurance – they should cover the costs – if any deposit is lost.


  • When looking at a new date, look at all days of the week, not just Saturday or Friday. All of my Saturdays and most Fridays are already booked up from April to September 2021!  If you want a specific supplier or venue then look at other days – I hope that will help!


  • Do not contact the supplier with just one date available from Venue – try to contact supplier and Venue and pick  4- 5 dates. It gives You better start …


  • Midweek dates are still available – more chance that ALL Your suppliers will have those dates available.


  • I know from my Clients that a lot of Priests agreed to Sundays Weddings! – that’s good news!


  • All days are special when it’s your wedding day 💒 – in a few years time no one will remember – it’s Thursday, Friday or Sunday :) 


  • Also – suppliers can’t hold two dates for You for long – as there is a lot of people moving dates now…


  • I am here to support all of my customers. All of your deposits are transferable. But please contact me ASAP to ensure my availability. Much love to you all at this time.


  • #staysafe #stayathome #washyourhands


Please look out for each other and be kind.


Legal advice below from Consumer Right Page if anyone needs:




I have to cancel my wedding on foot of Government advice as a result of COVID-19. Am I entitled to a refund of the deposit we paid?

Under contract law, deposits are generally non-refundable. However, in the first instance, you should check the terms and conditions of the contract you agreed with the venue to see what it states in relation to deposits, and in what circumstances (if any) it may be refundable. This will also apply to deposits paid to other suppliers for the event/wedding, for example; music, florists, delivery services etc.

If the deposit is non-refundable, you should discuss other options with the venue to see if they can accommodate an alternative arrangement, for example; an alternative date. Given the exceptional circumstances, it’s likely that most venues and suppliers are dealing with several other couples who have been affected by the COVID-19 situation and will try to accommodate you. If rearrangements are made and deposits or payments are discussed over the phone, be sure to follow up with an e-mail asking the business to confirm the new arrangement in writing.

If you have wedding insurance, it may be possible to make a claim on the policy, for example for lost deposits or other costs incurred as a result of having to cancel your original date.

However, this will depend on the terms and conditions of your policy and when the policy was purchased. Remember to contact your insurer as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Also some tips – Flights Covid-19:



Also a few tips from Weddings online team!


Some tips for our Brides & Grooms from Weddings Online Team: 


1. Don’t postpone until you have to. Keep in touch with your wedding co-ordinator. Remember that if we can get through this pandemic like the Chinese seem to have done, Summer weddings are still a strong possibility.

2. Ask your venue co-ordinator when you have to make the postponement decision by

3. Remember – you have worked hard to get together your dream wedding supplier team. If you do have to postpone, choose the earliest and best new wedding date for you and your supplier team

4. Consider a midweek wedding date or a Sunday – this gives you the best possible flexibility and gives more chance that all of your suppliers will be free. #midweekweddings

5. Winter Weddings have been extremely popular over the past number of years and provide for some of the best photo opportunities too #winterweddings

10 Top Tips to help Plan a Winter Wedding in Ireland





A small tip for people looking for new date- to be sure You have all Your deposits from all suppliers transferred to new dates I think safer is to look at Thursdays, Tuesdays or Sundays – as Your new wedding date as they are not as busy as Saturdays or Fridays.

Also, look at months not as busy as July or August.

November, January, February?


Also, what can help?

ask all your suppliers to send You all available dates let say for September and then ask your venue – big chance some date will be free for all suppliers and venue


Stay safe!



The other perspective- anonymous post on HIGH Facebook group: 



Dear bridal couples, my heart goes out to you all. These are extremely uncertain and unfortunate times for you and your wedding plans. As a Supplier, I personally wish I could give advice, how to proceed, whether or not to wait it out, try a more intimate alternative. The truth is, I just don’t know. We have not been given the answers.

Wedding suppliers are in the most difficult and challenging times that we’ve ever faced.

We haven’t been given any actual guidelines and little to no assistance or advice from government bodies. We have been left at a complete loss, just like you.

We as suppliers, are people too. Fellow humans also struggling through pandemic.

We may have our own health issues, family members whom are cocconning or frightened to step outside their door. Financial issues beyond our control and worries about how and when we are going to manage the next bill which is coming through the door.

This is nobodies fault. No one is to blame and we are in this together.

Not every supplier can do what other suppliers can. Some suppliers are booked so far in advance or are/were so well sought after we cannot give the exact answers you want to hear.

We need to be fair and considerate in our next moves and just because another supplier jumps, doesn’t mean we can too.

Our reputations are our bread and butter. When we give answers our customers don’t like, whether be it out of our control, or the dates simply aren’t there to start with. It should not mean that our reputation suddenly should become a punching bag.

Frustrations and emotions are high. There is a lot of ill-advised information circulating on the internet.

But please don’t forget, we as suppliers feel the strains too.
We are distraught too.
We have worries just like you, just on different terms.

We have to take abusive, offensive and rude emails on the chin.
We have to apologize and try to smooth out the supplier/customer relationship.

We cry too.

As a supplier, I ask you, please think before you type.
Please think before you criticize.
Please think as a fellow human, working with another through a devastating, blameless crisis affecting us all.

Sincerely yours,

A Supplier”


Thank You, Claire, for Your help with those tips!

Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer

Important Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer

Choosing a wedding photographer can be a tough and daunting task. When it comes to the planning of your big day, your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. The person you choose is going to be spending the entire and the most important day with you. Let's face it, you only get one shot at your wedding photos, so you need to make sure you have the best photographer you can find to shoot your big day perfectly. Your wedding photos are the lasting images of your special day so it is important you find someone you are compatible with, who is professional, experienced, and has an artistic vision. Your wedding photos are going to take pride of place in your album, recreating memories for many years to come. Here is a list of important questions to ask your photographer to ensure you find the perfect one.

The Basics 

  • Is the wedding date I want available? 

A very obvious question you may think, however, photographers can get booked up 2+ years in advance. In your first email to the photographer, you could ask if the date is available - also explain where is Your Wedding - Venue/ Church. You should also double-check with the person when you meet them, just to make sure someone else hasn’t reserved the same date.

  • How many weddings do you shoot per year?

This is a very important question, as it will give you a real insight as to whether the photographer is very experienced and whether they work as a full-time business or a weekend job. An experienced full-time wedding photographer will back up Your photos in few different places to be sure they are safe  - cloud storage- DROPBOX and spend a lot of time shooting weddings and are dedicated to spending time editing and shooting, making them that little bit more expensive.

  • How Long have you been a Wedding Photographer?

Weddings are a uniquely hectic and busy event. A wedding is non-stop and the photographer you choose should have years of experience working in the wedding industry to have mastered capturing all the special and standard shots that you will want to see in your photo album. A photographer with several years of experience will know exactly when and where to be how to organize Family very fast etc. Now I'm not saying you don’t have to choose someone who is a relatively new photographer, however, it is important to remember you pay for what you get and experience is extremely valuable!

  • Can I see some previous photographs in a full wedding album?

To really see and get a feel for the photographer’s work, it is important to view a portfolio of images through a whole wedding album.

Whole wedding album NOT NECESSARY FROM THE SAME VENUE BY THE SAME PHOTOGRAPHER!  - Your wedding photos can look very, very different.

Every wedding day is so different even if at the same Venue!

It will give you a feel for their style, whether they can capture the day perfectly if they are consistent with their style and design, and whether you like their photos in the different lighting conditions. Ask yourself are you really happy with the photographs you see in front of you rather than on just the ones you see on their website.

  • Can you Print Wedding Albums?

Fine art Wedding albums IrelandThe printing of a wedding album is generally included in the overall package price or can be offer as an add-on. If you have agreed with your photographer for him/her to put a printed album together for you make sure you are happy with their idea and the way the album will be presented. After all your wedding album gives you lifetime memories of your special wedding day.

  • Have you photographed at a similar-sized wedding to ours?

This is an important question to ask if you are not having a second stand-in photographer - if You are planning 400+ wedding. If you are having a BIG guest list, your photographer will need experience in arranging groups of people, navigating large events, and following the action. A photographer should understand the need to blend in and be unobtrusive so as not to disturb the wedding itself.

  • What wedding packages do you offer?

The average cost for a wedding photographer package is between €2,000 and €4,000 - you pay for what you get! The general things you may want to know are how many hours are included in the package, is there an engagement shoot included, what photos and how long will it take to receive them after the wedding. If you are on a specific budget, it is best to speak to your photographer and try to negotiate a price but note it can take a few weeks for your images to be ready.

  • Do you have Full Insurance?

Enquire with your photographer as to whether they have full public liability insurance. This is essential in the event of an accident. Your photographer will more than likely have insurance for their equipment also. Some wedding venues do require all photographers to have proof of their insurance before they can initially work on their premises. Be sure that Photographer have Full Insurance to avoid disappointment.

Wedding packages and Payment 

  • How much deposit do you require and when do you need it? Is the Deposit Refundable? 

The deposit that you pay is to secure the photographer for your chosen wedding date. A deposit is generally paid upfront upon booking. Once your deposit is paid, it will help you budget for the wedding. All payments should be given in writing from your photographer.  Weddings are full of unexpected situations and sometimes unexpected things happen. There may be many reasons why you may need to cancel your wedding - check the contract if a deposit is refundable or not- as any wedding cancellation cost photographer losing income too.

Also If you change your date sadly that’s on you. If I’m available for the second date I carry the booking fee over. At the end of the day, your photographer may have turned other couples down - please understand.

  • How many digital photos are included in the package?

Most photographers will shoot digitally rather than film, so you can expect at least a full set of 600-800+ edited and digitally copied photos in a standard wedding package.

  • How long will it take for my images to be ready?

Most photographers should have all your photos back to you within 6 to 8 weeks. Some may take a bit longer, depending on how many weddings they shot in that year or they could also do a lot of work on the editing side of things.

  • When is the final payment required?

These days most will want the final balance payment to be made payable upon the delivery of your wedding album. But most wedding photographers and videographer would ask You pay full amount at a wedding day or before -Remember, if you can pay your photographer the full payment upfront when you book, they may even throw in something for free or even a discount, eh no harm in asking!

Photography Style 

  • What photography style do you specialise in?

Ballybeg House Sunset photosMany photographers shoot their photos in several different styles, some of these can include traditional, portrait, black and white, contemporary, and documentary. The traditional style focuses more on classic and group shots, and contemporary is more editorial and fashion led. If you get the photographer to show you some of their favourite wedding images, this will give you a clear insight into the style they prefer - always look at portfolio!


  • Is an engagement shoot included in your package?

Having an engagement shoot is a great way to get to know your photographer and to get comfortable in front of the camera. If it isn't included in the package price, it wouldn’t hurt to ask or pay that little bit extra for one.

On the Big Day 

  • What time will you arrive and finish?

You must discuss with your photographer as to whether or not you want them to start shooting in your home or to meet you at the ceremony at a certain time. This will all depend on your budget and how many hours you have paid for. Many couples will want all prep at the home and followed onto the ceremony as part of their special day.  A wedding can be a very long day and your photographer is only human. Most photographers will finish for the day generally after the first dance is done or after the cake is cut.

  • What will you be wearing? Sometimes is good to ask  ;)

Discuss this with your photographer if you wish for them to blend in with the theme of your wedding. Your photographer should dress professionally, and wear something smart but very sophisticated.


  • Can You recommend a Videographer?

Important for the photographer and videographer to work together as a team at the Wedding!




Important Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer



New Years Eve wedding Cork

New Years Eve Wedding? - Vienna Woods Hotel Cork





A New Years Eve wedding is a fantastic idea and there is so much excitement at the end of your wedding day to keep the party going! Here are my top tips and advice to help you to plan the perfect New Year’s Eve wedding day and to highlight the things that you may not realise!


New Years Eve wedding Cork


New Years Eve wedding Cork



  1. Book Well in Advance

    As it is such a unique day of the year, you will find out really quickly that the top award-winning suppliers could easily be booked out. That is why wedding couples have to plan two or three years in advance! Book early!!!

  2. It’s a Pricey Time of Year!

    Many wedding couples are shocked and disappointed to hear that the wedding suppliers that they want to use are charging a lot more money at this time of year. You must remember, that there is HUGE demand on Dec 31st so wedding suppliers can charge more. Also, the people that agree to work for your New Year’s Eve wedding day are giving up very important time with their own friends and family. It is only worth working at this time of year if they earn more than on a normal day of the year. Be prepared for higher rates across the board!

  3. Check Timings and the Small Print!

    Not every wedding photographer and videographer will stay until midnight. Remember, the first dance normally starts at 9.30pm/10pm latest. On a normal wedding day, you would secure your wedding photographer up until this time. You definitely need to agree with your wedding photographer that they will stay until midnight.

  4. Bar Extension

    As your party is only getting started at midnight you need to make sure that your venue has the option to keep the bar open until 2.30pm/3pm. You will probably have to pay a fee for this but it is vital to keep your guests entertained into the early morning.

  5. The Midnight Munch

    Delay the evening food to as late as your venue will allow. I always see food served at 11pm going to waste as your friends and family will still only be digesting the beautiful meal you served them when this second wave of food arrives. It’s far more valuable to have fish and chip cones, mini pizzas or Tayto sandwiches arrive out at 1am!



I got to spend last new years eve with a fantastic wedding couple Pamela and Andrew, at the Vienna Woods Hotel Cork. This is an exceptional wedding venue that you should consider if you love the idea of a New Year’s Eve wedding day!

You will reach the beautiful grounds of Vienna Woods Hotel Cork, by a driveway that swirls around one of Glanmire’s peaks. The original Regency design building is breathtaking when you arrive and it acted as a fantastic backdrop for some of their wedding photographs with the groomsmen and bridesmaids.

You will be wowed by the view as this hotel is set over-looking the Glashaboy River below, a tributary to the River Lee.

This riverbank is home to beautiful swans and Pamela and Andrew got some incredible wedding photographs taken with these elegant creatures in the backdrop.



Really special photographs that are unique to this wedding venue.
Please have a look at the stunning photographs of Pamela and Andrew on their wedding day at Vienna Woods Hotel Cork.





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Hair - Upstyle Junkie
Makeup - Jeanette Cronin
Florist- West Cork Wedding Flowers
Video - House of Ren
Dress - Diamond Bridal Enzonai Leonie
Dress Suits - Tom Murphy’s Cork
Fur - Mode & Affaire
Cars - Mackey Coaches
Décor - To Have and To Hold
The Band - The Pearly Whites.

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Clonabreany House Marquee Wedding

Clonabreany House Marquee Wedding

Clonabreany House Marquee Wedding

Clonabreany House Marquee Wedding photos by DKPHOTO


Have you always dreamed of having your special wedding day on the private grounds of an exclusive country estate? A day of grandeur with picturesque grounds, stunning reception rooms and a Grand Marque to celebrate your wedding day in?! Well, I have so many wedding couples that are looking for a wedding venue like this, so I had to include a review of

Clonabreany Wedding!


Clonabreany House Marquee Wedding


By the way, they recommend me as a supplier here:

Clonabreany staff know how to enjoy wedding day :)




Located in Crossakiel, Kells in Co. Meath. Clonabreany House is a wedding venue that you need to know about!

With more and more wedding couples choosing to have a civil or humanist ceremony Clonabreany House had a gorgeous wedding ceremony space for you and your partner to say “I do!”. The Orchard Room has stunning views of the mystical Loughcrew Cairns as well Sliabh na Caillighe. I love to find venues that have ways of tying nature into your wedding day.
Clonabreany House also has the incredible option of an outdoor ceremony in the enchanting Tunnel Wood. This is a unique romantic haven that will have your wedding guests, family and friends feeling the love!

Clonabreany House is steeped in history and the manor house and grounds have fantastic views

of the breath-taking countryside. As a professional wedding photographer, I love to have natural backgrounds that are unspoilt to use the picture-perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.
There are a number of unique and impressive locations within the estate which makes your professional wedding photographers’ job so much easier! The elegant yet understated Main House, Clonabreany Courtyard, the Orchard Room, Tunnel Wood Area and the scenic grounds including the Upper and Lower lakes which boast impressive views of stunning countryside all work together to offer you so many options for your wedding day photographs.

The Butlers Rest Bar at Clonabreany House

is also a very special space to take some fun wedding photographs. It is a cosy bar with an authentically Irish feel to it, located in Clonabreany Courtyard. For wedding couples that want to have a pint of Guinness taken as part of their wedding photoshoot this location is top-notch and lots of fun!
Your wedding banquet will be served in the Grand Marquee of Clonabreany House and it really has a huge impact as you walk in. The ceilings are fully draped which instantly creates an elegant charm and there are multiple chandeliers hanging across the room. There is a lot of natural rights pouring through this room which is always what a professional wedding photographer wants to see!

Your wedding guests, friends and family will be treated to a wonderful meal and a relaxing space to enjoy all the festivities that your wedding venue has to offer at Clonabreany House. I also love the fact that your Dance Floor is set in the centre of the room so your wedding guests can relax at their tables for the night and come and go from the festivities and party atmosphere as they see fit.

For more information on this fantastic wedding venue click here:

If you would like to see a sample of my wedding photography taken at Clonabreany House then please click here:

I would also love to hear about your upcoming wedding day and to discuss if my professional wedding photography approach in Meath suits your needs. You can contact me to discuss the details here:


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Happy wedding planning!
Love Daniel

Durhamstown Castle Wedding

Outdoor Durhamstown Castle Wedding

Outdoor Durhamstown Castle Wedding by DKPHOTO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER





I recently came across Durhamstown Castle as I had the pleasure of photographing one of my Brides and Grooms there on their wedding day. It is 600 years old and I was told that it has been continuously lived in since 1420. For any wedding couples that love the idea of an Irish Outddor Castle Wedding but also wants their venue to have a rustic charm and an informal atmosphere, then this is a real gem!


Located in Bohermeen in Co. Meath,

Durhamstown Castle is surrounded by meadows, mature trees and boasts fresh air that can only be felt in the countryside!
This is a wedding venue that will allow you to create a lovely relaxed atmosphere with dogs at the wedding while impressing your guests outdoors with a little grandeur here and there. A lovely balance!
The night before hand you can bring your family and bridal party together in, what the Castle describes as a “wonderfully moody purple dining room”. How fabulous?! If you are more interested in keeping things chilled, there is a buffet option that they can set up in the vaulted kitchens.

Georgian drawing rooms

On the big day, you have the option to have your wedding brought into the Georgian drawing rooms for your reception or if the sun is shining, this can also be set up on the croquet lawn. It’s fantastic to have both options as the Irish weather can never be trusted!
All the rooms downstairs are bursting with personality and your guests will enjoy mingling between the rooms, with lit fires and freshly cut flowers from the grounds of the castle adding colour and charm.

As barns goes, it’s a GREAT Barn!

As the dinner bells rings out your guests will be off on another adventure! They will be guided to the walled garden and under the stone-arch where the Great Barn will be revealed. This barn is well named. As barns goes, it’s a GREAT Barn!


The Wow factor that wedding couples are always on the hunt for is here in spades! The exposed beams, fairy lights and greenery draping from the ceiling is stunning. Long tables with mis-matched chairs create that rustic chic vibe. Centrepieces of fresh wildflowers work so well and vintage touches are right at home.


In terms of of documentary wedding photography, I was spoilt for choice at Durhamstown Castle. We had a beautiful natural landscape all around us to work with. Always worried about the weather, I was comforted knowing that within the castle there are multiple places for the Bride and Groom’s photographs to be taken.

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I always recommend that my wedding day couples take some time out from their big day to spend some time together alone. The day goes so fast and Brides and Grooms spend so much time with their wedding guests that sometimes they forget to spend time together! Durhamstown Castle has so many quiet corners to steal a glass of champagne away together before you re-join the celebrations!

If you want to find out more about this fantastic castle venue in Ireland for your wedding day then check out the website:

Outdoor Durhamstown Castle Wedding

Enjoy all of your wedding day planning and have a look at some of the other venues that I have spent time in with my Brides and Grooms on my Blog. I love to share my experiences at wedding venues to help you to find the perfect wedding venue for your big day.


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Fun and relaxed wedding photography

5 tips Fun and relaxed wedding photography

Fun and relaxed wedding photography

 5 tips fun and relaxed wedding photography by DK PHOTO PHOTOGRAPHY


Fun and relaxed wedding photography


After all, the dust has settled on the announcement of your engagement to your friends and family, comes the Wedding Planning! This is when things can get stressful and overwhelming pretty quick. There are so many decisions to make!!!

One of the most steps in the wedding planning process is choosing is your wedding day photographer. After all, when the day is over, your photographs are all you will have left. I am sure, that you will want to have the most amazing photographs of your wedding day that money can buy. Memories to treasure forever

Here are my top tips for you to find the perfect wedding photographer for your wedding day.

  1. RELAX

    The most important thing from the very start is to relax! Chill!!! You will know really quickly when you see a wedding photographer’s portfolio if you like their style of photography. Trust your gut. You will know when you see wedding photographs that have the WOW factor for you. Relax! You will find the right wedding photographer for you!


    Some of the best wedding photographs I have taken over my many years as a professional wedding photographer have been taken at the moment. The Bride and Groom have been completely unaware that I was snapping away in the corner! (Snap happy! That’s always me!!!) They have shared some lovely moments together that I have caught on camera and they look AMAZING! They were not posed or created. They happened naturally and they are MAGIC!


    For lots of Brides and Grooms, the thought of posing for hours in front of a camera can feel very overwhelming and stressful. Yes, there can be the mandatory family portraits that you need to capture, but they can be done quickly and after that, you should go straight back to enjoying your day! The more relaxed, chilled and informal you can make your wedding day the better your photographs will turn out.


    When the Bride and Groom are chilled, relaxed and enjoying themselves I have no doubt that I will capture fantastic wedding photographs. The camera LOVES to see happy smiling faces having fun. The more fun and relaxed your wedding photography can be, the better!

  5. Fun Photos!

    Lots of Brides and Grooms come to me with ideas they have for some funny and light-hearted photos to be taken. I always enjoy making these ideas happen. They are a great way to show off the Bride and Groom’s personalities’ and fun sides which is fantastic.

Fun photos can be a lovely way to bring the bridal party together to have a laugh. Props and poses can be really enjoyable to perform together. Keep it informal and go with the flow for the best photographs. Don’t take it too seriously and keep the smiles coming!”



I highly recommend letting your wedding day unfold in its own special way. Try not to get caught up with recreating wedding photographs that you saw on Pinterest or Instagram. They can be very time consuming to re-create. Please remember that HOURS could have been spent to get that one perfect image with a team of production people “on set” which is completely unrealistic on a real wedding day. Instagram V’s Reality can be worlds apart so you need to set realistic expectations.

Have fun and enjoy your own day - You can include Your Pet at Your wedding! and create unique photos on your wedding day that your friends and family will want to copy from you! Not the other way around!!!


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Black and White Wedding Photography


The Future of Wedding Photography

The Future of Wedding Photography

The Future of Wedding Photography

Black and White Wedding Photography?


The Future of Wedding Photography - Black and White Wedding Photography?


Hi all!


Today I was asked a very interesting question - What is the future of wedding photography?

I tried to think about and answer that question myself for some time, looking at the wedding photography market.

Is black and white wedding photography our future?!


I started my photography when we shot everything analogue and ALL photography was black and white. It has all changed so much up until now.


So, what is the future of wedding photography?

What is the future of Black and White Wedding Photography?


There is so much technology at the fingertips of amateur photographs now.

  • You can take photos with the background moving on your smartphone :)
  • You can create 3D photos.
  • You can even record wedding videos in 360 virtual reality.

But trends continually come and go.
I try to keep my editing very simple – I don’t use sepia colours. I don’t use selective colours where the umbrella on the photo is in colour and the rest is black and white.
I don’t use brown tinted colours on photos as all those trends will date.




Black and white photography is, in my opinion, the best and purest wedding photography.


Colours and special effects sometimes do not help the photograph.

In my personal opinion, the future of wedding photography is black and white photography, because it is simple, magical and so special.

You can have movement on photos and a lot of special effects. But less is more and real moments captured in photographs are priceless.

I think less is more and for that reason, black and white are the future as ultimately, they remain timeless! :)


Here are some of my black and white photographs. Look at how the emotions can be shown using no colour and no special effects.

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Waterford Castle Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Waterford Castle Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Waterford Castle Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Hannah and Keith’s super relaxed wedding


As you will know by now, I love to share some of the wedding venues that I have had the pleasure of working at as a professional wedding photographer. This month I got to spend a day at Waterford Castle Resort and it was absolutely amazing! The bride and groom, Hannah and Keith, choose this unique venue for their wedding day and it did not disappointment

Set on its own private 310-acre island, this Castle boasts some serious WOW factor! It is a short spin away from Waterford City, located on the River Suir. The Castle becomes yours exclusively for your wedding day, with 19 rooms and suites available in the Castle for you and your wedding guests. If you are dreaming of old-world charm and sophistication on your wedding day then the Waterford Castle Resort is well worth considering.

Hannah and Keith were a pleasure to shoot all day long. From the very start of the day they were both so happy and relaxed. In the bridal suite, there was a hum of excitement as Hannah and her bridesmaids were busy getting ready. I got some beautiful photographs of that, as well as some lovely photographs of the bridal dress, shoes and accessories. Hannah had her hair and makeup done early which I always recommend as she was then ready for some lovely photographs to be taken before I went in search of her husband to be!

I met Keith and his groomsmen out clay pigeon shooting! It was lovely to see the Grooms Party relaxing and having fun. There were no nerves in sight and it’s a lovely idea to take some time in the morning to really get into the spirit of the day. It also allowed for some really different groomsmen photographs to be taken. Something different and special for Keith and his friends.

As the outdoor wedding ceremony drew near Hannah and Keith decided to do the “First Look”. This is where the Groom sees his Bride for the first time in her wedding dress, on their own, before the wedding ceremony. It was such an emotional moment for both Keith and Hannah and I got some fabulous photographs of them enjoying this very special time together in private.

If you want to read through my tips and tricks for the First Look – Click here

They choose to have an outdoor wedding ceremony which is always a fantastic idea if you know that the Irish weather is on your side. If this is something that you would like to do it is really important to know that there is an indoor “Plan B” available to you if you should need it. Waterford Castle Resort has you covered in this regard but thankfully, Hannah and Keith did not need it and the sun shone for them as they exchanged their intimate wedding day vows in front of their families and friends.

This fantastic couple also chooses to incorporate the falconry of Waterford Castle Resort into their wedding ceremony. When it came time to exchange their rings, they called upon the resident birds of prey to do the honours! It was a lovely surprise for the wedding guests to see this magnificent falcon swoop in to greet Hannah and Keith, with the rings securely attached. It made for some really cool photographs and I overheard a number of the guests talking about how exciting it was after their lovely ceremony. What a cool idea!!!

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This fantastic couple also chooses to do a “Confetti Shoot” after their wedding ceremony. The colourful confetti was passed out to their wedding guests who all stood to create an aisle for Hannah and Keith to walk through. Bursts of colour and laughter were launched into the air around them and again the photographs practically took themselves.

The happiness from Hannah and Keith was infectious and their wedding guests were smiling from ear to ear. It was so lovely to see

From the wonderful Bride and Groom, stunning castle venue and relaxed atmosphere, this was a truly magical wedding day all round. If you would like to find out more about the Waterford Castle Resort for your wedding day please log onto:

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Happy wedding planning and I look forward to hearing from you about your wedding day.

Waterford Castle Outdoor Wedding Ceremony by DKPHOTO


Dress: Riki Dalal Haute Couture

Suits: Fitzgerald Menswear Waterford

Bridesmaids Dresses: Maya

Flowers: Lamber De Bie

Makeup: Glamour by Dawn

Hair: Susie the Hairstylist

Rings: Goldfinger, Hatton Garden UK

Cake: Cherub Couture

Hawk: Hawkeye Falconry

Band: Beat Boutique

Videographer: White & Gold


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Waterford Castle Outdoor Wedding Ceremony by DKPHOTO


Avoiding Disappointment with your Wedding Photographs

12 tips Avoiding Disappointment with your Wedding Photographs

12 tips Avoiding Disappointment with your Wedding Photographs by DKPHOTO

12 tips Avoiding Disappointment with your Wedding Photographs


It is really important to me that my brides and grooms are delighted with their wedding day photographs. I really want to help my wedding couples to avoid disappointment. No professional wedding photographer wants to hear that their brides and grooms are devastated by missing photos with just your big sister or Mum on your wedding day?


I have lots of tips and tricks for you to make sure that you are not disappointed with your wedding photos.

I have put together a short guide for you. I am sure that it will help you a lot!



I am writing this as a Groom. It is now 4 months after my own wedding - (I am very happy with our wedding day photographs as I know all the tips below! And I have the experience of being a professional wedding photographer with thousands of weddings under my belt at this stage. I have a wealth of experience.


1. Communication is Key



Avoiding Disappointment with your Wedding Photographs


First and foremost, it is really important to understand that professional wedding photographers are not mind-readers!

We cannot assume what a Bride and Groom want on their wedding day. Every couple has different family relationships and has different requirements about what they want to see in their wedding photographs.

You need to be honest with your wedding photographer. Communicate what photographs are really important to you and start an open dialogue about what you are hoping for from your wedding photographs.

It’s equally important that your wedding photographer is open and honest with you. Some ideas are fantastic but maybe not realistic on your wedding day as an image on Pinterest that you LOVE might take hours to create in reality and would need a team of people behind the scenes to make happen!

No one would want to be disappointed with wedding photos, not the Bride and Groom and certainly not the wedding photographer - Believe me!


2. You Get What You Pay For!


Very interesting post :

Ask ANY unhappy Bride if she had her way over again, would she pay a bit more to book a better wedding photographer or videographer. Someone with more experience and with better skills in creating WOW photographs? 100% people will want that.

Do not book your wedding photographer or videographer based on your budget alone. Your wedding photographs will stay with you FOREVER. You can save money in lots of areas during your wedding day planning that will allow for a bigger spend on your photographer or videographer. Once your day is over the photographs and video last a lifetime.


3. Read The Contract!!!


I cannot stress this more highly. It is a clear and concise document that breaks down all the details of your wedding day. What time is the wedding photographer starting on your wedding day? Are you getting your first dance covered? Are you getting all of your wedding photographs or do you have to choose your favourites? Be crystal clear on what you are getting.


4. Proof in the Portfolio


Be sure to see a LOT of photos from the wedding photographer that you are interested in booking. Make sure that you are looking at a full album of wedding photographs and that you LOVE their style.

Sue and Tom from Dkphoto on Vimeo.


5. Trust and Belief in Your Wedding Photographer


If you can't trust your wedding photographer - book someone else! It’s as simple as that. It’s a bad booking if you spend your wedding day worrying about your photographs and reminding your photographer about what to get.


6. Family Frustration!


As seen on so many Facebook groups one of the BIGGEST PROBLEMS when it comes to your wedding photography is when it’s time for the family photos. It is so easy to waste time and energy trying to round up members of the family that are missing.

Be sure that you have a list of family photos that you want on your wedding day and that you have help on hand from your Bridesmaids to round everyone up and communicate clearly where the family photos are being taken.


7. Lists of Family Photos!


Photographers will try to follow the photos from the list You will send them before the wedding - ( FAMILY PHOTOS LIST !) . - You can include Your dog at a wedding too! Lists like these are really helpful but sometimes it is not possible to follow that list down to the letter. Brides and Grooms can work with the photographer to make sure that they get through the list smoothly.

We can't control everything and be everywhere but we will do our best!

One of our vendors told me that she gave such "a detailed plan of the day" to everyone – The hotel, DJ, photographer, videographer etc. and she spent her wedding day on checking if everything is going right with that list. So, everyone was happy because the day was well organised...Everyone except the Bride!!!

Her memories are as if she was working at someone else’s wedding. Not enjoying her own day! I was so sad to hear that for her.

It is not a big deal to miss a few family photos. It is great to instead, have lovely memories from the day.



8. Be clear on your list - ( FAMILY PHOTOS LIST !)

( brides and grooms are devastated by missing photos? )



If you want a photograph with JUST you and your Mum AND you and your Dad, you need to clearly communicate that. Normally, we would take the photos of the Bride and Groom with both their parents and think that we are done. That photograph will then be missing without the photographer even realising that it is missing. We need to avoid that!

I always send a questionnaire with the family photos list to be sure that I have all your requested photos taken on your wedding day.

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9. Collaborations


If your wedding photographer has a list of wedding videographers that he/she can recommend to you it’s a great idea to book someone from that list. When photographers and videographers are used to working together there can be a seamless workflow on your wedding day that is worth its weight in gold.


10. Timings


Be sure that your morning schedule allows for you to relax and that there is no need to rush. A happy and relaxed morning creates a lot of lovely photo opportunities for your wedding photographer.

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11. Morning Photos


Be sure that your morning location for photos is clean and tidy as everything in the background is going to be in your photographs.

Remember your wedding photographer will be taking lots of photographs of you getting ready so keep this space as clean as possible as the backgrounds will be in your photos!

If you are getting ready at the hotel room – keep all the bags in the bathroom. It will keep them out of Your photos and wedding video.

If you would love to have a full-length photo with the back of your dress shown off in all its detail, be sure to tell your photographer during that morning photo shoot. Any ideas you have are welcome! Don’t be afraid he or she will be super happy to do it for you!



12. Nothing Left Unsaid


If you have any requests about your wedding photos or for example you don’t like the background for your family photos don’t be afraid to talk to your wedding photographer. Ask if you are not sure.


Communication is key :)


This is why I have so many blog posts on my Bride Guide blog. I want everyone to enjoy their wedding day and to be happy with their wedding photos. For more blog posts click here:





Now for the last few but very important words!


Before my own wedding, I didn't send my photographer ANY lists of photos. I accepted and trusted my wedding photographer and I'm very happy with my wedding photographs.

Avoiding Disappointment with your Wedding Photographs


I didn’t get some wedding photographs that I probably wanted to. for example, I missed out on a photograph with sparklers in the evening but we forgot!

It's fine as I ENJOYED the day and that is the main thing.


I didn't chase anyone to get a photograph. I really enjoyed the day and the wedding unfolded as it was meant to. I didn’t force anything. I was relaxed and happy and that was the most important thing for me.




And You can see my happy face below :)




Just think about this and enjoy your day! :)



  • Do not spend your wedding day chasing photographs you have seen on Pinterest.
  • Do not spend the day trying to set up photographs.
  • Do not stress about your lists of photographs.

I hope you enjoy your wedding day preparations and that this will be of help to you.

Happy planning!
Love Daniel x

Old Yard Rustic Barn Wedding Carlow Ireland

Old Yard Rustic Barn Wedding Carlow

The Old Yard Rustic Barn Wedding by DKPHOTO


 The Old Yard Rustic Barn Wedding

As a professional wedding photographer, every week I travel all around Ireland photographing my wedding couples on their wedding day. I love to share with you some of the exciting venues that I come across, as so many of my brides and grooms have told me how difficult they found it to find their dream wedding venue.

I just worked at the FIRST ever wedding that was held at The Old Yard which is located in Castledermot in Co. Kildare and it did not disappoint. It was absolutely fantastic and I can tell, that it will be the first wedding of many.

It is a family run business and it will be well known in the area as a beautiful location to drop into for fresh cut flowers, antiques, garden ware and bakery. It was once a derelict 18th Century farmyard and it is fantastic to see these impressive granite wall outbuildings transformed into a location that people can enjoy.

On arrival, I met the owners who are absolutely gorgeous people. After spending some time with them I understood where their motto - “Come as guests. Leave as friends” comes from. Everyone in attendance felt like we were partying at a friend’s house. Their two dogs come and go and roam around the grounds. A warmer and friendlier atmosphere I am yet to find anywhere else!

Have a look at their website here:

My bride and groom became husband and wife in a beautiful Church in Kilkenny.


We then travelled to Mullaghreelan Wood which is just a five-minute drive from The Old Yard. I absolutely LOVE having locations like this so close to the Church or the Wedding Reception venue as it allows for stress-free photographs to be taken, before the Bride and Groom start to party with their friends and family.

After the photoshoot, we went back to The Old Yard where the wedding guests were enjoying the drinks reception and there was already a party atmosphere building which is always great to see. The bride and groom were gifted a vintage Alfa Romeo to travel in from the grooms Dad. Beyond cool!


Old Yard Wedding

Alfa Romeo Wedding Car


On top of all of that, I was genuinely struck by the simple beauty of this venue. It boasts rustic charm in abundance. The food and dancing was set up in the old barn and the photographs practically took themselves. Everyone was so relaxed and in great spirits. For any bride and groom that are trying to create a chilled vibe on their wedding day then this is a venue that you absolutely have to look at!

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The food was amazing! As I weaved around the wedding guests, I could hear people commenting at how impressed they were with the quality of the food and how delicious everything was. A huge part of the wedding day that your guests will always remember!



In the evening, people danced outside the Barn to traditional Irish music and there was a real Irish session created that lasted into the early hours of the morning. There were twinkling fairy lights lit from dusk until dawn which was an amazing place for some romantic photos which came out beautifully.


Wedding couples that are looking for a low key, super relaxed day where the party keeps on going, then please check out the brand-new wedding package at The Old Yard. I highly recommend.

Happy wedding day planning!


Wedding Details:
The Band - The Goods Band
Traditional Music Band - They Were Actually School Kids! – Friends of friends.
Wedding Dress - Sarah Foy Couture
Hairdresser - Kelly Hogan - Rustiq Salon Carlow
Food Catering - Gwen Doyle - Coilog Catering




The Old Yard Rustic Barn Wedding Ireland